At a time when mutilation of bodies of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan Army’s Border Action Team (BAT) in Kashmir has shocked entire India, Pakistan is hoping to work out a joint mechanism with New Delhi and Afghanistan for “joint watershed management and trans-boundary aquifer sharing”, according to a report by Dawn.
Pakistan wants to get this deal done to “minimise” the negative impact of development projects taken up by India and Afghanistan in border areas. According to Dawn, the joint mechanism in this regard is a part of Pakistan’s National Water Policy which says that the Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan has the “potential of threatening Pakistan’s water availability during low-flow periods.” The policy, hence, seeks regional mechanism involving two or more neighboring countries for a “viable” solution to Pakistan’s water problems.
India-Pakistan ties hit a new low after Pakistan’s BAT mutilated the bodies of Indian soldiers in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LOC) in Kashmir on Monday. Islamabad also blatantly denied its involvement in the attack that took place after Pakistan violated ceasefire to provide cover to BAT, which had laid an ambush to trap an Indian patrol team, according to Indian Army.
Pakistan’s BAT comprises of specially trained members of Pakistani Army as well as terrorists employed to launch barbaric attacks and unsoldierly attacks on Indian forces.
In a hotline communication with India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) on Tuesday, his Pakistani counterpart rejected
India’s claim as “baseless and unfounded”. The Pakistani DGMO, Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirja also reiterated that Pakistan never violated ceasefire or its troops crossed the border to attacks Indian soldiers. Pakistan’s denial of its involvement in Monday’s incident was as usual but it further worsened ties between the neighbours.
Since the last year, India has been contemplating to revise the World Bank-mediated Indus Waters Treaty which lays down rules for sharing the waters of river Indus and its tributaries — Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Kabul and Swat — with Pakistan.