LAHORE The speakers at the seminar held at Hameed Nizami Hall on Monday stressed the need to sort-out the water issue of Chashma Jehlum canal between Punjab and Sindh to save the federation. They were of the view that Punjab has sacrificed on various occasions as it did on the issue of NFC award while playing the role of 'big brother but it was still crying for due share of water for its crops. They posed a query, why Sindh was expecting more when it was already taking water according to the accord of 1991. The seminar titled Distribution of water among the provinces and responsibilities of the government was organised by Nawa-i-Waqt Group. Criticizing the role of Indus River System Authority (IRSA), the speakers including Hafiz Zahoor-ul-Hasan, Ibrahim Mughal, Rabia Sultana and Sarfraz Ahmad Khan said the body was constituted to run the accord of 1991 but after its reformation in Musharraf era in 2000, it did not play its assigned role and always took biased decisions. Chairman Agri Forum Pakistan Ibrahim Mughal said that as a result of Indus Water Treaty 1960 between India and Pakistan, 2.5 million acres of Punjab (Cholistan) had become desert while current interdiction of Chashma Jehlum (CJ) canal could affect more districts of Punjab including Jhang, Multan, Lodhran, Wehari, Muzafarabad and Bahawalpur which were open to become wasteland. He said according to treaty 1991, IRSA does not need any permission to open the CJ canal. He said Punjab has born a loss of Rs 50 billion due to interdiction of CJ canal last year as its crop of wheat could not get due water. He said the government should regulate the supply of water to South Punjab in all seasons through CJ canal and Taunsa Link canal (TC) to fulfil the needs. He suggested that Sindh should enhance its abilities and eliminate flaws in managing irrigation water. Director Farmers Association Rabia Sultana said the water issue was not only of Punjab but also of Pakistan. She said CJ canal not only irrigate 19 district of Punjab but also fulfils the needs of the drinking water in these districts. She said Sindh was taking its absolute share of water. She argued that the CJ canal was aorta of South Punjab as the agriculture and life of this area depends upon its emanation. She urged Sindh not to politicise the issue and handle it technically. Chairman Indus Water Council Pakistan Hafiz Zahoor-ul-Hasan said that according to international experts, Pakistan would face food and economic crisis in 2012 despite a best irrigation system because of huge increase in population. He said about 20 million acre of agricultural land has become barren, 70 millions people were living blow poverty line and the ratio of collective suicide was increasing while the country was heading towards bloody revolution and this all was largely due to Indian water terrorism. He further said some hidden powers were conspiring to pit provinces against each other by influencing IRSA. The rulers have no proper foreign and internal policies and the opposition is also not playing its role, he added. Appreciating the role of media, Zahoor-ul-Hasan said the media was playing its role of 'watch dog while some the forces were trying to take control over it. Senior vice president Kissan Board Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmad said the country was facing flood on the one hand and on the other hand water scarcity because of insufficient dams to store water while the provinces had no consensus to construct new dams. He said it was decided in 1991 treaty that any province could store its allocated water but no new dams were allowed to be constructed by some provinces. He said some hidden hands were trying to destabilize the country and wanted to destroy our atomic programme. National consensus was the need of the hour on the issue of water distribution in this atmosphere of water crisis, he added.