India's revocation of Indus Water Treaty will be considered an act of war: Aziz

Published: September 27, 2016
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Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: REUTERS

Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said any violation of Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) from India would pertain to considerable risk of war and hostilities between the two countries.

“Pakistan will not accept Indian aggression in any form and any Indian step for disrupting water flow as upper riparian will pertain to considerable risk of war and hostilities,” the adviser said in the National Assembly in response to a calling attention notice on Tuesday.

The House also unanimously passed a resolution condemning “falsified Indian claim in United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) about Jammu and Kashmir being integral part of India.”

The NA criticised Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech in UNGA on Monday for “drawing parallels between Jammu and Kashmir, a recognised disputed territory and Balochistan, an integral part of sovereign Pakistan.”

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Aziz said India was under pressure “due to our diplomatic efforts” and raising the Kashmir issue on international stage.

The adviser explained the provisions of IWT, saying as per sub provision 3 and 4 of provisions of Article 12 of IWT, the treaty could not be altered or revoked unilaterally, adding that the World Bank had facilitated the treaty and its role is defined in the treaty in case of violation by any party.

However, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Shireen Mazari questioned the claim. “None of the provisions in the Treaty says the World Bank was guarantor of the treaty between the two countries, rather it was a facilitator.” Aziz confirmed Mazari’s assertion of the Bank’s role as a facilitator.

He said the treaty would continue to be in force until modified by both the countries after an understanding. “This treaty is for an indefinite period and binding. It is not time specific or event specific.”

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The adviser warned that if India tried to interrupt water flow into Pakistan as an upper riparian it would not only violate the Treaty but also set a regional state practice under which an international law can serve as precedence for others.

“Such an Indian act may also provide China with a justification to consider suspension of water of Indian river Brahmaputra.”

Aziz said the Treaty survived wars of 1965 and 1971 between Pakistan and India, and was not even suspended during Kargil and Siachin conflicts. “The treaty is quoted as most successful water treaty between the two countries and its revocation can be taken as an act of war or a hostile act against Pakistan.”

Answering PTI’s Munaza Hassan’s question as to why the government had not mentioned Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav’s arrest from Balochistan, the adviser said the government was preparing a comprehensive dossier on Yadav and Indian interference in Balochistan, as well as its operations through Afghanistan. “We will expose India at the UNSC and before the international community.”

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Amit
    Sep 27, 2016 - 7:09PM

    Yes it is a act of war in response to act of war by Pakistan and now we are at war and Pakistan can do what it want to.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 27, 2016 - 7:21PM

    IWT gives Pakistan water for those Indian Muslims who never moved. Recommend

  • raw is war
    Sep 27, 2016 - 7:35PM

    In my humble opinion, we are already at war.Recommend

  • abc
    Sep 27, 2016 - 8:08PM

    time for Modi to prepare Indian public for ultimate sacrifice in case of nuclear war. Sooner or later Pakistan will have to be dismantled, else problems will continue. Recommend

  • JSM
    Sep 27, 2016 - 8:45PM

    What is wrong if India draws water as provided in IWT?Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Sep 27, 2016 - 9:08PM

    we are at war already for the last 70 years. Recommend

  • whatever
    Sep 27, 2016 - 9:15PM

    Pakistanis donot want to give land routes to India for a landlocked Afghanistan telling ‘first resolve Kashmir’ but they want water from India. pakistan is supporting China who is against the ruling of UN tribunal for South China sea but wants India to follow the Indus water treaty which is 80:20 against India.Recommend

  • whats in the name
    Sep 27, 2016 - 9:32PM

    As if we are not at war when you keep attacking us through your proxies…. a rule is never discriminatory when applied uniformly…..Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 27, 2016 - 11:21PM

    The real victory of proxies and non state actors is that they have turned everybody crazy. If this is not madness then what is it that we start wishing nuclear holocaust and destroy our beautiful ancient fertile land for centuries to come. Shame on all wise people of this 5000 years old civilization. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 28, 2016 - 12:02AM

    I don’t understand… why can’t the Indians leave us be? What’s their problem with us? Why do they hate us so much and want to kill all of us?Recommend

  • Oommen
    Sep 28, 2016 - 2:21AM

    China rejects ruling on South China sea. India can also do it.
    Act of war is exporting terrorism and then rejecting it. Now plan desert tourism for future !Recommend

  • Diplomat
    Sep 28, 2016 - 8:08AM

    This can cause an interruption to Barhamaputra supply. We hv already analyzed all these facts before investing USD 47+ billion in Pakistan. Please be careful as we hv border with both of these countries. Pakistan is save and is our investment paradise. Our country will support Pakistan in any aspect.Recommend

  • MK
    Sep 28, 2016 - 8:37AM

    Let’s all try to get along shall we? Don’t stoke the flames where possible and reopen dialogues and negotiations. Peace is in everyone’s best interests. Kashmir and the human rights abuses in IHK are essentially India’s internal matter. It’s for India to be pressured to stop this as some in India also agree. So it’s futile to try anything else. The political situation of Kashmir is the long term issue but the immediate issue is India’s internal situation in Kashmir, which should be resolved. Yet, Pakistan’s interference should only be productive and helpful. Recommend

  • Sid
    Sep 28, 2016 - 11:42AM

    Ok, take it as act of war. Question is, what can you do about it Aziz.Recommend

  • abbs
    Nov 26, 2016 - 9:35PM

    All above is obivious when an extremest is the president of a country .To rule in a diplomatic way you must have a broadminded person. as far it goes to mooodi he can never think beyond anti Pakistan and Muslims school where he flourished.Recommend

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