Water shortages threaten renewed conflict between Pakistan, India

KARACHI, Pakistan (AlertNet) – As population growth and climate change increase competition for water around the world, India and Pakistan may find water a growing source of conflict, analysts say.

The two South Asian countries have a long history of tensions over issues as diverse as terrorist attacks and rights to Kashmir. Diplomatic initiatives have helped reduced these tensions in recent years.

But given that India and Pakistan share numerous rivers, some experts think that the issue of water supplies could lead to renewed conflict, making water conservation an even more urgent priority. Continue