“No armies with bombs and shell fire could divested a land so thoroughly as Pakistan could be devastated by the simple expedient of India’s permanently shutting up the source of water that keep the field and the people of Pakistan green”

–A former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority on the significance of the Indus Water treaty 1960.

It is said Allah gifted Nile to Egypt and Indus to the state of Pakistan. The main stream of the Indus along with other rivers such as Jhelum and Chenab that flows into Pakistan come from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. However, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej have their veins from India. After the conflict on water started, PM Ayub khan from Pakistan and PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru from Indian side decided to meet and signed the agreement. In this agreement the World Bank divided the whole reservoirs into two parts. Beas, Ravi and Sutlej rivers were assigned to India while the rivers Chenab Jhelum and Indus were granted to Pakistan. It was also decided for the storage of water Pakistan would be helped to build dams, barrages and at least seven link canals in which Indian would pay 200 millions of the total cost of the scheme, while the remaining amount would be given by the World bank and US. We need to value the treaty and water allocated to us instead of pointing fingers on India for our lack of insight into this problem.