India issues notice to Pakistan seeking modification to Indus Waters Treaty | India News

NEW DELHI: India has given notice to Pakistan about the amendment The Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) in September 1960 following Islamabad’s “zero tolerance” in implementing it, government sources said Friday.
The notice was sent on January 25 through the respective commissioners for the Indus waters, they said.
Sources said that India has always been a staunch supporter and responsible partner in implementing IWT both in content and in spirit.
“However, Pakistan’s actions adversely affected the provisions of the IWT and their implementation, and forced India to give appropriate notice to amend the treaty,” a source said.
India and Pakistan signed the treaty in 1960 after 9 years of negotiations, with World Bank is a signatory to the treaty.
The treaty sets out a mechanism for cooperation and information exchange between the two countries on the water use of some rivers.
In 2015, Pakistan requested the appointment of a neutral expert to review its technical objections to India. Kishenganga and Ratle . hydroelectric project (HEP).
Sources said that in 2016, Pakistan unilaterally withdrew this request and asked the Arbitral Tribunal to arbitrate its objections.
‘They say that this unilateral action by Pakistan is contrary to the dispute settlement mechanism classified under Article IX of the IWT.
Accordingly, India has made a separate request to refer the matter to a neutral expert.
“Starting two processes simultaneously for the same question and their potential for inconsistent or contradictory results creates an unprecedented and unresolvable situation,” the source said. legally, at the risk of endangering the IWT itself.”
“The World Bank acknowledged this in 2016 and took the decision to ‘pause’ the start of the two parallel processes and ask India and Pakistan to find an amicable exit,” it said.
The sources said that despite India’s repeated efforts to find a direction on which both sides agree, Pakistan has refused to discuss the issue during the five Security Council meetings. Standing Indus Committee from 2017 to 2022
At Pakistan’s continued insistence, the World Bank recently initiated actions against both the neutral expert process and the Arbitral Tribunal, they said.
The sources added that such parallel review of issues is not covered in any of the IWT provisions.
“Faced with such breach of IWT terms, India was forced to issue an amended notice,” the source cited above said.


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