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Water or Weapon of War

The future of conflict in South Asia is centered around the availability of water and we must act immediately to address this rising threat of war

In the years after the partition in 1947, Pakistan witnessed a significant battle with India over Kashmir. The founder of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a visionary leader having predicted the two-nation theory successfully. Unfortunately, he succumbed to an illness right after the partition in 1948. Before his passing, he made one thing clear to the people of the new Muslim Nation: the strategic importance of Kashmir to Pakistan. He called it ‘the jugular vein,’ and for a good reason.

We all know today that the water supply that reaches Pakistan comes from the five precious rivers that flow from Kashmir. India controls the majority share of water but Pakistan is currently going through a ‘water crisis’. Escalation in Kashmir and the failure of the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan could create a big problem for the country in the shape of a water war.

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The writer works with the health sector and is an expert on International Relations, public policy governance, and social justice. He is a distinguished broadcaster and writer. He tweets on @zeeshan82445998.

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