LAHORE - Farmers Association Pakistan (FAP) has demanded of the Prime Minster to personally take up the water shortage issue for irrigation in South Punjab. FAP, in a meeting chaired by its Vice Chairman Hussain Jahania Gardezi here on Wednesday, appealed to the PM to attend to the issue of water availability to the South Punjab. Gardezi said Chashma Jehlum Link had the capacity to carry 22,000 cusecs water to Haveli canal of Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Shorkot and Sadhnal canal which supplied water for irrigation to Multan, Vehari, Khanewal, Mailsi, Lodhran and Bahawalpur, but the supply has been stopped threatening the crops. He said retarded supply of water to these areas having more than 4 million acres of land, would result in colossal loss to the farmers of the area. He said non supply of water to these districts has now suddenly become a bone of contention and a political slogan on this issue may proving detrimental to the federation. The participants of the meeting were of the view that the link canal which unites three mega rivers of the country, now being kept dry for the last eight months while it has only been active for a week which was misfortune and was discontentment among the federating units. They said this was a very precarious and dangerous situation and the PM should immediately intervene and call a meeting of all stakeholders and ensure that this canal flows regularly.