Yashwant Sinha, former Union External Affairs Minister, says India should end the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan and also review the 'Most Favoured Nation' status it has given to the country
Former Union External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha today said that India should end the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan and also review the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status it has given to the country in accordance with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. Sinha told ANI that a discussion on the Indus Waters Treaty has been already done. About most favoured nation (MFN) status, Sinha said, every WTO member treats other members as most favoured. He further said that India has always treated Pakistan as a most favoured nation but has not received the same in return.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in a meeting to review the most favoured nation status to Pakistan on Thursday. On Monday, PM Modi attended a meeting of senior officials to consider the withdrawal of the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan.
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The senior BJP leader had said on Monday India should consider abrogating the treaty with Pakistan as a response to the Uri attack. He had said if Islamabad is not prepared to honour any of its commitments, it should not be incumbent on New Delhi to honour them. “Utilise the treaty to its fullest. We are allowed to build hydropower potential and use the water for irrigation. Under the agreement, we are allowed to do a lot more than what we have done,” former Union Water Resources Secretary Dhruv Vijai Singh told PTI.
Sinha had said that the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly had passed two resolutions seeking more Indus water for the state. “We can legally do a lot more in terms of irrigation…The terms of the treaty which are in India’s favour need to be exploited more,” he said.
He noted that in the past whenever India has tried to utilise the treaty provisions to help its people, Pakistan has accused New Delhi of violating the agreement. Responding to a question on whether China can stop the flow of Brahmaputra and Indus rivers into India if New Delhi turns the tap off, he said India receives less than five per cent of Indus water from China and around 10 per cent of Brahmaputra water from it.
(With PTI inputs)