THE Indus civilisation, which once stretched 1,600 kilometres west to east and 1,100 kilometres north to south, was solely dependent on the gushing flow of the Indus River, which always brought abundant water for agriculture and drinking purposes.

This mighty Indus River is now drying up rapidly. The Indus water treaty treaty is one of the major reasons for this calamity; at the same time India's policy of depriving Pakistan of water energy is playing a significant role in ruining the Indus.

The Indus river is as essential for the people of Sindh as it is for the people of other parts of the country.

Unfortunately, the struggle to save the river by the people of Sindh is hardly shared by the people of other provinces, especially Punjab, who like the people of Sindh are also agrarian.

The absence of the required quantity of water through Kotri Barrage downstream is destroying the Indus delta and, as such, the whole Indus river.

The Indus delta was once the lifeline for hundreds of families which had been living at the tail-end of the river for centuries.

The decrease of water in the river system is not just due to natural impact, there are many man-made reasons for such a pathetic circumstance.

ABDUL SAMAD CHANNA
Karachi

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