KARACHI (NNI): Rulers are killing the poor people of Sindh with a slow poison of contaminated water, said Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Sindh leader Haleem Adil Sheikh.
Talking to media outside the premises of Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday, he said life and health of millions of citizens in Sindh are at the stake, as untreated industrial and sewerage water highly contaminated with poisonous chemicals is being discharged into water bodies, which is also a grave ecological threat.
He said even we cannot have a proper Wuzu and Ghusil as the potable water being supplied with us is mixed with the gutter water. He hoped that the Water Commission would take a stern action against all sources of water contamination in Sindh province, so that the citizens can get clean water.
He said besides the government, the owners of factories and industries are also directly responsible for this wholesale water contamination as they release their untreated industrial wastes directly into the water bodies. He said the presence of dangerous chemicals including heavy metals in our rivers and canals due to release of untreated water is a grave threat not only for humans but also for our fauna and flora. He said in fact our whole environment is at the stake as the contaminated water is rapidly affecting our ecology.
He said the rulers themselves drink costly mineral bottled water using the taxpayers’ money, while the poor people and taxpayers along with their children are compelled to drink poisonous contaminated water.
Quoting the water commission, he said almost 92percent water in Sindh is contaminated and hence not fit for human consumption. He said a large number of factories in Karachi, Hyderabad, Nooriabad, Jamshoro, Kotri, Sukkur, Larkana and Dadu are releasing their untreated water into the water bodies, especially canals, and this poisonous water is later supplied to the citizens for drinking purpose. He said due to this malpractice different diseases, especially hepatitis, are rising in whole Sindh and many people are dying for no fault on their part.
He said budgetary funds of billions of rupees are devoured every year by the corruption mafia in Sindh. He said the PPP government has not only failed to give people bread, clothing and shelter, but it has also deprived them from clean water. He said this slow poison of contaminated water is seen by many people as a plain genocide of poor people, how cannot afford bottled water.