BRAVO:India declares water war on Pakistan

New Delhi: India will block the flow of its share of water from the Indus rivers into Pakistan, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted on Thursday, days after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed in Kashmir by a Islamic suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad. The decision will not impact Pakistan’s share of water under the Indus Water Treaty between the two countries.

“Our government has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan. We will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab,” Nitin Gadkari said in a series of tweets.

He said the waters of the Ravi, Sutlej and Beas rivers would be diverted and supplied to Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.







Brief history on rivers that are flowing form India to Pakistan

There are six rivers which form Indus headwaters these are
All of these flow from India into Pakistan of these the 3 northern rivers Indus, Chenab and Jhelum flow 100% through state of J & K before entering Pakistan.

Indus water treaty was brokered by world bank and signed in 1960 between India and Pakistan.

In this treaty water of 3 northern rivers Indus, Jhelum and Chenab was earmarked for Pakistan and other 3 southern rivers Ravi, Sutluj and Beas exclusively for India.

India was forbidden from creating reservoir dams on northern rivers and to guarantee their full flow into Pakistan during Summers.

Pakistan was supposed to create Dams on these rivers for storage and able management of water.

But Pakistan has failed to do so and more than 60% of water flows into sea unutilised .

India looking at potential of hydropower and to make state of J & K through which the 3 northern river flow energy sufficient decided to create run of river hydropower plants example Baglihar, kishanganga, Uri etc.

The Indus water treaty has a arbitration clause where each of the country can approach to find solution to grievance against other.

Pakistan approached the arbitration board against these run-off-river projects where the board provided solution in accepting India’s stand on these power projects and asked India to reduce height of Baglihar dam.