Sindhi peasants continue sit-in, hunger strike

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 – Islamabad—Sindhi peasants continued sit-in hunger strike on 95th consecutive day against alleged irrigation water theft in the province by the feudal lords and their accomplices. The growers’ under the platform of Hari (Farmer) Committee staged sit-in for 88 days in Khairpur, Sindh to plea the Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to end grievances of bread earners’ but of no veil.

The chairman of the Hari Committee Ghulam Rasool said that they were totally disappointed by the Sindh government, therefore, the office bearers decided to flee towards Islamabad. Talking to this news agency Rasool said that several members of the parliament are allegedly involved in the water theft and their collaborators also follow them in the same way. He added that provincial administration was reluctant to stop the water theft because of reconciliation government setup.

He further said that secretary irrigation Sindh demanded four times to CM Qaim Ali Shah to deploy ranger force in district Khairpur to stop the water theft. It is important that the issue is also under consideration of the provincial assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under the chairmanship of MPA Jam Tamachi. He further said that thousands hectares of non-command areas in Sindh has been occupied by the feudal lords and their assistants.

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