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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                    KUMAR
                    Oct 21, 2016 at 10:03 am
                    It is humbly submitted not to publish the garbage here as Pak is a failed state and to divert the attention of its people, who do not know the meaning of development, industrialization, descent living etc, they are exploiting their sentiments and channelizing their thinking towards terrorist activities.
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                      KUMAR
                      Oct 21, 2016 at 10:07 am
                      Rather Pak should focus on developing industry, raising the standard of living of people and creating more and more job opportunities in their sagging economy...they won't do it since they know that once the people become educated and affluent, it will be difficult to influence them to fall in their evil designs/trap etc.
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                        zeed
                        Oct 20, 2016 at 8:01 pm
                        Kashmiris need to seek global funding to construct mega dams in their waters high up in the Himalayas. It's a one time fillip and stan can be humanely compensated. lt;br/gt;Then most importantly DONOT let NHPC anywhere near these dams. They will only loot the electricity and make a profit selling to northern grid. lt;br/gt;But wait this prosperity of Kashmir is unpalatable to both countries. lt;br/gt;Probably won't happen.
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                          zeed
                          Oct 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm
                          Bad form and poor information. If you are from north India you are writing this on a device powered by Kashmiri hydropower. That's 4000 crores a month. Yes kashmirirs sell apples and handicrafts and tourism and guess what. It's the richest per capita region. Everybody has a home WITH a lawn, WITH a kitchen garden. And indias software exports ?!! - dude that industry is dying so keep your azim premji and your tcs. Anyway please DO realize kashmirs soft power is its people. So stop trying to humiliate an entire nation and focus on yourself.
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                            zeed
                            Oct 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm
                            Both nations are ridiculously callous towards Kashmir. Pak Punjabis want water at cost of blood of kashmiris. Indian punjabis forced GOI to give up Kashmir rivers so punjabis could prosper. lt;br/gt;Further what little hydropower JK generates is looted by the northern grid. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Talk of colonialism. lt;br/gt;Talk of occupation. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Both countries have been bad to kashmirs survival.
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                              Archpagan
                              Oct 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm
                              India should sympathetically consider stan's prayer for talks.
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                                Raj
                                Oct 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm
                                Aren't they doing all this killing for the rivers? Is it stan diverting attention towards Kashmir from whatever or are they have they made stan into a Scandinavian bastion of human rights?I think India should retain that 20% or so water they are enled to. No point giving water for free if the other side kills you. Water is the way to go! But it will take a long time.
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                                  Raj
                                  Oct 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm
                                  Kashmir is a mini Afghanistan in the making. If your criminals turn to full blown militancy - it is an indication of what an independent Kashmir will be like. It is not like if India lets Kashmir off, miraculously, Allah will shower Kashmir with mana and gold. For dams, you need money - Kashmiris are poor people. They run on tourism, apples and whatnots. Unless they produce some Azim Premji, I think let's discount the Kashmiri entrepreneurial potential. The only thing they can produce well is militancy and apples.
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                                    Raj
                                    Oct 20, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                                    Some facts on super power stan - Nigerian economy gt; stani economy. Bangladesh will soon catch up... this is funny. China will run buy the entire country for 50 billion dollars, stan is for - and India will build a dam and retain the 20% water it is enled to legally in a world that is growing warmer every day. It's over... 20 more years and bye bye.
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                                      Raj
                                      Oct 20, 2016 at 12:47 pm
                                      Typical stani tactic, raise voice and have non-state actors attack and then ask for talks. India should stop talking, no point. They are running on conspiracy theories... you speak, they deny - that's all there is to it. Then they will tell you it is completely indigenous and they offer moral/diplomatic support... so no point talking.
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                                        abd
                                        Oct 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm
                                        A weak country can't warn. Pak knows how it has to react if India makes such mistakedia brought her forces twice on border but had to return desperately.Its not 71, Pak now is much more stronger than ever.
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                                          abd
                                          Oct 20, 2016 at 5:40 pm
                                          I already have a very good job.I feel proud to be a Pak and thank Allah that my parents migrated from India.Pak is more developed than India. Come out of day dreaming sire out of this false pride.
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                                            abd
                                            Oct 20, 2016 at 7:18 pm
                                            It means you don't know anything about Pak but believing on hairsay.
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