LAHORE The water dispute between India and Pakistan could lead to the Third World War. Pakistan should approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Indian water aggression and appeal for the review of the Indus Water Treaty. The government should seriously consider immediate construction of several dams including Kalabagh Dam, Bhasha Dam, Mirani Dam, and Gomal Dam otherwise India could strangulate Pakistans agriculture, the mainstay of the economy. These views were expressed by the speakers who were addressing a seminar on 'Water Dispute and What is Solution? here at the Hameed Nizami Hall on Tuesday. Punjab Minister for Agriculture Malik Ahmed Ali Aulakh, former Agriculture Minister Chaudhry Sultan Ali and Indus Water Council Chairman Zahoorul Hassan Dahar spoke on the occasion. Earlier, the speakers also met Editor-in-Chief The Nation Majid Nizami at his office. Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Agriculture Minister Ahmed Ali Aulakh said that Pakistan was highly dependent on agriculture, which in turn was dependent on water. Almost 80 per cent of Pakistans agriculture was dependent on irrigation, he added. He further said that India was committing sheer violation of the Indus Water Treaty signed in 1960 between both the neighbours. He also said that some parties were politicising the issue of Indus River water due to some reasons and this could lead to differences among the coalition partners. He said that all the provinces had signed agreement regarding the sharing of water in 1991, but the Sindh province was asking the Punjab not to use the water of Indus River and postponed the Chashma-Jhelum link canal project. He said that the Chief Minister Punjab had taken up the issue with Prime Minister but IRSA was taking such decision that would trigger differences. He said that some vested interest people had launched foreign-sponsored propaganda campaign against Kalabagh Dam. He said that there was a need to develop consensus among the provinces on the issue of Kalabagh Dam. He said that Indian decision to construct two hydroelectric projects on River Neelam was another violation of the Indus Basin Water Treaty. He said that India was speedily building 62 dams or hydroelectric power projects on Chenab and Jhelum rivers that would be completed before 2014. As a matter of fact, India has always violated the treaty intermittently to create economic crisis in Pakistan. In 1984 a controversy arose between the two neighbouring states when India began construction of the Wullar Barrage on river Jhelum in the occupied Kashmir in violation of the Indus Basin Water Treaty. In the past, the issue of Wullar Barrage has also been discussed in various rounds of talks, being held under composite dialogue process between the two rivals, but Indian intransigence continues, he added. He said that in the mid 1990s India started another violation by constructing Baglihar Dam on Chenab River. In 2005, Pakistan had again sought the World Banks help to stop construction of the Baglihar Dam. Although WB allowed India to go ahead with the project after a few modifications, yet it did not permit the interruption of the agreed quota of water flow to Pakistan, he maintained. Indus Water Council Chairman Zahoorul Hassan Dahar said that India was playing the role of 'Yazeed by blocking Pakistans share of waters and the unending Indian water aggression could trigger Third World War. He said that Pakistan was facing severe energy and food crises due to Indian water terrorism. He said that India suddenly reduced water flow of Chenab River in 2008 to give a setback to Pakistans autumnal crops. He further said that the shortage of water in the Chenab river, occurred due to filling up the Baglihar Dam. Zahoorul Hassan said that Mangla and Tarbela dams had reached deal level for the last many days as New Delhi had been using water as an instrument of aggression. He said that the water shortage was leading to food scarcity, energy crisis, and closure of industries besides multiplying unemployment in the country. He also revealed that people were forced to buy a drum of water at Rs 80 in some parts of Southern Punjab. He also urged the government to pass condemnation resolution against Indian water aggression in all the four provincial and national assemblies. He said that the water issue should be on top of the agenda in the defense policy. Former Agriculture Minister Sultan Ali Chaudhry said that after the completion of Tarbela Dam, all the equipment and machinery were shifted to Kalabagh Dam site to start its construction but the project was postponed during the era of Gen Ziaul Haq. Since then, the project had not been started. He said that the Indus Water Treaty should be reviewed and changed so that India could not block Pakistans share of waters. He said that some vested interest groups were getting money from the enemies of Pakistan and had launched propaganda against the construction of Kalabagh Dam in Sindh. He said that the construction of Kalabagh Dam was important for all the provinces as it would help provide 2.5 million acre feet (MAF) water to Punjab while Sindh would get 2.5 MAF water and one MAF water would be the share of Balochistan province.