Sunday, January 01, 2006

Kalabagh Dam

Published in Daily Times, Lahore on January 1, 2006

Sir: I am willing to bet that General Musharraf will not go ahead with the building of Kalabagh dam, his chest thumping notwithstanding. Instead, he will go for the building of Basha dam first, which, in any case, he should have done 6 years ago.

In the past he has always backtracked in the face of opposition (e.g. blasphemy law, Hadood ordinance, madrassas registration) and so he will this time. The opposition this time is substantial.

What will be interesting to see, however, is how all those ministers and advisors, who never tire of recounting the advantages of Kalabagh over other dams, will suddenly change their tune and start singing a new song.

Philadelphia, December 30, 2005


Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Daily Times front page headline:

Basha Dam will be built first: Musharraf

ISLAMABAD: President General Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday announced the construction of Basha Dam as a priority project, postponing a decision on Kalabagh Dam (KBD) until a consensus is built first.


At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to add the news of U-turn taken by Musharraf two weeks later on January 18.


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