Srinagar: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chief Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai Friday said any change to the water supply to Pakistan will have devastating consequences.
Reacting on the government of India’s move to stop water flow to Pakistan, Sehrai in a statement termed it not only unethical but also a violation of an international treaty signed in 1960.
He said Jammu and Kashmir is a hilly region, stopping water to Pakistan will heavily flood Kashmir because it has no storage capacity for trillions of gallons of water. “It would not be just an act of war but a humanitarian crisis as well and this obnoxious Indian move will have a devastating effect on Kashmir as well,” he added.
He said it is a calculated and deliberate move to punish and deprive people of their universal rights. “Stopping a river means an act of war. These rivers on which millions of people depend for their livelihoods and drinking water, the move would undermine not only Pakistan’s agriculture, which is the backbone of its economy, but it will have a devastating ramification in Kashmir. It will be the most calamitous thing for someone to try that,” he maintained.
Ashraf Sehrai welcomed the Saudi Arabi’s stance where it voiced support for the Kashmiris and demanded that the Security Council must implement its resolutions to settle the Kashmir dispute. “Saudi Arabia as an important member of OIC group on Kashmir has always supported the Kashmiris’ struggle,” he said.
The TeH chief thanked the OIC member Group for standing with the truth by siding with the innocent Kashmiris and hoped that Saudi Arabia and OIC will not only continue to support the people of Kashmir on moral and diplomatic fronts but also take concrete steps to raise their collective voice for bringing an end to India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Ashraf Sehrai paid homage to the militants killed in an encounter with government forces in north Kashmir’s Sopore.