Blood and water can’t flow together, says Modi at meeting on Indus treaty
Modi’s strong statement came as pressure grew on the government to scrap the agreement and force Pakistan to mend its ways in the aftermath of a militant attack in Kashmir’s Uri that killed 18 soldiers.
India blames Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad for the worst strike against the army in decades and many believe scrapping the treaty, which will lead to millions of acres of parched farmland in Pakistan, will teach Islamabad a lesson.
Experts, however, say it will be difficult for India to renegotiate the treaty signed in September 1960 that is among the most liberal water-sharing pacts in the world and is seen to be generous to Pakistan.
Any attempt at revoking the agreement – which gives lower riparian Pakistan more “than four times” the water available to India – might invoke similar actions from China on the Brahmaputra.