New Delhi, Sep 22, 2016: Amid high tensions with Pakistan after Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri attack that killed 18 jawans, India on Thursday said that its 56-year-old Indus Waters Treaty for sharing water with counterpart did not rule out without goodwill and mutual trust.
The Treaty was signed in 1960 with Islamabad.
In a reply to a question at a press conference, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup 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,” Swarup said.
“For any such treaty to work, it is important there must be mutual trust and cooperation. It can’t be a one-sided affair,” he added.
Swarup also hit back at Pakistan by saying India was successful in “sensitising the world” about how Pakistan was sponsoring terrorism. “Our actions speak for themselves and you can see our actions are already delivering results.”
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Meanwhile, a high-level UN official said the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan has survived “two wars”.
The water distribution treaty brokered by the World Bank was signed between the two countries in 1960 after Pakistan’s fear that since the source rivers of the Indus basin are in India, it could potentially create droughts and famines in Pakistan during times of war.
According to the agreement, India has control over three eastern rivers such as Beas, Ravi, and Sutlej, all flowing from Punjab.
However, As the per treaty, Pakistan controls the western rivers of the Indus, Chenab, and Jhelum that flow from Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir has been demanding a review of the treaty as it robs the state of its rights to use the water of the rivers.