Lahore: A group allied to the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, blamed by New Delhi for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, on Sunday warned there would be a "war" if India did not release Pakistan`s share of river waters.
The warning was issued during a rally organised by the
JuD`s Pakistan Water Movement.
The rally began from the BRB Canal in Lahore but
police stopped protestors before they reached their final
destination of Ganda Singh along the border with India.
JuD leader Hafiz Saifullah Mansoor said the whole
nation is ready to "wage a war" against India over differences
on sharing of river waters.
"The 180 million Pakistanis will prefer to fight
against India instead of dying of hunger," he said.
However, India has repeatedly dismissed Pakistani
charges that it was stealing waters of rivers Jehlum and
Senior JuD leader Hafiz Khalid Waleed claimed India
planned to turn Pakistan into a country like Somalia by 2014
by building projects that blocked the flow of rivers.
"We have two options either to accept India`s water
terrorism or wage a war against it," he said.
Workers of the Mutahidda Kisan Mahaz, another group
that has accused India of blocking Pakistan`s share of river
waters, also joined the rally.
Addressing the rally, MKM president Ayub Mayo said:
"We will give our blood to irrigate our fields but we will not
allow India to use the water of the Jehlum and Chenab."
He warned that if India did not stop "blocking"
Pakistan`s share of river waters, people would march up to
Srinagar, capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
"We will hold a rally at Chakothi on September 19," he
Mayo said the persons appointed to the Indus Waters
Commission by the Pakistan government did not dare raise their
voice against India.
"Israeli engineers are overseeing the building of dams
blocking Pakistan`s share of waters," he claimed.