LAHORE - Major political parties, other than the PPP and the PML-N, have expressed concerns over the decision of dropping the Kalabagh Dam project. They termed the decision as a conspiracy against the country and vowed to protest against the move of the PPP government. Ch Pervaiz Elahi The Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and former Chief Minister Punjab Ch Pervaiz Elahi said that the decision of dropping the Kalabagh Dam would be a setback to the federation. He said that the decision was politically motivated, intended to divert public attention from the more pressing issues and some of the steps taken by the PPP government. He said that dropping the project would be a blow to the Punjab and NWFP as it would turn vast land into barren. Besides, it was a project meant to provide cheap electricity, which no other project could have provided, he added. He said that abandoning the project for the sake of a few could not be accepted and protests would be launched at every level. He said that the nation has given no mandate to anybody to take unilateral decisions on the issues of national importance. Ghulam Mustafa Khar Former Governor Punjab Ghulam Mustafa Khar has criticised the government decision of dropping the Kalabagh Dam project forever. Addressing a press conference here at Lahore Press Club on Tuesday, he demanded the resignation of federal minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf for taking unpopular decision against the national interests. Mustafa Khar said that the decision of dropping the project of national interest would push the country back to the times when there was no concept of electricity. He said that the construction of water reservoirs was essential to save the nation from water and energy crisis. He said that the government should give due attention to resolve water and energy crises. He said that the decision of dropping the said dam's project was absolutely wrong and it would lead the nation to disasters.  He said that neither the founder of Pakistan Peoples Party nor its assassinated chairperson Benazir Bhutto was against this project and he was unable to understand that why the said minister did. He said that if the government wanted to know the opinion of the people of Punjab over the said issue than it should hold another election to know that the people from Attock to Sadiqabad would vote in the favour of Kalabagh Dam. Khar, who also served as Federal Minister for Water and Power in the past, said that PPP's Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari should tell that had he taken the PML-N leadership into confidence before making such a decision of national importance. He demanded that federal minister for water and power should resign from his post for making such unpopular decisions. Liaquat Baloch Naib Ameer Jamat Islami Liaquat Baloch said that the government dropped the Kalabagh Dam project on the foreign pressure. He said that the water and energy crises would further intensify and irreparable loss would be caused to the agriculture. He said that the rulers have spent billions of rupees for preparing the feasibility of the project, which would go waste. He said that if the rulers did not plan to construct new reservoirs, the country would be pushed in the darkness. He urged the government to create national consensus on the construction of water reservoirs. Protest demonstration Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf held a demonstration outside Lahore Press Club to protest against the decision of dropping the Kalabagh dam Project. The participants were holding placards and banners inscribed with the writings in the favour of Kalabagh Dam and against the government. The participants chanted slogans against the rulers.