Lawmakers in Pakistan’s Balochistan have accused Sindh of stealing the province’s water share, blaming the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) for its failure in ensuring a fair distribution of water among the federal units.
Speaking on a point of order during a provincial Assembly session, former senior minister Mir Zahoor Buledi alleged that Sindh was stealing Balochistan’s water despite repeated complaints, The Express Tribune reported.
“Sindh continues to steal our water share,” Buledi told the session, chaired by Deputy Speaker Sardar Babar Khan Musakhail. His views were endorsed by Balochistan Minister for Communications and Works (C&W) Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran.
“Sindh and the federal government are stealing the water share of Balochistan,” Khetran said. “This has severely affected the farmers and growers in the green belt of the province.”
Lawmakers from both the treasury and opposition benches strongly condemned the continued theft. The house unanimously urged the Sindh government to take notice of this practice to address the grievances of the farmers of the province.
Balochistan has always accused Sindh of stealing its water share. The farmers in the Naseerabad and Jaffarabad districts have been protesting against this practice for the last few years, The Express Tribune reported.
During the session, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf member Mubeen Khilji drew the attention of the house towards the objection raised by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) towards the delimitation of constituencies.
Khilji said that the constituencies should have been formed on the basis of merit and not on anyone’s personal wish.
The lawmakers criticised the recent delimitations in Balochistan and demanded of the ECP to review its decision in this regard to address the grievances of political parties.