Why is Balochistan threatening to cut off the water supply to Karachi?

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In the middle of the continuous water crisis in Pakistan, the Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani announced that the region would cut off the water supply to Karachi from Hub Dam if Sindh didn’t stop robbing the province’s share of water.

“The province received 44 percent less water in the month in comparison to the last month in which Balochistan received 34 percent less water than its share,” said Shahwani in a press conference.

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Stating that the whole country was confronting a water shortage, the regional spokesperson announced that this loss was terrible in Balochistan. He said that the scarcity of water was harshly influencing the agriculture of the Naseerabad division and also damaging its crops.

“During the water crisis, Sindh and Punjab have got 20 percent less water, while Balochistan received lesser than them, that was 25 percent less than its share,” he said.

“If Balochistan doesn’t get full water supply, will it not hurt the country’s economy,” he further asked, to the Sindh government’s claims of injury to the national economy due to lack of water in the province.

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The long conflict between the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) members from Pakistan’s Sindh and Punjab over water distribution has taken a new path over the opening of the TP-link canal from the Indus at a time when the low riparian federating units are urging for even drinking water.

IRSA surveyed the water circumstance on May 27 after providing its new conclusions stating that the country will experience 17 percent water shortages during the period from May 21 to June 10.