Taking a stance on Pakistan's approach, former Indian Foreign Secretary while calling Uri attack a major setback said that Pakistan cannot just go to the World Bank and leap over the structures established under the deal.
In the wake of Uri attack where 18 soldiers were killed by militants, India hinted that it might abrogate the Indus Water Treaty. Pakistan on Tuesday approached the World Bank in the same reference. Taking a stance on Pakistan’s approach, former Indian Foreign Secretary while calling Uri attack a major setback said that Pakistan cannot just go to the World Bank and leap over the structures established under the deal.
Speaking to ANI, Haider said, “When relations deteriorate, normal processes are interrupted. What happened in Uri was major setback. Pakistan cannot just approach the World Bank and try to leap over the structures established under the treaty.”
Haider also added that though there is no strong denial from Pakistan on the Uri attack, their spokesperson hasn’t even developed a story on it.
According to Dawn, a Pakistani delegation led by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali met senior World Bank officials in Washington in order to discuss Pakistan’s request for arbitration under Article IX of the IWT, 1960. It is also reported that in the meeting with the Pakistani delegation, the World Bank committed itself to timely fulfilling its obligations under the treaty while remaining neutral. It is also said that Pakistan urged World Bank to prevent India from making illegal constructions on the Neelum and Chenab rivers.
The Treaty, was a water sharing agreement signed between Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and then President of Pakistan, Ayub Khan in September 1960 in Karachi. The agreement covers water distribution and sharing rights of six rivers- Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum. It was brokered by the World Bank.