New Delhi: During a meeting with Water ministry officials on the Indus Water treaty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said ‘blood & water can’t flow together at the same time’. The Indus treaty meet was attended by National security advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Water Resources Secretary, and senior PMO officials.

The meeting comes a week after 19 soldiers of Indian army were killed in a terrorist attack at the Uri army base in Jammu and Kashmir.

India had blamed Pakistan for the attack, which led to escalation of tensions between the two nations.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said last week that there were differences between India and Pakistan on implementing the Indus Waters Treaty.
 
He had also said that any cooperative arrangement requires goodwill and mutual trust on both sides. 
 
The water distribution treaty brokered by the World Bank was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 after Islamabad’s fear that since the source rivers of the Indus basin are in India, it could potentially create drought and famine in Pakistan during times of war.
 
According to the agreement, India has control over three eastern rivers — Beas, Ravi and Sutlej — all flowing from Punjab.
 
Pakistan, as per the treaty, controls the western rivers — the Indus, Chenab and Jhelum that flow from Jammu and Kashmir. 
 
 

First Published | 26 September 2016 5:44 PM
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