This is not the first time that a mockery is made of a very critical issue by the caretakers of Pakistan (it is known to all that Pakistan is facing
acute water and power scarcity). After the earthquake of 2005, Pervez Musharraf launched a similar fund called the President’s Relief Fund. Once launched, similar pressure tactics were used to get people to pay up, and one by one various companies lined
up saying ‘we are pleased to contribute’, and the amounts were a million here, two million there, until interest dried up and everyone moved on. Likewise, Nawaz Sharif launched a ‘qarz utaro, mulk sanwaro’ scheme in his second term,
in the late 1990s, in an effort to get donations to help pay off Pakistan’s external debt.
jinxed project (foundation stone was laid in October 2011) has been hounded with several controversies due to an array of complications. It’s geopolitical repercussions (lies in disputed territory), humungous cost, ecological hazards (lies in a seismic
zone) and other logistic hurdles have delayed this project over the years. To now seek public donations for its own misadventures-failures (Pakistan has not built any major water reservoir since Tarbela Dam and Mangla Dam were built in the 1960s and sustainability
of existing irrigated agriculture of Pakistan is in serious jeopardy) and risking the hard earned money of the people of Pakistan in this project – citing criticality “stating it essential for food& water security”, is purely an act of
The common public which is overburdened with the failure of its government sees its Army
as a “messiah – only savior”, and blindly follows the diktat. Only a third eye can see how cleverly the “uniformed” have taken over the “ill-informed”. Not immediately, but in the near future, the people of Pakistan
will have to absorb this bitter truth which as of now is churning “without any suspicion” into the system.