PEW warns of water crisis

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December 12, 2014

ISLAMABAD(INP) – The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Friday said Pakistan is being deliberately pushed towards the most serious water crisis of its history.

Water scarcity has become a serious issue which is being ignored by all the stakeholders despite knowing that it is the biggest threat to our agriculture and industry, it said. Dr Murtaza Mughal said that insufficiency of water has started hurting all the sectors including power generation. Some politicians funded by enemy countries continue to oppose construction of dams to bankrupt the country, he said.

He said that government should do something about it before it takes economy and Pakistan as hostage paving way unfortunate consequences. “Scarcity of water is not an internal problem of Pakistan as its repercussions would be felt around the world,” he said. Dr Murtaza said that Pakistan is using ninety per cent of available water for agriculture of which a great part is lost due to primitive systems while 35 million acre-feet water is being wasted to the sea annually.

Local farmers use 100 per cent more water for a crop than Indian counterparts and the ratio is 200 per cent higher as compared to China and 300 per cent higher to developed nations. It is amazing that Pakistan has been facing floods every year and the water is still short of supply, Mughal observed.  We will have no future and will lose entire generations if water sector was ignored anymore, he said.

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