A week after Pakistan’s military, Inter Services Intelligence and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group plotted a car bomb attack on police constables in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama, India on Thursday declared a water war against that country.
Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari said the government will stop the flow of its share of water from three eastern rivers Beas, Ravi, above, and Sutlej to Pakistan.
Dams will be constructed to divert water from these rivers to the Yamuna and then to the northern states of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
Gadkari’s move comes days after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley withdrew the most favoured nation status to Pakistan and raised tariff on imports from that country by 200% in the wake the Pakistan-sponsored JeM attack which killed 40 constables of the Central Reserve Police Force on Feb 14.
Under the Indus Waters Treaty signed in 1960, India has the right to use water flowing in the Beas, Ravi and Sutlej while Pakistan has the right to use water in western rivers, the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab. However, India has not utilised river waters it is permitted to use under the agreement.
Last month, Gadkari had hinted at diverting the river water.
India is taking diplomatic steps to isolate Pakistan internationally and announcing measures like cancellation of MFN status and declaration of water war to further weaken Pakistan’s economy.
Millions of Indians want the Modi government to avenge the Pulwama attack. Soon after the incident, the prime minister said the military can decide on the time, place and method of attack on JeM and their supporters.
Echoing Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government will act to fulfil people’s sentiments and expectations after JeM’s deadliest attack in Kashmir in decades.