This is with reference to Eric Shahzar’s article “Pakistan’s biggest internal security threat” published in your newspaper on 25th September. Almost all rivers in Pakistan are perennial, and abundant water can be available throughout the year if sufficient dams are constructed. Unfortunately, development in this regard has been badly neglected. In contrast, the rain-fed rivers of the South Indian region are not perennial and would occasionally dry up during the summer season. However, after the construction of dams on the main rivers, water is available for use throughout the year.
Pakistan will suffer greatly in the future if the situation is ignored for too long. The population bomb coupled with global warming could lead to water scarcity and droughts in the near future. A severe water crisis is currently unfolding. The concerned authorities need come up with a long-term plan to tackle the exacerbating effects of global warming. They must start by building more dams at the earliest.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 27th, 2021.