Sindh’s Life Line Lies in Jammu & Kashmir

                              
The Indian hegemony has adapted the strategy of moving silently and attacking its prey like a cobra, without allowing its prey to realize the threat it confronts. The similar is applied to Pakistan, India is working on a greater plan in a similar fashion to inflict a severe harm on social, political and economic fronts to Pakistan with one smart and lethal blow which will leave it to be susceptible to the injected intoxicants like that of a cobra.  
The smart blow by India to Pakistan comes in the form of creating water-shortage in Pakistan, as a tool to fulfill its latently outlined objectives in order to hold it back from its way onto prosperity. India has utterly on diplomatic and international level wickedly sidelined the water-dispute to keep the people of the region and the masses unaware of their impious and sinful developments.
In this similar broader context the importance of the survival of the Sindh Province of Pakistan lies in the very valley of the Jammu and Kashmir from which the water of the river Indus flows. India which is well aware of the crises of water in the southern province of Pakistan has decided to in a slow manner impact Sindh’s irrigation and agricultural sector and respectively create an internal turmoil in the country between the province of the Punjab and the Sindh on a provincial government level. This is the “political dimension” where India wishes to fulfill its heinous goal. While on the “economic dimension”, the water shortage for the province of the Sindh will be a radical blow to its agricultural boom, and affect the farm owners, farmers (including cattle owners) and the respective Mills and Factories which produces products and bi-products from the cultivated crops. While on the “social dimension” the scarcity of the water will create social instability among the masses, when the nationalist sections in the province, which serves more the role as being the fifth column of the enemy than to envision and impart welfare to people of the province will attempt to create social unrest and spread hate message against the other province rather than unveiling the true enemy “India” which controls the water, and plans to destroy the life of the Province and collectively Pakistan in a dynamic fashion.
This is not a conspiracy theory or an out of the blue statement. In fact this has been happening and still is in the occupied valley of Kashmir, where the Indian Administration has been breaching the Indus Basin Water Treaty 1960 for last 28 years since 1984. 
 
The Indus System of Rivers comprises of three Western Rivers the Indus, the Jhelum and the Chenab and three Eastern Rivers – the Sutlej, the Beas and the Ravi; and with minor exceptions, the treaty gives India exclusive use of all of the waters of the Eastern Rivers and their tributaries before the point where the rivers enter Pakistan. Similarly, Pakistan has exclusive use of the Western Rivers. [1]
In order comprehend the hidden plans of the Indian Administration; it is required for the people to reflect back in the history in heart of Indian held Kashmir. The Indian Administration initiated their work on their long term objectives by violating the international treaty in which the World Bank remains as a mediator and signatory.
In 1984 a controversy arose between the two neighbouring states after India began construction of the Wullar Barrage on river Jhelum in the occupied Kashmir in violation of the Indus Basin Water Treaty. [2]
In the mid 1990s India started another violation by constructing the Baglihar dam on the Chenab river. In 2005, Pakistan had again sought the World Bank’s help to stop construction of the Baglihar dam. Although WB allowed India to go ahead with the project after a few modifications, yet it did not permit the interruption of the agreed quota of water flow to Pakistan.
In 2008, India suddenly reduced water flow of the Chenab river to give a greater setback to our autumnal crops. Islamabad on September 17, 2008 threatened to seek the World Bank’s intervention on the plea that New Delhi had not responded to its repeated complaints on the issue appropriately. Pakistan’s Commissioner to the treaty, Syed Jamaat Ali Shah had also remarked that the shortage of water in the Chenab river, occurred due to filling up the Baglihar dam. Despite repeated pleas from Islamabad, India did nothing to address the problem.Moreover, to add fuel to the fire, in the recent past, Indian decision to construct two hydro-electric projects on River Neelam which is called Krishanganga in Indian dialect is a new violation of the Indus Basin Water Treaty of 1960. [2]
 
Moreover, India, now plans to move its ambitions from over the valley of Indian held Kashmir and take it across to the other side of the region, by involving the U.S installed and Indian inclined Afghan government in their plans by providing technical support to them in order to setup a dam over the River Kabul, which ultimately means adding more to the water-shortage of Pakistan, and to that of the river Indus. Although, this step may manifestly mean to provide welfare for Afghanistan, however, on the contrary this has some other latent objectives which mean the similar as identified earlier in the article, and above all Sindh is a primary objective for India to start off with meeting its cunning objectives.
 
