The economist dated 19th 25th Nov 2011 has published an informative article on water disputes between Pakistan, India and China on the use of river waters. It states quoting a geologist in Srinagar which gives a grim warning about the Indians future intentions which would switch the Indus off to make Pakistan solely dependent on India. Its going to be a water bomb. A report by Americas Senate has offered a similar assessment in that the cumulative effect of (many dams) projects could give India the ability to store enough water to limit the supply to Pakistan at crucial moments in the growing season. The Senate report has counted up to 33 hydro projects in the border area while some analysts talk of over 60 dams, large and small which could spark a new confrontation. Indus river is twice the size of Nile river and waters over 80 percent of Pakistans 22 million hectares of land and provides livelihood for a big proportion of 180 million people. As such stakes are high for Pakistan which ought to be taken seriously by our rulers. DR. MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI, Lahore, November 22.