Quote of the day: Blood and water can't flow together
India, New Delhi, Sep 26: After the killing of 19 Indian soldiers in Uri, today the Indian PM Narendra Modi has decided to suspend Indus water commission talks until Pakistan-sponsored terror in India completely ceases.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to review the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan. Modi in the meeting reportedly said that "blood and water can't flow together."
PM Modi said 'blood & water can't flow together at the same time' in meeting with Water ministry officials on Indus Waters treaty: Sources— ANI (@ANI_news) September 26, 2016
The meeting was attended by National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary (FS) S Jaishankar, the Water Resources Secretary, and senior PMO officials. While the Indus Water Treaty was not reviewed in the meeting, steps to utilise India's western rivers better were discussed.
It was also decided to suspend the 1987 Tulbul navigation project and review it. Modi was also briefed about the dams under construction in Kashmir.
India will use fullest legal rights in the treaty. India to expedite construction on 3 dams on River Chenab; Pakul Dul Dam, Sawalkot Dam and Bursar Dam, added sources.
Other info as from twitter
#FLASH: India to expedite construction on 3 dams on River Chenab; Pakul Dul Dam, Sawalkot Dam and Bursar Dam— ANI (@ANI_news) September 26, 2016
India to use potential of 18000 megawatt of power from the western rivers under Indus water treaty: Sources on PM-Water ministry meet— ANI (@ANI_news) September 26, 2016
Construction on Tulbul navigation project to be reviewed by India again, work had been suspended on this in 2007— ANI (@ANI_news) September 26, 2016
Treaty to be used against Pak: Meanwhile Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister of External Affairs, Yashwant Sinha too echoed the same sentiments.
"India has been at the receiving end of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism for over 25 years by now. India should consider abrogating the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan as one of the strategic responses to the continued recalcitrance on its part and the attack on Uri has drawn flak from some expected and some unexpected quarters. I am not surprised," said Yashwant Sinha. It will be a great tragedy if we do not act after the Uri outrage, he added.
The action is being taken in response to Pakistan militant attack at Uri, that killed 18 Indian soldiers, in Kashmir. Congress too demanded strict action on Pak. "Pakistan should be declared a terrorist state immediately, a special Parliament session should also be called," said Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi in a press conference today.
"The treaty has caused huge loss to Jammu and Kashmir" as the people of the state cannot fully utilize the waters of various rivers, particularly Chenab in Jammu, for agricultural and other activities, said Singh