Can't have Kalabagh dam without consensus: Nawaz Sharif

Published: December 5, 2012
PML-N chief says SC named all political parties who have militant wings in Karahci, and these parties are sitting in the government. PHOTO: INP/FILE

PML-N chief says SC named all political parties who have militant wings in Karahci, and these parties are sitting in the government. PHOTO: INP/FILE

RAIWIND: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday ruled out the construction of the controversial Kalabagh dam till all provinces agree to its construction, Express News reported.

“If two provinces want it and two do not want it, then how can it be made,” Nawaz told reporters in Raiwind.

SPLGA will divide Sindh

Noting how the recently passed Sindh Peoples Local Government Act had created a political storm in Sindh, Nawaz said that the law “is an act of dividing Sindh.”

“The people of Sindh will never accept this [SPLGA],” the PML-N chief said before adding that his party too had rejected the act.

Nawaz added that people of Sindh are looking for an alternative leadership since they did not get anything under the current regime. “There are no jobs, no merit system there, its a rule of tyranny.”

Political parties have armed wings

Referring to the observations made by the Supreme Court in the Karachi violence case, Nawaz said that political parties in Karachi maintained armed militant wings.

“The supreme court named these parties and they are sitting in the government there.”

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Adeel
    Dec 5, 2012 - 7:42PM

    can’t have a shareef with brains!


  • Hitman
    Dec 5, 2012 - 7:50PM

    *karachi ( under the picture ) !


  • Pessimist
    Dec 5, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Why does each politician have a giant entourage each time they make a press conference? I never understood it. Are they some kind of gang!?


  • Syed Hasan Mustafa
    Dec 5, 2012 - 8:27PM

    Mian Nawaz Sharif is the only hope rest behind with Pakistan to vote him for 5 years and ahead to bring it back to Jinnah’s Pakistan. Personally I am convinced with the arguments in favor of the construction of the Kalabagh Dam. I admit that I belong to PPP but after the Shahdat of BB Mian Sahib is a changed man. We look BB in him. He rightly said, “If two provinces want it and two do not want it, then how can it be made,” Could it be a national agenda in coming elections.


  • Aurangzeb Chowdhry
    Dec 5, 2012 - 8:34PM

    We have wasted valuable time of the Nation in developing consensus on Kala Bagh Dam. We as a Nation do not have huge industrial set up sustain as a Nation thats why water reservoirs in every provinces are much essential. Every party should come up with water reservoir agenda in their Election Charter


  • Ammar
    Dec 5, 2012 - 8:39PM

    This guy has for sure has matured over how to do politics in Pakistan and will be a better manager than PPP for the Country’s affairs. I would vote for him, had he been honest enough not to give near 50 NA/PA/Senate tickets to family members/friends and had been a man principles.


  • Aurangzeb Chowdhry
    Dec 5, 2012 - 8:45PM

    @Syed Hasan Mustafa: In my point of view three Major tasks are i) Water Resources ii) Electricity iii) Gas Shortages for the up coming Government after the Election 2013.People will not like the blame game in next summer 2013. So hard time is waiting for the next Govt.


  • mystreeman2
    Dec 5, 2012 - 8:46PM

    Mian Nawaz Sharif , leader from a region of central Punjab, will be more than happy to see Sindh divided so that he may have a say in Sindh affairs. But the fact is he has no place in sindh politics because the real elected forces of Sindh are united to not let opportunists exploit any differences. These forces are led by two sons of Sindh: Zardari and Altaf.


  • Kamran Naqvi
    Dec 5, 2012 - 8:49PM

    Nawaz Sharif is truly a visionary leader unlike the establishment backed unholy trio of PPP+PMLQ+PTI !!
    Vote for PML-N


  • Only PTI
    Dec 5, 2012 - 8:59PM

    so what stopped you from building up the consensus in your 25 years of ruling this country….Isn’t it another proof that you are completely devoid of any LEADERSHIP Skills!

    Jaan chordo…khudara!!!!


  • Naeem
    Dec 5, 2012 - 9:06PM

    @Kamran Naqvi: LoL! BTW You know the origins of PMLN and its leader? We Pakistanis love to get bitten from the same hole again and again…


  • Abdul Rehman Khan
    Dec 5, 2012 - 9:22PM

    Nawaz Sharif can take u-turn on any issue only if he is given power. Nawaz is a true picture of pakistan’s politicians. All they want is POWER, POWER and POWER.


  • Syed Bilal
    Dec 5, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Can’t have Prosperous Pakistan when Sharif is in Pakistan
    Go back to Jeddah … We were very happy four years ago … Economy was witnessing boom in ur absence


  • Altaf Hussain
    Dec 5, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Nawaz Sharif is a true visionary leader and the only man who can take this country out of the current crises. Pakistan needs leaders like him if it has to become a Tiger economy like the far eastern countries. We have wasted 5 precious years under the corrupt and impotent government with a growth rate of mere 2 percent per year.


