Pakistan may run dry by 2025: study

Published: May 30, 2016
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PCRWR warns country will approach absolute water scarcity. PHOTO: REUTERS

PCRWR warns country will approach absolute water scarcity. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has warned that the country will approach absolute water scarcity by 2025.

According to a report available with The Express Tribune, Pakistan touched the ‘water stress line’ in 1990 and crossed the ‘water scarcity line’ in 2005. If this situation continues, then chances are high the country will face acute water shortage or drought-like situation in the near future, the study predicts.

Water scarcity ‘biggest threat’ to Pakistan

To deal with the upcoming situation, there is a need to carry out research at various levels to find out the best possible solutions. “Unfortunately, the PCRWR has no funds to ensure sustainable research,” an official of the science and technology (S&T) ministry says.

The PCRWR is an apex body of the S&T ministry responsible for carrying out, coordinating, organising and promoting research in various aspects of water resources.

The official talking on the condition of anonymity said the PCRWR recently asked the government to create an endowment fund within the PCRWR for the purpose of research and development activities.

According to PCRWR documents, the objective behind the endowment fund is to avoid its dependence on the annual Public-Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and on recurring budget expenses on research. The council has sought Rs50 million for the government.

The fund also aims to focus on water scarcity for agriculture and poverty alleviation by carrying out surveys at various levels without wasting time to obtain PSDP funds, the documents state.

Why Pakistan will soon become a water scarce country

The primary source of funds shall be from the income of the proposed endowment funds and the savings out of the research projects awarded by the international and national donors to the PCRWR with the seed-money of Rs50 million coming from the government.

“The funds will help continue and sustain research activities, which are the need of the hour in a country like Pakistan where rising population is decreasing per capita water availability,” the S&T official said.

The focal person for the S&T ministry, Mohammad Khalid Siddiqui, admitted a scarcity of funds at the PCRWR for which efforts were underway to convince the government to allocate a spare budget.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2016.

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  • GHAZAL
    May 30, 2016 - 9:34AM

    SO WHAT , Pakistan has more nukes than India and strategic location tooRecommend

  • Rajesh
    May 30, 2016 - 9:41AM

    On urgent basis we need to save water, plant more trees, make rain harvesting pits in each house, locality, apartments etc with the help of municipal authorities to increase the groundwater level, otherwise if the authorities in coordination with government doesn’t do then be prepared for the drought.Apart from this measures should be taken to store the rainwater in every area. Desilting of rivers, lakes, ponds should be carried on war footing. If needed the rivers & tributaries should be interlinked to avoid the crisis in near future. Recommend

  • brar
    May 30, 2016 - 9:54AM

    CPCE is coming and also bring water for Pakistan, one medicine for all ills is CPEC ?Recommend

  • Mahakaalchakra
    May 30, 2016 - 10:01AM

    India will win this race to reach dry conditions before Pakistan! By 2025 India may beat China in population race. These are direct result of population bomb.Recommend

  • Ghani-Abdullah
    May 30, 2016 - 12:45PM

    Be nice to your neighbors, where your water is flowing from, do not destroy all the bridges for the sake of some terrorists as they can divert the water and make you suffer sooner Pakistan!Recommend

  • Adam
    May 30, 2016 - 12:53PM

    If the water draught does come in pakistan then pakistan should nuke india bangladesh afganistan & take they lands for good Recommend

  • May 30, 2016 - 2:40PM

    So it will end up in Kashmir. Kashmir is a war of water between India, Pakistan.Recommend

  • Saad
    May 30, 2016 - 3:10PM

    Is this article about the Water scarcity in Pakistan or the funds scarcity for the PCRWR? I don’t see the correlation btw the title and the article.Recommend

  • Libra
    May 30, 2016 - 3:21PM

    @Shahid Akram:

    By that time due to increasing poverty, India will not be able to sustain and run many of their projects. Consequently they wouldn’t be able to keep on their hegemonic strategy. Result: withdrawal of Indian Occupational forces from Kashmir, abandoning their nuclear programme and many running projects in between. This all will create chaos and many territories of India shall become liberated states. RSS, BJP and other Hindu extremists will become warlords and shall rule bits and pieces of India. That’s the destiny.Recommend

  • khan of karachi
    May 30, 2016 - 3:28PM

    @Adam And then what. we will have to drink radioactive water. so you give all subcontinent people instant death and pakistans will die suffering drinking radioactive water.Recommend

  • May 30, 2016 - 4:40PM

    I think we can distill water of the Arabian Sea if we ever run out of water.I think the DHA people have already started a project like this..I dont think water will ever be a issue for us if we have funds for distillation.Recommend

