September 16, 2008 19:34 IST
Last Updated: September 16, 2008 19:36 IST
Pakistan is planning to claim compensation from India for the agriculture loss to it allegedly due to "stoppage" of water flow into the Chenab river by New Delhi [Images].
It has also sought an emergency meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission to discuss the alleged water blockade. The reduction in river flow has caused substantial losses to standing Kharif crops in many areas of Punjab province, officials in Islamabad [Images] claimed.
Water and Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is holding a meeting to discuss the procedure for demanding compensation, Pakistan's Indus Water Commissioner Jamaat Ali Shah told a local television channel.
He claimed India had stopped 200,000 acre-feet water from August 1 to September 12 to fill the Baglihar Dam lake in Jammu and Kashmir [Images].
Punjab Irrigation Adviser Mehmoodul Hassan said water level in all the canals flowing from the Chenab had fallen by 40 per cent, posing threat to the per acre production of rice and cotton.
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