India will set dangerous precedent if it violates Indus Waters Treaty, warns Pakistan

Pakistan today warned that violation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) on India’s part would set a dangerous precedent for other countries to behave similarly.
Nawaz Sharif Source: PTI
India TV News Desk New Delhi December 28, 2016 18:50 IST

Pakistan today warned that violation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) on India’s part would set a dangerous precedent for other countries to behave similarly.

"Contravention of the treaty or its unilateral abrogation by India will not only violate the IWT, but also set a precedent providing other countries a possible justification to undertake similar actions," Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told Russian news agency Sputnik.

The IWT was signed in 1960 to allocate the three eastern rivers of the Indus basin -- the Ravi, Beas and Sutlej -- to India, while 80 per cent waters of the three western ones -- the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab -- were allotted to Pakistan.

It was reported earlier this week that India was stepping up efforts to maximise its use of the western rivers of the Indus basin, a move that involves building large storage facilities and canals.

India has maintained that it has not fully utilised its 20 per cent share of the Indus waters and that the proposed water projects would not be in violation of the treaty. Pakistan has disputed India's contention.

(With IANS inputs)

 
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