Water Issue Can Lead To Nuclear War: Kasuri2 March 2010
The News International
Lahore: PML-Q (likeminded group) Steering Committee Chairman Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri has said that water is the most important issue between Pakistan and India and if they do not take it seriously, it can lead to an atomic war. Addressing a press conference at the PML Secretariat here on Tuesday, Kasuri expressed the concern over a meeting between Saudi Arab’s Shah Abdullah and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which did not discuss the Kashmir issue. He said Saudi Arab, being an active member of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), should have taken up the Kashmir issue. He said the Pakistan government should not beg India for holding dialogues and rather they should be held on an equality basis. Kasuri termed the water issue a sensitive matter between India and Pakistan and the Indian government should adopt a serious strategy in this regard. He said Pakistan was having strong cultural and religious ties with Saudi government and the recent meeting between Saudi and Indian governments in which they avoided Kashmir did not reflect any change in Saudi governments’ policy. He said it was failure of the Pakistan government that it could not compel the Saudi government for taking up Kashmir issue with the Indian premier. He said the Pakistan government should have sent a special emissary to Saudi Arabia with a particular agenda but the government had not shown any seriousness. Kasur said his government had taken up the issue of enhancing the number of Security Council members very seriously and had sent emissaries to Ghana and Ethiopia and had written letters to the UN. He said the present government was so engaged in internal crises that it was not focusing external matters. He alleged that the incumbent government was continuing with the policies of previous government but it was not capable of following the policies of pervious government. The former minister paid homage to 3,000 military officers who had sacrificed their lives in war on terror. He said it was unjustified that the western countries were putting pressure on Pakistan against generating nuclear electricity despite that Pakistan had not signed the NPT.