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'PM to rethink about Indus Waters Treaty'

The Indus Waters Treaty which waters much of Pakistan was signed in 1960

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Sep 26 2016 9:46AM | Updated Date: Sep 26 2016 2:45PM

'PM to rethink about Indus Waters Treaty'

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed Pakistan for exporting global terrorism in his Kerala rally, now has called for a briefing on the Indus Waters Treaty.


As per the report, PM Modi will meet relevant officials from various ministries today including External Affairs and Water Resources and discuss the pros and cons of taking action against Pakistan.


The choice of ministries in the discussion suggests that among other options for India's response to the Uri attack, Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan, reconsideration could be one.


Over the last week, there has been clamor for action against Pakistan, after terrorists of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, attacked an army base in Kashmir's Uri, killing 18 soldiers.


One of the suggestions is to turn off the Indus river tap that waters much of Pakistan. It is perceived that the pressure could compel Pakistan to take part in the probe.


The Indus Waters Treaty was signed between Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan's president General Ayub Khan in 1960, after World Bank brokered negotiations that lasted almost a decade.


The Indus treaty withstood two full scale wars and tense India and Pakistan relations and experts are divided over the benefits of reneging on an international water sharing pact.