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Petition to Government of Pakistan, Parliament of Pakistan, Supreme Court of Pakistan, President of Pakistan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Wapda

Kalabagh dam is imperative for water security and sustained growth of Pakistan's economy.

Kalabagh dam has become absolutely necessary for Pakistan to survive.Pakistan could become a water scarce country as early as 2025. There are not enough water storage facilities for an ever-growing population of Pakistan. Experts from public and private sectors while participating in a seminar in connection with celebration of “World Environmental Health Day 2017” at a hotel in Lahore while dilating on various aspects of the theme, warned that Pakistan could approach “absolute scarcity” levels of water and face a drought as early as 2025, just another seven years from now. Water availability is gradually decreasing in the country, Pakistan can store only 10 per cent of the annual flows which is sufficient for just ten days use only, the per capita water availability has gone down to 908 cubic meter in 2017 from as much as 5260 cubic meter way back in 1951, rapid increase in population being the major contributing factor behind the phenomenon, about 29 million acres feet of water (MAF) on average is escaping below Kotri Barrage into the Arabian Sea every year. The country needs to construct more dams to enhance water storage capacity to adequately cope with the water requirements and that as many as 20 million acres of additional land can be brought under irrigated agriculture if water is made available by constructing more dams. Construction of world’s largest earth-filled Tarbela dam was given preference over Kalabagh dam by the decision-makers . Tarbela dam construction was started in 1968 and it was completed in 1976 and since then no other major storage facility has been developed so far. It is only our greatest misfortune that the country has built only two water storage, Mangla dam and Tarbela dam, in 70 years of its existence. Water storage capacity of Tarbela dam over the years due to massive sedimentation and other factors has been alarmingly reduced by as much as 36 per cent from 9.6 million acres feet to 6.6 million acres feet. According to the experts, desilting of Tarbela dam will cost more than the construction of a new dam. It is only our bad luck and misfortune that Pakistan receives as much as 145 million acres feet of water annually and out of this huge quantity has developed storage facility only for 14 million acres of feet, just ten per cent as also mentioned above. Kalabagh dam can be constructed in just six to eight years and it can generate 2400 to 3600 megawatt of electricity which will be as cheaper as less than Rs three per unit and can store more than 7 million acres feet of water for as long as three years and all the four federating units will be getting substantial additional water for irrigation purposes boosting agricultural production.Source: Who will build Kalabagh Dam?When considering pros and cons of the said damn, the pros clearly outweigh the cons by a mile. An assessment [in 2013] put the saving which the country would have made since 2010, at as huge an amount as $43 billion had Kalabagh been in operation. Indisputably then, the dam would have spared the fate that has befallen our economy. There would, doubtless, have been all-encompassing attendant benefits: regular power supply, normal industrial, agricultural and domestic activity, employment opportunities, greater food production, a measurable increase in the availability of water and a marked degree of flood control; and, the most important of all, reduced shortages would have had a beneficial impact on inflation. Apart from the Kalabagh’s power generating units adding 3,600MW to the national grid, they would, ‘through conjunction’ enable the Tarbela dam to produce an additional 336 million kwh of electricity. In this way alone, the economy would get a boost of, on an average, Rs 46 billion annually. Besides, as the production of hydel power is far cheaper than the thermal, Kalabagh would go a long way towards bringing down the tariff, giving relief to the public and making our goods more competitive in the international market. The dam would store 6.1 million acre feet of water whose supply could be regulated for various uses downstream according to requirement. The Minister’s [Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar] reply said, “Some floods will be absorbed by the reservoir and average flood control benefits are estimated at Rs 1.50 billion.” It was a comprehensive statement that also spelled out the exact area to be submerged and the population to be displaced by the construction of the dam and, as it is already well known, Punjab would be the worst hit. But, then, the entire nation stands to benefit, including, of course, Punjab. It is, therefore, incomprehensible that while Punjab is eager for the dam to be built and would be ready to absorb the loss of land and relocate the population to be displaced, smaller provinces, mainly KPK and Sindh, which would also make substantial direct as well as indirect gains, keep opposing the project.Source: Benefits of Kalabagh DamOther sources:https://nation.com.pk/21-Aug-2017/kalabagh-dam-and-reservoir-a-gold-minehttps://nation.com.pk/30-Jan-2018/kalabagh-damhttps://propakistani.pk/2017/09/25/2-billion-saved-annually-kalabagh-dam/https://tribune.com.pk/story/1594426/1-kalabagh-dam-cost-delays/

Salman Shahid
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Started 2 months ago

