Modi says game of blood, water supply cannot go together

Photo of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

New Delhi: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gave a strong message to Pakistan that the game of blood and supply of water cannot run together, he said this during a meeting on Indus Waters Treaty.

Modi chaired a meeting on the Indus Waters Treaty, attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar that is viewed as a significant move amid the heightened tensions with Pakistan.

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According to sources, meeting was also attended by Shashi Shekhar, Secretary, Water Resources Ministry, and Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, along with other senior officials from the PMO.

The meeting on Indus Waters Treaty comes in the wake of the terror attack in Uri during which 18 Indian soldiers were killed.

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India has blamed on militants from Pakistan, and has led to escalation of tensions with the neighbour.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said last week that there were differences between India and Pakistan on implementing the Indus Waters Treaty.

The water distribution treaty brokered by the World Bank was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 after Islamabad’s fear that since the source rivers of the Indus basin are in India, it could potentially create drought and famine in Pakistan during times of war.

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According to the agreement, India has control over three eastern rivers-Beas, Ravi and Sutlej-all flowing from Punjab.