The Frontier Post
Published Date: May 10, 2014
Water crisis in Pakistan turning into an existential threat
Jinnah Institute (JI) latest research report, “Pakistan ‘s Water Discourse: Attitudes on Water Management Practices”, launched on Friday said that water crisis in Pakistan is now at par with
terrorism in terms of being an existential threat to the country’s security. This was the major concern raised by respondents, interviewed by the institute.
The Jinnah Institute report collated perceptions of
a wide range of policy stakeholders on the political economy of water management practices in Pakistan. According to the report, insufficient water storage capacity has greatly impacted the availability of water, while public debate on developing new infrastructure has stalemated in recent years. The limits of state capacity in addressing water-related challenges, underpinned by inadequate social infrastructure, lack of political consensus and financial constraints have been cited as the major roadblocks by a majority of respondents. On the subject of climate
change and disaster management, the report found that while government bodies had learnt critical lessons in recent years, early warning systems were still not in place.