Sunday, November 17, 2019

India not involved in water aggression: Khawaja Asif


Khawaja Asif


ISLAMABAD:(APS) Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday dismissed in Senate the impression that vast areas of Pakistan came under floodwater due to “water terrorism” by India.


He said heavy rain occurred in Indian controlled Kashmir and Pakistan at the same time and the time to respond to floods was only three to four hours.


Responding to various points raised by the parliamentarians, the water and power minister, who also holds the portfolio of defence ministry, rejected the notion that electricity prices were increased by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


“If tariff is increased on one side, the government has reduced surcharge on another to benefit the consumers,” he said, adding that no additional burden was passed on the consumers by reducing the surcharge.


The minister said as per the policy of the government, work on Kalabagh dam would not be started without the consensus of the provinces.


“It was the stated policy of the government that works on Kalabagh dam would not be started without evolving consensus of the provinces,” he reiterated.


He refuted the impression that water had been stored in Mangla dam despite the information that heavy rain is expected in the coming days. “The Met office in its regular briefing informed about less than unusual rain during monsoon season.”

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