Won’t allow water to enter Pakistan, says Indian PM Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing farmers in Indian Punjab on Friday said that water belonging to India cannot be allowed into Pakistan.

The fields of our farmers must have adequate water. Water that belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan. Government will do everything to give enough water to our farmers, he said, the Indian Express reported.

Pakistan recently warned against use of water as an instrument of coercion or war and asked the international community for intervention.

The international community must assume a responsibility to develop, nurture and protect normative frameworks, at multilateral and bilateral levels, to ensure that states remain willing to resolve water issues cooperatively, Pakistans permanent representative in the United Nations (UN) Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said in her address to the UN Security Council during an open debate on water, peace and security.

The two countries signed the Indus Water Treaty in 1960 which govern how water will be distributed between the two countries. The Indus Waters Treaty gives India rights to use the eastern rivers – Ravi, Sutlej and Beas – and Pakistan has control over the three western rivers, Chenab, Jhelum and Indus. -brecoder