Dams and moral duty

After the partition of the subcontinent, Pakistanis suffered many problems, and water dispute with India was one of them. In 1962 Indus water treaty agreement was made when the population of Pakistan was only 33.7 million. From then no proper planning was made to store and use water. When population of Pakistan has multiplied by six times according to the census of 2017 only recently Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, proposed a plan for utilizing and reserving water.
On the other hand, Chief Justice of Pakistan has contributed Rs 10 lacs personally for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams and has also ordered to start the construction work on dams. Since Pakistan is under huge debt of IMF, it is not possible for the government to allocate the budget for the construction of dams. Therefore, this is a good initiative made by Chief Justice of Pakistan. Additionally, ISPR spokesperson has also announced that every soldier’s one day’s salary and every officer’s two-day salary would be deducted as contribution towards the dams.
Now it’s our turn to play our part. For the last few years 30% of the recharged balance was deducted by network providers, and after the order of Supreme Court to recharge mobile accounts fully without any deduction, now, full balance is recharged by the mobile network providers. According to a statistic of 2018 there are around 140 million mobile users in Pakistan, and they receive full balance after the recharge of mobile accounts. So, it becomes our moral duty to contribute Rs 10 by only an SMS at least for once and that is very easy just by typing a message as “dam” and send it to 8000. It is good for all rather than expressing anger on 30 percent deduction of balance.
DR SAMEERA ZAFAR
Wahi Pandhi, Sindh

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