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Acute water shortage in Sindh

KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon appealed federal government to take notice of acute water shortage in Sindh province as it reached to alarming level.

He added that even people of province were facing severe shortage of drinking water.

In a statement on Thursday here, the Provincial minister urged federal government to ensure judicious distribution of water among the federating units according to 91 water accord.

The Minister added that growers and farmers were protesting as production of crops and orchards were severally affected due to shortage of water and farmers were unable to bear the expenditures of fertilizers and other inputs.

The provincial minister said that Sindh has an important role in Pakistan’s agricultural economy.

The country’s economy is already facing challenges, if scarcity of water persist , economic challenges of country could worsen.

The provincial minister appealed to the federal government to ensure water releases to Sindh under the 1991 agreement and due to depletion of water reserves in the country, the shortage should be distributed among the provinces under 91 water formula.

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M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.