Unresolved water issues may trigger Indo-Pak war
The impending issues over sharing river water between India and Pakistan could trigger a war between the two countries, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on education, Sardar Aseff Ali has said.
Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a seminar here, Ali said Pakistan could pull out of the Indus Water Treaty with India, if the latter does not stop violating the treaty by constructing new dams on the Indus River, a move which could greatly affect Pakistan's water share.
He said Islamabad might also take the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or the United Nations Security Council.
"Solution to the problem can not be found through sentimental rhetoric and the Indus Water Treaty is the proper forum for resolving the water crisis," The Daily Times quoted Ali, as saying.
Responding to a question regarding the Baglihar Dam project, he blamed former President General Pervez Musharraf for failing to prevent India from constructing the dam.
"India had served two notices to the Musharraf regime before the construction of the dam, but the Musharraf government did not respond to them. The Musharraf regime only raised hue and cry when the dam had become operational," Ali Said.