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. C
      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
            1. A
              Ashok Mazumdar
              Oct 8, 2016 at 12:48 am
              Baba Ramdev Start Water Bottling Plant there, very Soon.
              1. M
                Oct 7, 2016 at 2:22 pm
                Why Sengge Zangbo and Gar Tsangpo rivers in Mount Gang Rinpoche and Lake Mapam Yumtso can't be diverted by the chinese?...Langqen Zangbo river (Elephant River),Can't be diverted by the chinese. In Modern Engineering any thing is Possible.
                1. M
                  Oct 7, 2016 at 11:38 am
                  Why an Article XVIIIIII of the AWTI (All waters treaty india) Can't be referred to SC.
                  1. S
                    S Subramaniam
                    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm
                    When stan can do away with Shimla pact India too can do away with IWT.
                    1. B
                      Oct 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                      Papistan tells what India can do or can't? At the same time they are doing undo-able by any standard. We will share filthy stinking gutter water of a fish market, be happy with that.
                      1. S
                        Oct 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                        Another bluff like their nuclear threat. Against a country that has reneged on every civilized agreement and understanding, India must do what it must do.
                        1. S
                          Oct 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                          Not surprising coming from a Kejriwal fan
                          1. R
                            Oct 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm
                            Yes we can! Watch as to what India is capable of? The gloves are off, buddy.
                            1. M
                              MP Singh
                              Oct 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm
                              India is not going to revoke the Indus Water Treaty; but nothing stops India from cautioning stan on this since it is stan's lifeline. stan should not take it for granted for ever.
                              1. v
                                Oct 7, 2016 at 1:16 pm
                                By international law, any treaty can be revoked. stan has violated shimla pact.
                                1. V
                                  Oct 7, 2016 at 11:50 am
                                  Doesn't matter, we'll do bilateral.
                                  1. Y
                                    Oct 7, 2016 at 2:02 pm
                                    China will lead the way by doing that on Bramhaputra. It does not matter if India or stan like it. China will do it when it wants to do so. That will provide an International legal precedence. stan therefore must not worry about it but start setting up large scale desalination plant. Sooner or later Indus will flow to Ganges.
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