  • salman
    Dec 5, 2012 - 9:54PM

    all people have their own vested interests . people are living in load shedding for 12 hours a day and still we are ignorant not to make dams for electricity .


  • PTI Mardan
    Dec 5, 2012 - 9:55PM

    I dont get this about PMLN…

    1.The PM must always be Nawaz Sharif when PMLN is in power
    2.CM punjab must always be Shahbaz Sharif
    3.The rest of Sharif clan must also hold key positions within the party

    Unless they make their party an institution,filled with people of integrity and competence and totally free of family influences,I ll vote for PTIRecommend

  • Mirza
    Dec 5, 2012 - 10:01PM

    Even a kid knows that Kalabagh Dam cannot be built without consensus among federating units. Basically NS is saying forget about KB Dam because he knows the smaller provinces are against it. It is an abject surrender and flip flop not vision.


  • Blithe
    Dec 5, 2012 - 10:36PM

    Not happy with this expediency politics .

    We need KD for prosperity of Pakistan.
    Central planning is required .

    If 2 provinces are upset , let that not deter national development .

    Just see how China has made dams through effective
    central planning and without any influence of
    ‘Unhappy provinces ‘.


  • Mulla Kuta
    Dec 5, 2012 - 10:45PM

    Nothing will EVER get done in Pakistan because 2 pakis can never agree to 1 course of action. It is the Pakistani way and the reason we are in the stone ages while our neigbours are economic superpowers


  • jameel burney
    Dec 6, 2012 - 12:47AM

    nawaze and zardari not sincer with sinthi annd sindh they both are appaertunistsRecommend

  • Naseer
    Dec 6, 2012 - 1:32AM

    “Can’t have Kalabagh dam without consensus: Nawaz Sharif”

    Mian sahib Just Say No. Why are you dragging the issue by using pubic consensus? How many politicians, including you, do care about the public opinion?


  • Tony
    Dec 6, 2012 - 1:36AM

    “Cant have kalabagh dam without consensus”: nawaz sharif.

    We all know that …. Tell us something new!! This guy is boring n outdated!!


  • Dec 6, 2012 - 3:18AM

    What is the use and need of a leader if every decision has to be made with consensus. Leaders who look for consensus are gutless, coward and conviction-less. And unpatriotic.


  • omer
    Dec 6, 2012 - 7:16AM

    It seems as if this is point scoring before elections. Probably, sharif paid a judge to make statements about Kala Bagh Dam and now Sharif is making statements to appease people of smaller provinces. We are not that stupid Mr. Sharif.


  • USMAN786
    Dec 6, 2012 - 8:35AM

    A loser like him will talk and man with can do approach with not only build the consensus but also DAM. If you really are a leading politician then its you who has to do it, damn it.


  • Aurangzeb Chowdhry
    Dec 6, 2012 - 5:07PM

    @Altaf Hussain: I agree the economy was booming but the boom was short time. We can not wait for foreign investment to come with conditions .we should develop our own resources. In this connection the Water reservoir are essential for the prosperity of the country. We are draining the precious water into the sea for nothing.

    Every party including MQM/ANP and more are opposing the Kala Bagh Dam but no one is coming with alternate concrete suggestions. There should be open dialogue on this important issue where all the Political Head should come and give their counter suggestions in order to preserve the water for the present and future generations


  • Naheed
    Dec 6, 2012 - 6:49PM

    Courts are only concerned with what is legally and procedurally correct. They cannot give orders based on their or anyone else’s whims and wishes. It is high time that we should all understand the fact that a political issue needs to be resolved politically because the courts can do no more than interpret what the law actually is. As has been provided for in the judgment, Government is bound to act on decisions made by CCI. Hence, ET and other newspapers should avoid maligning judiciary and knock sense in people and government to resolve political issues in parliament and not in a court room. It is only a forum to have your grievances resolved.


  • Aurangzeb Chowdhry
    Dec 8, 2012 - 12:35PM

    I think the Court decision is in the interest of the country, at least the debate has started on the dam after all we are to built water reservoirs all over the country. Due to climate change there can more water shortages.
    We do not have any planning how we will cater the needs of Agricultural and Domestic users for the population of over 200 Millions
    It should be duty of Ministry of Water and Power to convene yearly meeting of all political parties representing in National as well as Provincial Assemblies that’s how we can develop consensus on water reservoirs in the country.


  • Kamran Naqvi
    Dec 10, 2012 - 11:04PM

    PTI trolls have only one task that is to oppose PML-N to pave way for PPP and prove the fact that PTI stands for Pasha Tehrik Intiqaam!
    It was only PML-N that opposed the extension to General Pasha of ISI. Pakistan needs a strong federal government, free from any influence of Pasha Tehrik Intiqaam, to build national consensus.


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