Pakistan warns of action if India breaches Indus Water Treaty

Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that India is making "desperate attempts" to divert attention from the "atrocities and human right violations" being committed in Kashmir.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:October 20, 2016 5:34 pm
India, Pakistan, Indus Water Treaty, India Pakistan, Indo-pak, Nafees Zakaria, SAARC, Kashmir dispute, India news, indian express news Nafees Zakaria’s remarks come amid reports that India may review the 56-year-old Indus Water Treaty.

Pakistan on Thursday warned of “appropriate action” if India violates the Indus Water Treaty and said it is closely monitoring the situation, amid reports that New Delhi may revisit the key water sharing accord. “Appropriate action will be taken in line with the Treaty in case of any violation by India,” Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said at the weekly briefing.

Pakistan was keeping a close eye on the situation, Radio Pakistan quoted him as saying. Zakaria’s remarks come amid reports that India may review the 56-year-old Indus Water Treaty.

He said that India is making “desperate attempts” to divert attention from the “atrocities and human right violations” being committed in Kashmir.

He said Pakistan is highlighting Indian brutalities in Kashmir at world fora and there has been “very substantive outcome” of these efforts but the international community remains concerned about the situation.

Responding to a question, he claimed that India violated ceasefire on the Line of Control for more than 90 times this year.

The notion of isolating Pakistan is “ridiculous”, Zakaria said, adding that India’s “negative attitude” has been exposed which is the biggest hurdle in the way of regional development and prosperity.

He also termed the Indian treatment to the Pakistani artistes as “very disappointing and highly regrettable” as he deplored India’s decision to “use SAARC for its political ambition”, according to the report.

Zakaria also referred to a media report quoting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who described tensions between India and Pakistan as a “very, very hot tinderbox” and offered to be “the mediator or arbitrator”.

Zakaria noted that though Pakistan does not comment on media reports usually, in this case it welcomed the mediation offer.

“We continue to urge our American friends including those in the administration to play their due role in resolving bilateral issues between Pakistan and India, particularly the Kashmir dispute,” he said.

“And definitely Pakistan has welcomed in the past also any role of mediation, we welcome such offers,” he added.

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    Jai Kumar
    Oct 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm
    stan is a truant state. Going forward each time it misbehaves slap it straight instead of running to headmaster.
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      Kasab
      Oct 20, 2016 at 5:13 pm
      We cut you in to two, keep quite pork or else we will chop you in to another three pieces.
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        Kiki
        Oct 21, 2016 at 3:36 am
        Punctuations and tenses should be verified, more importantly, if you are going to paste it all over the website, like a baboon.
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          James Martell
          Oct 20, 2016 at 11:05 pm
          I disagree with your statement. In fact India was ruled for almost 1300 years until 1947. First the Mughuls (muslims) for a 1000 years and guess what they mostly had hindu women in their hareem. They are mostly Gujjar descendents (Russian) whichh are still settled in northern parts of stan. Then came the British and they ruled for 300 years and guess what they set up brothels and guess which religion those women belonged to yes..you guessed right hinduism. Next time you worship your god, husband of parvarti look at what it looks like...? and then think to yourself are you really in a position to talk and criticize other religions? lets not get low shall we.
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            James Martell
            Oct 20, 2016 at 11:13 pm
            I think you really need to look at whats going on in India before making unfounded statements... fact dont accept what any stani or anyone who isnt Indian nationalistic. Take ia look at what Amenst International wrote about Indians in Kashir and other parts of India. India has slowly destro its secular idea of all religions under one roof and its in no better standing than stan as it too is becoming a extremist state and mother of Facist states....afterall even Modi compared the Indian Army to the Isreali Army showing disrespect to all the 300 Million Indian Muslims who are possibly more patriotic than Hindus. And insofar as your comment about escaping to other countries its called economic migrants and the very same hard earnt cash is sent back to stan. India has one of the greatest ex pat communities in most parts of the world...almost 200 million in muslims countries....which is more than stans potion...so what does that say about India....nothing....so stop making nonsense comments.
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              Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
              Oct 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm
              gt;gt;gt;Killing of every pig following in the foot steps of sa tan all ah and his last pedo messenger is a must.
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                MyTake
                Oct 20, 2016 at 6:52 pm
                (He also termed the Indian treatment to the stani artistes as “very disappointing and highly regrettable” as he deplored India’s decision to “use SAARC for its political ambition”, according to the report.)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why the wise men and women in stan not giving platform to Indian artists to perform? Why Anupam Kher was not given visa to go to stan?
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                  MyTake
                  Oct 20, 2016 at 6:48 pm
                  If one 1.25 billion p i s s together there will be enough water for Taliban stronghold! Talibani stan does not have to worry about water!
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