Pakistan warns of ‘water war’ with India : if decades-old Indus Water treaty desecrated

Pakistan warns of ‘water war’ with India : if decades-old Indus Water treaty desecrated

Pakistan’s top foreign official said on Tuesday, Pakistan would treat it as “an act of war” if Bharat revoked the Indus Water treaty regulating river flows between the 2 nations.

Since at least eighteen soldiers in the disputed Kashmird Kashmir|geographical area|geographic area|geographical region|geographic region} region were killed this month in an attack that New Delhi blames on Pakistan, Tension has been mounting between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Pakistan denies involvement in the raid and has urged Bharat to conduct a proper investigation. On Tuesday, India summoned Pakistan’s diplomat inform him about 2 men from Pakistan now in Indian custody who it alleges helped gunmen cross the disputed Kashmir border before the attack.

Using more of the rivers’ water is still likely to hurt Pakistan as the depends on snow-fed Himalayan rivers for everything from water to agriculture. The source said Bharat doesn’t decide to abrogate the decades-old Indus Water treaty.

Islamabad would ask for arbitration with the Indus Water Commission that monitors the treaty if Bharat increased the use of water from the Jhelum, Chenab and Indus rivers, Sartaj Aziz, policy advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said.

Before dawn on Sept. eighteen was the deadliest in fourteen years in the disputed Himalayan region and has sharply raised tensions between the arch-rivals.

Two men helped a bunch of gunmen cross the de facto border dividing Kashmir before launching the Sept. 18 raid. On Tuesday, Bharat told Pakistan’s diplomat that security forces had in their custody 2 men – a 19-year old and a 20-year old, and that they were from Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

A pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson didn’t instantly answer a request for comment.

Reuters couldn’t independently verify these claims.