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Pakistan Wastes 80 Per Cent Of Its Water: PM Imran   

Karachi (September 16, 2018): Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan wastes 80 per cent of its water and added, “If we continue like this then by 2025 there will be a massive shortage of water.”

While addressing to a fundraising dinner for the Diamer Bhasha dam at Governor House, PM Imran Khan said the water per capita availability in the country has dropped from approximately 5000 cubic metres to 1000 cubic metres per year.

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PM Imran said “Those who say that dams should not be built, I would like to quote them some statistics. China, the country that is progressing at the fastest pace in the world, has 84,000 dams, including 5,000 big dams. India, too, has 5,000 dams and they are still building more. And we only have two major dams.”The PM said that the country is heavily in debt, adding that new “dams cannot be financed through budget either”, which is why “we have decided to do fundraising”.

PM Imran said that in addition to the Diamer Bhasha dam, the govt is also looking about to start work on Mohmand Dam which, he said, is “very feasible”. “We will work on both the dams simultaneously,” he added.

The premier said that the federal government will give nationality to the Aghan and Bangladeshi refugees settled in the city from decades.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday held separate meetings with the delegations of Muttehada Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) and the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) during his visit to Karachi.

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The MQM-P delegation, led by Maqbool Siddiqui, handed over a list of its missing activists to the prime minister. Establishment of a university in Hyderabad, water crises, law and order situation and other issues were came under discussion in the meeting, said sources.The delegation, comprised of Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Aamir Khan, Kanwar Naveed, Nasreen Jalil, Farogh Nasim, Faisal Sabzwari and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar.

Talking to journalists after the meeting, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said the MQM-P leadership discussed a range of issues pertaining to Karachi and Sindh with the prime minister.“Karachi needs $500 billion. This city should get the package it deserves. The cities of Sindh are being neglected for the past 70 years. We have presented Karachi’s case to the prime minister,” said the MQM-P leader.

Imran Khan, expressing his satisfaction over the law and order situation in Karachi, said that it was the foremost duty of the government to improve the security of citizens. Whereas, the GDA delegation, led by Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi, discussed national and Sind’s political situation with the PM.

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