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Afghan government urged to address water disputes with neighboring countries

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Afghan government urged to address water disputes with neighboring countries

kunar riverResidents of eastern Kunar, southeastern Khost, northern Balkh and southern Helmand provinces called on the government in a gathering  to increase efforts in building dams and controlling Afghanistan’s water resources.

This comes amid fears that Afghanistan’s is unable to control its water resources, as most of the neighboring counties are benefitting from Afghanistan’s water, while Afghanistan itself is using its resources at a minimal amount.

According to some Afghan pundits, Pakistan is making constant efforts to build dams along the rivers of Kabul and Kunar for its own consumption. The construction of Kala Bagh dam is an evidence of this.

Iran, on the other hand, has been repeatedly accused of interfering in the construction works of Salma Dam in Herat and Bakhshabad dam in Farah province.

In the gathering in capital Asadabad, Kunar traders’ council chief, Haji Sayed Azam, reminded the government of its promise to construct a mega hydropower dam on the Kunar River.

The residents said they would take charge of the construction of the dam if the government did not fulfill its promise. The dam would divert the flow of Kunar River from Pakistan back into Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Ulema Council head Maulvi Abdul Rahman lamented that Afghanistan is still faced with irrigation problems despite the presence of major water resources.

He urged the international community and the Afghan government to prioritize the construction of the dam.

The participants announced a fund-raising campaign for the construction of the dam on the Kunar River.

Similarly, in a gathering in Khost, participants called on people to contribute generously to a fund aimed at the construction of hydropower dam on Kunar River.

The meeting observed a five-minute silence before announcing a fund-raising campaign for the construction of the dam on the Kunar River.

A similar decision was taken at a gathering in Khost, with participants calling on people to contribute generously to a fund aimed at constructing a dam on Kunar River.

Traders and civil society in Helmand gathered for the same purpose, asking authorities to shift focus on the construction of dams on Afghanistan’s rivers to prevent the flow of water into other countries.



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