Indus Water Treaty
Indus Water Treaty

India will stop flow of water to Pakistan

“Blood and water cannot flow together.”

This was the remarkable statement of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi after the Uri terror attack in 2016.

Now that Pakistan didn’t learn any lesson even after the surgical strike therein.  It repeated the heinous act in Pulwama.  So, India has decided to stop the flow of its share of water to Pakistan under the Indus Water Treaty.

 

 

A curiosity may arise that it is an international treaty.  So by stopping the flow of water, whether India is violating this treaty.  We will have to flashback to know the answer.

Indus Water treaty was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960.  The World Bank was a co-signatory.  Six rivers flow from Indus Water Basin that flow across India and Pakistan.

India will utilize the water of three eastern rivers namely Ravi, Beas and Sutlej.  Pakistan will control over the water of three western rivers namely Indus, Jhelum and Chenab.

It is an interesting fact that India can also utilize some part of water flowing in the western rivers for irrigation, power generation, fish culture etc.  This was allowed for the reason that Pakistan receives more water than India.

However, India has never made use of this facility.  Moreover, it lets some portion of its share of water of eastern rivers flow in Pakistan. This water is used in Pakistan for irrigation.

Undoubtedly, India can stop the flow of water across the eastern rivers.  There would be no violation of the treaty because this water comes under its territory.   Even if Pakistan challenges it in the International Court, its appeal will be rejected.

But the economy of Pakistan will be affected badly, as agriculture in the affected area will be spoiled.

However, to stop the flow of water, India will have to, heavily, invest in infrastructure by making dams and canals.  Anti-nationalists may target the dams, so India will also have to arrange big security for them.

Presently, India is undertaking four projects to ensure its full share of eastern rivers.  This water will be used in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi.

But all these will take time.  Till then, we cannot let the blood of our soldiers flow.  So India should also take military-remedy to tighten the screw on Pakistan.

 

Manisha Kumari

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