Revoking Indus Waters Treaty can be taken as act of war: Pakistan

Eighty per cent of water from 6 rivers is given to Pakistan, India's review of the treaty is a step in exerting pressure on its neighbour. (Image source: Wikimedia) Photograph:( Others )

PTI Islamabad, Pakistan Sep 27, 2016, 11.30 AM (IST)

Pakistan has warned India against breaching the Indus Waters Treaty as it would be viewed as "an act of war".

Pakistan's top diplomat Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said it would approach the United Nations and the International Court of Justice if the Narendra Modi administration decided to revoke the bilateral agreement. 

"Between the two countries, this act of revocation can be taken as an act of war," Aziz said, adding the infringement can be taken as a "breach of international peace". "This gives Pakistan a good reason to approach the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice."

The adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also said India was bound by international laws and would face repercussions if they reneged on the water-distribution treaty. 

Tensions escalated between the two South Asian nations after New Delhi decided to make maximum use of rivers that are governed by Pakistan.

As per the 1960 Treaty, India has control over the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej, while Pakistan has control of the the Indus, the Chenab and the Jhelum. 

The agreement also allows India to use 20 per cent of water of the three rivers that are controlled by Pakistan.

But a September 18 attack on an Indian Army base headquarters, which killed 18 soldiers, near Uri in Kashmir, has deteriorated relations between India and Pakistan.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, the Indian government believes Pakistan aided Jaish-e-Mohamed terrorists in mounting the assault. Islamabad has refuted India's accusation.

New Delhi is now leveraging the treaty to pressure Islamabad to clamp down on terrorist bases on their soil. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)