The chairman of the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources Dr Muhammad Ashraf on Wednesday stated that water management is one of the most challenging things in Pakistan due to the inadequate management of water practices and climate-induced water stress.
While addressing a panel on “Trans-boundary Water Sharing Issues” that was organised by PCRWR in alliance with Islamabad Policy Research Institute, he further stated that due to flooding and a prolonged drought the situation has been pretty bad. Moreover, the main reason for these issues is the trans-body nature of the Indus River, which arises from the Tibetan Plateau and disposes of into the Arabian Sea after passing through the neighbouring countries i.e India and Pakistan.
The Director of Research IPRI Brig Rashid Wali Janjua shared the objectives of the panel and the importance to chalk out policy measurement. Moreover the importance of planning the policies and strategies for better cooperation with India and Afghanistan for good and sustainable water management in Pakistan.
The panel was moderated by the Director of the Riphah Institute of Public Policy Dr Rashid Aftab. The key panellists include:
- Ali Tauqeer Sheikh who is a Consultant at World Bank
- Dr Azeem Shah who is an International Researcher and Chief of Party (WMfEP), IWMI-Pakistan
- Dr Shakil Durani who is a Former Chief Secretary, of KP/Sindh/AJK and ex-chairman of WAPDA
- Arshad H. Abbasi who is an Energy & Power Sector Specialist