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Islamic Relief Pakistan holds seminar to mark World Water Day

Islamic Relief Pakistan holds seminar to mark World Water Day
March 25, 2022 Web Desk

KARACHI (Senior Correspondent Kashif Shamim Siddiqui) – A seminar on the World Water day was held at the Marriott hotel in Karachi on 25th March 2022 by the Islamic Relief Pakistan.

A large number of participants from different walks of life, including the youth, academia, students, officials from the district administration Karachi (Malir) participated in the seminar.

The participants emphasized on preserving water resources and discouraging wastage of water.

Bashir Ahmed Waseem, Program Coordinator Islamic Relief Pakistan (IRP), presented the vote of thanks and briefly described the work of IRP. He informed that the IRP is implementing a Climate Sensitive Livelihoods Modeling (CSLM) project in 4 Union Councils (UCs) of District Karachi (Malir) and District Thatta. The project have three strong components, i.e. Advocacy and Social Mobilization, Food Security & Livelihoods and WASH.

Jahangir Shah, Assistant Commissioner Malir, shared with the audience that among other water wastages is the drain of water after rains. "We have no proper system in place to save or preserve this precious resource," he added. He appreciated the efforts of the IRP and assured that the Malir district management would support the organization with all its resources in this noble cause.

Arif Leghari, ADC Malir, shared that water is a precious resource that should be used with care to save and support the future generations. He also assured the IRP and local communities of their full support in resolving their issues.

Dr Ghulam Murtaza, Senior Research Officer from the PCRWR, shared a research findings with the audience, that was conducted in several districts of Punjab and Sindh to assess the availability of groundwater resources, water table and the salinity. He said that Karachi is provided with 600 million gallons of water while the demand is 1200 gallons. "Sindh has limited surface water resources while the groundwater is not suitable for drinking or agriculture purposes. the same situation persists in Malir, Thatta and adjoining areas," he added.

He informed that there are 150 groundwater wells in Malir while 60% of these wells are not suitable either for agriculture or drinking purposes as the groundwater has a huge quantity of Flouride and Nitrate that is dangerous for human health.

Saboor Fatima a PHD student from Karachi University and Hajira Khatoon from UC Khuldabad Malir, also shared the community perspective and the water issues being faced.

Shakeel Baig from Consumer Rights Protection and Abdul Aziz Junejo, Mukhtiarkar Malir, also shared their views in the seminar.