SRINAGAR: The pro-India Kashmir leader, Tariq Hamid Karra, has said that occupied Kashmir is facing huge resource loss due to the water treaty signed by India and Pakistan. Karra, the finance minister of Kashmir, said that some hurried and concrete measures were needed to tackle this problem. Karra said that Kashmir cannot wait endlessly for the huge power projects to come up in the State to meet its requirements.
“Kashmir was facing a huge resource loss due to the Indus Water Treaty. India’s northern states and most of Pakistan were flourishing at the cost of Kashmir’s water resources. The treaty signed by India and Pakistan in September 1960 deprives Kashmir of the benefits of its rich water resources”, he said.
He adds, “Contrary to this our own people are living in darkness,” he said. He said that Kashmir can only progress through the revival of traditional trade routes going through Pakistan to Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia. “This is not a political slogan. It is a hard reality. No State or country in today’s world can progress in isolation. We have to open up to create regional economic blocs,” the pro-India leader said.”The cross-LoC routes must be thrown open for free movement of people and goods. It is in tune with the people’s yearning on both sides,” he added.-SANA