Another long march, but with hopes to save the environment
KARACHI: Hoping to get the government realise the environmental impact of building new dams and barrages, members of the the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) would embark on a 13-day “long march” to Islamabad on March 2.
They hope to descend on the capital on March 14, in time to mark the International Day of Action for Rivers.
During a meeting on Wednesday, PFF members reiterated their resolve to let the government realise the importance of conserving the country’s water resources. The forum’s chairperson, Mohammad Ali Shah, said that their “long march” would begin from Jamshoro on March 2. He added that the PFF had planned a series of activities to protest against the construction of dams, and the reduction in the release of canal water to natural lakes. More than three million people depend on these natural resources, said Shah.
Participants at the meeting pointed out that several scenic lakes were also facing an acute shortage of fresh water.
Representatives attending the meeting finalised arrangements for the 13-day trip, and formed various committees for organising cultural shows and engaging members of the civil society along their journey. The inauguration ceremony of the long march would be organised on March 1 at alManzar resort in Jamshoro. Fishermen, farmers, farmers, artisans, singers and members of the civil society would attend the ceremony, where Sufi singers are also expected to perform.