India hits back: No more Indus Water Commission talks

New Delhi: In a clear sign of the toughening of stand on the clauses of the 1960 Indus Waterd Treaty, India on Monday decided that henceforth there will be no meeting of the Indus Water Commission . These meetings are held at periodic intervals, and  have never been interrupted in the 56 years of the treaty's existence. These meetings have withstood the three wars India and Pakistan. Sources however say that the situation won't be the same now. The decision was taken at a high level meeting on the Indus Waters Treaty chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

Discontinuation of  Commission talks, has been complimented by Govt's decision to review the revival of the Tulbul Navigation Project which was stopped due to Pakistan's protest in 1987. The Tulbul project on river Jhelum was stopped after Pakistan then accused India of trying to store water, something which was in contravention to the Indus Water Treaty. But afterMonday's high level meet India now feels that this navigation project in Kashmir's Baramullah district needs to be revived.       

 

Prime Minister Modi in the meeting is reported to have said that “water and blood cannot flow together”. Hours later the government sources confirmed that the Indus Water Commission meeting won't be held till Pakistan  stops sponsoring terror. The step indicates that India will gradually move towards withdrawing favours to Pakistan as they exist in the treaty as of now. Many Indian experts feel that the 1960 treaty is too generous towards Pakistan.