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PM Modi chairs high-level meeting to review Indus Water treaty with Pakistan

News Agencies | Updated on: 26 September 2016, 14:50 IST

On 26 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the Indus Water treaty with Pakistan - amid heightened tension between the two countries.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, the Water Resources Secretary, and senior PMO officials attended the meeting.

The review comes as India weighs options to give a befitting response to Pakistan in the wake of the Uri attack that left 18 soldiers dead.

There have been consistent calls in India that the government scrap the water distribution pact to mount pressure on Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror attack.

Under the treaty, which was signed by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and former Pakistan President Ayub Khan in September 1960, the water of six rivers - Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum - were to be shared between the two countries.

Pakistan has been complaining about not receiving enough water and has gone for international arbitration in a couple of cases.

Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said last week that his state will fully support whatever decision is taken by the Union government on the 1960 agreement.

"The treaty has caused huge loss to Jammu and Kashmir" as the people of the state cannot fully utilise the waters of various rivers, particularly Chenab in Jammu, for agricultural and other activities, Singh had said.

"The state government will support whatever decision is taken by the central government on Indus Waters Treaty," he had said.

India had last week made it clear that "mutual trust and cooperation" was important for such a treaty to work.

--PTI

First published: 26 September 2016, 14:50 IST
 
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