KARACHI Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday came hard on some senior officials of Water and Power Ministry for pressurising and harassing the Federation and Sindh members in IRSA. He also expressed concerns over the meeting hurriedly called by the IRSA Chairman, saying Sindh would not support opening of CJ Link Canal as it was facing acute shortage of water. Speaking at a news conference at CM House, he urged Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to take notice of Water and Power Ministry officials, allegedly trying to sabotage the unanimous decision regarding closing down of CJ Link Canal and strict implementation on 1991 Water Accord. The CM said he did not disclose the names and designations of the officials who were pressurising the IRSA members, but said their names would surface within two days. The Sindh government believes in reconciliation and congenial atmosphere, but some people do not like this, so they want to sabotage this peaceful atmosphere, he said. Irrigation Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Law Minister Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Food Minister Mir Nadir Magsi, CM Advisor on Information Jameel Ahmed Soomro and others were present on the occasion. The CM shared details of injustices meted out to Sindh in water distribution and said that a meeting with PM concluded positively regarding issue of closing down of Link Canal and to let IRSA work independently. He criticised Shafqat Masood, who had ordered opening of the canal illegally, saying that this is not a perennial canal nor is it a flood canal, so releasing of water in it was illegal act because water flow for this canal is not mentioned in 1991 Accord. Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif himself had conceded the opening of CJ canal as illegal, Qaim said. The Punjab member in IRSA not only ordered the opening of this canal illegally, but also used defamatory language against Sindh Irrigation Minister and insulted Sindh as well as federal members in IRSA, Qaim said. He, however, said the Punjab CM had assured him of taking action against Shafqat Masood. Qaim urged Shahbaz for immediate expulsion of Shafqat Masood as Punjab member in IRSA. He also showed concerns over the hurriedly-called meeting of IRSA held on Wednesday in Islamabad, saying that what was the urgency behind this meeting. I have approached the PM and Punjab CM and lodged protest against this IRSA meeting, he added. He demanded strict implementation on 1991 Water Accord, adding that IRSA is a technical organisation, which is being politicised deliberately. He said: Water is matter of life and death for Sindh. Many areas of Sindh including Badin, Thatta, Tharparkar and Umerkot have no drinking water. Even people have no water to give bath to the dead. The Sindh CM rejected the objections raised by Punjab government regarding release of water below Kotri downstream and said Punjab should know that human population also lives there. Qaim said that Sindh is facing acute shortage of water, which may affect the production of rice crop along rice canal, which also provides water to Balochistan. The due share of water could not reach Balochistan until the inflow of 135,000 cusec reaches Sukkur Barrage, he said. Qaim further said that the Sindh government repeatedly urged for equal sharing of shortage of water among four provinces, but unfortunately one province (Punjab) did not implement this formula. To a question regarding approaching CCI on water issue, the Sindh CM said that there was no need to approach CCI - if any other party or province which notices infringement of water agreement, they should go to CCI. If IRSA decides opening of CJ canal, then Sindh government will show its reaction, he added.