Pakistan has said that it is ‘not concerned’ if India stops the water of Rivers Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej, a day after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the country had decided to totally utilize its share of unused water from the eastern rivers.
Mr. Gadkari’s statement had appeared to be the latest strike against Pakistan after the Pulwama terror strike, which took lives of 40 CRPF personnel. However, the Union Minister later clarified that he was affirming the decision taken after 2016 terror attack in J&K’s Uri. Already India has withdrawn the status of ‘Most Favored Nation’ to Pakistan and slapped a 200% excise duty on all imports.
On Thursday, Khawaja Shumail, the Secretary of Pakistan’s Ministry of Water Resources said that “we have neither concern nor objection if India diverts water of eastern rivers and supplies it to its people or uses it for other purposes, as the IWT (Indus Waters Treaty) allows it do so.”
Mr. Shumail further said that his country does not concern India’s decision divert eastern rivers water as ‘worrisome’ in concern with Indus Waters Treaty.
“But we will definitely express our concerns and raise objections strongly if they use or divert waters of western rivers (Chenab, Indus, Jhelum) on which our right to use prevails,” added Mr. Shumail.
The Indus Waters Treaty has offered a right to India in 1960, to use the total water of eastern rivers, it is now up to them to do son not, claims Pakistan’s Commissioner for Indus Waters Syed Mehr Ali Shah.”
Mr. Shah told sources that “Whether they diverted and used their unutilized share of eastern rivers’ waters in 1960, we had no problem. They want to do it now, we have no problem. And if they don’t want to use this, we have no issue.”
After last week’s deadly terror attack in J&K’s Pulwama, India has alleged Pakistan of not doing enough to control such terrorist outfits, however, Pakistan has totally rejected its involvement.