The two representatives of smaller provinces, Sindh and Balochistan, are at the moment exercising absolute power of veto in IRSA. Sindh is being given 190,000 cusecs against 122,000 cusecs of Punjab, as against the 55.94 to 48.76 ratio laid down in the Water Accord 1991. The Accord had granted this share on the basis that Punjab had 77 percent of the total area under cultivation. As for the demand for implementation of the Water Accord in letter and spirit, they need to consider the fact that the Accord was an exercise in developing consensus for the Kalabagh dam. Otherwise, how could Sindh be given an increased share in all future dams at the cost of Punjab? I will be obliged if anyone can enlighten me as to what else could possibly be the purpose of the Water Apportionment Accord of 1991. Sindh is a signatory to the Accord which states inter alia All provinces agree to the necessity of more dams on all rivers including on the Indus. Dont forget that Kalabagh dam was the only dam ready to be built at the time they all signed on the dotted line. The Sindh delegation having fully agreed requested that Kalabagh dam need not be mentioned by name because they feared repercussions back home if it was so done. Deals made in secret behind closed doors always end up cheating the people. -KHURSHID ANWER, Lahore, July 2.