PM to review Indus Waters Treaty today

Narendra Modi is expected to take stock of the 56-year old Indus Water Treaty.

Published: 26th September 2016 04:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2016 10:02 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: As pressure mounts on the Union government for concrete action against Uri attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take stock of the 56-year old Indus Water Treaty on Monday. Sources indicate that the Prime Minister has summoned all officials concerned for the meeting and is expected to discuss all the pros and cons of cancelling the treaty. “For such a treaty to work, cooperation and trust between both sides are essential,” MEA spokesperson, Vikas Swarup had asserted last week. “It cannot be a one-sided affair,” he said, noting that the preamble of the treaty was based on ‘goodwill’.

The treaty, signed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan President Ayub Khan in 1960, allocates 80 per cent of water from the six-river Indus water system to Pakistan. Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum form the Indus water system that flows from India to Pakistan. The pact is the only international agreement in the world that mandates an upper-riparian State (India) to part the majority share of water with downstream State (Pakistan). The treaty, brokered by the World Bank, has withstood three wars and the Kargil conflict between the two countries.

Meanwhile, drawing a parallel between the angst in the country after the Uri attack and the 1965 war, Modi on Sunday asserted that any act of terror would not go unpunished as the Army does not speak but shows valour. “This cowardly act was enough to shake the entire country. There is mourning as well as angst,” Modi said. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp