Comments on: Thirsty South Asia’s river rifts threaten “water wars” Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: KPSingh01 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:17:14 +0000 The problem with India/Pakistan conflicts is not water or Kashmir or Muslim/non-Muslim issues. It could well be vanilla ice cream versus chocolate ice cream. All that is needed is an issue that can be used to maintain the status quo of stalemate between the two countries. Who gains in this? On the Pakistani side, its military machinery gets to keep the country under its control by diverting all attention towards an enemy maintained at all costs. The more the issues, the more the conflicts. The more the conflicts, the more the power hold. On the Indian side, it helps divert public attention away from domestic issues as well. At the people level, I am sure there is a better understanding and maturity in both nations. But the power brokers on both sides will never let anything settle down. Finally it will break down through a terrible war at the end of which everyone will be left to wonder why all the animosity was there in the first place. Five years of civilian government in Pakistan has helped a lot in smoothing things out. Continued rule under civilian authorities will reduce jingoism and hopefully the leaders of the two countries will figure out ways to solve issues diplomatically.