Clearing the air: ‘Kalabagh Dam was proposed during Zia’s regime’

Mazharul Haq responds to Pir Pagara that the project was proposed during General Ziaul Haq’s rule in 1984.

Our Correspondent December 16, 2012


A day after Pir Pagara claimed at a large public gathering in Hyderabad that the Kalabagh Dam was proposed when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was in power, Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq responded by saying that the project was proposed during General Ziaul Haq’s rule in 1984.

“Ziaul Haq’s political student, Nawaz Sharif, then announced its construction in the Punjab Assembly when he was chief minister of the province,” he said.

While taking a swipe at the public gathering organised by the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, Haq said that the people of Sindh, excluding members of the Pir Pagara-led Hur Jamaat, did not attend the gathering.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2012. 

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Irfan Ali | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

And this Pir Mazhar was a staunch supporter of Gen. Zia, was he not???

Kamran Naqvi | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend No problem. All big dams have been constructed by the military dictators. Mangla and Tarbela dams were constructed during the tenure of General Ayub Khan.... Kalabagh Dam first appeared during the tenure of Civilian Martial Law Administrator but he failed to make any progress. In his initial speech after coup of 1999, General Pervaiz Musharraf announced construction of KBD but the dictator failed to add a single MW to power grid during his dictatorship and plunged the country into 18 hours loadshedding every day.
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