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Indus Water Treaty: India to Participate in the PIC Meet at Lahore

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India to participate in bilateral talks with it’s bordering country Pakistan in Lahore. The Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) meeting would be scheduled in the month of March.

The IWT meeting’s agenda would be the implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty. Indian Government has called off by IWT in September due to the Uri terrorist attacks. The latest development suggests a change in India’s approach towards its Rival country.

Indus Water Treaty : PM says  Blood and water can’t flow together

It is reportedly known that World Bank Officials have mediated for the talks between the two nations. After two months of mediation by the world bank, India changed its decision and given their consent for the meeting.

Officials had talks with Pakistan and made them to sent the Invitation of the IWT to India. The Indus water treaty is one of the old and fruitful International conflict resolution agreements. The treaty was made in the year 1960 Which resolved the water sharing issues between the two countries. Everything was fine between India and Pakistan in the distribution of the water until last year September.

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According to the IWT, the Permanent Indus Commission meet must be organized Annually by the two nations alternatively. The agenda of the meeting will be decided by the hosts.The PIC constitues of officials from both India and Pakistan

India reviewed the Indus water treaty after the Uri terrorist attacks and hinted to block the water flow into the neighbor nation.It is a known fact that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif shared a good relation, but it was before the terrorist attacks and surgical strikes done by the Indian Army.

If everything goes fine in the Lahore Meet, it is expected there would be change in the two rival countries approach towards each other. World Bank should be credited for making this possible.

Indus Water Treaty : PM says ” Blood and water can’t flow together “

Modi Indus Water Treaty

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level cabinet meeting to discuss the strategy that has to be adopted against Pakistan. The Major agenda of the meeting was mainly on the Indus water treaty.

The Meeting was Presided over by the Prime Minister, Minister of External Affairs Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, and Water Resources Ms. Uma Bharathi.PM’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, foreign secretary S Jaishankar, the water resources secretary, and other senior officials were present at the meeting.

During the meeting PM Modi said that “Blood and water can’t flow together” which clearly indicated that no more soft talks with Pakistan.

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At the meeting, it was decided that India will exploit to the maximum the capacity of three Pak-controlled rivers — Indus, Chenab, Jhelum — as per the Indus Water Treaty.

They also decided that India will also review the construction on Tulbul navigation project, which was ejected in 2007.d India would also use potential of 18,000 megawatt of power from the western rivers under the Treaty.

What is Indus Water Treaty?

This is one of the key pacts for Pakistan as a majority of irrigation, water supply, and hydroelectricity projects depend on this. Any disturbance on Indus water supply might push the country into a severe drought situation.

The treaty got signed between the then prime ministers of both the countries. Jawaharlal Nehru of India and Pakistan’s President General Ayub Khan agreed to share the waters with World Bank’s mediation on September 19th, 1960 in Karachi.

This high-level meeting holds importance given the Uri incident that took place on 18th September 2016 killing 18 Indian army soldiers.

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Pakistan’s renunciation of its involvement in Uri’s attacks has made India take firm and fitting reply this time. As a part of this India has waged strategic tactics to counter the attack. The 56-year old Indus Valley Treaty has survived all the three wars (two full scaled and one major) that took place between India and Pakistan. But now Indian government decided to exploit the rivers as a part of strategic war weapon to make Pakistan realize what India can do.

Indus water treaty assigns Pakistan the right to use six river waters – Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum. Though Indus basin lies in India, it originate in China. Another river among these six rivers is Sutlej river which also has its origin in China.

Now, the decision to act against Pakistan by breaching the treaty may attract International intervention. On the other hand, China’s full pledged support for Pakistan is also to be considered. India has some of the water resources dependency on China as river Brahmaputra flows from it. There is no agreement between India and China regarding Brahmaputra river water sharing. All these facts were discussed at today’s meeting.