CHOLISTAN - Former federal minister and leader of the movement for restoration of Bahawalpur provincial status Muhammad Ali Durrani on Tuesday said that Cholistan was grappling with severe drought which had made lives of human and livestock vulnerable.

During his visit to Cholistan, the former federal minister said that due to mismanagement and negligence on the part of the government today Cholistan was faced with acute water shortage. He claimed that the government had not paid electricity bills in the area which had left all water pumping stations dysfunctional, Creating a drought and famine like situation in Cholistan. Durrani said people were compelled to leave their homes and move to safer places where they could get water and food.

The former minister demanded the Federal as well as Punjab governments to take notice of the situation without any delay and declare Cholistan a “calamity hit area.” He said that due to mismanagement and negligence natural water reservoirs were filled with silt and were empty, which had left people with no option but to migrate to save their lives and livestock.

Durrani said that he would inform the Prime Minister and the Punjab Chief Minister of the severe situation and request them to take immediate steps to provide water on emergency basis to Cholistan otherwise the area would be turned into a graveyard of humans and livestock.