Petition to Government of Pakistan

PAKISTAN: A writer is missing from December after arrest by Rangers

ISSUES: Enforced disappearance, torture, illegal detention, justice system, no rule of law  A senior journalist, Mr. Deedar Ali Shabrani, has been missing since December 16, 2017 after his arrest by the Sindh Rangers. His Karachi residence in Malir, was raided at midnight and more than dozen persons, both in uniform and plain clothed, suspected of being from the intelligence agencies, arrested him. During the process of arrest Shabrani was mistreated and since his arrest his whereabouts are unknown.  It is considered probable that he is at high risk of torture in order to obtain a confessional statement as is the case when the intelligence agencies hold disappeared persons. There are many reports that disappeared persons were killed extra-judicially while being held incommunicado. Their dead bodies are then dumped on the road side.  The Sindh government, Sindh police and Sindh Rangers have all denied before the high court that they are holding him. The court did not agree with their statements as there were witnesses present at the time when Shabrani was picked up by men in uniform. The court decided that he must be produced before a court of law. However, the high court is giving long dates between hearings since December and told the family members and petitioners that praying earnestly to God would be better.  The International Human Rights Council - Hong Kong (IHRCHK) condemns the attitude of the judges of the higher courts who are tolerating the menace of forced disappearances and not bringing the perpetrators to justice. According to the Inquiry Commission of Missing Persons more than 3500 persons are missing.  Mr. Deedar Ali Shabrani has worked with the Sindhi media news TV channel Dharti Television as a script editor. He has also worked with Sindhi newspapers as a reporter and sub-editor at various times.  He was an active campaigner against the enforced disappearances in the Sindh province and also telecast programs on based on the interviews of family members of disappeared persons. He has also written poems and articles on the subject of disappearances. Now he himself, has been made a victim of enforced disappearance. Shabrani is known to be apolitical and has never been a member of any political party. His elder brother, Gulab Sindhi, was an activist of the Jeay Sindh Mutehda Movement (JSMM), a Sindh separatist national organization.  The UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) also acknowledged that it has concerns about the enforced disappearances in Pakistan.  Amnesty International Amnesty has also issued an urgent appeal on 24 April 2018 on Shabrani’s disappearance; https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/ASA3382632018ENGLISH.pdf  Suggested Action Please write letters to the following authorities through fax, email and by clicking on the blue button which will send all appeals automatically. Please urge them to ensure the safe recovery of disappeared person Mr. Deedar Ali Shabrani, who is missing since December 16, 2017 by the Sindh Rangers and persons from intelligence agencies. The perpetrators must be prosecuted. Please also call upon the judges of higher courts to protect them and release the disappeared persons. PLEASE SEND YOUR APPEAL TO: 01. Mr. Shahid Khaqan AbbasiPrime Minister of Pakistan Prime Minister HouseIslamabadPAKISTANFax: +92 51 922 1596Tel: +92 51 920 6111, E-mail: secretary@cabinet.gov.pk, pspm@pmsectt.gov.pk 02. Mr. Murad Ali ShahChief Minister of SindhThe Government of Sindh Province Karachi, Sindh ProvincePAKISTANFax: +92 21 920 2000Email: pressecy@cmsindh.gov.pk3. 03. Federal Minister of Interior Affairs Ministry of Interior of PakistanR Block, Pak SecretariatIslamabad PAKISTANTel: +92 51 9212026Fax: +92 51 9202624Email: interior.complaintcell@gmail.com, ministry.interior@gmail.com 4. Minister For Human Rights Through Secretary, Ministry of Human Rightministry of human rightsState Life Building No. 5, Blue Area, Jinnah Avenue, China Chowk, Islamabad Tel: 051-9216620, Fax: 051-9216621,Email: secretary@mohr.gov.pk 5. Mr. Tahir ShahbazRegistrarSupreme Court of PakistanConstitution Avenue, IslamabadPAKISTANFax: +92 51 9213452Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk 6. Chief Justice of Sindh High CourtHigh Court BuildingSaddar, KarachiSindh ProvincePAKISTANFax: +92 21 9213220 7. Mr. Anwar Sial Home Minister,Government of SindhBarrack 79, Pakistan SecretariatNear MPA hostelKarachi, Sindh ProvincePAKISTANFax: +92 21 9204456Tel: +92 21 9201920-1E-mail: secy.home@sindh.gov.pk 8. Justice Majida RizviRegional Directorate of Human Rights, Block no. 5, Sindh Secretariat No.4-A, Frere Road, Karachi.Ph: 92-21-99205835 Fax: 92-21-99205837Email: justicerazvi@hotmail.com 9. Ms. Anis HaroonMember, National Commission for Human Rights, Government of PakistanState Life Building No. 3, Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road, Karachi, PakistanPhone No. +92 21 99201638Fax: +92 21 99201641Email: anisharoon4@gmail.com 10. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Palais Wilson 52 rue des Pâquis CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland Email: InfoDesk@ohchr.org

IHRC Hong Kong
50 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Mr. Syed Murad Ali Shah, Justice (r) Ali Nawaz Chowhan

