Lahore: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has said that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s statement that India could not deprive Pakistan of its river water as it did not have water storage capacity, showed his total ignorance on the matter.
In a statement here, he said, the Prime Minister’s observation proved that not only he had little knowledge of the serious water dispute between India and Pakistan, but also that the officials of the concerned ministries who had to brief the Premier, were serving the Indian agenda at the cost of vital national interest.
Syed Munawar Hasan said it was a pity that the Prime Minister did not even know that India had already built sixty two dams on the Pakistani rivers and was also diverting the water of river Indus through tunnels. Through this water terrorism, India wanted to deprive Pakistan of every drop of water and to turn this country into a desert. The Pakistani rulers did not realize the gravity of the issue and were instead,trying to satisfy the nation through false statements.
Terming the Premier’s statement as sheer foolhardiness, he said perhaps the government was so anxious to expand trade ties with India and give it the Moat Favourite Nation status that it was even ready to sacrifice vital national interest.
The JI Ameer also took strong exception to the Prime Minister’s statement that the Kashmiris were free to decide annexation either with Pakistan or with India, and said such a statement had hurt the sentiments of the Kashmiris who had been raising slogans of” Kashmir Baney Ga Pakistan,”. He said the Kashmiris had been fighting the war of the completion of the Pakistan for the last six decades and had always termed Kashmir as a part of Pakistan. He said it seemed the Prime Minister was trying to throw away Kashmir, treating as burden by saying that Kashmiris could also opt for independent Kashmir.
He said that Pakistan’s principled stance had always been that the Kashmiris must be given the right to self determination in accordance with the UN resolutions as India too had been promising plebiscite in Kashmir. Now, it was the international community’s responsibility to force India to honour its commitment, he added.