Indus Waters Treaty

Water as weapon

Print edition : October 28, 2016

One of the first major water storage schemes to be built under the Indus Basin Development Fund in Mangla, Pakistan, in the 1960s. The river Jhelum is in the foreground; at extreme right is the Mangla Head Regulator and the canal. Photo: The Hindu Archives

September 1960: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Pakistan President Mohammad Ayub Khan, and World Bank vice president W.A.B. Iliff at the signing of the Indus Waters Treaty in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The Verinag Spring in Jammu and Kashmir, the origin of the Jhelum river. The Mughal emperor Jahangir built the arcade around the spring in 1620 and his son Shah Jahan built a garden around it, which is still a big tourist attraction. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

September 1960: Jawaharlal Nehru being taken on a "state drive" in Karachi. Next to him is President Mohammad Ayub Khan. Photo: The Hindu Archives

A flooded Indus river in Baseera, central Pakistan, in August 2010. Photo: Khalid Tanveer/AP

Neither international law nor the principle of equitable sharing permits the scrapping of the Indus Waters Treaty as a means of retaliation against Pakistan.
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