National Rights

manzoorchandioThe Indus Waters Treaty
By Manzoor Chandio
The writer can be reached at: manzoor.chandio@dawn.com
Nov 11, 2008
THAT India has not refrained from drawing waters from the rivers allocated to Pakistan for its exclusive use under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) has caused much concern in Pakistan.
Moreover, India’s denial of compensation for the loss of 0.2 million acre feet of water that Pakistan claims it suffered while the Baglihar dam was being filled has disturbed Pakistani farmers who now worry about far-reaching effects of the water shortage in the country.

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Safety of Bhasha Dam may be at high risk

By B. A. MALIK

Courtesy and Thanks: The Nation
The writer is a chief technical advisor World Bank/UNO

Construction of Bhasha Dam will start in September 2009, according to a press statement of the Minister of Water and Power (published on Oct 14). In an earlier report it was claimed that “Pakistan is going to set another record (after Tarbela Dam) in hydropower engineering by building the world’s highest roller compacted concrete Diamer Bhasha Dam” (April 6). The press report, however, was silent on the fact that the world’s highest adam on the Indus River may also be vulnerable to some of the highest risk factors.

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