Can go to International Court, if Indus treaty violated: Sartaz Aziz, Pakistan’s foreign policy advisor

By: | Published: September 27, 2016 3:49 PM

Pakistan's foreign policy chief Sartaz Aziz on Tuesday talked about the Indus water treaty and said that Pakistan can go to the International Court of Justice if India violates the treaty.

Sartaz Aziz  said that the according to the international law, India cannot legally unilaterally separate itself from the treaty. (Reuters)Sartaz Aziz said that the according to the international law, India cannot legally unilaterally separate itself from the treaty. (Reuters)

Pakistan’s foreign policy chief Sartaz Aziz on Tuesday talked about the Indus water treaty and said that Pakistan can go to the International Court of Justice if India violates the treaty. Aziz, in a briefing of the National Assembly of the parliament in Pakistan, said that the according to the international law, India cannot legally unilaterally separate itself from the treaty. He further said that the 56 year old treaty was not broken even during the Kargil War and Siachen conflicts. If India violates the treaty, Pakistan could approach the International Court of Justice, he added.

Aziz is the adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs. His statement came after a day of a meeting headed by Indian prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital came to a decision to suspend all water treaties. The meeting also saw a decision being made to maximise India’s share of river waters by having an increase in the usage of rivers flowing through Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s former Indus Waters Commissioner Jamat Ali Shah criticised India on the dispute and accused it of open economic terrorism while talking a jobe at PM Modi’s statement of ending poverty.

Shah, in an interview with Pakistan’s Geo TV expressed his fears of India building more dams on the Jhelum and Chenab rivers, if the treaty is violated. Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during a meting on the Indus Waters treaty, that took a decade to negotiate said; “Blood and water cannot flow together.” This decisio comes from india under the backdrop of the terror attack in Uri, of which the Indian governemnet has accused Pakistan. the Uri attack saw 18 soldiers getting killed.

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