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Kalabagh Dam most important, politicised project of our history: Dr. Shahid Rasheed Butt

Islamabad, March 12, 2015 (PPI-OT): Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Dr. Shahid Rasheed Butt on Wednesday said delay in construction of Kalabagh dam (KBD) as delay is threatening the whole population and compromising the existence of country. Early construction of KBD it in the best interest of country and generations to come therefore politicians should take the decision in the national interest.

Talking to former central chairman APCNGA Pervaiz Khan Khattak, President Punjab Forum Baig Raj and President Pakistan Economy Watch Dr. Murtaza Mughal, he said that nothing can save country from becoming a desert except KBD.

Dr. Shahid Rasheed Butt said that KBD is mired in intense political controversy since decades threatening 200 million people who will suffer from hunger, thirst and poverty. The federal government is bound to start the project in the light of the Council of Common Interests decisions; he said adding that lack of consensus on KBD amounts to playing with the future of Pakistan.

The people who are opposing the dam are doing a great disservice to Pakistan as prosperity of Pakistan is tied to KBD. He said that anti-Pakistan lobbies have converted a technical and humanitarian issue into a political problem to harm country.

Lashing out at the plan of rulers to avoid water sector development to ‘save the federation’ will eventually destroy the federation, he warned. The government and its allies have no viable alternative to KBD ditched without a parliamentary debate which is making the problem more complex.

For more information, contact:
Jahangir Akhtar
Secretary General
Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry
Office No, 9 Block E, Super Market, Islamabad
Cell: 0344-5111174

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