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Army launches operation in rain-hit Badin areas

Pakistan army launched a rescue operation on Monday in the rain-affected Badin district where at least half a million people have been displaced by flood water, officials said.

The recent monsoon rain has wreaked havoc across District Badin and its surrounding areas forcing a large number of residents to seek refuge in safer areas.

According to authorities in Badin, army has so far shifted nearly 100,000 people to temporary erected camps as well as in government schools and college buildings.

Pakistan’s water crisis

 

A water crisis is emerging which could have major implications for Pakistan's economy and society. Effective management of this crisis first requires urgent mitigation and adaptation measures with close cooperation amongst Pakistan’s provinces of Khybar Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh on the one hand and then between Pakistan and India on the other . If the necessary collaboration for cooperative management of the Indus basin water resources is not undertaken expeditiously, the resultant economic crisis could lead to a war with India.

Pak objections to Kishanganga projects fails to cut ice in J&K

Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said Pakistani objection will not hamper the work on the 330 megawatt Kishanganga power project in Gurez area of Bandipora district in north Kashmir.

“We fail to understand what Pakistan is up to. Last month a team of Indian and Pakistani Indus water commission had visited along with the court of arbitration. They inspected the project thoroughly to prepare a report”, said Basharat Ahmad Dhar, power commissioner J&K.

‘Controversial project: Indian version’

Pakistan’s anxieties as the lower riparian are understandable; even with a ‘water-tight’ treaty in place, there will always be apprehensions that this treaty could be violated, but Mr Malik’s assertion that “scores of Indian dams” are already in “flagrant breach of the treaty” is incorrect. Pakistan’s apprehensions regarding shared waters should be addressed by all means but on the basis of fact and reason, not emotions and misconceptions.

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