KARACHI - In response of strike call given by Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mauhaz (JSQM) against the decision of IRSA regarding opening of Chasma Jhelum Link Canal, the majority of cities of Sindh remained shut and transport was off the roads on Friday. Nationalist parties of Sindh also took out protest rallies condemning the acting chairman IRSA, who is also Punjab governments member for allowing 10,000 cusecs of water in controversial canal. According to reports reaching here, the majority of Hyderabad remained shut while transport was also thin on the roads, resulting in more difficulties for commuters. The JSQM workers also took out protest demo in Hyderabad against the opening of CJ canal besides large number of political workers of other parties also took part in the demo. The strike call was announced by JSQM Chairman Bashir Khan Qureshi to give message to the rulers of the country especially of Punjab about the sentiments prevailing among the masses in Sindh. According to report collected by The Nation, the district headquarters including Dadu, Jamshoro, Thatta, Badin, Qambar, Shahdadkot, Ratodero, Larkana, Shikarpur, Kandhkot, Kashmore, Digri, Tando Bago, Kotri, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Kandyaro, Doltapur, Tando Adam, San, Jhuddo, Naukot and other cities remained shut against the illegal decision of IRSA acting chairman of opening CJ canal and releasing of water. Meanwhile, Sachal Goth, Gulshanabad, Korangi, Gulshan Hadeed, Kiamari and other areas also remained shut in Karachi. Talking to The Nation, JSQM chairman Bashir Qureshi said that Sindhs share of water had already been curtailed by the Centre, resulting in drought-like situation in the province. However, a huge portion of agricultural land have also been turned into desert and saline. The opening of CJ-Link Canal will adversely affect the agriculture of Sindh. He demanded the federal government of closing down CJ link Canal immediately. He reminded that out of total national exchequer of Rs1,600 billion, Rs1,200 billion are generated from Sindh annually, while Sindh contributes 70 per cent in oil and 65 per cent in gas production of the country but in return Sindh gets nothing. Despite having sufficient reserves of natural resources, port and other strategic benefits, the people of Sindh are living below poverty lines. All these resources of Sindh are being used by the Centre and other provinces, he added. Queshi further said that the lands, industries, port, jobs, national resources and tax income of Sindh were under the grab of the Centre while the influx of the outsiders had also increased. All the nationalist parties of Sindh including Sindh Taraqqi Passand Party, Awami Tehreek, Sindh National Party and others also supported the strike call given by the JSQM. The Sindh government and nationalist parties are on same line against the opening of CJ canal.