Release of water by India worsens flood in River Sutlej

Published: August 24, 2011

Water level rising in river as inflow becomes 28,000 cusecs and outflow 24,000.

VEHARI: India reportedly discharged 50,000 cusecs of water in River Sutlej causing further floods to destroy dozens of settlements along the river bank, Express 24/7 reported on Wednesday.

Reports say that the water level is rising in River Sutlej near Vehari, as the inflow at Head Islam became 28,000 cusecs and the outflow 24,000 cusecs.

Dozens of villages around Vehari were already flooded while crops on thousands of acres of land were also ruined.

The residents of the area are being moved to safer locations overseen by Rescue 1122 and other emergency response departments.

The relief camps were also set up at Head Islam after reports said that the 50,000 cusecs of water released by India might be on its way down the river into Pakistan.

Earlier, the Meteorological Department issued a flood warning for River Sutlej as the Provincial Disaster Management Authority said that the river will see an inundated current of 80,000 cusecs of water– the biggest current in 15 years.

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  • Aug 24, 2011 - 3:01PM

    I can see Zaid Hamid and Meher Bukhari declaring war on Hindu Zionists on todays crossfilre

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  • Cityboy
    Aug 24, 2011 - 3:01PM

    India had no option after dam on satluj river got overflow. . If there wasnt a dam on indian side, can u imagine the flood situatn by uncontrolld satluj in Pakistan?

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  • Vinayak
    Aug 24, 2011 - 3:02PM

    The headline is unnecessarily inflammatory.

    It is normal for water to be released from dams, which are threatening to overflow. This happens all over the world.

    The alternative, that is allowing dams to overflow is even worse, it can lead to dam collapse, resulting in even worse flooding.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Aug 24, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Frank where are you? come soon else you will miss one more India bashing oppertunity

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  • ashwin
    Aug 24, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Dont you guys ever get tired of blaming the world for your problems.what has your government done to counter floods which have become common due to climate change.Instead of training your minds only to hate India and world at large, build dams.

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  • Pragmatist
    Aug 24, 2011 - 3:38PM

    No water – blame India. Too much water – blame India. Violence in Balochistan – blame India. Violence in Karachi – blame India. If it wasn’t for India, Pakistan would be the most livable country in the world.

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  • Kashan
    Aug 24, 2011 - 3:41PM

    There is an upward trend of occupation on river beds like in Ravi and Sutlej. The loss of life and property mostly occur due to this sole reason. The government must act accordingly to prevent new housing colonies along side rivers.

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  • Cautious
    Aug 24, 2011 - 3:49PM

    Might be appropriate if this article explained why the dam was releasing water – perhaps it had reached it’s capacity?

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  • Udaya Bose
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:00PM

    As per Article II(9) of the Indus Waters Treaty, beyond 1973, Pakistan is not entitled to receive any water from the Eastern Rivers. Would Pakistan rather that India should develop sufficient diversionary Works so that the Sutlej and the Ravi stop flowing altogether into Pakistan?
    I am sorry ET but this is a misleading and unnecessarily provocative headline.

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  • Khalid Ahmed
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:10PM

    Dams are already overflowing on the Indian side. Pakistan should take all blames for its own floods since it has failed to build dams to check flood water.

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  • Asad
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:16PM

    what else can you expect from India….they are doing their duty. with ‘friends’ like india, who needs enemies….remembered an urdu proverb…huway dost tum jiskay, dushman uksa aasman kyu hoga…

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  • Lobster
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Indians have release floods of Indian commentator to defend their evils

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  • Ali
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:24PM

    Isn’t this the perfect opportunity to create and fill water reservoirs? But alas… our govt. won’t do anything sensible as its against there nature… we had all these floods last yer haven’t they learnt their lessons?

    India and Pakistan have a water treaty and water is controlled based onthat, trying to blame India for that is unfair and ET should be responsible in its reporting. If Sutlej is experiencing such high flows then the other rivers might also, its time Punjab govt. took steps to ensure people are safe and make a coordinated effort with the Indian side for water release and control.

    Lets start being proactive and productive instead of being passive victims and blaming others. Our govt. should take control of this worsening situation taking Indian authorities into confidence!Recommend

  • Reality bites
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:31PM

    Heading of this article should be ‘Weapon of Mass Distruction exploded by India against Pakistan’ :)

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  • BruteForce
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:32PM

    One sided and inflammatory. All it ends up doing is strengthen the right-wingers in Pakistan.

