Unilateral revocation of Indus Water Treaty to be an act of war by India: Sartaj
Adviser for Foreign Affairs says Pakistan is identifying all possible misuses and activities that India can undertake to interfere in treaty as well as its implementation.
Adviser for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said unilateral revocation of Indus Water Treaty will be an act of war.
Speaking in the Senate on Tuesday, he said the treaty is an international agreement and a joint document signed by Pakistan and India, which can only be revoked mutually rather than unilaterally.
He said according to our assessments India is not following the option of revoking the treaty but they are trying to use provisions of the treaty to construct run of the river projects. Probably, they will misuse these provisions by constructing structures which are not allowed under the treaty.
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan is identifying all the possible misuses and activities that India can undertake to interfere in the treaty as well as its implementation. He said we have prepared a dossier in this regard which will be shared with P-5 countries, the World Bank and others to warn India that this is what is likely to happen and we must persuade or pressurize New Delhi not to do so otherwise consequences are very clear.
Earlier, in its observation, Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani said that unilaterally revision of Indus Water Treaty by India will be an act of war. He said Pakistan should consider that what the need of having India in SAARC is. He said there is no need to import Indian movies to Pakistan and a free trade policy with India.
Sherry Rehman said that India has adopted a policy of water terrorism against Pakistan. She said that Indus Water Treaty is an international treaty and India cannot revoke it unilaterally. She said if India does so, it will be illegal; it will set a precedence for China, being upper riparian, to divert waters of Brahmaputra.
Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan said that people of Pakistan will deem it an act of war if India unilaterally revokes Indus Water Treaty.
Mushahid Hussain Syed said water is a matter of life and death for Pakistan. He said India has become an irresponsible and rogue state under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He stressed the need for revisiting Pakistan's India policy.
Taj Haider said SAARC has become a non-starter due to stubbornness of India. He said India cannot revoke Indus Water Treaty unilaterally.
Siraj-ul-Haq said all agreements with India should be revisited. He said India is also constructing dams on Kabul River in collaboration with Afghan government to barren Pakistan's land. He said cultural on slot of India through movies should also be checked.
Muzaffar Hussain Shah said no party can unilaterally annul Indus Water Treaty.
Salahuddin Tirmizi said India can neither fight of war with Pakistan nor it can revoke Indus Water Treaty unilaterally.
Sehar Kamran said India wanted to pressurize Pakistan through coercive means.