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Pakistan running dry by 2025?

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According to a recent report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Pakistan ranks third in the world among countries facing acute water shortage. Reports by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) also warn the authorities that the South Asian country will reach absolute water scarcity by 2025.

Researchers predict that Pakistan is on its way to becoming the most water-stressed country in the region by the year 2040.

It is not the first time that development and research organizations have alerted Pakistani authorities about an impending crisis, which some analysts say poses a bigger threat to the country than terrorism.

The bulk of Pakistan’s farmland is irrigated through a canal system, but the IMF says in a report that canal water is vastly underpriced, recovering only a quarter of annual operating and maintenance costs. Meanwhile, agriculture, which consumes almost all annual available surface water, is largely untaxed.

Experts say that population growth and urbanization are the main reasons behind the crisis. The issue has also been exacerbated by climate change, poor water management and a lack of political will to deal with the crisis.

Omi Aiman

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Omi Aiman is a dynamic and dedicated young writer. She belongs to Peshawar. She is a brilliant student of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar. She is engaged with the All Round View and the Midnight Posts as Assistant Sub Editor. She possesses good writing and communication skills. She is also working as a content writer at Tri Mesh (Pvt.) Ltd. She is a young enthusiastic student, able to work in a challenging environment. Her excellent spoken and written English make her distinguished from others. She often writes articles for the annual magazine of her university "Mashal". She is a creative student and has a good knowledge of fine arts. She is computer literate having command on the use of applications like Microsoft word, PowerPoint and other skills like spreadsheets and databases etc.
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