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Water Disputes with India and Afghanistan

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Water Disputes with
India and Afghanistan

Water is a basic human right but the population explosion, technological boom and high demand for water has led to a global water shortage that is endangering millions around the world. Pakistan, especially, is in trouble as both its eastern and western neighbours, being hostile to the country, are putting in collaborative efforts to create an acute water crisis for it. On the eastern side, Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, has persistently threatened to block the flow of water from India into Pakistan despite the fact that both countries have signed the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960. On the western side, Afghanistan is pushing, in collaboration with India, to build dams to store and regulate water, which is an indirect blow to Pakistan. This is a critical situation that demands prudence and all-out efforts on the part of Pakistan authorities. Hence, there is a pressing need to open diplomatic channels for ‘hydro diplomacy’ so as to address water management issues among India, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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