A one-year campaign against the Bhasha Dam project, to keep the flow of the River Indus uninterrupted, has been designed by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum.
In a meeting of its governing bodies, the fisher community leaders, from Karachi to Kashmor and from Keenjhar lake to Kalankar lake in Umerkot, vowed to continue their struggle for the river’s restoration.
The PPF chairperson, Mohammed Ali Shah, warned that if the government fails to resolve the issue, then the rise in sea level could engulf Thatta, Badin and parts of Karachi.
The campaign will be launched through press conferences in Karachi and Hyderabad along with public gatherings, and consultation meetings with political parties, parliamentarians and civil society leaders. Cultural programmes, including theatre, music concerts, and songs about the river and water, will also be part of the campaign.
“We plan to sensitise writers, journalists and environmentalists to develop write-ups and create poems and artwork on the river and water-related issues,” said Shah. “PFF, being a member of various international networks, will organise seminars at district, provincial, national and international level to involve the community.”
The Indus River Caravan
In celebration of the World River Day 2013, a caravan will be organised which will travel from Sindh to Islamabad, passing through the Indus River. The caravan from Al Manzar, Jamshoro will reach Islamabad over 13 days on March 14, 2013 and hold a public gathering in front of the Parliament House.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2012.