THE Prime Ministers lackadaisical response to a letter carrying the results of the Nawa-i-Waqt Groups referendum on Kalabagh Dam, with 99 percent of Pakistanis voting in favour, shows the governments total insensitivity to a popular and beneficial demand. The letter also contained a message from Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami to immediately start construction work. Mr Gilani talks about consensus on KBD but his government has done practically nothing towards that end. Ever since he took oath of office, he was aware of the fact that the project was the right option to bail the country out of the debilitating power crisis and irrigation needs; and now the floods have added a new dimension to Kalabagh Dam. Instead of building consensus and turning the dream into a reality, the governments callous stance has endangered the hope for the project. It should have taken dissident leadership to the site of the dam, invited experts to hold seminars, disseminated main points of the feasibility report. That would have allayed unfounded fears of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. It is a crying shame that rather than getting on with nation building, the government has been devoting all its energies towards political wheeling and dealing. Most revolting is the way it has been condoning corruption. Much to ones chagrin, the Prime Minister has taken a stand that would amount to shielding the NRO and bad eggs in the ruling set-up. Instead of cleansing the Augean Stables of corruption, his speech on Wednesday on the floor of the house focused on discrediting even positive criticism as part of conspiracy theories to topple the government. With the government so deeply concerned with its own benefits and interests, it is no wonder it has completely forgotten about issues like Kalabagh Dam and Kashmir.