LAHORE: Leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid Chaudhry Moonis Elahi has said that the only way to achieve prosperity and national progress lies in the early construction of the Kalabagh dam. Addressing party’s youth convention at Muslim League House, he said that India is hatching conspiracies against the Kalabagh dam and constructing ‘unjustified dams’ on Pakistan’s rivers.
Elahi said unemployment and uncertainty are plaguing young Pakistanis while youth-friendly policies were pushed forward during his party’s tenure. He said that 40 million acre feet of water was flowing into the sea while Pakistan can produce 50,000 megawatt electricity, priced at Rs2.5 per unit only. He said such use of resources could potentially save US$10 billion annually.
With reference to the PML-N, Elahi said that distributing laptops and loans to the youth on interest did not provide relief – the real relief, he said, lay in the provision of cheap electricity.
He invited the people of Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to discuss the issue of the Kalabagh dam in order to resolve any uncertainties.
He lamented that the IT Tower in Lahore is being used as residence for security guards of the present leaders while its purpose was to increase employment opportunities.
The convention was also addressed by Waqas Hussan Moakkal, Zulfiqar Puppan, Faraz Awan, Ajmal Zia Cheema and Asad Riaz Baloch.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2014.