The Zero Line between Pakistan and India - A growing threat | 02Jan2015 18:58:28
Pakistani man transporting bottled water Reuters
When President Clinton was in office he addressed this situation… He said:
“The most dangerous place in the world right now, I think you could argue, is the Indian sub-continent, and the line of control in Kashmir.” (1)
scarcity of water
For Pakistan, the numbers are extremely grim. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) released a report earlier this year which declared Pakistan as one of the most “water-stressed” countries in the world, not far from being classified, “water-scarce," with less than 1,000 cubic meters of water per person per year (the same level as parched Ethiopia), down from 5,000 cubic meters in 1947. India itself is projected to become “water-stressed” by the year 2025 and “water-scarce” by 2050. Due to increased demand and dwindling supplies, Pakistan is drawing too much water from its existing reservoirs, placing the country in grave danger of future shortages. ADB estimated that Pakistan's water storage capacity -- that is, the volume of water it can rely upon in case of an emergency, amounts to a 30-day supply -- far lower than the 1000 days that are suggested for nations with similar climates, The Atlantic noted. (For comparison sake, India’s storage capacity is 120 days.)
On a per capita basis, the availability of water in Pakistan has plunged by almost 75 percent over the last 60 years, Reuters reported, largely due to soaring population growth. The World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan project estimates that by 2025, the country will have 33 percent less water than it will need at that time.
[...] Other voices also expressed their grave concerns. Without any meaningful action, the future looks alarming, Nayani soberly warned. “A growing population without the resources it needs to survive, let alone thrive economically, will throw the country into a period of instability that may be far worse than anything we see today,” he declared. (2)
Despite abundant water resources and heavy monsoon rains in four consecutive years, experts say Pakistan will face an acute water shortage in the not-too-distant future, disrupting lives and potentially leading to war with India.
Summer floods left more than 178 dead, yet Pakistan has few dams to capture rainwater, and millions of gallons run out to sea each year. Consequently, many Pakistanis have no access to clean drinking water, and farmers lack irrigation water. Agriculture, the backbone of the economy, depends on rivers flowing from India.
Another issue is pollution. On Aug. 19, the government informed the National Assembly that more than 80 percent of water samples collected across the country were found unsafe for drinking. (3)
We have nine nations that currently possess an estimated 17,300 nuclear warheads. Two are at the heart of this Zero Line Crisis. India and Pakistan...
Recently, Pakistan's Prime Minister – Nawaz Sharif – warned that Kashmir, home to this Zero Line, has become a flashpoint that can trigger a fourth war between Pakistan and India, basically, at any moment. (4)
India Warns Kashmiris to Prepare for Nuclear War
NEW DELHI — Indian officials are advising residents of strife-torn Kashmir to prepare for a possible nuclear war by building bombproof basements and stockpiling food and water, adding to tensions between India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers, after deadly cross-border skirmishes in recent weeks.
“People should construct basements where the whole family can stay for a fortnight,” read the advisory, which was published Monday in the newspaper Greater Kashmir (5)
(1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcprYTJFIyU (position 01:15)
(2) http://www.ibtimes.com/what-are-india-pakistan-really-fighting-about-1520856 (December 27 2013)
(3) LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept. 13, 2013 (UPI Next) -- http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2013/09/13/Experts-say-future-water-scarcity-threatens-Pakistan/71375251777868/#ixzz3NbS4XJ6b
(5) GARDINER HARRIS, January 22, 2013