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PM Modi chairs meeting on Indus Waters treaty

Meeting comes eight days after Uri terror attack in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed

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Publish Date: Sep 26 2016 2:42PM | Updated Date: Sep 26 2016 2:42PM

PM Modi chairs meeting on Indus Waters treaty

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting on the Indus Waters Treaty on Monday.

 
The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, which is viewed as a substantial move amidst heightened tensions with Pakistan.
 
Reports said that Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, and Shashi Shekhar, Secretary, Water Resources Ministry were also present at the meeting along with other senior officials.
 
The meeting comes eight days after Uri terror attack in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed.
 
Last week, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said that there were differences between India and Pakistan on implementing the Indus Waters Treaty.
 
He had also said that any cooperative arrangement requires mutual trust on both sides. 
 
Water distribution treaty 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 possibly create drought and famine in Pakistan during times of war.
 
According to the accord, India has control over three rivers -- Beas, Ravi and Sutlej -- all flowing from Punjab.
 
Pakistan controls the western rivers -- the Indus, Chenab and Jhelum that flow from Jammu and Kashmir. 
 
India has been making diplomatic efforts to isolate Pakistan on the issue of "exporting terror" in the wake of the September 18 Uri attack.