By Sourabh Mishra

There is a popular saying- “Tit for tat.” It is the time now to pay back Pakistan; however, attack and violence are also the option but keeping in mind the international relations and politics, it is important to take decisions very wisely. After, Uri terror attack there is a pressure on Indian government to avenge Pakistan for its betrayal and murder of brave Indian soldiers. These decisions must be taken in order to punish Pakistan severely and harming its economy. According to scholars “diluting Indus water treaty between India and Pakistan’ will be such a decision . Experts think it is not the time to go for extreme options but to make a diplomatic pressure on Pakistan.

Indus Water Treaty is an important treaty between India and Pakistan; however, any treaty between two nations is always based on mutual understanding and trust. Pakistan could neither helped to develop mutual understanding between India and Pakistan nor it could win India’s trust.

The experts point out that diluting Indus water treaty would send a strong signal to Pakistan about the leverage India has over the entire river system without actually scrapping the treaty or violating any of its clauses.

“Abrogation of treaty is neither practical nor desirable. India can rather go for the extreme option of suspending the meeting of the Commission. However, the more realistic option would be to use water of the western rivers of the Indus system, which is well within the framework of the treaty,” said Uttam Sinha of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

What is Indus Water Treaty?

Under the Indus Water Treaty, signed between the India and Pakistan in 1960, water of eastern rivers (Ravi, Beas and Sutlej) are allocated to India while the country is under obligation to let flow the water of the western rivers (Indus, Jhelum and Chenab) to Pakistan. India can, however, use the water from the western rivers for its domestic purposes, irrigation and generating hydro-electric power.

 

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