Advisor to Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the National Assembly on September 27 that since there is no provision of suspension, India cannot scrap Indus Waters Treaty unilaterally.
Responding to a notice, he said according to global law, India cannot unilaterally revoke the treaty. Aziz said Pakistan will give a befitting reply if India tries to violate the treaty.
Stating that Pakistan was getting support from different countries, he said that Pakistan was planning to brief various countries about the dangers of the treaty’s suspension.
“The treaty is binding on India as well as Pakistan and if India violates it, Pakistan will have no recourse but to approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ),” he added.
At the same time, Shireen Mazari, leader of Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf party, said that India’s “suspension of the treaty” is the first step towards (a real) war against Pakistan. Speaking in Pakistan’s National Assembly on September 26, she demanded an immediate response to India. Scrapping Indus Waters Treaty.
Indian PM Narendra Modi met with officials on Monday to review the treaty and looked for ways of increasing its use of waters that flow from India.
Indeed, what India says it intends to do now amounts to only suspending it. In other words, what India is telling Pakistan, according to media reports, is it no longer respects the provisions of the treaty.
In the past, India did indeed suspend the Indus Commission talks. But what adds a ring of menace to it is it comes with a threat to ignore Pakistan’s protests.