The announcement of Indian Prime Minister to revoke the Indus Basin Treaty of 1960 in the wake of recent Pak-India tension is an alarming sign not only for the bilateral relations of the two countries but also for the entire region. Discussing to revoke the Indus Basin Treaty, that has survived three wars apart from all the ups and downs in relations, clearly manifests the bitterness and uncertainty of relations between Pakistan and India. Pakistan has rightly responded to the Indian hegemony in holding water reservoirs by declaring that the unilateral withdrawal from the treaty is against the spirit of international law and amounts to an act of war. 

At present, India is exploring and evaluating all options to pressurise Pakistan to make it withdraw its support for the Kashmir cause. India also lobbied the regional countries to not participate in the SAARC summit in Islamabad. Moreover, India is willing to provide citizenship to the individuals who are engaged in separatist activities in Pakistan. 

Indian, being a big country in the SAARC bloc and in the region, should demonstrate maturity and must avoid indulging in suspicious activities that could be harmful for the whole region. Using water as a weapon of war will set a bad precedent in the region. Every country in the region will use it against another country at the time of adversary, as they are connected through rivers. Also, lobbying with regional countries against Pakistan is not only against the spirit of SAARC but can also give birth to regional allies, antagonistic towards each other. Similarly, providing asylum to the separatist elements, India will further aggravate the tension between the two countries. It is better for India to realise the ground realities, avoid pressure tactics, and give due right to the Kashmiris, rather than indulging in hateful activities. 


Peshawar, September 28.