‘Worried’ Pakistan threatens to approach ICJ as India reviews Indus pact
Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday briefed the National Assembly over the Indus Water Treaty.
“The international law states that India cannot unilaterally separate itself from the treaty.” he was quoted as saying by Geo.tv.
Aziz added that the treaty was not suspended even during the Kargil and the Siachen wars.
He reportedly said that if India violates the treaty Pakistan can approach the International Court of Justice.
In a top officials gatherings to review Indus Water Treaty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “rakt aur paani ek saath nahin beh sakta” (blood and water cannot flow together), in a sharp responds to the recent Uri attack, where 18 soldiers were killed.
The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, the Water Resources Secretary, and senior PMO official.
According to an Indian Express report, government decided that the meeting of the Indus water commissioners of the two countries can “only take place in an atmosphere free from terror”, which means that the meetings of the commissioners, held twice a year, stand suspended with immediate effect. Since 1960, the water commissioners have met 112 times.
Meanwhile, India’s Indus water commissioner and officials from the Ministry of External Affairs left on Monday for Washington to attend a meeting with the World Bank that brokered the Indus treaty.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also called for a review meeting of the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status granted to Pakistan on September 29 following the Indus Water Treaty review.
Congress on Monday demanded the withdrawal of the MFN status to Pakistan and an imposition of economic sanctions. It is expected that officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and Commerce Ministry would attend the meeting.
In the aftermath of the recent Uri attack, India and Pakistan has locked horned, escalating war of words in United Nations General Assembly and many other platforms.