Stop Sucking Indus River through illegal canals (leeches)

Harees of Sindh are awakening and fighting for their rights

by: Khalid Hashmani

Newspaper stories indicate that Sindhi Harees have reached the point where they feel that enough is enough. They are fighting back and it may be the beginning of the end of the exploiters who have dug illegal canals (Leeches)/ [Chashma Link canal] and dams to siphon off water from the Indus river before it reaches Sindh. Let us support their cause and join their struggle to bring an end to their plight.

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Irsa takes flak for lack of fairness in water sharing

Courtesy: Dawn Report, Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009

DADU: A large number of growers and their supporters took to the streets, held demonstrations and sit-ins on the roads in different parts of the province on Monday in protest against water shortage.

They criticised the Indus River System Authority and said the body was not playing its role for fair distribution of water among provinces.

The water accord which was signed during Nawaz Sharif government in 1991 had never been implemented, keeping Sindh deprived of its due share, they said.

A large number of growers and activists of the Sindh Hari Committee took out a procession in Mehar in protest against water shortage.

Carrying placards and raising slogans, the protesters marched from the taluka hospital and terminated at the press club.

Hari committee leader Samar Jatoi said that Sindh was not getting its due share in water and many parts of the province were facing water shortage, which was badly affecting standing crops.

Another committee leader, Akbar Kandhro, said that 50 per cent paddy crop would be affected and thousands of acres of land would become barren during the current season.

He said that release of water downstream Kotri Barrage was mandatory, otherwise, seawater would swallow up thousands of acres of fertile land.

Nawab Ahmed, a grower, said that the Indus River System Authority was not playing its role to ensure fair distribution of water among provinces and complained that the 1991 water accord had never been implemented.

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