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Will approach UN if India violates Indus Water Treaty: Pakistan

It said that revocation of the treaty can be taken as an 'act of war'

Indus Water Treaty

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Sartaj Aziz
Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan will approach the UN and the Court of Justice if India suspends the 58-year-old Indus Waters Treaty, the country's top diplomat Sartaj Aziz said on Tuesday, insisting the revocation of the treaty can be taken as an "act of war".

"The law states that India cannot unilaterally separate itself from the treaty," Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, said while briefing the National Assembly on the issue.

He said unilateral revocation of the treaty can pose a threat to Pakistan and its economy. He said that if India violates the treaty Pakistan can approach the Court of Justice.

"This Indian act can be taken as breach of international peace and hence giving Pakistan a good reason to approach the UN Security Council," Aziz said.

He said Pakistan is considering to draw attention of the international community on the dangers of such an action if it is considered seriously.

"Between the two countries, this act of revocation can be taken as an act of war," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a review meeting of 56-year-old during which it was decided that India will "exploit to the maximum" the water of Pakistan-controlled rivers, including Jhelum, according to the water sharing pact.

The meeting came as India weighed its options to hit back at Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri attack that left 18 soldiers dead, triggering demands that the government scrap the water distribution pact to mount pressure on that country.

Under the treaty, which was signed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan President Ayub Khan in September 1960, water of six rivers - Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum - were to be shared between the two countries.

Pakistan has been complaining about not receiving enough water and gone for international arbitration in a couple of cases.

First Published: Tue, September 27 2016. 15:48 IST