Indus Waters Treaty was mediated by the World Bank in 1960 between India and Pakistan. The treaty since its implementation survived three wars between the two nuclear-armed countries. Under the Indus Waters Treaty, Pakistan receives exclusive use of rivers Jhelum and Chenab. Needless to say, the two rivers are vital to Pakistan’s water needs. Tensions between the two nations, India and Pakistan, have been on the rise after the recent Uri attacks which took the lives of 18 Indian army personnel in Kashmir. For these attacks India immediately blamed Pakistan and war hysteria enveloped the sub-continent. While Pakistan is in a state of constant alert, the war drums have starting to die down. India however, is mulling the dissolution of the Indus Waters Treaty putting the lives of over 200 million people at a risk. Suffice to say, the thought alone speaks miles about the cruel, inhumane thinking the country possesses.
Pakistan usually makes a case about the insanity that is India of course, now it will be easier. The threat to let over 200 million people die of thirst is preposterous. Also, without a full assessment, the statement not only was premature but a major reveal as to what’s behind the façade that India displays. India does not have the resources, capacity or infrastructure to handle the increase in water in case the Indus Waters Treaty is dissolved. Ashok Swain, a teacher at the department of peace and conflict research in Uppsala University Sweden noted that India did not have enough storage to create supply problem for Pakistan immediately. He said,
It has to raise its dam structures and that will take time. There is also another angle to it. India, even if it wants to, cannot take the water out of Kashmir Valley. So, the water of the three rivers (Indus, Jhelum and Chenab) will remain in their basin and India cannot divert that to other areas due to geographical reasons. India can stop the supply for some time, but cannot divert it.
The reason an Indian is quoted here is two-fold. Firstly, it is an Indian who very politely declared that India’s thoughts on the matter of dissolving the Indus Waters Treaty are completely rubbish. Secondly, and more importantly, Mr. Swain, who teaches at the department of peace and conflict research in Sweden is basically explaining why India can’t leave over 200 million people without water as opposed to something like India should not. The length to which hatred is etched into their brains for Pakistan is phenomenal. Perhaps it’s only just appearing in the international crosshairs but better late than never.
At any rate, Indus Waters Treaty will remain intact. That’s my opinion. Not because I believe in our dear neighbors, but because it is bound to act against India’s interests. India faces being cut off from two of the six rivers under the Indus Waters Treaty. There’s no real threat to India of course, but more than a single country can play at India’s games. Sartaj Aziz (Pakistan’s de facto Minister for Foreign Affairs) declares that stopping water flow to Pakistan will be considered an act of war. At the same time Pakistan’s claim that Kashmir is her lifeline may in fact be translated into water that flows from Kashmir. In this perspective, protection or acquiring the so-called life line is a matter of life and death for Pakistan. Hence, it may not be a far car to say that water, unfortunately, may become a reason for war between India and Pakistan.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.