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Graduate Seminar on Pakistan’s Water Challenges: Need for Integrated Water Resources Management held at USPCAS-W MUET

Press Release – JAMSHORO, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018: Dr. Hassan Abbas, a renowned hydrologist and water expert of Pakistan said that a mega vision and strong will were needed to tackle the water challenges of Pakistan. While speaking in the graduate seminar on Pakistan’s Water Challenges: Need for Integrated Water Resources Management, held at U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro on Friday organized by the Center in collaboration with Center for Social Change (CSC), he said that one of the biggest challenges the country was facing is water pollution instead of water scarcity. He said that water resources were not diminished as perceived by all and sundry but the natural abundance water resources were being diverted which ultimately affect the lower riparian region. Talking about the Indus Delta, he said that the balance between the sea and the delta was only possible with the natural flow of water. He said that 24 acres of land in delta were being affected and 8 acres were completely inundated due to sea intrusion on a daily basis.

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Destruction Of Indus Delta As A Result Of Dams On Rivers In Pakistan

ذرا اس تباہی کو بھی دیکھ لیں

Sea incursion and intrusion has inundated & destroyed large areas of land in coastal areas of Thatho and Badin districts of Sindh. Historically prosperous indigenous people have become the poorest. They have lost their source of livelihood & many have been forced to leave their abode.

Indus Deltta jee tabaahi pahinjay akhhyun saan ddiso
انڊس ڊيلٽا جي تباهي پنهنجي اکين سان ڏسو

To watch special report on environmental and human disaster of Indus Delta, please click here

Indus River: Water Scarcity And The Conflict Between Sindh And Punjab

The basic source of irrigation for Pakistan agriculture is the Indus River. Water resources are becoming shorter due to the irregular flow of water in the Indus River. To overcome the problem of water shortage and to meet the water demands of rising populations, the Punjab and the federal governments are in favor of constructing more dams in order to store the water which is being wasted otherwise. On the contrary, the Sindh holds the point that the construction of dams such as KBD and Bhasha dam would deprived them of their due shares from IBIS. There has been a distrust regarding water sharing between the two provinces.

The conflict between the two provinces exists since pre-partition and the issue is still a bone of contention between the two provinces as Sindh have reservations regarding the construction of KBD and other dams i.e. they see the building of KBD as a cause of desertification and water scarcity, however Punjab feels it necessary to construct more dams in order to save our coming generations from severe water scarcity.

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People and Provinces must be careful in selecting/ electing their representatives

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean

.. behind-the-scene newspaper story about the dishonest and disloyal role played by the Balochistan representative in IRSA’s decision to open the Chashma-Jehlum link canal. The newspaper article was published in today’s edition of The News http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=27246. The fact that the Ch Muhammad Amin who was nominated by Balochistan to be its member on IRSA voted against the wishes of that province shows the danger in allowing those who have dubious loyalties to be provincial representatives. The people and provincial leaders must be careful in electing or selecting heir representatives for wrong decisions could come to haunt them later.

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SINDH : Give us Water, Water is our right, How can we give up this Right? How can we stop living?

Sindhis Takeout Rallies on Save Indus River Day – January 24, 2010

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean

..The newsletter in Sindhi from Delta Development Program is extremely important and deserves an exception. The newsletter highlights the plight of Sindhis whose lives have been drastically impacted due to the reduced water flow permitted by the upper riparian province to the lower riparian province – Sindh.

This year, January 24 was declared as the “Save River Indus” day and thousands traveled to the dry and empty bed of the Indus River to demand increased water flow. The newsletter has an excellent poem about water shortage under the title “The Right Of Sindh”. The following is my attempt at the translation of the first few lines of this poem:

Give us Water, give us Water.

Water is our right,

How can give up this Right?

We will reclaim our Water from the exploiter

How can we give up this Right?

Give us Water, give us Water.

Water is source of our lives,

How can we stop living?

How can we give up this Right?

Give us Water, give us Water.

What destruction is this?

What exploitation is this?

