KHIPRO, March 31: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto alleged on Saturday that the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) is not giving Sindh its share of water.
The PPP chairman was addressing a crowd at Sanghar, where he said that Sindh is facing a dearth of water.
Bilawal said that the centre is carrying out discrimination against Sindh when it comes to water resources.
He said that the PPP pulled the masses out of poverty, adding that the party alleviated 600,000 families in the province.
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inaugurated Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Fresh Water Project to provide drinking water from Nara Canal to 85 villages of Achro Thar in Sanghar District on Saturday.
Under the project completed by Sindh government, 240 kilometers main pipeline & enroute lines have been laid to ensure water supply to the 85 villages dotting the dry desert. CM Murad Ali Shah, Ministers, PPP Sindh President Nisar Khuhro, PPP MNA from Sanghar Shazia Marri & others were present on the occasion.
Addressing the Party workers and notables of Sanghar after the inaugural, the PPP Chairman said, “I have just inaugurated a 240 kilometers long pipeline to provide drinking water to the thirsty masses of the backward area Achro Thar of Sanghar who had been praying for rain since centuries to quench their thirst.”
He said that for him there could be no better moment of happiness today that from now on my people in Achro Thar won’t remain thirsty. In the last five years, the so-called big parties PMLN or its allies and PTI have been indulging in personal fighting throwing accusations and insults on each other for the sake of chair but never talked about people’s problem.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that PPP had been serving the masses since last five years spending its energies on solutions of basic issues. “We worked on Education, Health, employment and clean water. We built new varsities, colleges, extended stipends to school-going girls, he added.
PPP Chairman pointed out that Sindh has excelled in provision of health facilities, which includes construction of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Trauma Center in Karachi, biggest Emergency Response Center for children, and Pakistan’s first Cyber Knife technology machine to conduct free of cost cancer radio surgery, which normally costs Rs6 million. “After NICVD Karachi, hospitals of international standards have been established in Larkana, Tando Mohammad Khan, Sehwan and Sukkur to provide free of cost otherwise very costly cardiovascular treatments. A state of the art Liver transplant center has been built in Gambat, a tehsil of Khairpur district where liver transplantation is carried out free of cost and facility is available to every Pakistani citizen,” he added.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that these are very costly medical treatments, unaffordable for the poor but PPP government has made available these treatments without charges. He stated that poverty in the country is due to the anti-poor policies of PML-N government.
PPP government, he said, extended interest-free loans to poor women so that they can start their own small business and so far 600,000 families have benefitted from this Union Council-based programme
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that entire country has been suffering from water scarcity since 10 years and Sindh had been the worst affected for both drinking and agriculture water. “And during all these years we have been working on clean water not due to any suo moto,” he stated adding that Sindh is craving for its water share. IRSA and Federal Government are not providing its share in water. Sindh had reservations over 1991 Water Accord signed during PML-N but this too is not being implemented, he stated.
PPP Chairman pointed out that it was no more a secret that Nawaz Sharif keeps people thirsty whenever he is into power. He has water for flowers in Lahore but won’t give it to people to drink.
He said that Sindh government carried out lining up of water courses & canals to save available water and in Sanghar alone, lining of 23 distributaries was carried out in last five years and irrigated 1000s of acres barren land additionally while 1700 RO Plants were installed in entire Sindh.
“I don’t say that everything is 100% correct but our hard work and intentions cannot be put to doubt. We know the problems of people and do people’s politics. Only PPP has served Sindh and gave mega projects to the province,” he stated.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that PMLN or PML-F, they are anti-people. People always resist them in the shape of PPP. Sanghar is crying that it has been devastated by PML-F, which is still an ally of PMLN in Federal government and has ruled Sanghar for last 50 years.
He called GDA as Grand Dysfunctional Alliance and termed it as a gang of political orphans. These people remained CMs, Ministers, Advisors and sometimes king-makers but did nothing for Sanghar. “PML-F always considered Sanghar as its Jagir and people as slaves. They did nothing for Sanghar, Khipro, TandoAdam, and Shahdadpur and kept people in darkness and fattening their coffers.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that PPP launched Water Supply Scheme in Sanghar. PPP constructed Sanghar-Mirpurkhas Road, Sanghar-Nawabshah Road, Khyber-Sanghar Road, Tando Adam-Kandiari Road, and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto University in Sanghar.
He said that we are Sufis and revere all the shrines but we have to segregate politics from Piri-Mureedi. Everybody can make big talks but the ones who gave sacrifice and blood was Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Like them, I would also not leave you alone.
He said that PPP passed landmark 18th Amendment unanimously from the Parliament after consultations with political parties and ensured provincial autonomy. “PPP won’t tolerate attacks on 18th Amendment and conspiracies against NFC Award,” the PPP Chairman added.
Bilawal Bhutto further said that PPP started revolutionary Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). But PML-N dislikes it because it is named after Bibi and carries her picture. They are cancelling BISP Card for it helps poorest women. “Don’t know which world PML-N dwells in, because they think poverty is not an issue. People are facing malnutrition, diseases and committing suicides. We have higher child mortality rate. Looking at these issues, I cannot sleep well but their conscience appears dead.
“PML-N has powers to write-off loans of rich. It can launch Tax Amnesty Scheme for riches people but have nothing to feed poor. They have billions to build metro buses but are canceling BISP cards of the poor women,” he added.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari made it clear that he cannot see poor being insulted and won’t tolerate it. “Whether BISP in Center or Sindh government’s poverty reduction programme in Sindh, PPP would continue battling poverty and PML-N’s policy to eliminate poor.”