Uri attack: India may revise 1960 Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan

| Friday, September 23, 2016 - 09:27
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In the agreement signed, India has control over three eastern rivers which are Beas, Ravi and Sutlej

New Delhi: After the deadly Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir where 18 Indian soldiers were killed, India is all set for a diplomatic scuffle with neighbour Pakistan, whom it has accused of relentlessly nurturing terrorism within its borders.

On Thursday, Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that India might revisit the Indus Waters Treaty which was signed with Pakistan in 1960.

At a media briefing on Thursday, the spokesperson said, "I am sure you are aware that there are differences between India and Pakistan on the implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty, but this is an issue which is being addressed bilaterally. But let me make a basic point. Eventually any cooperative arrangement requires goodwill and mutual trust on both sides."

The Indus Waters Treaty was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 and was brokered by the World Bank after Pakistan expressed concerns about the source of the Indus water lying in India, which, if meddled with, could create droughts and famines in Pakistan.

In the agreement signed, India has control over three eastern rivers which are Beas, Ravi and Sutlej. Pakistan, on the other hand, controls the western rivers which are the Indus, Chenab and Jhelum near Jammu and Kashmir.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been seeking a review of the treaty as it denies the right for Kashmiris to gain access to the water.

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