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The impending water crisis

04 November, 2012

According to a special report by the International Commission, Pakistan may face a huge water crisis in the future. This indicates a serious issue that we need to tackle in a sensible way. Our water resources have become scant the land of the five rivers already faces irrigation water problems and there is imminent danger of a war over water allocation and distribution between the provinces. The provinces have agreed on a formula for the division of water resources. India has not honoured the Indus Water Treaty and has built several dams to restrict our water supply. On the other hand, we are in the midst of our worst energy crisis due to our wrong policies and lack of future planning. This is a great national dilemma.

The city of Lahore is situated on the banks of the river Ravi, a great source of water. Unfortunately, it has dried up. Instead of a river, only a stream flows. This situation is alarming and tragic, and can result in our fertile lands being rendered barren. A solution must be found through the planning and formulation of our water policy. We must plan ahead instead of wasting time.

JAVAID BASHIR
Lahore

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