PPP government will bury KBD issue forever: Chandio
December 03, 2012
The Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Moula Bux Chandio stated that the government of Pakistan People’s Party will bury the issue of Kalabagh Dam once and forever. While addressing a press conference at the Circuit House here on Sunday the Federal Minister said the time for raking up the buried issue of Kalabagh Dam is highly inappropriate as it has the potential to cause disharmony in the general elections.
He said it is under the purview of the democratically elected government to make decisions on the economic and energy issues rather than a court.
According to him, no political party in the country welcomed the order even the opposition party Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) said the judiciary should not venture in those issues.
“This is a project which has been rejected by the assemblies of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan. Even the people of these provinces have expressed their popular disapproval of it,” observed Chandio. The Minister denied that the PPP government is involved in any way in the LHC’s judgement saying that only the parties’ opponents are levelling such baseless accusations.
He criticised the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for supporting the Dam project without considering the fact that it poses a risk for the inter-provincial harmony.
When asked why the secretaries of Council of Common Interest and Water and Power Ministry presented the fudged facts before the LHC which based its order on these facts, the Minister expressed a lack of knowledge as to what transpired in the court. “I don’t know the technicalities of the matter which were put forward in the court,” he added.
Replying to a question as to what course among the CCI, review plea in the Supreme Court or a resolution in the provincial assemblies will the PPP government take to bury the issue, the Minister said that the most appropriate forum among them would be taken.
Talking about the Sindh People’s Local Government Act, 2012, he said the PPP government is open to accept amendments to the new system provided that they are convinced that the changes are meant to improve the system.
In reply to a question about the PPP’s position with regard to the delimitation of the electoral constituencies in Karachi, the Minister said that the PPP’s provincial general secretary Taj Hyder had already clarified the party’s stance on it. The Minister was accompanied by the local PPP leaders including Aftab Khanzada, Fayyaz Shah and others.