STAFF REPORT BPUR: Food security is directly related to water security in Pakistan as this state is among the countries fast heading towards critical shortage of water for irrigation and domestic usage. If drastic measures are not taken in time, the country would face also face acute food security in near future.

In the absence of mega water reservoir like Kala Bagh Dam – a multipurpose natural dam site, Pakistan would face acute shortage of water, which will exacerbate food insecurity. No doubt Kala Bagh Dam is technically the most feasible dam, but due to political dissent it has been abandoned. Main concerns from Sindh and KPK are related to abuse of water quota, which may be addressed through IRSA. The water disputes between Sindh and Punjab have not emerged now, as these date back even prior to the creation of Pakistan as early as 1900.

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