With the summer alarm flashes,the Indo-Pak boarder is brewing up on the water shortage in both rival nations.The mounting up accusations of each other violating the World Bank-brokered 1960s Indus Waters Treaty that ensures shared management of the six rivers crossing between the two neighbours, which have fought three major wars in the past 71 years.
The latest of the dispute is over hydroelectric projects India is building along the Chenab River.Pakistan is accusing that will violate the UN treaty and he is planning to send officials from Pakistan to inspect the site on January 27.
Indian PM Narendra Modi is moving forward with the project in the last months of his term.
On the other hand the Pak PM Imran Khan himself is attempting to raise $17 billion via the world’s largest crowd fund for the construction of two large dams, one of which would be built in the disputed territory of Kashmir.
“Tensions over water will undoubtedly intensify and put the Indus Waters Treaty — which to this point has helped ensure that they have never fought a war over water — to its greatest test.The prospect of two nuclear-armed rivals becoming enmeshed in increasing tensions over a critical resource like water is unsettling and poses highly troubling implications for security in South Asia and the world on the whole,” Michael Kugelman, a senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington said by email.
During the September 2016 Indian army camp terror attack, Modi stated that “blood and water and cannot flow together” and slowly that tension got resolved.
Global agencies have made dire predictions that Pakistan — despite having the world’s largest glaciers — will face mass water scarcity by 2025. Already availability per capita has dropped by a third since 1991 to 1,017 cubic meters, according to the International Monetary Fund.