Why is Pakistan Blaming India for Possible Water Crisis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa?

Will India-Pakistan War be triggered over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa? The India-Pakistan rivalry is set to get larger as Delhi is ready to help Afghanistan build a dam on the Kabul river. As reported by EurAsian Times, India agreed to help Afghanistan in the construction of the Shahtoot Dam on Kabul river’s basin, but why is Islamabad suspecting an Indian conspiracy to choke Khyber Pakhtunkhwa?

Pakistan Has Serious Objections To India’s Funding Of This Dam

In all probabilities, this project of the Shahtoot Dam will not go well with Pakistan as it is a key source of water for Pakistan. India’s participation in the construction of the Shahtoot Dam can further widen the gap between India and Pakistan and invite a larger discord between Islamabad and New Delhi.

Pakistan has reservations about the investments of India in Afghanistan and it claims that this dam on Kabul river will limit the flow of water into Pakistan. Kabul river flows into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan and the Shahtoot Dam could drastically skew this influx.

The construction of the Shahtoot Dam will require $300 million and India has the finances and expertise to work in war-torn Afghanistan, having completed innumerable projects including the Salma Dam in the Herat Province.

The Kabul river originates from the Sanglakh Range of the Hindu Kush mountains and then flows through Kabul, Surobi and Jalalabad. It then enters into Pakistan from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan has always opposed India’s involvement in the reconstruction of Afghanistan and construction of the Shahtoot Dam is another reason why Pakistan would be concerned.

Earlier, as EurAsian Times reported, the Pakistan Economy Watch said that Islamabad needs to lessen its dependence on arch-rivals India and Afghanistan for water by constructing dams and water reservoirs. Think tanks in Pakistan are very apprehensive of Afghanistan or India breaking the Water Treaty and cutting off all water supplies to Pakistan during a possible conflict.

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