`Pak won`t allow any nation to exploit its water`

The Pakistan government has asked the Indian government to honour water accords.

Lahore: Pakistan has raised its water dispute with India at every international forum as the government would not allow any country to exploit its water resources, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Saturday.

The government has asked the Indian government to honour water accords with Pakistan, he said while addressing a ceremony organised by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The government is also aware of its responsibility to overcome the energy crisis in Pakistan, Gilani said.

The country`s economy had been adversely hit by the power crisis and decisions made by previous regimes had contributed to the unprecedented energy shortfall, he added.

"The construction of new dams and import of electricity in order to fulfil the energy needs of the country are the priorities of the government," he said.

A committee comprising the federal ministers of finance, power and petroleum will submit its report to the cabinet soon to provide relief to the people, he said.

PTI

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