Pakistani farmers say India not complying with Indus Water Treaty, want UN, US to intervene

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, a farmers’ group in Pakistan has urged the United Nations (UN), the United States and the World Bank to ensure non-stop supply of water to Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT).

Central leaders of the Pakistan Mutahidda Kissan Mehaz (PMKM) underscored that fair distribution of water between India and Pakistan had immense importance not only for the survival and livelihood of people, but also for peace in this region.

Construction of several water and power projects on Indus, Jhelum and Chenab rivers by India were a serious threat to river flows towards Pakistan, a lower riparian state.

They said farmers from across the country would gather in Islamabad on October 19 to lodge their protest on what they termed India’s failure to comply with the Indus Waters Treaty.

The farmers claimed that that Indian hegemonic policies in South Asia had resulted in a squeezing of water supplies to Pakistan from western rivers.

They said it was unfortunate that India had openly threatened to stop flow of the rivers and that a series of dams and hydropower projects have been planned or already been constructed on Western rivers allotted to Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty.

The farmers stated such huge infrastructure can be manipulated to restrict flows of river towards Pakistan. The stance of the Indian leadership is aggressive as far as the flow of western rivers was concerned, PMKM leaders said.

By: India Today

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