Disruption of water flow by India. Despite there being calm after a tension filled month for the neighbour countries, it seems like India is trying various ways for getting into a feud with Pakistan. Failed attempts in the past has left Modi’s government under a lot of criticism from the Indian people and it seems to be very apparent that Modi is doing all he can to get himself back to his position after elections later this year. India, the latter has now started impeding the flow of three rivers shared by the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
India’s Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Mehghwal announced the move at an event in Rajasthan on Sunday. He said New Delhi had stopped 0.53 million acre-feet of water from the three eastern rivers flowing into Pakistan.
“The water has been stored and will be used whenever Rajasthan or Punjab needs it. It can be used for drinking or irrigation purposes.”
Another Indian minister, Nitin Gadkari, had announced similar plans just days after the February 14 Pulwama suicide bombing in occupied Kashmir.
This act of unnecessary aggression seems to be in violation of the Indus Water Treaty of 1960 signed between the two countries enabling unrestricted water flow from western rivers Indus, Jhelum and Chenab, while India utilized the other Ravi, Sutlej and Beas.
However, in December last year, Pakistan’s Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Dr Muhammad Farogh Naseem said India had started using water from the western rivers for industrial purposes.
“The treaty had ensured that India could only use water to generate electricity from these rivers if it did not disrupt water supply to Pakistan,” he said.
Expressing Islamabad’s concerns over India’s plans to build dams over Jhelum and Chenab, he had urged the World Bank and other international players to play their due role.
The minister had called out India for repeated threats to revoke the treaty, reminding New Delhi that the agreement could only be terminated with mutual consent.