KARACHI - A rare unanimity was observed among the ruling and opposition nationalist parties of Sindh at a conference on Sindh water issue held at Karachi Press Club on Saturday. Terming the hydropower plant a deathblow to the agrarian economy of Sindh, they demanded for immediate scrapping of plant and stop water flow in Chashma-Jehlum Canal which neither is perennial channel nor a flood canal. The conference was organised by Indus Peoples Forum (IPF) on the topic 'Fair Distribution of Water and CJ-Power Project: Sindh Case. The representative from almost all the of ruling, opposition and nationalist parties including PPP, PML-N, MQM, JUI-F, ANP, Awami Tehreek, Sindhi Tarqi Passand Party, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Muhaz, Sindh United Party, and water experts attended the moot. The water experts and technocrats highlighted Sindh water case with arguments in first session of conference, while the politicians touched political issues relating to water woes of Sindh in second session. Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that PPP government is symbol of unity of federation, adding that PPP will never compromise on Sindh rights. Sindh Minister for Irrigation Syed Murad Ali Shah said that said that Chashma and Tounsa Panjnad canals are neither perennial nor flood channels, so not a single drop should be released in both canals. He said that water flow was supposedly released in both canals under an interim agreement, even there is no mention of water flow mentioned for these canals in the Water Accord of 1991. He touched all the historical aspects of water issues and disputed erupted among the Punjab and Sindh Provinces, saying that Sindh suffered during dictatorial periods due to poor representation of the province, but now PPP are in power and it will safeguard Sindhs rights. Minister said that despite some 'flaws in 1991 Water Accord, we accept and would ensure Sindhs water right according to that agreement. Rasool Bux Palijo chief of Awami Tehreek alleged that Punjab had sold three rivers to India, however huge network of link canals were being built from the money received in compensation. These link canals meant to divert water of Indus River. Now time has come to ask one question to Punjab that do they want power plants and water or Pakistan, he said. Sindh Minister for Culture Sassui Palijo said that we believe that Punjab is not behaving as big brother on water-sharing, resources and other issues. She said that developed countries were decom-missioning the large dams, but some mafias like Wapda and other institutions are active for building large dams in our country, adding that Sindh only wants its genuine share of water and other resources. Qadir Magsi chief of STPP held the feudal lords and PPP responsible for the 'robberies being done on the resources of Sindh. PML-N central leader Sardar Rahim said that his party stands with the people of Sindh, saying that the PML-N government would not initiate any power plant, if people of Sindh had any reservation on it. MQMs leader and Provincial Minster Izharul Hassan said world acknowledges that tail-enders have primary right on any river. MQM and all the political parties and People of Sindh are on same line on water issue and hydropower plant proposed by Punjab on Chashma Jehlum Canal. Chariman JSQM Bashir Qureshi said that struggle for Sindh as a separate sovereign entity is the only way to get rid of the Establishment and Punjab. Chief of Indus Peoples Forum Dr Kareem Rajpar, Ayaz Latif Palijo president of Awami Tehreek, Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah of SUP, water experts Idress Rajput, ANG Abbasi, Fazullah Qureshi, Muhammad Ali Shah and other also spoke on the topic. Meanwhile, adopting a number of resolutions, conference reminded the Federal and Punjab governments that the Chashma Jhelhum link canal was basically an intermittent canal, so any plans to construct a power plant on it must be scrapped immediately. The speakers also demanded immediate practical measures might be taken to address the current 'unjust distribution of water, besides tackling the energy crises, for which they proposed a committee of technical experts, without compromising on the interest of any of the four provinces. They also sought what they termed compensation for people of Thatta and Badin districts, who they said had lost their livelihood due to sea intrusion.