  • Islamabad
    May 30, 2016 - 5:29PM

    Wow this is really scary. Yet our mullahs do not allow any birth control education via radio or television. How can Pakistan cope with limited water and so many people? Recommend

  • Anon
    May 30, 2016 - 6:52PM

    India is making dams with rapid pace, soon it will be in a position to control water flow & then it can bring draught in Pak by stopping waters or bring floods in Pak by releasing extra waters from dams, in event of confrontation……
    this is called Water Bomb…cheaper n easy to useRecommend

  • Sumi
    May 30, 2016 - 6:56PM

    @libra……Awww same Day-Dreaming from past 68 years, but truth is India is getting stronger & more powerful day by day,…
    while as far as your condition is concerned, even Bangladesh has left you behind economicallyRecommend

  • HBK
    May 30, 2016 - 6:59PM

    Just go to you tube and search for”water bomb”….
    many pak analyst already predicted that India will use this water bomb in the event of warRecommend

  • Allaisa
    May 30, 2016 - 7:02PM

    It is NOT going to happen. Pakistan can use Nukes, which it has in plenty, to dig wells and canals to connect the wells. Pakistani scientists are best in the world, so much so, advanced countries like China, USA and Russia wait in line to talk to Pakistani scientists. Recommend

  • Legend
    May 30, 2016 - 8:36PM

    Another pointless theory to divert our attention from real issues.Recommend

  • Khan
    May 30, 2016 - 9:17PM

    When will we get serious about Global Warming. May be after 2025.Recommend

  • Rizwan Ahmad
    May 30, 2016 - 11:47PM

    Alarming Report, Water is life, Recommend

  • leela4fun
    May 31, 2016 - 12:03AM

    Then what will happen to the water kit car?Recommend

  • Adnan
    May 31, 2016 - 12:01PM

    @Mahakaalchakra: “India will win this race to reach dry conditions before Pakistan! “
    Here’s a mental puzzle for you. Since the major rivers originate in India and Pakistan lies downstream to those rivers. Guess who get affected more?Recommend

  • ahmad
    May 31, 2016 - 2:29PM

    the article seems more like the ‘scarcity of funds for PCRWR’ rather than scarcity of water. The environmentalists tell me that everything will be drowned in water by 2025, PCRWR is telling a different storyRecommend

  • Naresh
    May 31, 2016 - 4:39PM

    @Adnan: Here’s a mental puzzle for you. Since the major rivers originate in India and Pakistan lies downstream to those rivers. Guess who get affected more?
    India will be affected more as it gets ONLY 19.8 PER CENT whilst Pakistan gets 80.2 PER CENT of the Indus Waters.Recommend

  • Ram
    May 31, 2016 - 5:38PM

    @Naresh:
    When situation becomes desperate, we’ll make boats out of the Indus treaty and send it downstream so that you can play with it. Chances are they won’t reach you.Recommend

  • cbing
    May 31, 2016 - 8:35PM

    @Naresh:
    But Indus and its tributaries serve most of the Pakistani land. That is not the case in India. Indus just serves a portion of Pakistan bordered Indian states. Recommend

  • Buzzkill
    May 31, 2016 - 11:09PM

    @Libra: The article is about Pakistan’s doomsday water scenario so why are you unnecessarily commenting about India? Yes India has a rising population but it also has the world’s fastest growing big economies & it also has a rising educated population which is producing highly qualified scientists, engineers & innovators who are fully capable of solving all of India’s future problems including water. You should worry about Pakistan which has a basket case economy depended on external aid & doles as well as rising illiteracy, poverty, unemployment and a huge terrorism problem to boot. Pay attention to your own house instead of being fixated with your neighbor. Recommend

  • Pavan
    May 31, 2016 - 11:35PM

    Build water pipelines from China via cpec….not big deal.Recommend

  • amir
    Jun 1, 2016 - 12:37AM

    @Adam: If they try this, there will be no Pakistani left to take over their land………….Recommend

  • Ramanan
    Jun 1, 2016 - 8:52AM

    @Libra:
    Good joke, lol…. as Sumi said, still day dreaming…..Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2016 - 11:05AM

    This is really a serious problem. Beside safeguarding our country we also have to look for the basic need. I am amazed to see that how our officials are avoiding this great threat. Sure, we have abundance of resources and strategic location but its now time to grow up and decide something about it beside checking some national issue. Recommend

  • ZW
    Jun 1, 2016 - 1:17PM

    @Anon:
    Its so sick to see that most people don’t even have common grounds of humanity rather than empathizing and brainstorming for solutions, they are talking about water bomb, revenge etc. Recommend

  • Naeem ulfateh
    Jun 14, 2016 - 4:35PM

    How many departments are there, shrink them and give the solution rather than putting things in the news to fetch funds.Recommend

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