The Sindh-Punjab Water Dispute 1859-2002 by Rasool Bux Palijo

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All…members from smaller provinces were dropped and following members, all, without exception, from Punjab, included:- Mr. M. Khalil-ur-Rehman, Mr. Kirmani, Mr. Mehboob, Mr. M. Niaz, Mr. (“Kalabagh Dam”,by Abrar Kazi,P:29-32). 46 It may be pointed out that there was no dearth of senior and competent engineers in Sindh, Frontier, Balochistan or Bahawalpur to present the case of Pakistan. Among them was Sindhi senior Engneer Mr. A former Chief Engineering Advisor to the government of Pakistan who was at that very time serving as Chief Engineer (water) WAPDA.

Pakistan a Dream Gone Sour’Roadad Khan, P: 42) By a notification dt: 10th June1959, the military government of Ayub Khan constituted a body named Indus Basin Advisory Board(IBAB) to evolve the best plan for meeting the water shortage caused by the sale to India of Ravi, Bias and Sutlaj. No representative from Sindh or any other region / province other than Punjab was taken on this Board. Thus the IBAB plans, decisions and the International negotiations based on the above plans and decisions were purely a Punjab affair.

38 Indo-Pak talks for resolving the “water dispute” started in March 1952 under the auspices of the World Bank. P and Bahawalpur and Khairpur States besides Punjab were included in the Pakistani team. The engineers from Punjab reportedly behaved as if they owned all the waters of Pakistan. Their objectives appeared to be (1) To keep the Indian side happy. (2) To stick to their secret deal with Indian Punjab, and get its terms approved by hook or crook. (3) To get a dam and link canals on Indus for plundering its water on the pretext of replacing the “losses suffered by Punjab” due to having deliberately, unauthorizedly and illegally sold out the common rivers Ravi, Bias and Sutlaj to India under the secret deal (4) To enlist Bahawalpur state engineers against Sindh by offering the bribe of Indus water for Bahawalpur State.

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