The consistency and dedication with which two of your learned writers, Dr Muhammad Yaqoob Bhatti and Engr Khurshid Anwer, are pleading the case of Kalabagh Dam (KBD) is highly admirable. It is the height of their emphasis on the issue that has brought down the Prime Minister to realise the importance of the project and to declare that if there is a consensus on KBD, his government will have no problem in building it. The provinces of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are the two major opponents. Sindh apprehends that Punjab will take away the major part of water with very little left for it. But this is a minor issue. The distribution of water and power can be amicably settled after the project is functional. While the KP leaders fear that the city of Nowshera will be inundated, which, indeed, is a childish. As stated in my letter, No hope for KBD (TheNation, June 8, 2009), I discussed the subject with a former WAPDA top brass. According to him, the politicians from both the provinces who oppose the construction of KBD know very well that the project will cause no harm to their provinces. Yet, they insist: It is our political stand, which we are not prepared to abandon. Referring to the PMs statement, Engineer Khurshid Anwer asked: Why his government does not try to develop a consensus on a project, which is good for Pakistan? However, it is high time we realise that the PPP government has never bothered about what is good or bad for the country. It always rules for its personal interests and not for the country. In 1995-96, despite the fact that KBD was still a hot subject, the PPP government introduced the IPPs that increased the price of one unit of electricity from Rs1.50 to Rs6.50, raising the common mans bill by 400 percent. It had such a damaging effect on our textile industry that more than 50,000 looms were shut down during the first two days. Add to this, the Supreme Courts recent action of setting up a panel to investigate the wrong doings in the RPPs and Mr Faisal Saleh Hayats statement that the work on RPPs was intentionally delayed for the sake of kickbacks. This clearly indicates that the PPP will never lose a lucrative business by constructing the Kalabagh Dam. RAFI NASIM, Lahore, October 29.