It is for the editors, the columnists and the letter writers to tell the people that dams are built the world over to overcome water shortage and not to create it. A 20 percent shortage for the Rabi season is being projected in this winter. We have somehow managed to survive without any increase in supplies for the last 38 years while the population has increased from 8 to 19 crore, but how many more years are we going to survive on the same 104 million acre feet while 22 million acres of arable land is still available, 80 percent of it in Sindh.

If an international magazine was to print my letter, the world would think we are all suffering from mad cow disease. No sane people would do what we are doing to our country.


Lahore, September 18.