India lacks technical competence for blocking Pakistan’s water flow: Jamat

Islamabad—Former Indus Water Commissioner Jamat Ali Shah has said that India has no technical capability to block Pakistan’s water flow.
Talking to private news channel, he said India will have to start new projects to create possibility of water blockade that will take maximum 8-10 years from now.
Terming this attitude as an ‘open economic terrorism’, former commissioner expressed concern that if the Indus Water Treaty ended then neighboring arch-rival may build up dams on Jhelum and Chenab rivers.
He said even if India builds dams on Jhelum and Chenab, the water flowing into Pakistan would not be completely blocked.
Jamat Ali Shah emphasized that Pakistan should take up the matter with international organizations and ask them to prevent India from doing so. Earlier, Indian premier reviewed provisions of the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan, reported Indian media. He, along with government officials, evaluated the pros and cons of the treaty signed in 1960.
Meanwhile Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan on Tuesday said any unilateral revocation of the Indus Water Treaty by India would be considered an act of war.
Speaking in the Senate, Chaudhry Aitzaz said the Modi-led Indian government was poised to threaten Pakistan on one pretext or the other for supporting the inalienable struggle of Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination.
‘By revoking IWT India will be violating international laws and every Pakistani will consider it as an act of war,’ he said commenting on Indian threats to revoke the Indus Water Treaty (IWT).
He said the whole nation should stand united to thwart Indian threats and send a clear and strong message across the border that Pakistan would give a matching response to any threats posed to its integrity, economy and solidarity. He said since Narendra Modi came into power he had adopted a policy of confrontation with neighbours and obviously taking India to the limit where it would be difficult for it to have normal relations with neighbours.
Aitzaz said India had no right for a unilateral action on an international agreement and any violation of the treaty would invite ire of the entire Pakistani nation
All the minorities in Pakistan strongly condemned the aggressive attitude of Indian government, he said while talking to APP here. “ Murder of a Kashmiri is the murder of the entire humanity,” he added. The Minority leader praised the historic address of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations and said he (Nawaz) had truly represented the entire Pakistani nation. He said all minorities stood shoulder to shoulder with the Muslims in Pakistan.
“ Pakistan is our homeland. We will defend it at all costs,” he pledged. Ramesh Lal Advani, on this occasion, also expressed on behalf of Hindu community in Sindh full satisfaction and gratitude on the passage of “ Hindu Marriage Bill” by the National Assembly on Monday.—APP

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