BUREWALA Chairman Indus Water Treaty Council Hafiz Zahoor-ul-Hassan Dahr has said that previous 131 rounds of talks between Pakistan and India under Indus Water Treaty bore no fruits and the latest dialogue would meet the same result.
He also warned that Pakistan could become another Somalia and Ethiopia.
Talking to 'The Nation on Monday, Zahoor pointed to various projects launched by India to divert the water flow of three rivers entering Pakistan from Occupied Kashmir and said these projects were aimed at controlling the water of Chenab, Jhelum and Indus rivers, which were illegal and a clear violation of Indus Water Treaty.
He said India was constructing 52 illegal dams, including five large ones, of which as many as 32 small dams had already been completed while 12 others would be finalised in 2014.
Zahoor said New Delhi was also constructing Kargil Dam, the second largest in the world, on Indus, adding that that India was getting support from a consortium of nine non-Muslim countries, four multi-national companies, an international donor agency and three intelligence agencies to accomplish 17 mega water projects for controlling Pakistans water.
He said India had seized 70 per cent water of Chenab and Jhelum rivers as a result of which over 0.
9 million acres of land, being irrigated through Marala Headworks, was now presenting the view of Thar and Cholistan deserts.
Dahr said the Baglihar Dam was causing an annual loss of Rs140 billion to Pakistan and feared that India would soon stop entire water flow of Chenab and Jhelum rivers, turning 18 districts of Punjab and six districts of Sindh into a desert.
He also accused Israel and the US for backing India, which resulted in bulldozing the Indus Water Treaty and lamented the fact that the international community was silent over the issue.
He urged the government to take the issue seriously to Indian water aggression.
If the rulers fail to adopt immediate measures, India will turn us into Somalia and Ethiopia, he feared.
According to him, the anti-Pakistan forces have united and evolved a plan to turn the country into a desert and the irrigation system is being given to a Swedish company on contract to forward the vested interests of India.
He said India was spending billions of dollars on this project with the financial support of Israel.
He said it was very much clear that the Indian and Israeli lobbies were working on long-term projects to harm Pakistan.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 30-Mar-2010 here.