MULTAN

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has warned that the next world war will be fought over water and India is likely to start this war, adding that our politicians, generals and bureaucrats sold out all national assets including rivers on throwaway price.

Addressing a seminar organised by PTI Agriculture Wing South Punjab on issues being faced by the agriculture of South Punjab here on Thursday, he added that the last glacier of Pakistan was melting and entire country would be flooded if it continued to melt on the same pace. “We need to construct Kalabagh Dam and 100 more likewise dams to prevent floods, drought and famine in future,” he asserted. He said that the KBD was the dam of the poor of South Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan but no party including PTI dared support its construction.

He claimed that entire country was under clutches of sugar mill mafia, adding that the cotton produced by our farmer was earning fortunes in the world but our grower could not generate money from his produce even for the marriage of his son. He claimed that sugar would be banned like cigarette in coming days.

He lashed out at the political leadership of the country and said that our leaders fled from country in tough times and then returned to play talks-talks. He alleged that the Chief Minister Punjab shifted funds to Lahore allocated for health, education and sewerage projects of South Punjab but no one asked him any question. “This region is being badly neglected,” he maintained.

Speaking on this occasion, PTI Vice Chairman Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the masses extended opportunities to both so-called big parties but they failed to deliver. He warned that a serious water and food crisis was about to hit Pakistan while institutions were heading towards total collapse but the rulers had no realization of this alarming situation. Citing the example of India, he said that she offered subsidy worth billions of dollars to its farmers and purchased 22 different crops from its farmers while on the other hand our farmer was faced with the toughest situation because of unjust increase in prices of agricultural inputs. He warned that trade with India would bring complete destruction to local agriculture. He said that water was not an inter-provincial issues rather it was a bone of contention among Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. He warned that Pakistan would face a severe crisis if India released funds to Afghanistan for construction of dams on Kabul River. He said that our canal system was designed by the Britain for irrigation of 33 per cent land while today over 87 per cent was under cultivation. He said that the country was likely to face massive storms, horrible floods and drought because of its geographic location but the rulers did nothing to cope with coming situation. He said that there was no difference between policies of PPPP and PML-N. He said that it was PTI that raised the issues of common citizens and farmers in assemblies.

Other PTI leaders also spoke on this occasion.