Pakistan not to accept any changes to Indus Waters Treaty

The Indus Waters Treaty allocates 80 % of water to Pakistan from rivers Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum that flows from India to Pakistan. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 17, 2016, 06.20 AM (IST)

Pakistan has said that it will not accept any changes to the Indus Waters Treaty.

"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", Pakistan daily the Dawn quoted special assistant to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Tariq Fatemi, as saying.

Pakistan said that India was buying time to complete its two disputed water projects and then insisting since the project was already complete it could not be modified.

Islamabad is raising its objection to the Kishanganga (330 megawatts) and Ratle (850 megawatts) hydroelectric plants being built by India,saying that it violates the provisions of the treaty.

Tensions over the water dispute escalated last month when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi threatened to block the flow of water into Pakistan.

The World Bank had earlier asked the two  countries to consider alternative ways to resolve their disagreements over the Indus Waters Treaty.

The World Bank had also said it was temporarily halting the appointment of a neutral expert as requested by India, and the Chairman of the Court of Arbitration, as requested by Pakistan, to resolve issues regarding the two hydroelectric power plants.

The treaty which was signed in 1960 gives India control over the three eastern rivers of the Indus basin, the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej while Pakistan has the three western rivers, the Indus, the Chenab and the Jhelum.

According to the provision of the treaty, India can use only 20 per cent of the total water carried by the Indus River.

The Indus Waters Treaty is seen as one of the most successful international treaties and has withstood frequent tensions between India and Pakistan, including conflict.

(WION with inputs from ANI)