LAHORE: India released water in River Ravi, River Sutlej and River Chenab on Sunday, raising danger of flooding in the villages located at the banks of these rivers.
These villages are being evacuated by rescue teams and the residents are being taken to relief camps on higher ground.
According to Ministry of Water and Power, water level began to rise suddenly in rivers near Kasur, Narowal and Marala due to excessive water released by India.
Sources said that India opened gates of Ferozepur Headworks which resulted in the rise of water by two feet in Ganda Singhwala area near Kasur.
They further informed that India released water in River Ravi from Madhupur Headworks which entered Pakistan in Jassar area. Tawi River and Jammu River, two contributory rivers of Chenab, are also in high flood.
The action was taken days after Indian authorities had revoked its decision to accept Pakistan’s proposal for a meeting between the Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of UNGA in New York.
Afterwards, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat had threatened to take limited military action against Pakistan Army saying it is time to give it back to them in the same leaving aside the kind of barbarism they had resorted to.
In a response, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major Gen Asif Ghafoor had stated that Indian army has been indulged in their country’s politics in the wake of corruption scandals whereas he vehemently warned Indian civilian and military’s top brass against putting burden of their domestic issues on ‘Pakistan’s shoulders’.—NNI