India's water will not be allowed to go to Pakistan: Modi

Published: November 25, 2016

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while referring to the Indus Water Treaty has said that water belonging to India will not be allowed to go to Pakistan.

“The fields of our farmers must have adequate water. Water that belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan…Government will do everything to give enough water to our farmers,” Modi was quoted as saying.

Modi made the remarks in Bhatinda where he was inaugurating the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

India seeks to use more water from Indus basin, but within Indus Waters Treaty terms

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.

“We formed a task force on Indus Water Treaty to ensure farmers of Punjab and other states get each drop of water due to them,” Modi added.

Earlier this month, the Indian government decided to use more water from the Indus basin rivers, but within the limitations of the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan.

Modi’s office set a December deadline for the country’s Central Electricity Authority to complete the techno-economic appraisal, pending for over a year – to check the viability of about six hydroelectric projects on the Chenab, after consulting the Central Water Commission.

India cannot annul Indus Waters Treaty: FO

Meanwhile, Pakistan warned that India could not unilaterally revoke or alter the treaty.

“The Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) is not time barred and was never intended to be time or event specific. It is binding on both India and Pakistan and has no exit provision,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said.

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.

This article originally appeared on The Indian Express 


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Reader Comments (22)

  • Pakistani
    Nov 25, 2016 - 2:13PM

    Let there be no doubt Pakistan faces an existential threat from India.

    Pakistan has to do exactly what Israel did to secure its water supply.Recommend

  • salman
    Nov 25, 2016 - 2:28PM

    Yes India can use the allocated amount of water as per IWT but Pakistan will not allow India to use her allocated amount of water at any cost. Recommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Nov 25, 2016 - 2:30PM

    According to Indus Water Treaty, 20% of water belongs to India, India has every right to use it.
    There is nothing PM Modi is saying different that it should become a headline.Recommend

  • Moiz
    Nov 25, 2016 - 2:31PM

    We need the kalabagh dam built desperately. But sadly people thriving on provinces based politics will never let that happen. Recommend

  • Mayor
    Nov 25, 2016 - 2:35PM

    That will still cause problems for Pakistan. They barely have any storage facilities like Dams to store water. They also don’t have water treatment plants either. India can make desert out of Pakistan even if it uses 20% of water. Recommend

  • ABC
    Nov 25, 2016 - 2:39PM

    He just will not tolerate any floods in Pakistan. All Mr.Modi wants to do is make sure Pakistanis are safe.Recommend

  • Ateeq
    Nov 25, 2016 - 2:44PM

    Mr. Modi, Pakistan is not a banana republic that you can twist its arm whenever you please. If you abrogate Indus water treaty or do any harm to Pakistan, beware we have every right to respond in the same coinage. Recommend

  • shafi
    Nov 25, 2016 - 2:56PM

    great newsRecommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Nov 25, 2016 - 3:01PM

    India must completely redirect all water for his own usage just like Afghanistan did to Water going to IRAN. Afghanistan did put a full stop on Afghan water going to IRAN and they can’t do anything about it… It’s our water and we will do whatever we please and very soon we will put an end to our water going to Pakistan.

    First and foremost always fulfill your country needs, when extra left behind – let it go to your neighbors to enjoy. By 2050 Water will be as expensive as oil. That’s all folks.Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Nov 25, 2016 - 3:07PM

    Just for a moment think Water is fully stopped which will be anyway. What Pakistan can do? Explain… Afghanistan stopped IRAN water flow completely and what IRAN could do? Go to international court/UN and then what? NOTHING! lolRecommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Nov 25, 2016 - 3:21PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    Don’t say what Pakistan can do. Pakistan can go to extreme extant which had stopped India till day stopping the water.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 25, 2016 - 4:16PM

    We have no problem as long as India remains within its limits. Otherwise, we will use whatever means to safeguard our interests. It is as simple as that.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Nov 25, 2016 - 6:30PM

    @Ateeq “Mr Modi, Pakistan is not a banana republic that you can twist its arm whenever you please. If you abrogate Indus water treaty or do any harm to Pakistan, beware we have every right to respond in the same coinage.”

    Dont be jingoist, first read what IWT says then you will find that what Mr Modi is saying and doing is well within IWT treaty without interfering in Pakistan’s share of water and yes stop giving useless threats to India,a task which Pakistan cannot achieve which even many Pakistanis knew it.Recommend

  • Darkwarrior
    Nov 25, 2016 - 7:10PM

    @Pakistani, Israel is the upstream neighbour of various states and so can block water. In this case, India is the Upstream neighbour. We can cut your water supply to the whole extent and you cannot do a single thing about it unless you asked the Chinese for help. Recommend

  • Arvind
    Nov 25, 2016 - 9:06PM

    In 1960, under Indus Water Treaty the policy for the distribution of water of the rivers, flowing initially from Indian Kashmir and then to Indian Punjab and Pakistan, was signed jointly by India and Pakistan in the presence of World Bank. So in 1960 itself, both Pakistan and World Bank had accepted the ownership of Kashmir and of water flowing through Kashmir, to India. With this the issue of Kashmir must be closed. Recommend

  • Fi
    Nov 25, 2016 - 10:22PM

    India’s water? Do they make the water themselves? LOL at the petty mentality.Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed
    Nov 25, 2016 - 10:53PM

    Another reason to solve Kashmir Issue. There are many rivers that originates from China to India.
    Countries dont have right to stop natural path of rivers too much, check rivers Amazon, Nile, Aswan etc.

    Stopping water to Pakistan that is natural course of rivers and also have treaty in place, that will be nothing but a clear war between Pakistan and India! Dams will be destroyed and water will flow again natural courses.Recommend

  • Khalid Baloch
    Nov 25, 2016 - 10:58PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    Why are you so embarassed about your Indian identity?Recommend

  • irfan
    Nov 25, 2016 - 11:07PM

    Indian folks don’t waste time . Just try to stop water ….Recommend

  • Dark knight
    Nov 25, 2016 - 11:22PM

    Petty mentality can do anything. oh yes, I do believe you whole heartedly.@Darkwarrior: Recommend

  • Ramsay Bolton
    Nov 26, 2016 - 12:51AM

    @salman: O my my, I am scared.Recommend

  • DNiwasi
    Nov 26, 2016 - 9:56PM

    @Shakil Ahmed: nobody is going to solve it for you…you have to do it……already spent 70 years and goingRecommend

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