Islamabad (August 29, 2017): Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday urged World Bank to press India to comply with the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty, saying the India was harming Pakistan agriculture and water projects.
Addressing a ceremony at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Asif said that India was not following the Indus Water Treaty anymore and had constructed various projects in violation of the treaty.
He said that India did not provide the designs of the projects to Pakistan.
The foreign minister said that the country has been harming Pakistan’s hydel and agricultural projects.
Asif termed the issue of the Indus Waters Treaty an important one between the two countries.
He said Pakistan abides by treaty and asked India to do the same.
“It is in the interest of both India and Pakistan [to honour the treaty],” said Asif.
Pakistan and India share the waters of Indus River Basin which has been a major source of contention between the two states since independence.
In order to resolve the disputes, both countries signed the treaty in 1960 with the help of World Bank which has survived over five decades of hostilities between the two states.
However, due to the recent indigenous upsurge in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), water has once again become a divisive issue.