Haleem accuses Sindh rulers of irrigation water theft

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice President and Leader of Opposition in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh on Monday said that the rulers of Sindh are responsible for theft of irrigation water and water share of tail-end growers is being given to influential landlords.

Addressing a press conference on Sindh Assembly premises flanked by PTI parliamentary party leader Bilal Ghaffar, MPAs Dr. Imran Shah, Jamal Siddiqui, Shahzad Qureshi, ShahnawazJadoon and others, he said that from 2008 to 2014 Sindh Chief Minister used his special powers and allowed 8330 direct connections from canal, stealing water share of small farmers to benefit PPP men.

He alleged that the tail-end growers do not get their water share, as water is illegally given to the henchmen and favouritesof Zardari family.

He said that Ali Hassan Zardari, Ghulam Qadir Marri, Malik AsadSikandar, Kamal Chang, ManzoorWassan and other got water through illegal connections. He said that the rulers in Sindh have created an artificial shortage of water.

He said Wadera ministers and advisors are involved in water theft. Haleem said the rulers have wrecked havoc of old villages.

He said they are blaming the federal government for making lands of Sindh barren. He said water is being given to Karachi as PPP people have hydrants to sell water.

He said that K-IV has become a white elephant and the PPP by changing its design has complicated this project.

He said that an honest non-political grower in Sindh cannot get water for his lands, while blue-eyed boys of government have direct connections from canals. He said the representative of Sindh is present in Irsa and water is distributed on the basis of availability.

He said funds for canal lining and embankments went to the pockets of corruption mafia and every year we face floods. He said all provinces are given water as per their share. He said in cotton season Sindh was given more water. He said Bilawal cannot become Bashir Khan Qureshi or Benazir Bhutto.

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