Violation of Indus Waters Treaty can set dangerous precedent: Pakistan foreign secretary

Moscow: Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry has said India's violation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) would set a dangerous precedent for other countries to behave similarly.

 Violation of Indus Waters Treaty can set dangerous precedent: Pakistan foreign secretary

File photo of Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudhry. AP

"Contravention of the treaty or its unilateral abrogation by India will not only violate the treaty, but also set a precedent providing other countries a possible justification to undertake similar actions," Chaudhry said while speaking to Russian news agency Sputnik.

The IWT was signed in 1960 to allocate the three eastern rivers of the Indus basin — the Ravi, Beas and Sutlej — to India, while 80 percent waters of the three western ones — the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab — were allotted to Pakistan.

It was reported earlier this week that India was stepping up efforts to maximise its use of the western rivers of the Indus basin, a move that involves building large storage facilities and canals.

India has maintained that it has not fully utilised its 20 percent share of the Indus waters and that the proposed water projects would not be in violation of the treaty. Pakistan has disputed India's contention.

Updated Date: Dec 28, 2016 18:34:42 IST