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  • Khan
    Aug 24, 2011 - 4:39PM

    @All Indians:
    Where in the article they are blaming India? Please either explain or stop your mindless accusations and Pakistan bashing all the time 24/7 … I know most of you come here every single day and from morning till you go to bed are doing nothing but useless anti Pakistan comments.
    The work of any news channel and paper is to report the news as it is. ET is just reporting what has just happened, India released the water and its been reported … If the authorities who are working on flood relief etc read it they might need to change their strategies accordingly and the government needs to come up with a plan for such situations.
    So just stop your meaninglessness and understand before blaming everything Pakistan. Or just go away and comment against your own government for dumping thousand of people in mass graves. they were human just like you and could have been innocent as well.Recommend

  • Aug 24, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Don’t blame India. India is a nation of saints and Anna Hazare is evil.

    Seriously we should send the water right back across the border!

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  • mind control
    Aug 24, 2011 - 5:02PM

    On 21st August, Pakistani Newspapers had this to report,

    LAHORE: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday said that the Pakistan government would not allow any country to exploit its water resources at any cost.

    Looks like India got scared and decided to release the water. I am sure Ms Bokhari, Zaid Hamid and Hafiz Saeed will approve.

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  • rk singh
    Aug 24, 2011 - 5:07PM

    so this is a conspiracy of RAW?

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  • MS
    Aug 24, 2011 - 5:28PM

    We have to build dams to secure water and ensure cheaper electricity. On the other hand, India occupied Kashmir also only because it was interested in the water there. They are building dams on that side to secure their water.

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  • Irtiza Rizvi
    Aug 24, 2011 - 6:11PM

    India did the same last year. we all know how much Pakistan had to suffer. Blaming it on rain is just absurd.

    What is wrong in torturing your enemy? India is our enemy and they will do whatever they want to choke us. I don’t know why can’t Pakistan accept this. Before crying I think Pakistanis should counter how Indians are attacking rather than expecting any good from ur enemy.

    If Pakistan has gutts then counter your enemy or keep quiet. ET is doing a good job by keeping everyone posted. This is not dawn or geo. Indians will be very happy on what dawn and geo are doing.Recommend

  • Jahangir Siddiqui
    Aug 24, 2011 - 6:35PM

    Why don’t we build dams to save this precious water.Until we dont build dams, we will be facing these types of floods.

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  • guest worker
    Aug 24, 2011 - 6:44PM

    Lets build a reverse link canal [if possible] sutlej to Ravi and chenab
    It could be a highway during regular off season and a canal on short notice. You wont have an encroachment problem on it either

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  • Omair Shakil
    Aug 24, 2011 - 7:06PM

    I wonder why people find this surprising. India is hardly a friendly neighbour, or ever will be. It is up to us to safeguard our lands and our people and try not to give India an opportunity to wreak more havoc than they already have.

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  • salman
    Aug 24, 2011 - 7:08PM

    it will take 10000 more years till bunyapan is completely isolated from their genes….

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  • narayana murthy
    Aug 24, 2011 - 7:15PM

    @Irtiza Rizvi

    I don’t know where you get these absurd theories from. And looking at the way you have written (with typos), I don’t know how many people will take you seriously, however, be a little responsible when you write on public forums.

    Last year’s floods were a result of nature’s fury on your land.

    Had India released the water last year, people would have known (responsible people in your country). If India has released the water this year, I’m sure, it has officially intimated your government and there must be very genuine reasons for that.

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  • Syed
    Aug 24, 2011 - 7:30PM

    You know more Indians commented on this news item than Pakistanis. :D

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  • Birbal
    Aug 24, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Payback time for the services of your “strategic assets”.

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  • yummy
    Aug 24, 2011 - 8:42PM

    this is according to Newton’s law, pascal’s law,…… but in pakistan, all these laws are wrong, only zaid hamid’s conspiracy laws works there.

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  • tanoli
    Aug 24, 2011 - 8:42PM

    every year same things happen where is some planning??? shame on govt.Recommend

  • yummy
    Aug 24, 2011 - 8:44PM

    i forgot, also due to gravity

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  • narayana murthy
    Aug 24, 2011 - 8:47PM

    One another thing is, Pakistanis bring RAW into everything as if, RAW controls every aspect of Indian government.

