Former Chairman WAPDA and former AKP caretaker Chief Minister Shamsul Mulk has brought up another issue which relates to his support for the building of Kalabagh Dam, and that is the cost to India. Mr Shamsul Mulk, while speaking on the telephone to an engineering seminar in Multan said that India spent Rs 15 billion annually on opposing its construction. That obviously raises a number of questions. The most immediate question is why India feels that it should spend even a single rupee, let alone such a vast sum, on opposing a dam which only Pakistan will benefit from, and which will not affect India or its legal use of the Indus Waters, in the least. Then there is the issue of where the money is going. The first issue, of why India is taking such an interest as to spend so much money. Obviously, the project prevents India from achieving its main purpose of overturning the Indus Waters Treaty. That Treaty forbids India from using Indus Waters for agricultural purposes. India intends to argue that Pakistan is letting the Indus Waters run down unused to the sea, and so it would be better to let India use them to help feed its teeming millions. This argument would be shot down if Pakistan was to show intent of using those waters by starting work on Kalabagh Dam. India has already made ambitious irrigation and hydroelectric projects for itself, which factor in the Indus Waters, and approval of Kalabagh Dam would mean that these unholy designs would be frustrated. The second issue, of how the money is being spent, is more interesting, and needs deeper examination. This huge amount goes, it appears, to creating an anti-Kalabagh Dam lobby in smaller provinces, through some devious means that keeps even the highly vocal opponents of the reservoir remain unaware of the Indian machinations. The government must see through this sinister game and convince its allies in government of the harm that we are doing to the very soul of our economy, agriculture, by falling into the Indian trap. It should shed its own recalcitrance as well in creating the national consensus for building the dam. It should also note that there are other foreign lobbies which are trying to make excessive profits while currying favour with India. The project requires a national consensus, but the building of such a consensus would frustrate the enemies of the country buzzing around it. The government failed to use the monsoon flooding this year to show that Kalabagh Dam was not just a beneficial project, but also a shield against future unseasonable weather.