PAKISTAN: Call to recover Darya Khan missing after arrest on March 21

International Human Rights Council-Hong Kong Urgent Action Case - 003 -2018Date: 14 May 2018 Dear Friends, The International Human Rights Council-HK (IHRC-HK) has received information on the enforced Disappearance of Darya Khan-a former student leader of Sindh University, Jamshoro, Sindh. He was picked up while he was on his way to work on 21st March 2018 and remains missing to this day. Case Details According to the details received by the IHRC-HK, Darya Khan Dhakan (27) son of Muhammad Mithal Dhakan was an ex student leader of Jeay Sindh Muttehda Mahaz (JSMM). After completing his education at Sindh University Jamshoro, Sindh province-he had distanced himself from the activities of JSMM and was working as a junior clerk at Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) agriculture college, administrative region Dokri at Mehrab pur District Larkana, Sindh province. Darya Khan was a prominent student leader and activist during his university life and had been actively involved in student politics for which he was arrested twice by the law enforcement agencies stationed inside the university. On March 21 at 8 a.m. while he was going to his work place he was picked by plain-clothed persons, supposedly from an intelligence agency and since then his whereabouts are unknown. The family of Darya alleges that the ISI is behind the enforced disappearance and demand that their son be immediately returned home safely. The family members say that they have visited the Dokri police station many times where police officials tell them he is not being held. They suggested that he may have been arrested by the intelligence agencies regarding his political activities. Though Darya has distanced himself from the JSMM he had been a staunch proponent of Sindhu Desh and shared his opinion on social media. After the promulgation of the draconian Protection Against Cyber Crime Act (PECA) the cyber wings of the intelligence agencies have been working around the clock to curb any dissenting opinion and come down hard on any political dissent while ignoring hate speech that largely goes unnoticed by the “cyber hawks”. Due to the general air of fear and apprehension for life and liberty, the witness of disappearances often remain silent against the injustice in case it should befall them as well. This case is no exception. The eye witnesses to Darya’s disappearance, fearing dire consequences, are scared to testify to the incident despite even knowing the names of the kidnappers. They are scared to identify them to the police. As is generally the case, the police refused to file the FIR of the case when Darya Khan’s family went to report the incident. Required Action Please write the letters to the following authorities through sending emails by clicking blue button or fax it. Please urge them to immediately safely recover Darya Khan who is the employee of ZAB agriculture university, Jamshoro, and whose sin is that he was in student life was affiliated the student wing of JSMM. The government must bring the abductors before the court and prosecute them on the crime of disappearing the citizen of Pakistan. If Darya Khan is involved in any crime he should be tried in the court. Please also urge the government to stop the enforced disappearance which has resulted in disappearance of more than 16000 persons in Pakistan. The IHRC-HK shall write a separate letter to WGEID over the matter. 1.Mr. Shahid Khaqan AbbasiPrime MinisterPrime Minister HousegoIslamabadPAKISTANFax: +92 51 922 1596Tel: +92 51 920 6111E-mail: pspm@pmsectt.gov.pk, Email: info@pmo.gov.pk 2.Mr. Ahsan IqbalMinistry of Interior of PakistanR Block, Pak SecretariatIslamabadPAKISTANTel: +92 51 9212026Fax: +92 51 9202624Email: interior.complaintcell@gmail.com,ministry.interior@gmail.com 3. Mr. Syed Murad Ali ShahChief Minister of SindhThe Government of Sindh ProvinceKarachi, Sindh ProvincePAKISTANFax: +92 21 920 2000Email: pressecy@cmsindh.gov.pk 4. Mr. Sohail Anwar Khan SiyalMinister for HomeGovernment of SindhBarrack 79, Pakistan SecretariatNear MPA hostelKarachi, Sindh ProvincePAKISTANFax: +92 21 9204456Tel: +92 21 9201920-1E-mail: secy.home@sindh.gov.pk 5. Mr. Tahir ShahbazRegistrarSupreme Court of PakistanConstitution Avenue, IslamabadPAKISTANFax: +92 51 9213452Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk 6. Chief Justice of Sindh High CourtHigh Court BuildingSaddar, KarachiSindh ProvincePAKISTANFax: +92 21 9213220E-mail: info@sindhhighcourt.gov.pk   7. Ms. Justice Majida RizviChairperson Sindh Human Rights CommissionGovernment of SindhRoom No’s 408 & 414,Sindh Secretariat Building No-03, (Old KDA Building),Kamal Ata Turk Road, Karachi- 74200.Tel: 021-99217318 Fax: 021-99217317.Email: shrcommission@gmail.com 8. Inspector General of PolicePolice Head officeI. I. Chundrigar Road Karachi, Sindh ProvincePakistanFax: +92 21 9212051 9. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances c/o OHCHR-UNOG CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland Téléphone: (41-22) 917 90 00 Fax: (+41-22) 917 90 06 E-mail: wgeid@ohchr.org 10.Justice (r) Ali Nawaz Chowhan Chairman National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) 5th Floor Evacuee Trust Complex, F-5, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory Tel 051 9216771-72 cell 03009496782 email chowhan2@hotmail.com  

IHRC Hong Kong
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