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Pakistan Blames India For Re-Igniting Tensions By Blocking Three Rivers

Pakistan has blamed region-rival India with re-igniting tensions by hindering the flow of three rivers shared by the two nuclear-armed neighbours according to reports by Pakistan Media.

Indus Water Not Under Threat; India Free To Divert Its Water Anywhere: Pakistan

India’s Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Mehghwal announced the move at an event in Rajasthan on Sunday. He said New Delhi had stopped 0.53 million acre-feet of water from the three eastern rivers flowing into Pakistan.

“The water has been stored and will be used whenever Rajasthan or Punjab needs it. It can be used for drinking or irrigation purposes.”

Another Indian minister, Nitin Gadkari, had announced similar plans just days after the February 14 Pulwama suicide bombing in occupied Kashmir.

It remains unclear whether New Delhi’s latest act of aggression could be viewed as a violation of the Indus Waters Treaty. Under the agreement signed in 1960, Islamabad has unrestricted access to the western rivers Indus, Jhelum and Chenab, while New Delhi enjoys the same authority over the eastern rivers Ravi, Beas and Sutlej.

However, in December last year, Pakistan’s Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Dr Muhammad Farogh Naseem said India had started using water from the western rivers for industrial purposes.

“The treaty had ensured that India could only use water to generate electricity from these rivers if it did not disrupt water supply to Pakistan,” he said. Expressing Islamabad’s concerns over India’s plans to build dams over Jehlum and Chenab, he had urged the World Bank and other international players to play their due role.

The minister had called out India for repeated threats to revoke the treaty, reminding New Delhi that the agreement could only be terminated with mutual consent.

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