Kalabagh Dam is a dead issues: Shah


KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said on Thursday that Kalabagh Dam is a dead issue, but some politicians are trying to take political mileage by singing its songs again may be for local bodies elections.

“This is on record that three provincial assemblies have rejected it.” This he said while talking to media while inaugurating Jam Sadiq Bridge at Korangi Road which has been repaired and partially reconstructed by KMC, today.

He said that revival of Kalabagh Dam is a political stunt. Some people are trying to make it an issue once.

“This is an attempt to gain political sympathies during the ongoing local bodies elections. Replying to a question, he said that he was committed to hold free, fair and transparent local bodies elections in the province. “Our opponents are deliberately making hue and cry after witnessing the popularity of PPP at the gross root level,” he said and added that he would never allow anybody to interfere in the election process.

Shah further said that on the directives of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), a ban had been imposed on transfer and posting of government officers. “This is being done to make local bodies election free and fair but even then anti-PPP forces which have formed an alliance are making unnecessary hue and cry,” he said and added that in the past, 13 political parties had made an alliance against PPP and this time a similar alliance had again been formed but PPP is not scared of it. “We are political people and face them politically,” he concluded.

Replying to a question against the allegation of DG NAB Karachi Col (retd) Sirajul Naeem that a land was allotted illegally, the chief minister said that his statement was aimed at maligning Sindh government. “It does not suit a person like him to issue such exaggerated statements,” he said and added: “The Supreme Court has banned the allotment of land; however, there is a provision of allotment of land only for industrial and residential purpose for which procedure has already been notified,” he said.

Shah said that he was the custodian of the land of the province and would never give a single inch to land-grabbers. “The land allotted illegally are already under scrutiny and would be dealt accordingly,” he said.

Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated Jam Sadiq Bridge repaired and reconstructed for R 221.17 million. The chief minister said that work on the project was started in March 2015 and was scheduled to be completed within eight months but with the personal efforts of Local government minister Syed Nasir Shah, project had been completed within seven months.