Pakistan refuses to accept modification or changes in IWT

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December 18, 2016 BREAKING NEWS 349 Views
Pakistan refuses to accept modification or changes in IWT

Fearing that India is buying time to complete its two ‘disputed’ water projects, Pakistan made it clear that Islamabad would not accept any modifications or changes to the Indus Waters Treaty(IWT) after New Delhi said yesterday that it was ready to bilaterally resolve its differences with the neighbour over the implementation of the treaty.The treaty, signed in 1960, gives India control over the three eastern rivers of the Indus basin — the Beas, Ravi and Sutlej— while Pakistan has the three western rivers— the Indus, Chenab and Jhelum, daily Dawn said in a report from Washington.The treaty also sets up a mechanism, the Permanent Indus Commission, which includes a commissioner from each country.“Pakistan will not accept any modifications or changes to the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty..Our position is based on the principles enshrined in the treaty..And the treaty must be honoured in..letter and spirit”, the newspaper quoted Mr Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to PM, as saying.Earlier, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman, Vikas Swarup, told reporters in New Delhi that the resolution process required more time, the newspaper report added.“India has always believed that the implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty, which includes the redressal of the technical questions and differences, should be done bilaterally between India and Pakistan,’’ he said. “We believe that these consultations should be given adequate time.”

 

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