Friday, April 19, 2024

India Halts Water Flow to Pakistan from Ravi River

Recent reports indicate that India has halted the water flow to Pakistan from the Ravi River following the completion of the Shahpur Kandi barrage, situated on the borders of Indian Punjab and Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

According to India Today, the previously allocated 1150 cusecs of water for Pakistan will now be utilized for the benefit of the Indian occupied region of Jammu and Kashmir. This decision is aimed at supporting agricultural activities across 32,000 hectares of land in the Kathua and Samba districts.

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Critics accuse India of pursuing a “water terrorism” agenda by implementing projects like the Shahkandi barrage, ostensibly for irrigation and hydro power generation purposes, but at the expense of diverting water away from Pakistan.

India’s construction of various dams, including the Bhakra Dam on the Sutlej, Pong and Pandoh Dam on the Beas, and Thein (Ranjitsagar) Dam on the Ravi, has raised concerns about its compliance with the Indus Waters Treaty.

The Indus Waters Treaty, brokered by the World Bank and signed on September 19, 1960, is a water-sharing agreement between India and Pakistan. It categorizes rivers into Eastern Rivers (Sutlej, Beas, and Ravi) allocated to India, and Western Rivers (Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab) allocated to Pakistan.

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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob is a senior anchor, and an investigative journalist with an impressive 37 years of experience. Zubair's journalistic journey has been marked by a relentless pursuit of truth and a commitment to delivering impactful stories.Zubair's expertise extends beyond borders, reaching as far as Malaysia, where he has left an indelible mark on the international journalism landscape. His global perspective and keen analytical skills have allowed him to navigate diverse cultural landscapes, bringing a unique and enriching perspective to his reporting.Whether he's in the studio or on the field, Zubair continues to be a driving force in the world of journalism, bridging gaps, fostering understanding, and unraveling the stories that matter most. As the Headline PK Author, Zubair remains at the forefront of news, guiding audiences through the complexities of our ever-evolving world.

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