Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot seem to contain the hatred he has for his neighboring country. On Friday, the Indian premier said that water which belongs to India, cannot be further allowed to flow into Pakistan.
“The fields of our farmers must have adequate water. Water that belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan… The government will do everything to provide enough water to our farmers,” the Indian PM said at the inauguration of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bathinda.
While speaking in reference to the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan, Narendra Modi refused being concerned with politics, even as his statements were termed a bid to woo Punjabi farmers by Indian media. “We formed a task force on the Indus Waters Treaty to ensure the farmers of Punjab and other states get each drop of water due to them,” Modi said.
The Indus Waters Treaty between the two nuclear-armed countries – India and Pakistan – was mediated under by the World Bank in 1960, something which is considered as the great success stories of water diplomacy. The reason why this treaty holds such significance is that, it has survived the India-Pakistan wars of 1965, 1971, 1999 and much bad blood during and after the wars.
Under the Indus Waters Treaty, which was signed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and President Ayub Khan in September 1960, it was decided that waters flowing from the six rivers i.e. Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum — are to be shared between the two countries.
Pakistan has said revocation of the Indus Waters Treaty can be taken as a ‘hostile’ act against Pakistan.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has earlier said that, if India tries to interrupt water flow into Pakistan, it will not only violate the Indus Waters Treaty, but also set a regional state practice under which international law can be serve as a precedent. “It will provide China, for example, a justification to consider of suspension of waters of the Brahmaputra River,” he said.
Tension between the two countries is again at a peak following an alleged Indian ‘surgical strike’, unrest in Kashmir and the Uri army base attack in September. Since, the countries have been going through repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing in Kashmir, with deaths and injuries reported on both the sides.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fresh statements have poured in just a few days after the Indian troops targeted a passenger bus and ambulance across the Line of Control, killing three Pakistan Army soldiers and injuring 10 civilians in various incidents of ‘unprovoked’ firing.
The Indian Prime Minister promoted the drive to isolate Pakistan after the attack on Uri base camp took place in September and hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ and accused Pakistan of involvement.
The Uri attack occurred days before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was set to address the United Nations General Assembly regarding Indian human rights violations in held Kashmir.