Rattled by India’s decision to review the decades old Indus Waters Treaty, Pakistan has threatened to petition the International Court of Justice or UN. Pakistan on Tuesday said that its neighbour cannot unilaterally separate itself from the agreement and insisted that revocation of the treaty can be taken as an “act of war”.
“The international law states that India cannot unilaterally separate itself from the treaty,” Aziz, Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, said while briefing the National Assembly on the issue.
India is working to isolate Pakistan globally including through the United Nations. Prime Minister Modi has indicated that while he is unlikely to take strong military action, he will look at other ways to corner Pakistan.
Aziz further noted that the treaty was not suspended even during the Kargil and the Siachen wars.
Aziz’s reaction comes in the backdrop of PM Narendra Modi chairing a high-level meet in New Delhi on Monday to review the treaty following the Uri terror attack that killed 18 jawans.
He said Pakistan is gaining support of international community on the issue. He said Pakistan is considering to brief P-5 countries and international community about the dangers of suspending the treaty.
India also decided to explore ways to use its share of water of rivers flowing into Pakistan, besides hinting that it could revive construction of the Tulbul project in Jammu & Kashmir.
In fact, sources said, India could even consider walking out of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) if Pakistan does not rein in terrorists, adding that the water-sharing pact is not sacrosanct.