Pakistan says India can’t suspend Indus Waters Treaty unilaterally

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A day after India decided to revisit its Indus Waters
Treaty with Pakistan, Islamabad today said New
Delhi has no right to unilaterally separate itself
from the 56-year-old agreement between the two
countries.

“According to the international law, India cannot
unilaterally separate itself from the treaty. If India
violates the treaty, Pakistan can approach the
International Court of Justice,” Pakistan Prime
Minister’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz told
the Pakistani media.
Aziz said the Indus Waters Treaty was not
suspended “even during the Kargil and the Siachen
wars” between India and Pakistan.

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hit
out at Pakistan over the Uri terror attack, bluntly
telling the neighbouring country that “blood and
water cannot flow together” in a high-level
meeting.
The government decided in the meeting to look at
the full utilisation of the waters of the Indus,
Chenab and Jhelum, the three western rivers of the
Indus water system that flow through Jammu and
Kashmir to Pakistan.
Using water as a weapon, the government has
decided there would no meeting of the Permanent
Indus Commission set up to overlook
implementation of the treaty till “terror is in the
air”, and that India would also take a final call on
the unilateral part of suspension of the Tulbul water
navigation project in Jammu and Kashmir
depending on what Pakistan did next.
The meeting decided that an inter-ministerial
commission would be set up to look into various
provisions of the bilateral water treaty that was
signed in Karachi on September 19,1960, out of
Pakistan’s fear that since the source of rivers of the
Indus basin is in India, it could potentially create
droughts and famines in Pakistan during times of
war.

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