PFF continues hunger strike against occupation of lakes, freshwater bodies


BADIN: Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) continued their hunger strike on the second consecutive day against the occupation of lakes and freshwater bodies across Sindh by the influential feudals.

The hunger strike was led by (PFF) Central Chairman Muhammad Ali Shah, Ramzan Mallah, Mithan Mallah, Umer Mallah and others. Many fishermen, women, and children participated in the hunger strike.

Talking to the media, PFF Central Chairman Muhammad Ali Shah said that out of the 1209 lakes and freshwater bodies of Sindh, more than 600 were occupied by the influential waderas and in this connection, a petition was also filed by PFF in Sindh High Court (SHC). SHC gave the verdict in the favor of fishermen and directed the government of Sindh to vacate such occupations but the government did not take any action.

He also said that lakes of Badin were damaged because of the government’s carelessness and lack of interest in their preservation. He added Shakoor Lake, Bakradi, Saeri, Kandri and other lakes have dried up and lost their beauty because of low intake of freshwater.

He appealed to the Chief Justice and the Sindh government to take notice of the worsening situation of the lakes across the province and said that they would not rest until the problem is solved.