By: Khalid Hashmani
I suspect that this new re-packaging of Kala Bagh dam may be another drama of foes of Pakistan . The purpose may be to simply re-direct attention away from other issues and/or scoring points. Nevertheless, the issue of the Kala Bag dam is of such a paramount importance to Sindh that we cannot afford to ignore any thing related to this Kala Nang dam, whose consequence would simply be to end of the country. ….
Foes of Pakistan are bent upon retaining the power and bringing back the subject of Kala Bagh dam will do nothing but galvanize people of Sindh, Pakhtoonkhwah, and Baluchistan to aggressively oppose it. I also believe that most people of Punjab (except few thousand civilian and military landowners, who will be the primary beneficiary of Kala Bagh dam) consider the Kala Bagh dam to be a divisive issue that is taking a brutal toll of harmony and unity in the country.
In the context of the new information, I do not think Sindhis would give any credence to figures such as ownership. They know that none (repeat “none”) of the fundamental commitments made in writing have even been delivered. Sindh has rarely received its due share from the Indus River that is committed in written agreements. Other example of such disregard for written agreements include non-adherence to 1940 Pakistan resolution, the present constitution, and restoration of the provincial rights by abolishing concurrent list. If anything, I suspect, Sindh will be held responsible for paying 40% of the huge loans that would be required to build Kala Bagh dam, which will bring death and destruction to Sindh — a classic case of double jeopardy for Sindh. The reality of unfair meagreness of royalties from natural resources such as oil, gas, and coal to Sindh and Baluchistan is known to every one. In spite of the immense natural resources, the rural areas of Sindh and Baluchistan continue to suffer highest poverty. Although, at times, Sindhis do not watch out for their interest very well, I doubt that we are so obtuse to fall for this re-packaging. It will be like purchasing Brooklyn Bridge from a con man.