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India can't unilaterally end Indus Water Treaty: Islamabad on New Delhi's move to stop sharing water flow to Pakistan

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 22, 2019, 08.04 AM (IST)

Shortly after India decided to stop sharing water with Pakistan, the neighbouring South Asian nation reacted calling New Delhi's move a political one. 

Government sources told WION that Pak Indus Water Commissioner has reacted over the report of India cutting water supply to Pakistan from its eastern rivers

Pakistan maintained that according to the Indus Water Treaty, India cannot stop the water flow to Pakistan from the rivers, the amount of which belongs to Pakistan under the treaty, sources informed WION.

"On the western rivers, India cannot intervene under any circumstances. India cannot unilaterally end the Indus Water Treaty," sources told WION citing Pak Indus Water Commissioner. 

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According to government sources, Pakistan is likely to take up the matter formally with the World Bank, seeking its intervention. 

Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday announced that the central government had decided to stop sharing water with Pakistan.

"Our government has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan. We will divert water from eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab," Gadkari said.

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India has blamed Pakistan for the Pulwama terrorist attack which occurred last week even as the Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) took responsibility for it.

A water ministry official told WION, "This is not a new decision. Mantriji is simply reiterating what he has always said. He is talking about diverting India's share of Indus water which was going to Pakistan - and he has always been saying this."

India and Pakistan have been trying to arrive at a consensus over the Indus water dispute. Last month, committees from both nations had met to evolve a compromise over the contentious water issue.

In August 2018, during the 115th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission in Lahore, India and Pakistan agreed to undertake the treaty-mandated tours of the Indus basin on both sides. 

The three projects include the Shahpur Kandi dam project, a second Sutlej-Beas link in Punjab and the Ujh Dam project in Jammu and Kashmir.

Under the Indus Waters Treaty, waters flowing in three of Indus tributaries - the Sutlej, Beas and Ravi - have been allotted to India; while the Chenab, Jhelum and Indus waters have been allotted to Pakistan.

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"On the western rivers, India cannot intervene under any circumstances. India cannot unilaterally end the Indus Water Treaty," sources told WION citing Pak Indus Water Commissioner.