Not bothered whether India diverts water or not, says Pakistan
Lahore, Feb 22: India has come up with different kinds of reaction to the suicide terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir last week that killed over 40 personnel.
While it has already withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation status it had granted to the neighbouring country in the mid-1990s, there are also demands of boycotting the match with Pakistan in the cricket World Cup in England later this year.
And now, India has also come up with a serious step of stopping flow of water into Pakistan from its share in the river under the Indus Water Treaty (IWT).
However, as the Pakistani media reports it - Islamabad is not too concerned about the latest threat that India has come up with.
According to a report in Pakistan's leading daily Dawn, secretary of Pakistan's Ministry of Water Resources Khawaja Shumail said his government had no concern nor objection if India went ahead with diverting the water of the eastern rivers (Ravi, Sutlej and Beas) and supplied it to its own people for the IWT allows it to do so.
On Thursday, February 21, Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari said in a tweet that India decided to stop share of water which used to flow to Pakistan.
The water-sharing treaty between the two nuclear neighbours is something that has functioned smoothly over the decades irrespective of the other problems between them and India had given a similar call in the wake of the terror attack in Uri that killed many Indian soldiers.
Gadkari said in a tweet that India will divert water from the eastern rivers for the use of its people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab to which Shumail said there was nothing to worry for Pakistan.
It's up to India how it uses its water right, says Pak
"Actually India wants to construct Shahpurkandi dam at the Ravi basin. This project is abandoned since 1995. Now they (India) want to construct this in a bid to use its own share of water that goes unutilised and finally flows to Pakistan. So if they want to use this whether through storing it through construction of this dam or any other way for their people, they can do as we have nothing to do with it," he was quoted as saying by Dawn.
"But we will definitely express our concerns and raise objections strongly if they use or divert waters of western rivers (Chenab, Indus, Jhelum) on which our right to use prevails," he added.
Pakistan's Commissioner for Indus Waters Syed Mehr Ali Shah said the IWT has already given India the right in 1960 to use the water of the eastern rivers and Pakistan is not bothered whatsoever with what India does with its right.