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Pak Approaches Int’l Court over Indus Waters Treaty

Sartaj Aziz said China would do justice by blocking Indian water if Delhi did the same to Pakistan

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Publish Date: Sep 28 2016 10:28AM | Updated Date: Sep 28 2016 10:28AM

Pak Approaches Int’l Court over Indus Waters Treaty

Pakistan approached the International Court of Justice after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India need to rethink about the Indus Waters Treaty. Senior Pakistani officials are taking up the matter to the World Bank.

 

A delegation led by the Attorney General for Pakistan, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, met officials of the World Bank at their headquarters in Washington. The delegation as per the reports discussed the matters relating Indus Water Treaty. 

 

They also took the talk regarding Pakistan's recent Request for Arbitration given to India pursuant to Article IX of the Indus Waters Treaty, 1960. The meeting details were shared by Geo News.

 

On August 19, Pakistan requested India for settlement of outstanding disputes pertaining to India's construction of Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric plants on rivers Neelum and Chenab, by referring the matters to the Court of Arbitration as provided in Article IX of the treaty. 

 

Under the treaty, the World Bank has an important role in establishment of the Court of Arbitration by facilitating the process of appointment of three judges, called Umpires, to the court, while each country appoints two arbitrators.

 

Pakistani officials met senior officials of the World Bank to insist on early appointment of the judges and empanelment the court.

 

The move comes after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs and Security, Sartaj Aziz said that if India to block Pakistan's water this could be seen as an act of war. Aziz further said China would get justification to block Indian water if New Delhi did the same to Pakistan.

 

Sartaj Aziz briefed to the lawmakers on the Indus Water Treaty starting that international law prohibits Indian from changing the treaty. He said the treaty was not even suspended during Kargil and Siachen wars.

 

Indus Waters Treaty, 1960 was negotiated by India and Pakistan under the auspices of the World Bank. It gives India complete rights to usage of waters of Eastern Rivers (Ravi, Chenab, and Beas) and Pakistan rights over Western Rivers (Indus, Jhelum, Chenab) with limited allowance of use of water by India.