On the top of all these well planned objectives to destroy Pakistan, India is planning to construct Swal Kot Dam. After the construction of the dam river Chenab would also dry up like the river Ravi. Swal Kot Dam is expected to be higher than Tarbela Dam and Mangla Dam. The height of the Swal Kot Dam is 646 feet and the storage capacity of Swal Kot Dam is expected to be 13 times higher than the disputed Baglihar Dam. In comparison the height of Tarbela is 485 feet while Mangla is 453 feet high. The project would cost $2 billion dollars and would produce 1200 MW of electricity. Swal Kot Dam is being constructed on river Chenab near the district Doda and Udham Pur which is just 70 miles away from Pakistan. The design of the dam has been prepared by a Norwegian company. River Chenab would be completely dried up if the construction of the project would go ahead. Experts believe that if the construction is not stopped then the Pakistani economy specially the Agriculture sector would be completely destroyed. [3]
 
However, more importantly now, what lesson does the revelation of this context contains for the province of Sindh and Pakistan, in order to enjoy strengthened relations between the provinces and ultimately the strong ideological prosperity of Pakistan. Beyond all, what solution should be observed to facilitate multiple objectives for which the situation calls Pakistan collectively as a Nation and particularly the masses, and government of the Sindh to focus upon?
 
The core of this issue lies in the Indian held valley of Jammu & Kashmir, which is the epicenter of all the humanitarian exploitation, may it be in the form of suppressing the right of determination of the Kashmiri people for almost last 63 years, or whether it be a geographical entity of inflicting socio-political-economic harm to Pakistan and its people by stealing their lawful waters.  
 
The solution for the Sindh’s provincial government and its people domestically, and the Pakistani nation as a whole on a foreign front requires to resolve to a clearly defined objective of liberation of the Indian-held valley of Jammu and Kashmir from the Indian Administration, since, until this is not accomplished. India will continue in the region to slowly poison Pakistan, deprive it from its road to socio-political and economic prosperity and destroy it. Moreover, it will continue its atrocity and inhumane activities in Jammu & Kashmir, which now need decisively to be brought to an end.
 
Moreover, it’s the people of the Sindh who need to wisely learn that the shortage of their water is not due to the irregular distribution of the province of Punjab, in fact it is the Indian Administration which is to be accused of their plotting in the Jammu & Kashmir which is stealing its water and irregularly distributing it in their own lands. However, for the people of the Sindh to comprehend the fact that their own vital survival lies in the heart of the valley of Jammu and Kashmir, thus, will direly need for the provincial government of the Sindh to devise, resolve, and adhere to the policy of the liberation of the Indian Held Jammu & Kashmir, and support the cause on all grounds. Since, this is the opportunity for the government of Sindh to express its ownership of Pakistan as a responsible entity. Moreover, this will allow the people of the Pakistan to assist their ideological fellow people in the Indian held valley of Jammu & Kashmir in aid to liberation, and ensure its vital survival as a province, and of Pakistan as a prosperous ideological state or else the status quo mindset of the provincial government will only lead to fulfilling the wishful thinking of the enemy. The time calls Pakistani nation to be united against Indian plotting and show solidarity to each other and work on the road map to fail India from achieving its menacing objectives.  
 
References
 
2.      (Sajjad Shaukat, India‘s Water Terrorism against Pakistan, Opinion Maker, February 12, 2010).
 
3.      ^ "India working to dry up river Chenab as well". February 8, 2010.
 
4.      (Image source Wikipedia.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indus_Waters_Treaty

Usama Nizamani is a Graduate Student who takes keen interest in National and Regional Affairs.

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