April 01, 2010: The Construction of Kalabagh and other dams is
the need of the hour and if delayed, it could be very
dangerous for the future of the country. These were the views
expressed by Mr. Shams ul Mulk, Former Chairman WAPDA and
Former Chief Minister NWFP at the third Session of the Youth
Parliament Pakistan on the issue of Water Crisis in the
He said that the surcharge of hydel power should not
reflect in the electricity bills. Pakistan even today has the
capacity more than most other countries to generate
electricity in Pakistan but right decisions at the right time
have been and continue to be lacking to utilize these
capacities in Pakistan.
Talking about Rental Power Plants, Mr. Shams-ul-Mulk said
that electricity generation by hydel resources is possible at
the rate of 49 paisa per unit but instead electricity
generation through the RPPs starting from Rs. 14 per unit is
being promoted. This is due to the narrow vision of the
leaders and their lack of planning, over the years, he said.
He believed that through the Indus Water Treaty, Pakistan
has been denied water of 3 of its rivers. Experts of the time
thought that Tarbela and Mangla dams could not be constructed,
but we as a nation worked hard and proved them wrong.
Answering a question, Mr. Shams-ul-Mulk said that the World
Bank persuaded Pakistan to accept two reservoirs instead of 3
rivers. He said that he has been of the view that if Kalabagh
dam is not constructed before the turn of the century, then
every province would blame the other over water which does not
exists in system, and sadly that is witnessed today in
Earlier, the second day of the third session of Youth
Parliament Pakistan started with a number of Calling Attention
Notices by members of the Youth Parliament on current issues.
Mr. Hmmal Muneer Jan brought the attention of the house to the
degradation of Indus Delta and loss of fertile land and
mangroves due to water shortage and sea erosion. Ms. Asbah
Rehman condemned the unfortunate incident at Jinnah Hospital
Lahore that resulted in clash between the hospital
administration, journalists and relatives of a patient who
allegedly died because of administration of a wrong injection.
Ms. Anam Javed Cheema (YP29-PUNJAB11) brought the attention
of the House to the need for buying electricity from Iran on
priority basis, as an MOU between the two countries has
already been signed. She, along with Mr. Hassan Javed Khan
(YP39-SINDH02) lauded the bold steps taken by the judiciary
against one of the beneficiaries of the NRO, which resulted in
the arrest of Additional Director General FIA.
The first Resolution of the day was moved by Ms. Maria
Fayyaz (YP32-PUNJAB14) and Mr. Hassan Javed Khan
(YP39-SINDH02) pointing to water dispute amongst provinces
which should be resolved immediately by dealing with it as a
national priority and crisis.
Mr. Prem Chand
(YP38-SINDH01), Hassan Taslneem Ahmed (YP26-PUNJAB08) and
Hanan Ali Abbasi (YP15-NWFP04) moved a resolution in the House
that the Government should take steps to promote the drip and
sprinkle irrigation systems for conserving water.
Hanan Ali Abbasi (YP15.NWFP04) also brought the attention
about NOC issued by Government about imposition of Pashto
Language as compulsory subject from nursery to intermediate
classes in NWFP. He was of the view that this preference is
against first choice of more then one crore Nan-Pashto
speakers of province.
The Youth Parliament Pakistan will discuss the issue of
Poverty, Inflation and Unemployment on Friday, April 02, 2010
on the 3rd day of its third session where Dr.
Ashfaque H. Khan, Dean NUST Business School and Former
Special Secretary Finance, will address the Youth Parliament.