Islamabad: India’s neighboring country Pakistan today said that it wanted to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including terrorism, Kashmir issue and Indus Water Treaty and want to establish goodwill between the two countries.
According to Radio Pakistan which quoted saying Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria in his weekly media briefing that the government is keeping eye on India’s activities on the framework of the water sharing agreement of the Indus Water Treaty between the two countries.
He said that the treaty which was signed between the two countries didn’t allow independent abrogation of the agreement and Pakistan is keeping an eye on the growing situation and would follow its strategy in case of any violation from Indian side.
The state-run radio quoted Zakaria as saying, “There is an arbitration mechanism to resolve the dispute regarding implementation of the treaty and many IWT disputes were resolved amicably in the past.”
The International Water Treaty (IWT) was signed in 1960 to allocate the three eastern rivers of the Indus basin-the Ravi, Beas and Sutlej-to India, while 80 per cent waters of the three western ones-the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab-were allotted to Pakistan.
India has recently said it would fully utilise its 20 per cent 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 and sought a World Bank intervention.
Zakaria said said the Kashmir dispute was a “bone of contention between Pakistan and India” and urged the international community to “play its role” in resolving the issue.