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Military Restores Order After Deadly Pakistani Water Clashes


Pakistan's military has moved in to restore order in a remote area bordering Afghanistan where clashes and gun battles between rival tribes over access to water left 14 people dead.

Local authorities say violence erupted Monday when members of one tribe tried to divert water to their fields from a canal in the Kurrum region near the Afghan border. Men from a rival tribe resisted, triggering a gun battle that also wounded more 30 people.

Pakistan faces a serious water shortage this year due to lack of rain and light winter snowfall. Water rights are a divisive issue in many parts of the country, but Monday's clashes were the most serious this year so far.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, Reuters.
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