Muhammad Wajid Munir
Recently, hate mongers in India have threatened to dissolve decades old Indus Water Treaty, inked in 1960 by India and Pakistan under the guarantees of the World Bank. This is troubling state of affairs and Pakistani intelligentsia should take the bull by the horn. Fortunately, India cannot abrogate this treaty unilaterally under international law. Additionally, World Bank being a guarantor is also a party to this treaty. So, it would not be a stroll in the park for India to throw dust in world’s eyes. Furthermore, it seems that India wants to sabotage the CPEC by breaching this treaty as numerous hydro-power projects are directly linked to it. Moreover, India also wants to divert attention from blatant human rights violations in Kashmir.
What Pakistan is required to do is to use all possible diplomatic options to get out of the hot water. For this, it must hold the vigil at international forums like the United Nations and its relevant arms and organizations. Additionally, Pakistan should invoke arbitration clause of the agreement and engage well-reputed counsels to get out this logjam. In the worst case, Pakistan can go to the International Court of Justice. Pakistan has a very strong case against India. Yet, it must not mishandle this case like Kashmir and Baglihar dam. Additionally, Pakistan must put its house in order to have a prowess at international forums.