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Can't start Kalabagh Dam on court order: PM Raja Pervez

02 December, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday said that the Kalabagh project could not be launched with an executive or judicial order.

Talking to a private news channel, the PM said that Pakistan was a federation of four units and all such important projects should be initiated with consensus.

He said that some people were raising the Kalabagh dam issue at the time when elections were just round the corner. But such people had done nothing when they were in power for long periods of time, he added.

The prime minister said that the three provincial assemblies had passed resolutions with consensus against the dam's construction and discussions on the issue, which creates hatred, should be avoided.

He said the first elected government was going to complete its tenure, which was a good omen, and would have a far-reaching impact on the country's politics and democracy.

Raja Pervez Ashraf said that elections would be held on stipulated time and the date would be announced in consultation with the leader of the opposition.

He said that like the consensus appointment of the chief election commissioner, both the government and the opposition would work for strengthening the system.

About the creation of southern Punjab province, the prime minister said that it was not a political or electioneering slogan but a genuine demand of the people of the region.

He said that the government had taken all possible steps and formed a commission for the creation of new provinces. The stakeholders should not create hurdles in the creation of southern Punjab province, he added.

To a question about government's borrowing, the prime minister said that there was a big difference in perception and reality.

The federal government had contained its expenditures, but the provinces had increased their expenses, even getting more funds under the 7th NFC Award. Despite inflation, the government's expenditures have increased just by seven per cent, he added.

The prime minister said that when the government came to power, the country was importing wheat, but now the commodity was being exported, earning foreign exchange. He said the government has provided food security to the people.

The PM said that Balochistan was his government's top priority. It is doing its best to restore law and order situation there and resolve other issues politically, he added. He said that the government had evolved a new policy of postings and transfers to appoint the most competent officers in Balochistan.

All the development projects have been prioritised in the province, while special focus is being given on the early completion of Katchi Canal, he said and added that the Gwadar Port was being linked with Ratodero.

He said that the government's initiatives for the uplift of Balochistan were bringing positive results.

Talking about the upcoming elections, the PM said that the government is determined to hold free, fair and independent election in the country.

About the law and order situation of Karachi, the prime minister said that though the law and order issue was a provincial matter but the federal government was making all-out efforts to maintain the law and order in the port city.

Regarding the issue of a Turkish power plant, Karkay, he said that the government would approach the apex court and request for an investor- friendly decision on the issue.


Reader Comments:

Pak nation taken hostage

Looks like Pak government and Pak military are hell bent to set their rules(not the rules of the law)against interests of the Pak nation and the courts.

They want to break down the law in already reeling economy, which is now hopeless in comparison to India that we see our only adversary in the region. In Ayub Khan days, Indian economy was only 3 times stronger than one fourth Pak population. In Musharraf days, India had 7 times more people than Pak, but had only 6 times stronger economy. Now India has 11 times stronger economy with just 7 times more people.

And the bickering never stops as too much privileged military and the rulers have Pak nation by the balls and they also give damn to the law laden court orders.

Why do they want to hold back Kala Bagh dam when there is surplus water in the river Indus, which has now more water flowing in it than any other river of south Asia including Brahamputra.

We love Pak military, but Kayani is a hard core PPP man and the other day he was even dictating the Pak supreme court to abide by him as the master to set limits on the power of the law.

If Pak keeps slipping in econmy like this compared to India, then we may not even need them as a powerless nation. And the rulers are also kicking the courts orders as they know very well that Almighty army of the country too is on their side.

God save Pak nation.

A.M.Rogers, - 02 December, 2012

Let us be real

With two mega refineries in Jamnagar India that create too much regional warming resulting into melting aweay of much smaller glaciers of India with very fast drying of rivers there. Paks have the world's six largest glaciers that feed Indus river and result to excessive flooding and abundent water supply in Indus. Indus has now by far largest water flow of any river in south Asia.

Jamnagar factor ensues building Kalabagh dam and will be good for all.

Anwar Mahmood, - 02 December, 2012

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