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The completion of the Shahpurkandi barrage has ignited a contentious issue between India and Pakistan, raising concerns over water usage and its implications for regional stability. The project, aimed at harnessing water resources for agricultural and domestic purposes, has halted the flow of water from the Ravi river to Pakistan, sparking accusations of ‘Water Terrorism’ from Pakistani media outlets.

In response to the diversion of water, a rally organized in Lahore called for a review of the longstanding Indus Waters Treaty between Pakistan and India. The treaty, which allocates water rights between the two countries, grants India exclusive control over the usage of Ravi river water. This disparity in water access has intensified tensions and fueled demands for a reassessment of the treaty terms.

The rally, as reported by The Dawn, underscored the urgent need to address environmental concerns arising from the altered water flow. Participants advocated for the restoration of natural river courses and called upon the government to take proactive measures to prevent the contamination of rivers, including the Ravi, by toxic sewage and industrial waste.

Furthermore, media reports from outlets such as have accused India of pursuing a ‘water terrorism’ agenda, citing the deliberate obstruction of water flow as a strategic tool to exert pressure on Pakistan. The narrative of ‘water terrorism’ reflects the deep-seated apprehensions surrounding water security in the region, where access to water resources is intricately linked to geopolitical dynamics and national interests.