The hostility between Pakistan and India hasn’t apparently subsided as the neighbouring country on Monday claimed to have stopped water of three eastern rivers from flowing into Pakistan.
Speaking to the media on Sunday, Indian Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Mehghwal claimed that 0.53 million acre-feet of water has been stopped from flowing into Pakistan, Indian media reported. The minister added that the water has been stored and whenever Rajasthan or Punjab needs it, that water can be used for drinking and irrigation purposes.
Pakistani officials of the Permanent Commission for Indus Waters asserted that India cannot stop the flow of water into Pakistan as per the Indus Water Treaty.
“The Ministry of Water and Power is reviewing India’s measure to stop water from flowing into Pakistan. As per the Indus Water Treaty, India cannot stop water from flowing into Pakistan and if they do so then we will move the International Court for Arbitration,” the officials said.
“India’s Indus Water Commission did not apprise Pakistan regarding the move to stop the flow of water,” the officials of water commission added.
He further explained that it will take India many years to change the course of the water to halt it from flowing into Pakistan.
Last month, tension between Pakistan and India soared after the Pulwama attack in Indian occupied Kashmir, in which killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. Blaming Pakistan for the attack, India violated Pakistan’s airspace in which Pakistan Air Force shot down two of Indian warplanes. Pakistan also arrested one Indian pilot during the airstrike.
Since the Pulwama attack, India has been threatening to stop sharing its flow of water to Pakistan. Nitin Gadkari, India’s transport and water resources minister, had said, “Our government has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan.”