Pakistan says won’t accept changes to Indus Waters Treaty

Pakistan has said that it will not accept any modifications or changes to the Indus Waters Treaty with India.

Pakistan says won’t accept changes to Indus Waters Treaty

Pakistan has said that it will not accept any modifications or changes to the Indus Waters Treaty with India.

Pakistan’s comment came after India on Friday said that it was ready to engage in further consultations with Pakistan on the matter of resolving current differences over the Kishenganga and Ralte projects under the Indus Water Treaty.

India had offered to resolve the issue with bilateral talks after World Bank paused the separate processes initiated by the two sides. Earlier, a report had said that Pakistan may approach India by end of this month regarding the subject.


“Pakistan will not accept any modifications or changes to the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty. Our position is based on the principles enshrined in the treaty. And the treaty must be honoured in...letter and spirit”, the Dawn quoted Special Assistant to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,  Tariq Fatemi, as saying.

Pakistan has argued that India was buying time to complete its two disputed water projects and then insisting that since the project was already complete, it could not be modified.

Pakistani media has said that Pakistan will again approach World Bank in February “if India refuses to accept our demands for change in the design of the projects or tries to use delaying tactics.”

The Indus Waters Treaty signed in 1960, gives India control over the three eastern rivers of the Indus basin - the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej - while Pakistan has the three western rivers- the Indus, the Chenab and the Jhelum.

The treaty also sets up a mechanism, the Permanent Indus Commission, which includes a commissioner from each country.