    RAW does not enjoy that kind of a power. It is controlled by the government.Recommend

  • American
    Aug 24, 2011 - 8:49PM

    Blame India…it is stealing our waters
    Blame India…it is releasing our waters
    Make up your mind…would you prefer that India diverts the entire river into India, so that Pakistanis need not worry ?

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  • Irtiza Rizvi
    Aug 24, 2011 - 9:15PM

    @narayana murthy:
    What do you mean typos? Since when this has been a formal discussion forum? I can comment whatever I want, you may agree or rant. Indians better go to indian websites rather than telling Pakistanis not to cry on what havoc there country has put on its neighbors. India has problems with Bangladesh, China, Pakistan and Nepal as well. You guys have water problems with not only us but with Bangladesh & Nepal.

    Next time before commenting on any Pakistani website do some research.

    http://www.ipcs.org/pdf_file/issue/SR95.pdf

    You guys do stuff for a reason and plz don’t tell us that our govt would know about anything or not. We Pakistanis know that there are issues with our govt and we accept it. We are not like indians that keep on telling the world that we are the best at the same time crying on almost every issue that Pakistani’s are facing.

    Yes we are going through tough times and we know who are our friends and foes. Don’t teach us.

    ThanksRecommend

  • Questioner
    Aug 24, 2011 - 9:25PM

    ET should have explained why India had to release water and most importantly before releasing did they informed the Pakistan Govt. or not. These are valid questions that should be in such report.
    However people comparing “Indian stealing our water” to “India Releasing water”, should understand that in both cases “Sources of Water” are different. On these rivers where India has released water, building a damn is not viable project because it can only be filled once in the year (during floods in upper side in India).
    Where Pakistan is claiming India is stealing water is where Pakistan according to Water Treaty should be getting full capacity without India storing or re-directing any of that.

    Let’s not be emotional; be realistic and objective, in these floods “humans” are suffering regardless of nationality.

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  • Bangash
    Aug 24, 2011 - 9:41PM

    India is a despicable country with zero regard for Kashmiris or non-Indians.

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  • narayana murthy
    Aug 24, 2011 - 10:59PM

    Irtiza Rizvi addresses to me “What do you mean typos? Since when this has been a formal discussion forum? I can comment whatever I want, you may agree or rant. Indians better go to indian websites rather than telling Pakistanis not to cry on what havoc there country has put on its neighbors.”

    Well, there are quite a lot of grammatical mistakes in your comments. I thought, they were, perhaps, typos.

    “India has problems with Bangladesh, China, Pakistan and Nepal as well. You guys have water problems with not only us but with Bangladesh & Nepal.”

    Well, Pakistan has problems with India, China, Afghanistan and Iran (100% of your neighbors).

    “Next time before commenting on any Pakistani website do some research.

    http://www.ipcs.org/pdf_file/issue/SR95.pdf

    Come on…you are asking me to do the research, while you write without substantiating your claims. Is that even fair?

    “You guys do stuff for a reason and plz don’t tell us that our govt would know about anything or not. We Pakistanis know that there are issues with our govt and we accept it. We are not like indians that keep on telling the world that we are the best at the same time crying on almost every issue that Pakistani’s are facing.”

    I, at the least, have never said that everything is right with our government. But, here is what I tell you and the entire world…in India, everything, absolutely everything, is set in the right direction. This means, perhaps, in the next 30-50 years, we will be okay.

    “Yes we are going through tough times and we know who are our friends and foes. Don’t teach us.”

    Unfortunately, you don’t know your friends from your enemies. And, I must tell you that, India is not your enemy. you are enemy of yourself dearRecommend

  • narayana murthy
    Aug 24, 2011 - 11:03PM

    I would like to congratulate and thank Express Tribune for all the frank and honest discussions, you allow us to have.

    To be frank, even Indian websites suffer from Nationalistic Indians, who would abuse Pakistanis or put their comments under abuse.

    So, this, what you are doing, in the long run will earn, enormous respect from Indians.

    You already have my respect.

