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Pakistan approaches world bank on row over Sindhu river treaty

 

Map of Indus river that flows from Indian territory to Pakistan end at Arabian sea
Map shows the rivers for which Indus water agreement was done to share water between two countries

Islamabad: Stung with media reports that India is reviewing the Indus waters Treaty after the Uri terror attack, Pakistan approaches world bank to lodge its official protest. Two countries came into an agreement to share the water of six rivers in the presence of world Bank in 1960.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent public interaction had said “blood and water cannot flow together” hinting Pakistan that India is seriously planning to end the decades-old Indus Water treaty. Reports said Pakistan will soon approach International Court of Justice.

Pakistani Embassy in Washington, where World Bank headquarter is situated,  issued a statement stating that The World Bank is committed itself to timely fulfilling its obligations under the treaty while remaining neutral,”.

In 1960, under the supervision of World Bank our first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and Pakistan then Prime Minister Ayub Khan came to an agreement over the use of water of six rivers between India and Pakistan. This agreement is known as Indus Water treaty.

A delegation of Pakistan lead by Attorney General-top lawyer of the country met senior World Bank officials in Washington on Tuesday. Pakistan foreign policy adviser Sartaj Aziz had on Tuesday addressed their National Assembly. He said if India revokes the Indus water treaty, it will be treated as an act of war.

Following the meeting of Modi with officials on Monday to assess the treaty, Pakistan has become active to secure its legal right to water. Indian government too is under deep pressure from its own people for being weak after the killing of 18 soldiers in Uri attack.

Though it is not going to be very easy for India to end the Indus water treaty, but the government can utilize the water as much  it can. This will impact Pakistan’s drinking water to agriculture completely relied upon these Himalayan rivers.

Indus Waters Treaty between two countries give us rights to use the eastern rivers – Ravi, Sutlej, and Beas. Pakistan has control over the three western rivers.

 

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