The much politicised, criticised but direly needed Kalabagh Dam is still alive, though lying on the death bed. During the last couple of days, two statements at the appropriate higher level have been made which are both self-contradictory as well as belie the bitter ground realities. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani recently stated that Kalabagh Dam cannot be constructed sans evolving a national consensus among the stakeholders i.e. provinces of the Punjab, Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan. Two days later, Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf reiterated his last year's statement that the Dam is not going to be constructed. Incidentally, these statements were made in Sukkur and Karachi respectively. It is also a matter of record that Sindh has vehemently opposed to the construction of the Dam, supposedly more on political grounds than on technical and other grounds. However, former Minister for Water and Power Mustafa Khar is on record to have warned some years back against the impending wars among the provinces over the water issue. The danger is looming large on the horizon. Kalabagh Dam is not going to be constructed as the national consensus over the burning issue remains elusive because no province is ready to offer any sort of sacrifice in the larger national interests and the political leadership is void of any vision in this respect. So, start tightening your belts and be ready for committing a collective suicide when there will be no water after some years even for drinking purposes. An Eithopia like situation will be the imminent fate of Pakistan and it's ever-growing 164 million people (God-forbid). The stakeholders should sacrifice a little, forego their reservations and apprehensions and join hands for the building of Kalabagh Dam for their survival which otherwise is going to be at stake in less than a decade from now. The writer is a freelance columnist