Sindh was brutally victimized during the tenures of both former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and General (Rtd) Pervez Musharraf. We had a total of 12 barren years at a stretch without any relief. During the Nawaz Sharif era, not a single mega development project was launched or completed by federal government in Sindh. In fact, the two projects launched by Benazir Bhutto government, namely Keti Bunder project for saving the Indus delta and 5200 MW power generation project based on gigantic Thar Coal deposits were simply abandoned by Ms Bhuttos successor to the office of Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif. Right after he came into power, General (Rtd) Musharraf did announce a grant of Rs 13 billions to strengthen the irrigation system in Sindh, but to my knowledge, the funds were never released. When Qamar-uz-Zaman Shah of the Sindh Abadgar Board had a meeting with the General, he asked about this money. Musharrafs strange reply, according to Mr Shah who reported this in a television interview, was that he was not releasing that money because nobody was asking for it. What a joke An irrigation expert from Sindh, Nazir Memon, has personally told me that this amount was never released to Sindh. I am also in full agreement with Mr Farooq Memon, a researcher from Lahore who has written in a letter to an English daily (Aug 26, 2010) that Had the second Nawaz Sharif government not cancelled the 5200 MW power generation project through coal in Sindh, Pakistan would not have been facing the energy shortage. The federal government should clarify why the aforementioned amount (Rs 13 billion) was not released to Sindh despite announcement by no less an authority than the President? It is my candid view that if those Rs 13 billions were released and spent back then, the flood devastation in Sindh would have been reduced now. -MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL, Karachi, September 1.