LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif Thursday sought reply from ministry of water & irrigation and ministry of foreign affairs on a petition seeking governments action against stoppage of water by India to make Pakistan a barren country. Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) filed the petition through its president Sardar Zafar Hussain Khan. Boards counsel Mirza Abdul Khalique advocate submitted that the country was facing unbearable and unignorable shortage of water in its rivers which was directly damaging crops, farmers and economy of the country. He said the reason behind this shortage was Indian mega plan to suffocate Pakistan with hidden support of some eternal enemies of Pakistan but the respondent authorities were just paying lip service against the cruelty of the neighbouring country. Counsel pointed out that no practical step on bilateral level or global level had yet been taken by the Pakistani government in this regard. Kisan Board Pakistan prayed to the court to direct the respondent authorities to take courageous and bold steps to prevent and secure water of three rivers (Indus, Chenab and Jhelum) already given to Pakistan through Indus Basin Water Treaty in 1960 before becoming a totally barren nation with a totally barren land and dry rivers. After hearing the initial arguments of the counsel the CJ sought report and para-wise comments from the respondent ministries till March 4. The CJ also directed a deputy attorney general of Pakistan to ensure submission of replies by next date of hearing.