India – Experts for strategy to end water dispute with India

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Article courtesy of The News International | January 12, 2013 | Shared as educational material only

EXPERTS from all over the world have called for adopting integrated, multidimensional strategies to resolve the issue of water crisis which otherwise can result into a major conflict between Pakistan and India in the future.

According to a Press release, this was stated by Government College University (GCU) Political Science Department’s Chairperson Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt in his concluding remarks on the last day of first international conference on “Water Resources Governance in the Indus Basin” held on Thursday night.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman chaired the concluding session of the conference, while Wapda Member (Water) Hasnain Afzal was the chief guest.

As many as 120 experts, besides 17 foreigners, participated in the conference which was spread over eight technical sessions. Addressing the participants, Dr Butt said more than 100 experts participating in the conference had agreed that water scarcity was the biggest threat to the countries that inhabit the Basin, especially Pakistan and lack of participation of all stakeholders might hindered integrated approaches for regional water governance. He said GCU would soon publish the proceedings of the conference which would be helpful for all stakeholders.

Treason case: Central leader of Pakistan Muthidda Kisan Mahaz (PMKM) Muhammad Ayub Khan Mayo alleging that recent conference on Pakistan-India water issues at the Government College University (GCU) was Indian funded demanded authorities to register a high treason case against those faculty members who had organized the “controversial” conference.

Addressing a Press conference at Lahore Press Club here on Friday, Mayo claimed that India had provided Rs 20 billion for arranging such conferences to gain support to validate her claim over disputed water reservoirs India was constructing on Pakistani rivers in Kashmir.

“I have no proof for any of my claims as such agreements are made outside the country”, the leader of PMKM clarified. It is pertinent to mention here that GCU recently organized an international conference titled “The Politics of Water Resources-Governance in the Indus Basin”.

PMKM leader was also of the view that important stakeholders including farmers, agriculture and water experts of the country were not called for the conference which suggested that agenda of the conference was something else.

Mayo said as 70 percent of country’s population was directly or indirectly linked with agriculture sector which was providing food, vegetables and other edibles to more than 200 million population of the country so farmers would fight till the very end to save this land from becoming barren at the hand of India and her agents.

Highlighting the importance of Indus Water Basin Treaty, he said that this agreement was signed by presidents of both the countries in 1960 by agreeing on water distribution. He said GCU by organizing conferences at its campus supported India’s claim for capturing Pakistani waters by suggesting the participants that the Treaty should be revised.

“Through demand of revision of treaty by the participants it seems that they agreed that Pakistan has enough water for use and India’s point of view was justified vis-à-vis construction of new dams on Pakistani rivers”, Mayo said.

Questioning expenditures of the two-day conference in which experts from UN, New Zealand, etc, participated, Mayo said this should be investigated that who had paid for this luxury conference and for what purposes.

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