IN what has become a common practice, India has cut off thousands of cusecs of water flowing into Pakistan in contravention of the Indus Waters Treaty. This is done to strangulate Pakistan's irrigation system to destroy its agriculture. As it is, India has cut off 80 percent of the water flowing into Rivers Sindh, Jhelum and Chenab. As a result, most of Punjab's canals are now bereft of water, and that threatens to cause crop failure on thousands of acres of cultivated land. If the situation persists a little longer, the next year's wheat crop would get badly harmed. Given this huge quantity of water, now routinely blocked and stored in the illegally built dams in Occupied Kashmir, there are fears that the shortage could cause a famine-like situation in Pakistan. The last year should be an example when a good deal of crops in Punjab and Sindh were ruined because of water blockage by New Delhi. India seems to be caring little about the fact that being a signatory to the Indus Waters Treaty, it has to abide by the obligations it has undertaken as a result. Rather, it tries to find ways to destabilise Pakistan because by denying its share of water to it, it would deepen its energy crisis. Our industry is now on the brink of disaster, partly because of the Indians drying up our dams. The situation is dire and calls for serious action on our part. A diplomatic offensive with influential global powers should help. The World Bank that helped broker a deal in 1960 must come forward and persuade India to stick to its terms. The world community must realise how important it is to stop India from a blatant violation of the Treaty. It would be childish to write off the security dimensions of the dispute. The threat of an all-out war between the two nuclear-armed neighbours is very much there.