Hafiz Warns Of Water War12 April 2010
Islamabad: The Lashkar-e-Toiba founder and head of Jamaat-ud-Dawah, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has claimed that the next war between India and Pakistan could be fought over water. While addressing a gathering at a mosque in Chowburji area of Lahore on Sunday, Hafiz Saeed alleged that India was diverting the flow of rivers in Jammu and Kashmir by building dams and tunnels in a bid to turn Pakistan into a desert and to 'spoil the regional situation'. The JuC chief called on the people of Pakistan to stand united against India and to oppose the construction of dams that ‘rob the country of its share of river waters’. “The next war between India and Pakistan could be fought over water if India does not stop its ‘water terrorism’,” Hafiz said. Pakistan has often accused India of diverting its share of waters from rivers in Jammu and Kashmir though New Delhi has denied the charges. Hafiz further claimed that India and US were facing defeat in Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan respectively. “The US is searching for a ‘safe exit’ from Afghanistan and India is worried about what would happen to it after the US withdrawal from the region,” he said. Saeed has called for 'jehad' against India, saying the Pakistan government should prepare the people to counter the ‘war’ imposed by India.