Tharparkar district is one of the 29 districts located in Sindh, Pakistan. By land area, it is the biggest district of Sindh.
The Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari inaugurated the new Thar Airport or the Mai Bakhtawar Airport which is constructed near the Islamkot town. The airport is spread over an area of 1,000 acres. It has been completed in four years time at a cost of almost Rs 1 billion.
It was first called the Thar Airport but then it has been named after a peasant leader called Mai Bakhtawar Lashari. The strong peasant leader died on June 22, 1p47. She lost her life fighting a feudal lord residing near the Jhudo town of Mirpurkhas district.
At the installation, new modern and up-to-date machinery and equipment has been used. As per an official the runway of the airport is 3 km long.
At the inauguration of the airport Mr. Bhutto-Zardari, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and senior officials of the party and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) were present.
Now we come to the question that do the people of Thar really needed an airport? An area where people don’t have clean drinking water, they are deprived of basic necessities of life, they have inadequate health facilities, why would the Sindh government create an airport in that area? As per a report by Sindh health officials in 2016, 143 kids aged up to 5 years died due to lack of proper food. There is not a single proper hospital in Thar where people can go for their treatment.
Yet, the PPP government proudly talks about the revolutionary social and development work done in the area. Here is the tweet by PPP.
#Thar is the only place in entire Pakistan where record development work has been carried out. Pakistani politicians & Media did injustice to the people of Pakistan by not telling them abt revolutionary social and economic changes in Thar: @BBhuttoZardari #DevelopmentTharWithPPP pic.twitter.com/EAUObubTJh
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) April 11, 2018
The question is if you weigh people being provided basic necessities of life over the development of an airport, which way will the balance shift?