ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz 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 said, adding that the treaty was not suspended even during the Kargil and the Siachen wars.
He said that if India violates the treaty Pakistan can approach the International Court of Justice.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with officials on Monday to review provisions of the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan.
According to Indian media, New Delhi ruled out cancelling the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan but is looking for ways of increasing its use of waters that flow from India but are controlled by Pakistan.
During the meeting Modi was quoted as saying “water and blood can’t flow at the same time”.
The meeting was attended by Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra and other officials.
The decision to review the treaty with Pakistan comes following the Uri attack in Occupied Kashmir in which 18 Indian soldiers killed.
Former Indus Water Commissioner Jamat Ali Shah on Monday slammed India for threatening to block the flow of water into Pakistan’s Indus river.
“What should we believe of what the Indian PM says: ending poverty or blocking flow of water into Pakistan,” he said. “This is open economic terrorism.”
The former commissioner expressed fears that if the Indus Water Treaty ended then neighboring arch-rival may build up dams on Jhelum and Chenab rivers.