By Times Headline Writer
BHATINDA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Indus waters “belong to Indian farmers” and India has the right to use the river waters flowing into Pakistan, in the middle of a flashpoint over the water treaty following a sharp escalation in hostilities.
“This Indus water treaty, the water is India’s right…it flows into Pakistan. Flowing through Pakistan, the water goes into the sea. That water belongs to the Indian farmers. We will do whatever we can to give enough water to our farmers,” PM Modi said at a rally in Punjab.
He also commented that after India’s surgical strikes, “Pakistan didn’t know what hit it’. The country is yet to recover from the strike, he said. The 1960 Indus Waters treaty brokered by the World Bank, on the sharing of the waters of six rivers between the two countries, came under scrutiny after the Uri attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed by terrorists from Pakistan. PM Modi then signaled a review of the pact, saying “blood and water cannot flow together.”
The Indus Waters Treaty gives India rights to use the eastern rivers – Ravi, Sutlej and Beas – and Pakistan has control over the three western rivers.
India has asked for a neutral expert to examine Islamabad’s complaint against hydroelectric power projects on the rivers that flow into Pakistan. Pakistan has, at the same time, asked for an international court of arbitration.
(With inputs from news agencies)