Indus Water Treaty: Pakistan warns against use of water as an instrument of coercion

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon mentioned Indus Water Treaty, saying it withstood frequent tensions between India and Pakistan, including wars.

By: PTI | United Nations | Updated: November 25, 2016 4:16 pm
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In an apparent reference to row over Indus Water Treaty, Pakistan has warned against use of water as an instrument of coercion or war and asserted that international community must remain vigilant to any sign of unwillingness to maintain cooperation on resolving water issues.

“The international community must assume a responsibility to develop, nurture and protect normative frameworks, at multilateral and bilateral levels, to ensure that states remain willing to resolve water issues cooperatively,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said in her address to the UN Security Council during an open debate on water, peace and security.

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“It must promote bilateral and regional agreements on waterways; and once they are evolved, ensure that they are not undermined through unilateral or coercive measures,” Lodhi said as she described the India-Pak Indus Water Treaty of 1960, with the World Bank as guarantor, a model of what can be achieved through bilateral agreements.

“But this Treaty is equally a good case study of what could go wrong if such agreements are not honoured or threatened by one of the state parties to be abrogated altogether.

The international community must remain vigilant to any sign of unwillingness to maintain cooperation and be willing act to avert any conflict,” Lodhi said. In his address, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also mentioned Indus Water Treaty, saying it withstood frequent tensions between India and Pakistan, including wars.

“In the second half of the 20th century, more than 200 water treaties were successfully negotiated. International river agreements have enhanced security and stability in river basins,” he said.

“The 1960 Indus Waters agreement between India and Pakistan has famously survived at least two wars and numerous clashes and diplomatic crises,” Ban said.

The treaty sets out a mechanism for cooperation and information exchange between the two countries regarding their use of the rivers, known as the Permanent Indus Commission which includes a commissioner from each of the two countries. It also sets out a process for resolving so-called “questions”, “differences” and “disputes” that may arise between the parties. He said management of more than 200 international rivers and at least that many trans boundary aquifers was especially important.

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First Published on: November 23, 2016 1:00 pm
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    MyTake
    Nov 23, 2016 at 9:16 am
    In war everything is fair. Arbitrators job is only during peacetime!
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      PPrasad78
      Nov 23, 2016 at 11:08 am
      Everything is fair in war especially when your enemy strikes you using terrorism and threatens you with Nukes !
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        vijay
        Nov 25, 2016 at 10:25 am
        we should have cut the water off long ago but our humanity did not allow us to do so. But the time has come to teach the terrorist the folly of their ways.With out further ado we should turn the tap off and make the s heel.lt;br/gt;I would like very much to see the silly smile wiped off the stupid Basit's face.
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          ashok manambrakaatt
          Nov 23, 2016 at 9:49 am
          The indus treaty was honored by India despite so many border violations and terrorist acts by stan because India was benevolent all along and India had spineless leaders who wished to further their personal interests more than the interest of the nation for about 70 years. In a war any instrument is a good instrument. stan will cry only when it hurts them. For a change why don't they stand up and apologize for all the wrongs they have done to India, stop all the nonsense and in turn get the Indus water?
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            frt
            Nov 25, 2016 at 11:22 am
            s, ab tum soowar ka moot piyo.
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              romi
              Nov 23, 2016 at 10:36 am
              s know they have no they are doomed if india withdraws from this one sided water treaty lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;instead of making noises at UN find a way out to survive without water
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                romi
                Nov 23, 2016 at 10:36 am
                s know they have no they are doomed if india withdraws from this one sided water treaty lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;instead of making noises at UN find a way out to survive without water
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                  PK
                  Nov 25, 2016 at 10:48 am
                  Pak sud Accept the responsibility, stop pushing terror across boarder/LOC, stop threatening to Nuke,etc and be a disciplined and responsible nation, which deserves India's praise and respect. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Otherwise Pak continues its mischief India is here to pound increasingly stronger than before, forget bye gone era of appeasing Pak rather containing is started. Now it lost its all its human values, became rogue in true sense and got image damaged already at international forum. In Koran "toba" process is there for all mistakes which we made knowingly and unknowingly, which they never practice. That is why it is nearing to destruction day by day.....Its not the same motive to hate India/Hind it is created it is to create trust, spread love and peace, good atmosphere to prosper and developments of Islam..... ensuring every individual free to appease its khuda in his own unique way....This is same to elevate human values across religions including Hind....Hate is a way to Jahanum...
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