Vawda, Abbasi Exchange Harsh Words in NA Over Water Issue

Vawda, Abbasi Exchange Harsh Words in NA Over Water Issue

Islamabad (November 07, 2018): Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda and former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had a heated exchange on the water crisis during a National Assembly session on Wednesday.

According to the details,Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda in the National Assembly accused the previous government of stealing water from Sindh by shutting telemeters through verbal orders.

While responding to a notice moved by PPP members calling attention to the issue of a water shortage in the province, Vawda said he wanted to inform the House that he had caught onto the alleged theft of water committed by the PML-N government.

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Taking to the floor, the minister said he wanted to inform the House that he had unearthed that the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had “stolen Sindh’s share of water”.

“The previous government led by Nawaz stole water from Sindh,” Vawda alleged. “Nawaz robbed another province of its rights,” he added while addressing the NA session.

Delving into details regarding how the PML-N stole water, Vawda said, “Verbal orders were issued to shutdown water telemeters and the supply of water to the province was being measured manually.”

“The province was being supplied water 58 per cent less than what was required. Of this percentage, 44 per cent was stolen and the rest were losses,” he added.Vawda continued, “If I have to, then I will request other provinces to be more generous in providing water to Sindh.”

The federal minister for water resources further said that he will meet Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to resolve the issue. “I will walk shoulder to shoulder with the Sindh government on the water issue,” Vawda added.

In response, PML-N leader Abbasi said, “The federal minister’s allegations that water was stolen from Sindh and Balochistan for Punjab are serious. A parliamentary committee should be formed to probe into the allegations.”

To this, Vawda said, “I did not mention the name of Punjab and there is no need for a parliamentary committee. I will present a report on this in the House myself.”

“They [PML-N govt] stole massively from every department,” the PTI MNA further asserted.Abbasi then said, “If you will level allegations then start the investigations from me.” He added, “If you call us thieves then I will call you and your father a thief.”

The federal minister for water resources responded, “If Abbasi calls me and my father a thief then that is his upbringing.”

The debate further intensified as PTI’s Murad Saeed took to the floor and said, “Everyone knows who has been declared a certified thief.”

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“We will bring forth evidence regarding water that is stolen from Sindh and Balochistan,” he added.

Saeed further said, “Those who looted the country and those who destroyed institutions will be held accountable, stop us if you can. We have to change Pakistan and strengthen institutions.”

Further, he demanded, “A law needs to be drafted to publicly execute those who looted the country.”

“The previous government instead of focusing on the country’s economic problems worked to expand their personal businesses,” Saeed added.

PML-N’s Rana Sanaullah also took to the floor of the House and said, “If you keep terming us thieves then the opposition will make noise.”

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“Prime Minister Imran Khan levelled allegations against PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif but did not respond to the notices,” Sanullah added.

The PML-N leader asserted, “References have been filed against Babar Awan, Pervaiz Elahi and Aleem Khan but they have not been arrested.”

“The court verdict acquitted Nawaz of corruption charges. Jehangir Tareen managed the fake mandate and brought people to Bani Gala in his plane,” he added.

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