18th Amendment

The government of Pakistan faced a water crisis soon after its inception. Ayub Khan had to face severe criticism for accepting the Indus Water Treaty and later for implementing it by building dams and other infrastructure. Obviously the Tarbela dam belonged to the nation and it was the whole nation which was to benefit from the water and power that it would produce, But Sindh and K-P do not agree since the dam is built on their land they have preferential right to the power generated and the federal body Wapda is selling my power to the people all over the country illegally. Sindh says since the dam is built on their river therefore the water stored in it belongs to me and the federal body IRSA is allowing

Punjab to steal their water through CJ and TP link canals. This reminds me of a Maxim cartoon in the Nation which shows the map of Pakistan with all the provinces separated from each other. The title of the cartoon is ‘18th Amendment’.


Lahore, October 10.


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