It was former President General Pervez Musharraf who had said that Sindh would die if it did not agree to build Kalabagh Dam, as sweet water could only be supplied to it from the new storage of Kalabagh Dam. After his campaigning for Kalabagh Dam for two years, MQM Chairman Mr Altaf Hussain persuaded the General to drop Kalabagh Dam, apparently due to political needs of MQM, which are hard to understand now. Now the bird has come to roost, in Sindh the rain water from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Punjab is drowning Sindh, coupled with heavy rains. If Kalabagh Dam had been built, at least 6.1 maf of water could have been held in storage, thus mitigating the adverse effects of rain to a large extent, but this was not done, thanks to die hard attitude of PPP and MQM. Both these parties are acting against the vital interests of Sindh, from where they win elections, particularly in view of saline ground water in Sindh and its large requirement of sweet river waters. Kalabagh Dam could have provided life, but its lack would be a death knell for Sindh, as former General Musharraf’s voice rings clearly in our ears. He could have earned the distinction of building a third hydroelectric dam in Pakistan but failed to harness the opportunity afford to him to keep playing the political game. DR.MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI, Lahore, September14.