India cannot unilaterally revoke or alter Indus Treaty: Pakistan

"Pakistan is closely monitoring the situation and would respond accordingly," he added.

By: IANS | Islamabad | Updated: October 7, 2016 4:37 pm
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India cannot unilaterally revoke or alter the Indus Waters Treaty, Pakistan has asserted, days after India decided to revisit 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,” Dawn online quoted Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakria as saying on Thursday in a weekly media briefing.


He called upon the international community to take note of Indian claims as they were a violation of New Delhi’s obligations and commitments under the treaty. According to the sub-provisions (3) and (4) of Article XII of the IWT, the treaty cannot be altered or revoked unilaterally, he pointed out.

“Pakistan is closely monitoring the situation and would respond accordingly,” he added.

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday asked the Foreign Ministry to launch ‘water diplomacy’ in the wake of India’s threat to revoke the Indus Water Treaty.

“Blood and water can’t flow together,” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is quoted as having said last month during a meeting on the Indus Waters Treaty, during which India decided to revisit the 56-year-old river water sharing treaty, apportioning more water to itself.

“There are differences on the treaty. For any such treaty to work, it is important there must be mutual trust and cooperation. It can’t be a one-sided affair,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said last month following the September 18 Uri terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, which killed 17 Indian soldiers. Two soldiers died later. India has held Pakistan-based militants responsible for the killings.

The water distribution treaty brokered by the World Bank was signed between the two countries in 1960.

According to the agreement, India has control over three eastern rivers – Beas, Ravi and Sutlej – all flowing from Punjab, while Pakistan, as per the treaty, controls the western rivers of Indus, Chenab and Jhelum that flow from Jammu and Kashmir.

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  1. P
    Oct 7, 2016 at 11:27 am
    Just wait and see. Can stan do away with Shimla agreement. Was it only to get 92,000 prisoners released?
    1. Chandrashekhar Deshpande
      Oct 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm
      welcomes china's act about Brahmaputra so there is no illegal about Indus. It was congress government which has given stake to even Neharu was responsible for Kashmir problem and for that mistake generation after generations has lost their lifes.
      1. D
        Oct 7, 2016 at 12:24 pm
        stan will be divided into 4;br/gt;insha;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai;br/gt;;br/gt;,,
        1. K
          Kejriwal Fan
          Oct 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm
          Indian must give up kashmir to stan. That is the only way to solve the kashmir issue. Let us vote Kejriwal for PM in 2019 to see this light
          1. K
            krishna kumar
            Oct 7, 2016 at 11:39 am
            There are a lot of things which India can do. Just watch now, stan
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