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India hints at rethink on water treaty with Pakistan, says ‘trust and cooperation needed’

India today hinted at having second thoughts on the Indus Water Treaty signed with Pakistan in 1960.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 22, 2016 19:55 IST ]
PM Narendra Modi with Pak PM Nawaz Sharif
PM Narendra Modi with Pak PM Nawaz Sharif

Amid soaring tension between India and Pakistan in wake of the terror attack at Uri army camp, New Delhi today hinted at having second thoughts on the Indus Water Treaty signed between the two nations in 1960. 

"There are differences on the treaty. For any such treaty to work, it is important there must be mutual trust and cooperation. It can't be a one-sided affair," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said while responding to a question on possible rethink on the agreement. 

The remarks came days after a terror attack on an army base in Jammu and Kashmir killed 18 soldiers. India has held Pakistan responsible for the killings. 

The water distribution treaty brokered by the World Bank was signed between the two countries in 1960. 

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

Pakistan, as per the treaty, controls the western rivers of Indus, Chenab and Jhelum that flow from Jammu and Kashmir.  

Jammu and Kashmir has been demanding a review of the treaty as it robs the state of its rights to use the water of the rivers.

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