Is death fate of Thar?

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The poor hapless people of Sindh and other parts of Pakistan shall continue to die as long as massive corruption is not contained, dams not built, social development projects ignored and strict auditing and regulatory controls not put in place on development funds which are already insufficient because of institutionalised tax evasion. Thousands will die in Thar because of malnutrition, starvation and lack of basic health facilities as if this was their fate. Famine will ravage this country as long as dams are not constructed and fate of millions not left to elements. As long as men like Syed Jammat Ali Shah, responsible for betraying Pakistan’s interest in Indus Water Basin Treaty are facilitated to flee by ruling elite to Canada, fate that has befallen the poor in Thar will tomorrow in likelihood be for many others.

It is an unfortunate reality that corruption and an individual’s capacity to excel in it have become a merit for promotion. Massive corruption in Sindh food department, police, irrigation, education, health etc is mind boggling. Educational qualifications and integrity have become secondary criterion and we have witnessed semi literate corrupt cronies being appointed to head important state owned corporations like OGDC, PIA, CAA, SNGPL, NICL etc in the past and even today.

ANEELA CHANDIO

Sukkur