KARACHI - Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Chapter has announced launching a series of protest demonstrations over the water crisis at around 50 locations of the city.

Addressing a press conference at Idara-e-Noor Haq here on Thursday, JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman the party leadership has planned first protest demonstration at Jauhar Morr on Thursday.

JI leaders Muslim Pervez, Abdul Wahab, Saleem Mazhar, Zahid Askari and others were also present on the occasion.

He said other protests would be staged at Dawood Chowrangi, North Karachi, North Nazimabad, Korangi and around 50 other locations. He demanded the provincial government to start K-4 water project on immediate basis, scrutinise political recruitments in government departments and check the availability of uninterrupted power and water supply during the Ramazan.

Naeem said the former city nazim Naimatullah Khan had made the feasibility report of K-4 project in his tenure. According to that feasibility, the project should be completed in 2012. However, it is yet not completed in 2015.

Holding PPP and MQM responsible for the prevailing crisis, the JI leader said both the parties did not make any arrangements in order to overcome the water crises. A large number of people are deprived of water supply due to line losses, leakages and tanker mafia, he added. Karachi required 1250 million gallon water per day whereas only 680 million gallon water per day is being supplied to the city, said Hafiz Naeem.

He raised the question that why the previous governments and its allies were not able to implement the K-4 water project in the stipulated time.

He alleged that political recruitment is being conducted in the Water Board and other government departments. The PPP and MQM are equally responsible for ruining the infrastructure of the city. He further demanded installation of desalination and RO plants in the city for overcoming the water shortage.

GOVT TO PROMULGATE

ORDINANCE OVER WATER THEFT

Sindh Information and Local Government Minister Sharjeel Memon has said that government has decided to promulgate ordinance over water theft. The draft in this regard would soon be presented in the provincial legislative assembly for passage into the law.

The minister was presiding over a meeting here on Thursday. He said the Sindh government would not tolerate water theft activities in the province. Keeping in view the increase in water theft complaints across the province, government has decided to promulgate water theft ordinance. Strong action would be taken against the violators along with huge fine. The people involved in this illegal practice should remove their illegal connections to avoid action against them. He directed the officials not to give any relief to the people who are using illegal water connections and take legal action against the violators.     

It is pertinent to mention here that MQM and PPP in a meeting held at the Chief Minister House to discuss the water crisis in the Sindh agreed on enacting laws to declare water theft a non-bailable offence. For the purpose, Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah has directed his cabinet team to prepare a draft and exchanged it with the MQM before its promulgation.