    I believe, that in the long run, people to people exchanges is what is going to bring peace to the subcontinent. Who wants war? Who likes war? Recommend

  • hazre
    Aug 24, 2011 - 11:10PM

    strategic assets didn’t stand a chance!Recommend

  • American
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:12AM

    @Bangash:
    Pakistan
    Minority Population in 1947: 20%; now < 2%.
    Even within the remaining 98% pure muslims, every one thinks the others are not true muslims.
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  • Irtiza Rizvi
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:01AM

    @narayana murthy:
    lol…my brother you have this inferiority complex that your showing off about who can write better english with least grammatical mistakes. Get over this asap, won’t help you anywhere.

    “Well, Pakistan has problems with India, China, Afghanistan and Iran (100% of your neighbors).”

    We have no problems with China and have barely anything with Iran. As I said do some research before commenting.

    China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh are NOT your neighbors. lol ur funny!! I pointed out your water enemies because you said about India not doing anything with water. Just wanted to show you that you guys are good in playing with water not just with Pakistan but with Nepal & Bangladesh as well.

    As I told you the biggest difference between you and me is that I accept our mistakes you on the other hand go to Pakistani websites and bash. And its out Bigheartedness that we allow your(all indians) comments. I have been to a lot of india paper websites and not a single website allows comments from Pakistan. As I see you have accepted this fact as well.

    “I, at the least, have never said that everything is right with our government. But, here is what I tell you and the entire world…in India, everything, absolutely everything, is set in the right direction. This means, perhaps, in the next 30-50 years, we will be okay.

    I don’t even know what to say on this. lol Good luck with your plan. I don’t want to highlight your issues of poverty to corruption to separatists. Its just I know that I am talking to an indian who just knows what is going on in Pakistan and not looking inside his own country.

    “Unfortunately, you don’t know your friends from your enemies. And, I must tell you that, India is not your enemy. you are enemy of yourself dear”
    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2009-12-30/india/281046991war-doctrine-new-doctrine-entire-western-front

    India treats and thinks Pakistan as an enemy and has not accepted Pakistan a sovereign state. Bollywood makes movies showing Muslims as terrorists and at the end Pakistan is defamed. lol Your media is best in Bashing Pakistan. are you serious you think we are dumb not to take India as our enemy?

    it was a funny news but just look at your Matured Generals? You might be a nice person as an individual but plz don’t forget your an Indian and I am a Pakistani. Next time before writing that India is not Pakistan’s enemy plz do some research. Or at least listen to what Gen Kapoor is saying.

    Accept it that we both have our weaknesses. Good luck with your 30-50 year plan. Recommend

  • Incredible
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:24AM

    @American: I do not see these Paki answering your question. But why??

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  • Roflcopter
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:59AM

    It is time we take care of india

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  • Khurram
    Aug 25, 2011 - 6:53AM

    @Roficopter; “It is time we take care of india.”

    Is it not a high time, we take care of ourselves rather than India? Now regarding building of flood dams and storage capacity a very good idea translating it into reality needs a lot of money the money we do not have because we have been foolishly squandering it on military toys we cannot afford. unfortunately I do not see any dams coming up that soon may be never.

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  • Aug 25, 2011 - 7:01AM

    The heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of the dams has forced the authorities to release large amounts of water. The released water is causing flooding in large parts of Punjab (India) http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110815/main2.htm . The water is not being released to cause flooding in Pakistan but to save the dams.

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  • Khan
    Aug 25, 2011 - 7:19AM

    @American:
    And what does that has to do with this article?? I have seen many Indians like yourself, asking this question lately out of the blue … in 1947 most of them moved back to India just like millions of Muslims moved to Pakistan therefore, percentage taken from the time of Partition is incorrect approach. Majority of Hindus were living in then East Pakistan which is now Bangladesh.
    You have to count their population growth by numbers which is well over few millions now despite the reason that majority of the educated one migrate abroad for economic reasons just like you and me. A good example of that would be our honorable Justice of Supreme court Mr Rana Bagwandas, whose family is living in the US apart from him and one of his daughter who works in Karachi. The population growth of Muslims isn’t sign of their prosperity rather its because when other faith followers and atheists believe in population control our laymen follow saying of mullahs who incorrectly tell every one its not good to use protections and are against population control.

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  • Thomas
    Aug 25, 2011 - 7:32AM

    @Roflcopter:

    Hope is like the last #4 times, by getting beat!!

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  • Sani
    Aug 25, 2011 - 7:41AM

    By building a dam on Sutlej, India has violated the terms of treaty. But thats so typical of Indians.

