LAHORE-President PML-Q, Senator Chaudhry Shujat Hussain has said that the ongoing floods fury has played havoc with the lives of Sindhis, Punjabis, Pathans and Balochis alike, and this is the time that critics of Kalabagh Dam (KBD) should now give up their opposition to its construction. Had Kalabagh dam been built the water of the mighty floods would have been the harbinger of boons and blessings and not a cause of the present doom and devastation for the people of Pakistan, he said in press statement issued on Wednesday. He expressed his deep grief at the tragic outcome of the floods and said that the flood waters did not discriminate between the people of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. He said that the floods had caused an unprecedented devastation throughout the country and resulted in an incalculable loss of life and property. Ch Shujat said that if in the past a consensus had been reached on the KBD issue and its construction completed, the water of the present floods could have been a source of the countrys prosperity and not a cause of the current colossal tragedy. He said that the KBD critics should now analyze the problem coolly and rationally and understand that the magnitude of the destruction caused by floods could have been controlled had they not been so stubborn and obdurate. Rally held to mark PakISTAN Day Awami Jamhoori Forum in collaboration with Aurat Foundation, Shirkatgah, SOP, Women Action Forum and other NGOs on Wednesday organised a rally to mark 11th August as Jinnahs Pakistan Day from Data Darbar to Darbar Mian Mir. A large number of people including progressive and democratic citizens, political parties, civil society organisations, democratic groups and representatives from Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Bihai and others participated in the rally. The rally was led by one hundred personalities of Pakistan from different walks of life focusing Jinnahs three-point vision of Pakistan including a secular country, a welfare state and one nation. The speakers stressed for a secular and democratic state by saying that it was the only hope for a prosperous and stable Pakistan as enunciated by Mohammad Ali Jinnah in his historic address to the first Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on 11August 1947.