Why are all cities decaying?

All boats are sitting idle on river bed

Where has all fish gone?

Where all other river creatures gone?

How can we give up our Water Right?

Give us Water, give us Water.

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Water flow: Sindh’s position


Courtesy: dawn

THIS year the Indus flow is expected to be the worst in the last five years, causing serious problems for the coming kharif crop in Sindh. As of June, Sindh will suffer 34 per cent shortage as compared to 14 per cent by Punjab.

For this reason alone, Sindh feels justified in pleading for closing the Chashma-Jhelum flood canal, Taunsa-Panjnad flood canal, Panjnad link canal and Thal canal, which flow from the Indus.

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Save Indus river – with out it Sindh is lost

Following is the portion of Idrees Rajput’s article published in Sindhi Daily Kawish, dated June 26, 2009

scindhThe prosperity of Sindh is closely linked with Indus and it is apparently due to this reason, that Sindh is so sensitive, if anyone interferes with the Indus River. Indus water in the body of Sindh is considered as vital as blood is for a human body. So long the Indus was not interferes with, Sindh remained in healthy growth. Unfortunately two thick leeches (Indus links) were stuck very recently to the body of Indus when Sindh was not aware of them. Again the deterioration in the health of Sindh depends upon the sucking programme of these leeches. There is every danger that, if they suck too much, Sindh is liable to be turned in to a desert specially when these links are beyond the boundary of sindh, beyond its control of operation and even observation, very recently when we were short of water, the Taunsa-Panjand link was opened and the water was transferred from the Indus to the Tributary Zone and the water was transferred from the Indus to the Tributary Zone without regard to our historic rights of even basic allocations just to meet certain higher level of uses of the Punjab canals. It is mainly due to this reason that Sindh considers any misdirected or without effective control, operation of Indus links, so hazardous for its very survival.

Sindh-Punjab water crisis


Courtesy: Daily Dawn, Saturday, 04 Jul, 2009

THIS is apropos of two reports (June 22) on the water crisis, followed by an editorial. Two groups of tail-end users had agitated for water shortage in Hyderabad and at Wagah border. One group demanded of the rulers to release water. The other group, under the banner of Pakistan Muttahida Kissan Mahaz, protested against cut in river water by India. Unfortunately, Sindh demands water from Punjab and Punjab is crying against India that the neighbouring country is responsible for the damage of its agriculture system.

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DAWN Article on Water Issue in Pakistan

Water scarcity and disputes

By Zulfiqar Halepoto

Courtesy: daily dawn, Monday, 06 Jul, 2009

WITH unprecedented challenges of water scarcity facing the world, some new approaches have surfaced to tackle this problem. The terms like ‘river diplomacy’ and ‘environmental peacekeeping’ are commonly used in non-traditional human security studies as tension between riparian states mount on water sharing, environmental degradation, irrigation and drinking water shortage and decline in food security.

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Sindh is not getting it`s due share in spite of various water accords and agreements

The following is the latest’s article by Naseer Memon on the water shortage in Sindh. Here is a summary of article in English.

Written by: Naseer Memon, Hyderabad, Sindh

Translation by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

Courtesy: Sindhi Daily Kawish, July 01, 2009

Article Summary

Sindh is receiving only 40% of its due share from the Indus river. On one hand Sindh is suffering immense loss in the agriculture sector and yet the act of filling Tarbela dam proceeds at the full speed. WAPDA, as the custodian of river waters is playing and arbitrarily decides which province gets how much share.

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Struggle for the Restoration of Indus River

New Water Paradigm: required seriousness and Support

by: Jamil Junejo-Hyderabad, Sindh

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum held seminar on topic of “New Water Paradigm and Restoration of Indus River on 29th June on Almanzar,Jamshoro .It is one of the steps of the struggle announced by PFF in a program held in down stream to mark international River day in March 2009 .PFF, unlike the old demand of no new dam on Indus ,made by nationalist political parties , demands new water Paradigm: Decommissioning of existing dams in Pakistan.

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