BY ABBAS KASSAR
HYDERABAD: Sindh National Party took out a rally to mark protest against increased load shedding, supremacy of Punjab on resources of Sindh and shortage of irrigation water. Central leaders of party Ashraf Noonari, Shabbir Inqilabi, Najeeb Ahmed Thebo and Dr. Uzma Jokhyo led the march on foot from Gul Center to press club via Hyder chowk. Addressing the march Ashraf Noonari said Punjab has made oppressed nations as its slaves in name of federation who was looting resources of Sindh as booty. He said Sindh generates 70% of gas, oil and revenue of whole country and also was self sufficient in power generation. He said Karachi was in need of 800 mw electricity while remaining Sindh needs 1600 mw. He said Guddu thermal unit generates 4200 mw while other units Jamshoro, Kotri, Lakra,Sukkur and Liberty plants were more than 1500 more mw of power. Apart from above wind power was being produced at Bin Qasim, Gharo and Jhimpir which all was being taken away by national grid yet Sindh was not only being deprived of royalty but also of required power supply.
He said as Punjab was in control of resources of Sindh and this feeling of deprivation was increasing in Sindh. Same was situation of water of Indus river as Punjab was taking full water but shortage was being suffered by Sindh. He demanded rights to provinces under 1940 resolution and power and water system be handed to provinces. If their demands were not met they would block supply of gas and power to Punjab.
NO WATER FOR ABLUTION: WASA SELLS OUT TO TANKER MAFIA
BY ABBAS KASSAR
HYDERABAD: The citizens of Hyderabad, Latifabad and Qasimabad were not being supplied water for drinking since last one month when federal state minister Abid Sher Ali had ordered to suspend the supply of power to pumping stations of WASA/H D A. But the situation has taken alarming shape in Qasimabad where not only there is no water being supplied to households but even there is no water for ablution in mosques. The other parts are getting some water but authorities have blacked out Qasimabad. It was deplorable that Wasa was selling out water meant for public to tanker mafia which in return is selling water to those who afford to pay high cost of water but the majority which cannot afford to get water from tankers are compelled to purchase it for drinking purpose only from shop keepers and were passing difficult time with no water at all.
Meanwhile Insan Dost Tehrik has lamented that Sindh government, Hyderabad Development Authoiry and Wasa have turned Hyderabad into Karbala. In a statement chairman of IDT Muhammad Arif Qaimkhani, Malik Ramzan, Abdul Rahim Chandrigar, Zubair Arain, Maqsood Sunar,Nooruddin Arain, Asif Qaimkhani and Junaid Jabbar said the citizens are waiting for a drop of water but the ministers, advisors and officers have turned their ear. They said that even there was no water in mosques for ablution. They alleged that corrupt officers were eroding Wasa and H.D.A. They said that water filter plants installed with millions of rupees were in shabby condition and turned as habitat of dogs. The situation has made life of citizens difficult.