As expected Imran Khan in his seminar on energy has cleverly skirted around the issue of Kalabagh dam. A bold stand was hoped for from a party that claims to have widespread support in the country. The least he could have said was that his party would go to the people of Sindh and KPK to tell them that contrary to what their leaders have told them there is nothing wrong with Kalabagh dam and that it will benefit all the provinces and hence the whole country and its 18 crore people. Also tell them that the only way river flows can be regulated is through adequate storage capacity, failing which there will be alternate floods and draughts, a sure recipe for hunger and poverty. If a party which claims to bring a Tsunami is going to hide behind the doctrine of necessity, what can be expected from the other parties whose political survival he is threatening.


Lahore, February 27.