New Delhi: A day after India decided to stop the flow of its share of water to Pakistan from rivers under the Indus Water Treaty, Islamabad said that it is not concerned if neighbouring country diverted water of the three eastern rivers. India decision comes in wake of the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed on February 14. Also Read - WTC Final: New Zealand Will Have Advantage - VVS Laxman After Virat Kohli Loses Toss
As reported by news agency IANS, Secretary of Pakistan’s Ministry of Water Resources Khawaja Shumail said, “We have neither concern nor objection if India diverts water of eastern rivers and supplies it to its people or uses it for other purposes, as the IWT (Indus Waters Treaty) allows it do so.” Also Read - VIDEO: Tim Southee Takes a Brilliant Catch in Slips to Dismiss Rohit Sharma in WTC Final
He even quoted that Pakistan did not see India’s decision as worrisome in context with the IWT. Also Read - IND vs NZ: WTC is The Daddy of All World Cups, Says Ravi Shastri
“But we will definitely express our concerns and raise objections strongly if they use or divert waters of western rivers (Chenab, Indus, Jhelum) on which our right to use prevails,” he said to IANS.
On Thursday, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had tweeted, “Under the leadership of Hon’ble PM Sri @narendramodi ji, Our Govt. Has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan. We will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.”
A three-member delegation of Pakistani experts headed by Shah completed its general tour of inspection (from January 28 to February 1) to various hydropower projects – 1,000MW Pakal Dul, 48MW Lower Kalnai, 850MW Ratlay and 900MW Baglihar dam at Chenab Basin in India.
Before the Pulwama attack, India also shared the design data of its three planned run-of-the-river hydropower schemes with Pakistan under the IWT.
Meanwhile, India has already decided to revoke the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan and mounted a diplomatic offensive to isolate it in the international community.
(With agency inputs)