Federal minister accuses PML-N’s govt of stealing Sindh’s water

National Assembly

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) members of the National Assembly exchanged harsh word in the house as Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda accused the previous government of stealing water from Sindh.
Responding to a call attention notice moved by PPP members over water shortage in Sindh, the federal minister claimed that he had caught onto the alleged theft of water committed by the PML-N government by shutting telemeters through verbal orders. He said that the Sindh was deprived of its by supplying 58 per cent less water than the required.
“If I have to request other provinces to be more generous regarding the provision of water for Sindh, I will,” Vawda asserted. He alleged that the telemeters had been shut down after the issuance of verbal orders, and that the supply of water to the province was being measured manually. “Nawaz Sharif robbed the rights of another province and stole their water,” he claimed.
He said that he would meet Chief Minister Murad Shah for finding a solution to the issue. “I will proceed shoulder to shoulder with the Sindh government on this issue,” he said.
The minister’s allegation infuriated former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and demanded of the deputy speaker, who was chairing the session, to form a committee for investigation into the charges or the mater should be sent to relevant standing committee of the house. He said that that the minister’s allegation that Sindh and Balochistan’s water was being given to Punjab was a serious allegation.
The minister and Abbasi exchanged harsh words over the issue as Abbasi said that if ‘thief’ word was used again, he would also use such word for him and his father.
The former prime minister alleged that “those who stole the election” were using the word ‘theft’ in every conversation in an attempt to distract from their own actions.
During the exchange of words between the PML-N and PTI lawmakers, Minister for Communications Murad Saeed jumped in, also accusing the opposition of being “certified thieves”.
Saeed said, “Those who looted the country and those who destroyed institutions will be held accountable, stop us if you can. We have to change Pakistan and strengthen institutions.”
Further, he demanded, “A law needs to be drafted to publicly execute those who looted the country.”
“The previous government instead of focusing on the country’s economic problems worked to expand their personal businesses,” Saeed added.
PML-N’s Rana Sanaullah also took to the floor of the House and said, “If you keep terming us thieves then the opposition will make noise.”
“Prime Minister Imran Khan levelled allegations against PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif but did not respond to the notices,” Sanullah added.
The NA session has been postponed till Thursday evening.


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