Ex-Pak PM says water crisis may lead to Indo-Pak war

November 3rd, 2008 - 3:02 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad , Nov 3 (ANI): PML-Q chief and former Pakistan premier Ch. Shujaat Hussain has reportedly said the water crisis (between India and Pakistan ) could become extremely dangerous unless the ongoing water crisis is resolved under the Indus Water Treaty.

The issue may become more serious than terrorism and can result in a war between Pakistan and India , the Daily Times quoted Shujaat as saying in a statement.

He said the Indus Water Treaty of 1962 needed ratification by the governments of India and Pakistan .

The water from the rivers of Ravi, Bias and Sutlej had already been blocked, he said and added that the construction of Baglihar Dam by India on the River Chenab had further reduced the water flow to Pakistan .

He further said that the mujahideen in Kashmir are in fact fighting for Pakistan .

Describing Kashmir as the lifeline for Pakistan because all rivers flowing in to Pakistan originate in Kashmir , he said that the Indo-Pak confidence-building measures (CBMs) would not serve the cause until the ongoing water crisis was addressed.

The PML-Q leader said the water crisis had particularly affected southern Punjab , Sindh and Balochistan. This may lead to a food crisis in the country, he added. He said the country was already facing a flour crisis and it might face famine if the water shortage was not addressed. (ANI)

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