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  • BruteForce
    Aug 25, 2011 - 8:28AM

    @Roflcopter:

    Like you took care of us in ’65,’71 and ’99? :) Dude, I can only laugh at these kind of statements. How can a domesticated cat take on a Tiger!

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  • gp65
    Aug 25, 2011 - 8:58AM

    When there are excessive rains there will be floods in India and Pakistan. When there is a draught there will be water shortage on both sides. TO blame India is unreasonable unless it can be proven that
    a) India has violated the Indus Water treaty
    b) The degree of drought/flood on Indian side has been lower than on Pakistani side.

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  • woohoo
    Aug 25, 2011 - 11:16AM

    @Bangash:

    India is a despicable country with
    zero regard for Kashmiris or
    non-Indians.

    So, you accept that Kashmiris and non-Indians are two different sets of people? And logically, since Kashmiris are not non-Indians, they must be ………GASP….Indians!!

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  • amlendu
    Aug 25, 2011 - 11:26AM

    @Irtiza Rizvi:
    Al you have written may be right but surely India can not play with Nepal’s water. Nepal being upper riparian for all the rivers shared by India and Nepal has upper hand and can play with India’s water. Similarly India can not play with China’s water as China is upper riparian in this case. This shows the level of your research.

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  • Moiz
    Aug 25, 2011 - 11:57AM

    @narayana murthy:
    i’m pretty sure RAW hadn’t been mentioned so far, by Pakistanis at least. Please avoid generalising, as remember you’re on a Pakistani liberal newspaper which regularly debunks those same theories. There’s nothing wrong with the headline. If China was our eastern neighbour it would have read ” Release of water by China…”. The title is a mere statement of fact and does not make any allegations. Please stop pretending grammar is the most important thing in the world. Sure, @Irtiza Zaida spouted nonsense but resorting to ad hominem lowers your credibility and anyways, nobody really does or should have to adhere to their English Grammar textbooks 24/7 on the internet.Recommend

  • Aug 25, 2011 - 1:25PM

    @Udaya Bose:
    Forget sutlej and ravi…Even the chenab and jhelum are almost dry due to bharat’s water diversion.

    Water could have been released earlier, in a more planned manner. However, whenever they do release water, it is a calculated move to achieve the most flooding and destruction possible.

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  • Tony Singh
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:45PM

    @Roflcopter:
    Is there any weapon or tactic you have not tried to “take care of us”? As it stands. it seems we have been successfully taking care of you.

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  • Bigboy
    Aug 25, 2011 - 8:19PM

    If India is doing this,why is Pakistan government not doing anything about it?

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  • Aadersh
    Aug 25, 2011 - 9:23PM

    @American…Ha ha ha ha…& you just forgot that East Pakistan is no more part of Pakistan where more than 12% of total 16% minorities existed at the the time of partition…O C’mon I didn’t know Americans are so senseless…

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  • American
    Aug 25, 2011 - 9:41PM

    All those focusing on % of minorities and finding explanations…never mind…just focus on the status of minorities in Pakistan..in the Constitution, in the Mosque, in Society, and in your Holybook.
    Science of Genetics tells us that ‘mixing’ the gene pool gives superior off spring; and conversely, maintaining an exclusive “pure” gene results in eventual decay.
    The main reason for America’s wealth and prosperity is this mixing of genes from Ireland, and Italy, from UK, and Germany, from Spain and Russia, from Poland and Brazil, and yes, add Indians as well.
    You want to look ahead and focus your binoculars on the future..instead of navel gazing at the 7th century and partition.
    You cannot undo the past; you can create a better future, by looking where you are going, instead of looking only where you have been.

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  • Swati
    Aug 26, 2011 - 3:17PM

    Dear Pakistani Friends:

    Those who can do (build dams, roads, factories, their economy and despite the mountains of problems march together democratically to become a superpower!)

    Those who can’t ( well you guys know that too well isn’t it?!! They spread terror in the name of religion, blame others for all their problems, kidnap sons of slain leaders… never do anything fruitful and sink deeper in their own hell hole)

    Now I wonder who is going to succeed in their tryst with destiny???!!!!

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  • narayana murthy
    Aug 26, 2011 - 5:09PM

    @Swati…LOL

    I’m sorry. But Pakistanis do not understand hard facts. You think, they will understand your pro-India rhetoric?

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