In June, Dashti was arrested for allegedly instigating people to open the sluice gate at Kalu headworks channel to release water in Dinga minor, Muzaffargarh canal.
Irrigation officials had warned the MNA against opening the gate that had been closed for many months due to litigation. However, Dasti stated that he released water to facilitate the farmers who had been complaining of water shortage.
He was released from Sargodha jail in July, a few days after a video of him accusing jail authorities of torture became viral on social media.
Dashti stressed the need for carving out a Seraiki province, and warned that there could be bloody revolution if this demand was not met. “Whoever will oppose the Seraiki province will meet their political doom,” he added.