Lahore, Jun.7 (ANI): The water dispute between India and Pakistan could trigger a nuclear war between both countries, Nazria Pakistan Trust Chairman Majid Nizami has said.
Addressing delegates at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Aiwan-e-Quaid-e-Azam at Johar Town, Nizami blamed India for cutting off important water supply routes to Pakistan by constructing dams on rivers in Kashmir.
“We consider Kashmir as the jugular vein of Pakistan, and India is building dams in Kashmir on our rivers by which, God forbid, Pakistan can become a desert within the next 10 to 15 years. We should show upright posture or otherwise prepare for a nuclear war,” The Nation quoted Nizam, as saying.
He also said the tripartite alliance of the US, Israel and India is working out a propaganda against Pakistan by raising questions over the safety of nuclear assets.
Pakistan has been opposing the construction of the Kishanganga hydropower project in Kashmir, which is called Neelum upon entering Pakistan.
Pakistan believes that the diversion of Neelum waters is not allowed under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty, as it will cause a 27 per cent water deficit, when the project is completed.
The reduced water flow in the Neelum would not yield the required results of the proposed 1.6 billion dollars Neelum-Jehlum hydropower project that has been designed to generate 969 MW of electricity.
It said that India has almost completed a 22-kilometre long tunnel to divert Kishanganga waters to Wullar Lake in Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)