ISLAMABAD Amid the heightened controversy over the water-sharing formula, Indus River System Authoritys (IRSA) Acting Chairman Shafqat Masood claimed that the opening of Chashma Jhelum Link Canal was not usurping the water share of Sindh, so the objections raised in this regard were illogical. Acting Chairman IRSA, Shafqat Masood stated this while speaking at a press conference here at Islamabad. He was of the view that Sindh province was getting its due share of water and opening of CJ Link Canal was in accordance with the 1991 Water Accord. He maintained that in the absence of any member, Chairman IRSA had the authority to decide the distribution of water to the provinces. However, the Chairman claimed that the resignations of the two members of IRSA were not tendered against the IRSAs decision to open the CJ Link Canal. Furthermore, he was of the opinion that the decisions of IRSA were in line with the IRSA ACT and there was no need to get the permission of Sindh for the opening of CJ Link Canal. However, the Sindh Cabinet, in a meeting with the Prime Minister on Monday, has demanded the closure of the CJ Link Canal Moreover, IRSA sources confirmed that the CJ Link Canal was getting ten thousands cusecs of water from Punjabs share. M.H. Siddiqi, Irrigation Consulatant for Punjab govt has said that the water share of CJ Link Canal is not the violation of Indus water Treaty, adding that Sindhs stance in this regard is illogical. Farmers leader Khwaja Shoaib while commenting on the issue said that if Punjab Govt compromises on CJ Canal issue, the cotton crop in the seraiki belt of the Punjab province would badly be affected.