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“India is shrinking the flow of water into Pakistan,” Pakistan’s chief justice Saqib Nisar reportedly said on Saturday, renewing a ban on showing Indian TV shows and Bollywood films on Pakistani television. “They are trying to [obstruct the construction] of our dam and we cannot even close their [television] channels?” On the face of it, this is a decision that invites ridicule. Let us suppose for a moment that India really is stealing Pakistan’s water. How does banning

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Pakistan: dammed if you do, damned if you don’t

By Gwynne Dyer      

Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched a crowdsourcing campaign, seeking contributions from Pakistanis at home and abroad in order to get the Diamer-Bhasha Dam started. The renewed ban on Indian TV and film is really a way of getting the Pakistani public’s attention for this campaign.

Prime Minister Imran Khan's appeal for voluntary contributions to fund the big dam is mostly symbolic: you can’t raise the $12-billion needed to build the dam that way. What is not symbolic is the 2025 deadline for more water storage capacity to avoid a collapse in food production in Pakistan, writes columnist Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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