The chief minister said the Sindh government would write a letter to IRSA to demand the revision of its decision, adding the CJLC has been a controversial issue and was not even mentioned in the 1991 Water Accord.
He said the CJLC had been opened on Thursday by releasing 15,000 cusecs water, although it was decided at the IRSA meeting it would be opened after the needs of Sindh and Balochistan were fulfilled.
With opening of the CJLC
, Punjab will get an additional 15,000 cusecs of water and its total indent will increase from 240,000 to 255,000 cusecs.
Declaring water as matter of life and death for Sindh, he warned the province would not accept any decision on the reopening of CJLC
even if it was taken from the platform of IRSA.
"Within three days, the CJLC
will be opened because the water-level by then will reach upto 155,000 cusecs in downstream of the Guddu Barrage and 135,000 cusecs in upstream of Sukkur Barrage.
"No meeting of the IRSA was convened despite continuous protests by Sindh over the reopening of the CJLC, but a meeting has been summoned after a decision has been taken to close the canal," he remarked at an emergency press conference held at the Chief Minister's House on Wednesday.
The chief minister said the CJLC, which has a capacity of 20,000 cusecs, was neither perennial nor has been mentioned in the 1991 water accord.
Sindh Irrigation Minister Murad Ali Shah along with the officials concerned attended the meeting and briefed Shah about possible implications on the province's agriculture on reopening the CJLC. He was informed the province was already facing a water shortage, which has affected the sowing of cotton and rice in the current Kharif season.
Meanwhile, the provincial irrigation minister has said that WAPDA was equally responsible for the reopening of CJLC because it should not have implemented an illegal order from IRSA in this regard.
"Releasing water into the CJLC
is a conspiracy to create a war-like situation between the provinces," she added.
According to reports, Masood had issued directives to the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) for opening the CJLC
with the release of 10,000 cusecs water.
After the meeting, an IRSA spokesman told reporters that the authority had decided to close the CJLC
after protest by a member from Sindh.