Amid Controversy, India to revisit Indus water treaty with Pakistan signed in 1960

India might consider revisit the Indus Water Treaty feeling that there are differences in implementation of the treaty in both countries.

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Indo Pak border at Neelum Valley. All tributaries of Indus will affected by Indus Water Treaty. Image Courtsey: WikiMedia Commons
  • The Indus water treaty brokered by World bank in 1960 by India and Pakistan
  • Jammu-Kashmir has been demanding the revisitation of treaty as it robs the state of its right to use the water of its rivers
  • India is already locked in a diplomatic blitz with Pakistan regarding the killing of 18 Indian soldiers in Uri

New Delhi, September 22, 2016:  India while already being engaged in a diplomatic war against Pakistan regarding the Sunday’s terror attack on an army base in Kashmir might consider revisiting the Indus Water Treaty that was signed in 1960.

“I am sure you are aware that there are differences between India and Pakistan on the implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in reply to a question at a media briefing here on Thursday.“But this is an issue which is being addressed bilaterally. But let me make a basic point. Eventually, any cooperative arrangement requires goodwill and mutual trust on both sides,” Swarup said.

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“For any such treaty to work, it is important there must be mutual trust and cooperation. It can’t be a one-sided affair.”

The water distribution treaty brokered by the World Bank was signed between the two countries in 1960 after Pakistan’s fear that since the source rivers of the Indus basin are in India, it could potentially create droughts and famines in Pakistan during times of war.

According to the agreement, India has control over three eastern rivers — Beas, Ravi and Sutlej — all flowing from Punjab.

Pakistan, as per the treaty, controls the western rivers of the Indus, Chenab and Jhelum that flow from Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir have been demanding a review of the treaty as it robs the state of its rights to use the water of the rivers.

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India and Pakistan are currently locked in a diplomatic war after the killing of 18 Indian soldiers in Uri, close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan. (IANS)

 

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