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Kalabagh Dam: A synecdoche

16 September, 2003

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Experts have mentioned Kalabagh Dam as the most feasible and ready to be constructed to fulfill demands of water and power of all the provinces, irrigating several million acres of barren land, preventing more than 38 MAF water flow below Kotri(Sindh) annually.

At the same time, nationalist political setups are confronting this project on ‘political forums’ raising slogans like ‘on our dead body’.

What do you think about feasibility of Kalabagh Dam?

On which basis political parties are against it?

Are governmental elements behind elevation of this project an issue?

Reader Comments:

Pakistan Needs Smaller Provinces & Bigger Dams

Let us admit as Pakistanis that, most unfortunately, Kalabagh Dam is no more a technical issue but a political issue based on the greivences of three smaller provinces against the larger Punjab. We should recognize the divisions highlighted by Kalabagh issue as tip of the ice-berg and get to the actual issue of inter-provincial disharmony and disenchantment. Amicable resolution of this problem is a political solution in the shape of division of the existing four provinces into smaller provinces. Once smaller, more proportionate federating units are established there will be trust and easier understanding of each others point-of-view with little chance of bullying. The benefits of having smaller provinces in the federation will go much beyond developing consensus on water distribution as there will be automatic decentralization of power and administration / government will become closer to masses.
Thus Pakistan needs smaller provinces before starting on building bigger dams, which unwittengly make the smaller (less populated) provinces subservient to the disproportionately over populated Punjab. (As a suggestion Punjab, Sind and NWFP should be divided into two and Baluchistan into three smaller provinces).

Humayun Bashir, United Arab Emirates - 24 December, 2005

Both political & technical issue..

Those trying to turn this only into a technical issue are dead wrong..technically the dam can be built on many locations on the Indus river..why this obsession with Kalabagh? Why have no other dams been built since this controversy fact the control of water resources is a International law issue..those at the bottom of the river always have overall rights over it...there are a lot of people influential in Islamabad who plan to make a lot of money from kalabagh through commission and omission..if the record of land in mianwali is brought out I am sure it will be a case of kaun banega crore pati for many top people in this government..

Zak, United Arab Emirates - 24 December, 2005

Those who oppose Kalabagh are not unpatriotic

Please be nice and kind to each other as we have a spirited discussion. People who oppose Kalabagh Dam are not unpatriotic and they should not be termed as anti-Pakistan.

Shaukat Khan, United Kingdom - 28 December, 2005

Go Mushi. Just go for it inspite of those idiots crying out there in the streets.

Ejaz, Pakistan - 06 January, 2006

Kalabagh Dam

Our President made his position weak by not announcing the construction of the dam on T.V. Also he said also that he will not do anything against the miscreants in Baluchistan. That is very sad.

Shirin, Pakistan - 19 January, 2006

Kalabagh Dam

One should not be afraid of anyone in any corner of the country in doing good for the folk. If someone opposes in doing that that is our religious duty to side with the government even with our homely weapons.
Just one thing is to be shun is the Un-Islamic practices on media.

Mohammad Shamaun Pasha, Pakistan - 19 January, 2006


Just to say one thing. When there is hatred among the nation, you can never progress, as said in one of the columns above"let the three provinces sink so that the punjab can drink". I can bet on that, if you provide all the "against standing" plotical leaders with BONE, every thing will be setteled. you guys are help less. how come you are gona solve BHASA DAM with India, when you can't solve your own business. You people deserve to die of thirst, so DIE!!!

Quazeem, United Arab Emirates - 09 April, 2006

True Lie

Americans have rights to do anything. Becouse they are in power. And even muslims can only help them to do so. Becouse as they know they can do anything becouse it is a superpower. Even mushrafs terrorist war is started for its long term government stability. Why are we helping him?. Why we are helping him by thinking that he is our president......!

Haris, Pakistan - 20 September, 2006


i dont know anything about Kalabagh, its capicity, its height & its effect on N-W.F.P.
is there anyone to tell me??

Salman Khan, Pakistan - 12 December, 2006

The Kalabagh dam should be built for all the right reasons. There isn't much to add to the argument in favour of building this dam. However, it is devastating to witness Pakistanis fighting each other, hurling abuses at each other, and even calling each other anti-Pakistan or traitors etc. It is my observation that many (in fact most)less educated (and there is a whole lot of them) Pakistanis don't even grasp the technicalities of this project. Why then such mindless hatred? All this makes me think we need education more than we need dams. A nation progresses when its constituents, its people strive together in harmony. Are we a nation? Who are these people, politicians or otherwise, provoking Pakistanis instead of educating them with reason and tolerance?

Irfan Tufail, United Arab Emirates - 08 January, 2007

it should be constructed at any cost

Abid Muhammad Kharal, Pakistan - 12 February, 2007

think it over please


GRAN BADSHAH, Pakistan - 23 March, 2008

kalabagh dam

kalabagh dam is very essential for people of can save our agriculture,it will provide us alot of energy. it will save a lot of water which we pyt into bahr hind.the politicians which r un favour of this dam should qail the others to construct this dam.i my self in favour of this dam.iwant u people of pak to be in favour of it.the politicans should have t take some staeps other wise we will take some steps.i will give a tribute to the iftikhar khatak who is in favour of this dam and wrote several columns about this dam in mashriq news. come on jago pakistan. WATAN LOVERS

yasin, Pakistan - 02 April, 2011

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