LAHORE - Experts on Monday warned that India was trying to create drought and food crisis in Pakistan by occupying its water resources and if the government did not counter their designs, they would deprive the country of most of its river water. Chairman Pakistan Water Forum, Akram Faridi, while talking to agricultural experts here on Monday, said that India had pledged that it would not reduce water at Head Marala and would ensure 55,000 cusecs water there. "But now India is releasing only 22,000 cusecs water at Head Marala against the agreed quantity of 55,000 cusecs", he said, adding that Pakistan is facing sever water shortage because the Baglihar Dam has been made operational. Pakistan Water Forum Chairman further disclosed that India was also planning to stop the water in the Indus River. Representatives of Pakistan Water Forum and farmers associations were also present on the occasion. Faridi said that if Pakistan did not begin long-term water schemes, local rivers would turn into deserts and water channels and reservoirs would dry up. According to the Pakistan's requirements, he said, this is the need of the hour that we use each and every drop of water to boost national economy and agriculture. "We should immediately start construction of Kala Bagh Dam. Inflation can be controlled only through the construction of new dams, which will help increase production," he added. Faridi further said that had the new dams constructed, the flood and rainwater could have been stored for irrigation purposes with a view to improve agricultural production. "We can also overcome energy shortage quite easily by constructing new dams," he maintained. Unfortunately, he continued, political leaders are doing politics over the construction of dams in the country. He warned the government to give top priority to the construction of new dams otherwise country would turn into desert in future. Meanwhile, experts have also warned that present water shortage would badly affect the standing crops of rice and cotton in Punjab, the mainstay of Pakistan's agriculture. They said the water shortage could reduce 30 to 40 per cent agricultural production in near future and would also affect the new crops of wheat and sugarcane in winter season while the country is already facing food crisis.