Geneva, Switzerland: Dr Lakhu Luhana, General Secretary of World Sindhi Congress, slammed Pakistan for human rights violation in Sindh at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council at United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Talking on the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam and Human Rights of Sindhi People, Dr Lakhu Luhana said, “The construction of dams has been vehemently opposed by the people and legislators of three out of four provinces of Pakistan, that is, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa and Balochistan as well Pakistan administered Kashmir. Being the lower riparian, the vulnerability of Sindh and its people, is huge.”
Dr Luhana added, “The construction of mega dams such as Tarbela and Mangla and numerous canalsin the past against the wishes, demands and struggle of Sindhi people has brought a havoc. As a result, water flow to Sindh has decreased severely and as much as by 90% down Kotri barrage since 1970s.”
“The proposed and built mega water projects of Pakistan are in contravention of the international laws, agreements and conventions on Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Biodiversity, Cultural Preservation and Desertification as well as the water accords among the constituent parts of Pakistan,” slammed Dr Luhana.