Indian prime minister reviews Indus Waters Treaty

Published: September 26, 2016
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PHOTO: AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PHOTO: AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reviewed the Indus Waters Treaty.

In a meeting, the Indian premier reportedly zeroed in on adopting an aggressive strategy to raise pressure on Pakistan.  The move came days after he threatened the nation with global ‘isolation’ following the recent Uri attack.

India has been deliberating on the pros and cons of action on the 1960s water treaty between the two nations as a strong response to the separatist attack in Indian-occupied Kashmir which left 18 Indian soldiers dead, according to NDTV. India accused Pakistan of being involved in the attack, a charge the latter denied.

Officials say an assessment of the Indus treaty is bound to factor in China, where the river Indus originates. Unlike India and Pakistan, China has not signed any international water sharing agreement.

Earlier, quoting a senior government official The Hindu said: “It is only a meeting to assess the Indus Waters Treaty. The Prime Minister will discuss the pros and cons of turning off the tap to Pakistan.”

Congress tells Modi to bring own house in order before advising Pakistan

Separately, the Indian Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition challenging the validity of the treaty on an urgent basis. “Keep politics aside. The matter will come in due course,” the bench responded when the counsel for the petitioner called for an urgent hearing.

The 1960 Indus Water Treaty is a water-sharing treaty between the two countries, brokered by the World Bank. Under the accord, India can use water from the three eastern rivers Sutlej, Beas, and Ravi, while Pakistan has exclusive rights over the three western rivers Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.

Modi threatens to ‘isolate’ Pakistan globally

Pakistan and India have been involved in a tense verbal and diplomatic spat after 18 Indian military personnel were killed in an attack on Uri’s Srinagar military base near the Line of Control (LoC) on September 18.

The assault was among the deadliest in held Kashmir and sharply ratcheted up tension between the two nuclear-armed rivals. Tension has been rising between the two arch rivals since the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen (HuM) commander Burhan Wani.  At least 100 demonstrators have been killed since then due to indiscriminate use of force against Kashmiris by Indian forces.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Feroz
    Sep 26, 2016 - 3:35PM

    Need to see where this goes. If India presents enough evidence to prove the Uri attack emanated from across the border, non military options may be unilaterally exercised. Whoever planned the Uri attacks did not consider the chess like moves India would initiate. A pity that mental rigor mortis scuttled the Pathankot probe even though cooperation was promised.Recommend

  • Tanya Khan
    Sep 26, 2016 - 4:10PM

    Wakeup call for our leaders….. it’s DAMS now or never……Recommend

  • Rahul
    Sep 26, 2016 - 4:18PM

    Islamabad’s water bill is coming due and as usual it is a day late and a penny short!Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Sep 26, 2016 - 4:30PM

    Pakistanis play bridge not chess, so expect the unpredictable.Recommend

  • LOL
    Sep 26, 2016 - 5:04PM

    Day 1: Attack Pak.
    Day 2: We are scared to attack, so isolate Pak globally.
    Day 3: Isolation requests rejected even by close allies like Russia and Iran, so kick Pakistani artists out.
    Day 4: Indian fans dont want Pakistani artists out, so we wont play cricket.
    Day 5: We are already not playing cricket with Pak, so lets stop water.
    Day 6: but then China will stop our water too.

    keep making your country look like a joke Modi.Recommend

  • kamal
    Sep 26, 2016 - 5:17PM

    THAT my friends is the real reason why we want ALL of Kashmir in sane hands – the threat of stopping our lifeblood. Time to expose to India what our Red Lines are. One of them is the Wagah border, the other is a Navan blockade of Karachi, the third is the illegal stoppage of Indus waters. The response should be devastating and immediate. First the economic targets – nuke the 20 Northern dams for a start. In case of escalation – Armageddon. And Hassan Nisar, however much I respect him, can take a hike.Recommend

  • Malik
    Sep 26, 2016 - 5:43PM

    Big OOPSRecommend

  • Tony Singh
    Sep 26, 2016 - 5:43PM

    Will hold you to account in two summers time. We will meet on this forum again.Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Sep 26, 2016 - 5:56PM

    1960 Indus Water Treary between Pakistan and India seems unfair to India — now needs an honest review. Bangladesh (East-Pakistan) should be included in the treaty.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 26, 2016 - 6:12PM

    @Tony Singh:
    Understandable, anyone would need some time off after all this thrashing.Recommend

  • Oommen
    Sep 26, 2016 - 6:20PM

    Pakistan is already a desert. Less than 5 % is forest. Animals and Birds were hunted by rich “brothers” form abroad. (eg Houbara bustard for improving …)

    If India blocks rives, Very soon Pakistan will be left with nothing—no wildlife, no biodiversity. Recommend

  • Raul
    Sep 26, 2016 - 6:26PM

    Better start filling the buckets and the pans, the water main has sprung a leak.Recommend

  • LOL
    Sep 26, 2016 - 6:47PM

    @Tony Singh: ok. so you are expecting another anti-Pak bollywood movie to release in summer 2018 ?Recommend

  • XoF
    Sep 26, 2016 - 7:01PM

    So India wants to mess with mother Nature now..well mother nature shall strike back drowning them on their own. Beware.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Sep 26, 2016 - 7:05PM

    where will the water go? how will modi evaporate the stopped water tomorrow? Recommend

  • Haris
    Sep 26, 2016 - 7:14PM

    Pakistan should review on air corridor usage by Indian Airlines.Recommend

  • SYED
    Sep 26, 2016 - 7:17PM

    Only after listening Modi’s views; I realized how good is our (bad) Nawaz Shareef. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 26, 2016 - 7:51PM

    Whats with India and flirting with dangers ideas.You stop Pakistan’s water you risk full war that could go nuclear.Recommend

  • True
    Sep 26, 2016 - 8:52PM

    @Acorn Guts:
    So you agree the thrashing was sponsored. Time to accept and for Indians to realise that a snake can only bite no matter for how long you keep on offering milk. That’s his genes.Recommend

  • Nisar
    Sep 26, 2016 - 9:11PM

    Modi is behaving in a childish manner, throwing tantrums just for nothing. The man needs to grow up.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Sep 26, 2016 - 9:27PM

    @Pakistani,we are waiting for your nuclear ‘bums’.But once you use it,there won’t be a nation called Pakistan on the face of earth.Recommend

  • Sensible
    Sep 26, 2016 - 10:22PM

    Doesn’t matter. If that is the fate then let’s go out with a bang taking everyone along with us. Ready?@wiserneighbour: Recommend

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