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Treasury, opposition benches pass joint resolution

08 December, 2012

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly has once again rejected the controversial Kalabagh Dam project by unanimously adopting a joint resolution on Friday.

Lawmakers belonging to all political parties having representation in the Provincial Legislative House passed the resolutions by raising hands and in standing positions. The resolutions were separately moved by the lawmakers of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and PML-Q on Thursday, and these were combined before passing.

The PPP resolution says, "The issue or even the idea of constructing the Kalabagh Dam is tantamount to erode the foundations of the national cohesion, destroy the provincial fraternity in general, and create socio-economic disaster for the province of Sindh in particular."

Another resolution moved by the MQM states, "Any attempt to revive the proposal from any quarter shall be resisted and rejected outright by the province and the people of Sindh".

The resolution jointly moved by the PML-F, PML-Q and PML-Arbab Group says, "Kalabagh Dam is a dead issue. Raising of this issue by any forum at this stage is nothing but creating disturbance amongst the masses." During their speeches the lawmakers also criticised the Lahore High Court's (LHC) verdict given in favour of the controversial project.

"The LHC has given verdict in favour of a controversial issue when the Parliament granted provincial autonomy to the provinces", said the PPP leader and Provincial Information Minister Shajeel Inam Memon. Similarly, he added, Pervez Musharraf had raised the Kalabagh Dam issue when 2005's earthquake had united whole the nation, he added.

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