MIRPUR                 -                 Like rest of the world, world water day was ob­served across Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday with simplic­ity and renewal pledge to contin­ue performing individual and col­lective role to save water besides to encourage the sincere efforts for the establishment of more wa­ter reservoirs to meet the future needs of water.

In his special message on the world water day a seasoned ex­pert of environment and climate change and former Director Gen­eral of the AJ&K Environmental Protection Agency Raja Muham­mad Razzaq said that availabili­ty of hygienic drinking water has become the world problem in the present era. Emergency steps were required to be taken to ensure the supply of hygienic water the world over, he emphasized.

Talking to APP on the eve of the world water day he showed concern over the impending water crises in the country due to the reported gradual dryness of rivers following the blatant violation of internation­al norms on use of water and river treaties on the part of India.

Razaq emphasized the need of focusing fullest attention to estab­lish more water reservoirs in Paki­stan with special focus to get the country rid of the grim water cri­ses to meet the present and future water requirements for bringing about progress and prosperity of the country.

He strongly suggested for imme­diate enforcement of water policy in the country including AJK to en­sure the importance and usage of water resources in view of the fu­ture needs of this greatest natural necessity of the human life and for other much required and perma­nent purposes.

He also suggested for launching an integrated awareness program at the national as well as regional level to apprise the masses of their due role for safety and protection of the water resources besides to discourage excessive use of water.

Raja Muhammad Razzaq also warned of the future challenges with emphasis for the individual and collective national responsi­bility of the masses especially the concerned stakeholders both