1. Indus Waters Treaty: Pakistan feels threatened; to raise India’s re-examination of agreement at UN

Indus Waters Treaty: Pakistan feels threatened; to raise India’s re-examination of agreement at UN

As the Narendra Modi government looks to review the Indus Waters Treaty, Pakistan is expected to raise the issue of re-examination at the United Nations.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 26, 2016 7:04 PM
Reports also suggest that the government has decided to form a panel to review the treaty and demand a greater share of water from the 'western rivers'. (Reuters) Reports also suggest that the government has decided to form a panel to review the treaty and demand a greater share of water from the ‘western rivers’. (Reuters)

As the Narendra Modi government looks to review the Indus Waters Treaty, Pakistan is expected to raise the issue of re-examination at the United Nations. According to ET Now, Pakistan will raise India’s plan to re-examine the Indus Waters Treaty at the UN. According to the channel, Pakistan may involve other nations on the issue of re-examination. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a high level meeting to review the treaty and is reported to have said that ‘blood and water’ cannot flow together. Reports also suggest that the government has decided to form a panel to review the treaty and demand a greater share of water from the ‘western rivers’.

Attended by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, NSA Ajit Doval, the Water Resources Secretary, and senior PMO officials, the meeting also noted that the meeting of Indus Water Commission can “only take place in atmosphere free of terror”. The Commission has held 112 meetings so far. Under the current treaty, water of six rivers – Chenab, Jhelum, Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, – are to be shared between the two countries. The Treaty was signed by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan President Ayub Khan in September 1960.

Apart from deciding to exploit to the maximum the capacity of three of the rivers that are under Pakistan’s control – Indus, Chenab and Jhelum– in the areas of hydro power, irrigation and storage, the meeting also agreed to review the “unilateral suspension” of 1987 Tulbul navigation project. The project was suspended in 2007. The sources asserted that the decision to maximise the water resources for irrigation will address the “pre-existing” sentiment of people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have complained in the past about the treaty not being fair to them. Experts, however have been warning India against abrogating the treaty, citing threat to credibility in the region, and sending a wrong message to neighbouring countries as reasons.

(With inputs from PTI)

  1. aji govinda
    Sep 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm
    i just hope Indian interests are always paramount - whether they be the lives of our soldiers, whether they be farmers of J&K, Punjab & haryana , who cannot use waters of the rivers of the Punjab originating in India because of lazy and spineless goodwill gestures of our erstwhile political leaders and bureaucrats . I sincerely hope we dont hold back on going after our enemy states, either to protect themselves from a tough job, or because they can look noble and all suffering and build that "international image & goodwill"....that nobody gives a hoot for .The only image we have built up is that of a soft state that can be taken for granted ...always.Now that Mr.Modi has also tasted this perfidy , which all PM's before him have also seen ...as usual at the cost of several hundred Indian lives... i hope he shows the ruthless decisiveness that is needed and not get woolly headed after a few months . As all politicians & pusillainous media commentators know Indian lives are cheap !!
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      Kumar
      Sep 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm
      Experts kya bhang kha ke rakha hai kya
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        ek
        Sep 27, 2016 at 8:39 am
        Can any one explain, the logic behind the Indus Water Treaty signed by Jawahar Lal Nehru ... !!!
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        1. Jitendra Gupta
          Sep 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm
          When a newspaper/newsportal just say "Experts" without naming them, its obvious that there is no expert at all, but it is the view of the very newspaper/portal.
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