Tuesday, October 01, 2013 – Indian dam projects on the western rivers are a bone of contention between Pakistan and India as we will be the ultimate sufferer due to these projects. It would severely affect the flow of waters towards Pakistan because the sources of water of our rivers are in India. India wants control over our tributaries, neglecting the Indus Waters Treaty pact. But the Indus Water Commission in Pakistan has not even submitted an objection against these projects, which is an open violation of the pact.
Pakistan has a right on western rivers as their flow is towards Pakistan. Pakistan should raise its voice at international forums to stop the Indian government from building water reservoirs on rivers running towards Pakistan.
India is constructing huge Dams on western rivers, which would give way to a severe water stress or drought in Pakistan and would affect Pakistan in various ways, such as energy crisis, decline of agriculture, fishing and household industries. According to an Asian Development Bank report, Pakistan is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world. Moreover, it is facing Indian aggression of water.
Apart from the silent Indian war, Pakistan also faces critical mis-management of water which is harmful for our agriculture, as human life and economy of the country would be directly affected. Water scarcity will also result in energy crisis because if Pakistan receives less flow of water in dams, electricity wouldn’t be produced and, as a result, our economy would suffer.
First of all we should manage our water resources, channelize our rivers, build dams on them, show our seriousness in using our water prudently and then we shall be justified to force India, through international courts, to stop building of dams on our rivers in violation of the Indus Water Treaty. Pakistan’s government must take up this issue as its first priority. Courtesy Pakistan Observer
Water Crisis, Water
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Water Crisis, Water