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Balochistan asks WAPDA to interfere, regulate water share issues under IRSA rules

ISLAMABAD, Jul 6 (APP): Balochistan government has asked Water and Power Regulatory Authority (WAPDA) to interfere and regulate the water share issues under the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) rules as third party as Sindh government is denying the legitimate right to Balochistan.

Speaking in a press conference held here on Tuesday, Balochistan government Spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani demanded the Sindh government to ensure the release of due share of water which is being denied in violation of the 1991 Water Accord.

Liaquat Shahwani said the Sindh government does not release full share of water to province and Balochistan government would stop water supply to Karachi through Hub dam, if Sindh government not mend its ways.

According to the IRSA agreement, Sindh is responsible to provide full share of water to Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but the provincial government is not willing to give Balochistan its legitimate right.

He said Sindh is supplying 42 percent less water to the province since last two months whereas Sindh claims some 17 percent of its share was being stolen by Punjab. He said, our due right share is 10,900 cusec including a short fall of 30 percent which is 14,000 cusecs but Sindh is providing 7,000 cusecs water.

He slams the Sindh government for turning the lush green belt of the province into barren areas owing to the 42 percent cut in Balochistan’s water shares.

The agriculture sector was facing Rs 80 billion losses in the current year due to water shortage caused by the Sindh government while the province was already affected due to long drought, Shahwani added.

The Neseerabad division is facing drinking water shortage which is the agriculture hub of the province, he added.

The Sindh government was cutting down 36 million acres cubic feet water share of Balochistan since the water accord was signed as the province was getting water through Sindh.

The total losses of the province in agriculture sector are 2700-2800 billion rupees due to non-availability of water and Sindh government is responsible of the huge losses to the province.

He said the Balochistan government already brought the issue at various forums but Sindh government denied consistently.

The official of Sindh government does not respond the calls of the officers of Balochistan irrigation department.

He said, the Sindh government does not prevent the illegal turbines installed by the formers to discharge the water from the canals which supply water to Balochistan.

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