TThheeK K aallaabbaagghhDDaamm--wwhhoowwaannt t ssiif f nnoot t t t hheeppeeoopplleeoof f PPaak k iisst t aann
By Zulfiqar Mirani
This refers to ARYONE TV re
peat program “View on News” telecasted on 25th July
2005.Palijo Sahib has very boldly pleaded the Case of Sindh regarding Kalabagh dam. Heis one of the most respected persons in Sindh today. Still there are lot of thingswhich can not be said in such debates.I do not know much about the dam technicalities. Those who oppose the dam saythere is no water available to fill the dam but the water of Sindh will be taken forthe purpose. Punjab has other point of view. NWFP concerns are different than thetwo. Baluchistan takes water from Sindh. If there is no water left for Sindh,Baluchistan will also be deprived of water.Being a common person what I observe for the last twenty years is stated below:
• Zia ul Haq wanted to construct the dam, but the Gene
rals from NWFP opposed itand he restrained. Most prominent of them was General Fazal Haq. Zia himself haspublicly stated so at number of occassions.
• All the provincial assemblies except Punjab elected in 1985 passed resolutions
against the construction of the Kalabagh dam. The majority of the members werenot nationalists but those who traditionally used to be either with PPP or PML. Whenban on political activities lifted majority of them joined official Muslim League.
• The scenario repeated once ag
ain and all the provincial assemblies except Punjabelected in 1988 passed resolutions against the construction of the Kalabagh dam,without any opposition from any of the member of these assemblies, In Sindhparticularly there were members of assembly from Muslim League factions, MQM,IJI (including NPP of Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi).
• Provincial assemblies of the three provinces (except Punjab) elected in 1990 also
passed resolutions against the dam. The government was not of PPP in any of theseprovinces but of the Muslim League (IJI).
• Provincial assemblies elected there after in 1994 and 1997 also passed resolutions
against the dam.It is after the elections of 2002 that members are not allowed (extra assembly way
not constitutionally-by the president Musharaf) to pass such bill [President