Hafiz accuses India for violating water treaty (with correction)

September 12, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: For recent heavy floods in the country, Amir Jamaat–ud-Dawah, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, has held India responsible and said the neighbouring country, under a conspiracy, released too much water into Pakistani rivers without adequate precautionary warnings.

Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Saturday, Hafiz Saeed severely criticized India for violating the Sindh Taas Agreement and constructing world’s third largest Baglihar Dam on the Chenab River.

“Monsoon seasons are natural but recent floods in last few years in Pakistan were result of a conspiracy by the hostile neighbouring nation. India is releasing sudden water in huge quantity under a conspiracy to destabilize Pakistani economy,” he remarked.

He also criticized the past and current governments for remaining silent over this very serious national issue and urged Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to raise the issue in United Nations, other international forums and through diplomats in other countries.

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said that India has constructed over 4000 dams since 1980 but unfortunately Pakistan could not construct more than two dams in these three decades.

While criticizing the priorities of Punjab government, he said that metro buses, motorways, and buildings would not be worthy until water dispute with India is resolved. “Government, despite other developments, should address the basic and foremost issues,” he added.

In context of 9/11 and its consequences on Pakistan, he said that India has fully taken advantage of the wrong policies made by past governments that allowing NATO and America to use the country as base. On contrary India constructed several dams and possessed the control of water in the interim period by its friendly relations with western powers.

He further said that Pakistan is an agriculture country and recent flood has completely destroyed the cotton crop in Punjab. He warned that northern cities of country might face the similar situation of flood in central and south Punjab if Baglihar dam issue was not addressed.

Moreover, he said that Jamaat-ud-Dawah welfare wing is engaged in relief work and providing basic necessities to flood affectees in Sindh and Punjab.

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