Trouble is not just Islamic terrorism but also Himalayan rivers between India and Pakistan

Thanks to hundreds of Indian films where the average terrorism is portrayed as a Muslim and understandably from Pakistan, millions of Indian youth, including me grew up learning that Pakistan is India’s only enemy.

India has fought three wars with guns, and many more on cricket pitches against Pakistan.

Let God flourish cricket. As a teenager, the Indo-Pak matches and its apparent masturbatory effect had quelled wishes to have another war across borders.

But a dispute over water from shared Himalayan glacial fed rivers may  spark a different sort of fire between the two nuclear nations, less than two months before they meet for a regional meet in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu with a climate change theme.

The rivers originate from India and flow into Pakistan. Kamran Haider reports for Reuters:

The use of the water flowing down rivers which rise in the Indian part of Kashmir and flow into the Indus river basin in Pakistan is governed by the 1960 Indus Water Treaty. Under the accord, India has the use of water from three rivers in the east – the Sutlej, Beas, and Ravi.

Pakistan was awarded use of the waters of the western rivers – the Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.

But Pakistan accuses India of violating the treaty by reducing the flow of water down the rivers it was awared use of.

The article quotes the Indus Water Commissioner of Pakistan as saying that  “There’s mistrust and a lack of confidence” between both countries.

The foreign secretaries of both countries are meeting tomorrow after the 26/11 terrorist attack in the Indian city of Mumbai.  Reuters says that Pakistan wants to put the water dispute on top of agenda. But India has said the militant groups functioning from Pakistan is the main focus for the talks. An Indian official says raising the water issue is a “diversionary tactic”.

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