KARACHI: Advisor to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday asserted that Islamabad will approach the International Court of Justice if India violates the Indus Water Treaty.
“The international law states that India cannot unilaterally separate itself from the treaty,” Aziz said addressing the National Assembly
Geo TV reports that he also asserted that the treaty was not suspended even during the Kargil and the Siachen wars.
On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with officials to review provisions of the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan.
New Delhi ruled out cancelling the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan but is looking for ways of increasing its use of waters that flow from India but are controlled by Pakistan.
“Water and blood can’t flow at the same time,” the Prime Minister was quoted as saying.
This development comes as ties between India and Pakistan have hit a new low following the Uri attack in Kashmir in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed.
Former Indus Water Commissioner Jamat Ali Shah on Monday slammed India for threatening to block the flow of water into Pakistan's Indus river.
"What should we believe of what the Indian PM says: ending poverty or blocking flow of water into Pakistan, This is open economic terrorism," he said.