Wet vengeance

Move to revoke Indus treaty

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

To add fuel to the raging fire between India and Pakistan, our ruling pundits have now taken the shield of water. The point of ire here is the Indus Basin Water Treaty. Political parties are urging the union government to revoke this treaty in a desperate bid to 'punish' Pakistan for the December 13, 2001 Parliament attack.

Under this treaty, India has agreed to give up its claim over three rivers Jhelum, Chenab and Indus (all flowing from Jammu and Kashmir) to Pakistan, while retaining rights over others -- Satluj, Beas and Ravi. Abrogation of the treaty is considered by many as the last option to "bring Islamabad to its knees". Communist Party of India (Marxist), state secretary and mla, Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami recently demanded in the state legislative assembly for annulment of the treaty.

Regretting the move, Mubashir Hassan, former finance minister of Pakistan, fears that revoking the treaty will result in widespread starvation in the country.

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