Indus Water Treaty comes under attack


Claims implementation of PCIW slowed down  
Shahrukh Syed
Islamabad—India has abrogated the Indus Waters Treaty unannounced as it has slowed down the pace of implementation of Treaty at Permanent Commission of Indus Waters (PCIW), a senior official confided to Pakistan Observer. However, Islamabad is still in a position to safeguard the water flows in the three western rivers allocated to Pakistan at PCIW level through becoming more prepared, pro-active and more crystal in our view point which can be exchanged with India through correspondence, the official argued.
 “We, in just two notices to the Indian side of PCIW in short span of time on any project, can declare the failure at Commission level and can move on to Neutral Expert or Court of Arbitration level after exhausting all endeavours at the government level mentioned in the Treaty.”
New Delhi has not formally informed Islamabad at the government level that India has slowed down the pace of the IWT’s implementation at PCIW but keeping in view the current attitude of the India government particularly after Uri attack, the Modi government has visibly slowed down the implementation of the provisions of the Treaty at Commission level.
  Under the Treaty, the commissioners of both the countries at PCIW level are bound to hold meetings twice in a year over the existing and future projects that India plans to build on Pakistan rivers, but India has slowed down the implementation of Treaty at PCIW level by reducing to one meeting in year which is feared that there will be no meeting at the PCIW level in the wake of the Indian government’s antagonism.
  He said that Permanente Commission of Indus Waters is not formally suspended between the two countries. However, meetings between both the sides at PCIW have been first reduced to one and is feared that no meeting may take place to this effect in future depending upon the political relations between the two nuclear states.
  However, under the Treaty, India can store 3.25 million acre feet of water and use of irrigation through erecting general and power storages on western rivers. He said that so far India has managed to utilize 0.8 MAF water out of 3.25 MAF and more importantly, it cannot use the water to greater extent mainly because of the topography of the area in the held Kashmir.
  To a question he said in case Permanent Commission of Indus Waters gets suspended it would be tantamount to suspension of the whole treaty, but it cannot happen unilaterally.
  Suggesting the remedy, he told that Pakistan needs to develop water uses on its rivers on war footing basis by erecting dams and it also requires adopting the modern techniques for efficient use of water across the country ensuring use of less water and getting maximum yield.