Rao Irshad Ali Khan, chairman of the Indus River System Authority (IRSA), said Monday that Pakistan’s reservoirs had received 62% less water than estimated this year.
The development came during a meeting of the National Resources Standing Committee on Water Resources, chaired by Nawab Yousuf Talpur.
Briefing the committee, the IRSA chairman angered the Sindh government by saying that on the one hand it opposes the construction of new dams and on the other hand it demands additional supply of water.
Responding to the IRSA chairman’s remarks, an MNA from Sindh said that 5,000 cusecs of water was not being provided to the province, which was reserved as its quota.
On the occasion, Punjab Minister for Irrigation Mohsin Leghari said that politics should not be played on this issue. The Council of Common Interests is looking into the matter and has asked the Attorney General to resolve it.
A representative of the Attorney General’s Office said the water issue was more political than technical and should be resolved in the CCI forum.
The Chairman of the Committee said that the Attorney General should personally come to the next meeting and give a briefing on the solution of water distribution problem through IRSA records.
Meanwhile, the committee was also informed that the country has faced a 17% shortfall in water supply during the kharif season.
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