HYDERABAD - The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) demanded the suspension of the Sindh Irrigation Secretary over alleged corruption and an immediate inquiry by the National Accountability Bureau.

The demand was made here in SCA meeting held on Saturday.  Mir Murad Ali Khan Talpur chaired the meeting and participant included Nabi Buksh  Sathio, Ejaz Nabi Shah, Zahid Hussain Bhurgari, Mohammad Malook Nizamani and Abdul Karim Talpur.

The meeting referred to a statement made by the irrigation secretary in which he had expressed his extreme helplessness, saying that he could not even change a peon in the irrigation department.

The meeting observed that the irrigation department was without a fulltime minister and reminded the Sindh government that though the annual closure of canals and barrages had begun on December 25, but not a single penny had been spent on desalting of the canals in the province.

The meeting observed that under such circumstances irrigation water would not reach tail end areas of Sindh that would result in agricultural losses.

The meeting reminded the authorities that closure of canals was badly affecting the sowing of the Rabi crop and canals would not be carrying a full discharge even during the Kharif season.

‘No Sindhi to tolerate Sind division’

Federal Minister for Political Affairs Maula Bukhsh Chandio condemned Altaf Hussain`s warning for possibility of Sindh division, saying that such statement was damaging to his image as a Sindhi and pro Sindh leader.

He was speaking to journalists at a programme held in Hussainabad in connection with the PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto`s birth anniversary celebrations, here the other day.

He warned that such statement would have serious implications not only for Sindh but also for MQM`s own politics.

`No Sindhi will tolerate talk of a division of Sindh, he added.

Commenting on Altaf Hussain’s arguments on his dual nationality and reference to Quaid-i-Azam, the Minister said that veteran leaders like GM Syed, Khan Ghaffar Khan and Wali Khan had also expressed their views on personality and politics of the Father of the Nation and had to face the consequences.