Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda and former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday heated exchange on the water crisis during a National Assembly session.
Responding to a notice moved by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders calling attention to a water shortage in Sindh, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader held former premier Nawaz Sharif’s government responsible for water theft in the province.
Taking to the floor of the House, the minister said he wanted to inform the House that he had unearthed that the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had “stolen Sindh’s share of water”.
“The previous government led by Nawaz stole water from Sindh,” Vawda alleged. “Nawaz robbed another province of its rights,” he added while addressing the NA session.
Delving into details regarding how the PML-N stole water, Vawda said, “Verbal orders were issued to shutdown water telemeters and the supply of water to the province was being measured manually.”
The federal minister for water resources further said that he will meet Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to resolve the issue. “I will walk shoulder to shoulder with the Sindh government on the water issue,” Vawda added.
In response, PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said, “The federal minister’s allegations that water was stolen from Sindh and Balochistan for Punjab are serious. A parliamentary committee should be formed to probe into the allegations.”
To this, Vawda said, “I did not mention the name of Punjab and there is no need for a parliamentary committee. I will present a report on this in the House myself.”
“They [PML-N govt] stole massively from every department,” the PTI MNA further asserted.
Abbasi then said, “If you will level allegations then start the investigations from me.”—INP