PIL challenging the constitutional validity of Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan was filed in Supreme Court on Monday. As the petitioner, advocate M.L Sharma urged the court to hear the petition on an early date. When the petitioner advocate pressed for an early hearing, the court asked him where he was all these years and said, “as there was no urgency in the matter, the plea can be taken up for a normal course of hearing.” The petitioner has challenged the constitutional validity of the sharing treaty on the ground that it was signed by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the Pakistani President, and Field Marshall Ayub Khan. He has contended that the treaty should have been signed by the President of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is reportedly considering to review its position on the Indus Water Treaty as the country attempts to find out ways to “punish” Pakistan without actually waging a war. The 56-year-old Indus Water Treaty between both the countries has become a rallying point for many. On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take stock of the treaty in New Delhi, where top officials from various Ministries including External Affairs and Water Resources are expected to brief him on the pact. Signed in 1960 by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and then Pakistan President Ayub Khan, the treaty allocates 80% of water from the six-river Indus water system to Pakistan. Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum from the Indus water system that flows from India to Pakistan. This is a unique treaty involving a third party. It was brokered by the World Bank.