Benazir Bhutto was against Kalabagh Dam: Sharjeel

Published: November 21, 2012
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Sindh information minister refutes Pir Pagara’s allegations against PPP leader.

Sindh information minister refutes Pir Pagara’s allegations against PPP leader.

KARACHI: The Sindh information minister, Sharjeel Inam Memon, has refuted the allegations by Pakistan Muslim League-Functional chief Pir Pagara, saying Benazir Bhutto had not allocated funds for Kalabagh Dam and even joined a memorable protest against the project.

A day earlier, Pir Pagara at a press conference with opposition and nationalists parties had criticised the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and its leaders for always betraying the people of Sindh. He alleged that even Kalabagh Dam – considered against the interests of Sindh – was envisaged by the PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and its budget was allocated by his daughter Benazir Bhutto in 1989.

On Tuesday, however, Memon issued a press statement in response to the PML-F leader’s claims, asserting that Benazir Bhutto had been quite vocal against the megaproject and her stand against the dam could be measured from the demonstration she had staged at Kamoon Shaheed Bridge at the border of Sindh and Punjab.

Sharjeel Inam Memon

“We respect Pir Sahib Pagara from the core of our heart, as not only he is a spiritual leader but a seasoned politician,” the minister said. “We want to continue with political reconciliation policy and want the PML-F to become a part of the government again, but certain members of the party are trying to create misunderstandings.”

Memon also accused the Pir Pagara-led party of starting off the ruckus during the last Sindh Assembly session.
“No doubt everyone has the right to protest but one should be careful about rules and procedures [of the house] and respect each others’ leaders.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Sajid Iqbal
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Nothing to wonder since all politicians like her were/are not interested in developing Pakistan.

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  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:14PM

    These lost idiots should be kicked out from Pakistan forever as a punishment against pushing the Country in eternal darkness !!!

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  • M Amir
    Nov 30, 2012 - 12:33PM

    Sharjeel, you want to destroy our country.
    Insha Allah, we will build dam. Stupid this is in favour of Sind.

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  • M Amir
    Nov 30, 2012 - 12:35PM

    this dam is most important for Pakistan people.

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