PM Narendra Modi reviews Indus Water Treaty as India mulls options to corner Pakistan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Monday, chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Monday, chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan.
The meeting at PM's official residence was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, PM's principal secretary Nripendra Misra, and officials from the Water Resources Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs.
The officials are believed to have briefed the Prime Minister on different aspects of the treaty.
Under the 56-year-old treaty, which was signed by Jawaharlal Nehru and Ayub Khan in September 1960, water of six river - Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum - were to be shared between the two countries.
However, in view of Pakistan's sustained involvement in anti-India terror activities, the latest being the attack on an army camp in Uri, India appears to be mulling a review of the water sharing agreement.
In fact, on September 22, India had made it clear that 'mutual trust and cooperation' was important for such a treaty to work.
"For any such treaty to work, its important that there must be mutual cooperation and trust between both the sides. It cannot be a one-sided affair," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said cryptically when asked if the government will rethink on the treaty given the growing strain between the two countries.
He had also noted that the preamble of the treaty itself said that it was based on 'goodwill' and had said that there were differences over its implementation between the two countries.
Pressed further if India will scrap the treaty, he had refused to elaborate and had only noted that in diplomacy everything was not spelled out and that he had not said that the treaty was not working.
Meanwhile, on September 24, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh had said the state would fully support whatever decision was taken by the Union government on the 1960 agreement.
"The treaty has caused huge loss to Jammu and Kashmir" as the people of the state cannot fully utilise the waters of various rivers, particularly Chenab in Jammu, for agricultural and other activities," Singh had said.
"The state government will support whatever decision is taken by the central government on Indus Waters Treaty," he had added.