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India PM Modi may chair meeting today to review Indus Waters Treaty

There has however as yet been no official confirmation of the meeting. Photograph: (AFP)

New Delhi, India Sep 26, 2016, 04.05 AM (IST)

After taking on Pakistan for "exporting terror", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reportedly chair a high-level meeting to review the Indus Waters treaty -- signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 -- on Monday.

Reports said Modi will meet officials from the foreign, water resources, and other ministries, and that the meeting will look at the pros and cons of the treaty under which India and Pakistan share the waters of six rivers.

PTI however said there had been no official confirmation that the meeting would be held.

And that officials of the water resources and foreign ministries denied any knowledge of such a meeting being convened by the Prime Minister. 

There have been consistent calls in India to scrap the treaty which gives 80% of waters from six rivers shared by the two countries to Pakistan

There have been consistent calls in India for the government to scrap the treaty in order to mount pressure on Pakistan in the aftermath of the attack on September 18 on the army camp in Uri, Kashmir in which 18 Indian soldiers lost their lives.

The treaty gives up to 80% of the waters of six rivers —? the Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum — shared by the two countries to Pakistan and has therefore been called, in India, "too soft" on Pakistan.  

The treaty was signed by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan President Ayub Khan in September 1960.

(WION, this report first appeared in DNA)

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