Kozhikode: With the government of India hinting at revising the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan in the wake of a militant attack on an army camp in Uri, deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said on Saturday the state will fully support the GoI decision on the 1960 agreement.
“The treaty has caused huge loss to Jammu and Kashmir as the people of the state cannot fully utilise the waters of various rivers, particularly Chenab in Jammu, for agricultural and other activities,” said Singh.
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir were already raising the issue of loss to the state on account of Indus Waters Treaty. If the central government takes any decision in this regard, the state government will definitely support it,” he said.
He said “we will support” any move which will benefit the people of the state and any step “that puts Pakistan under pressure.”
India had earlier this week made it clear that “mutual trust and cooperation” was important for such a treaty to work. The assertion came amid calls that the government should scrap the water distribution pact to mount pressure on Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack.
“It cannot be a one-sided affair,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said when asked if the government will rethink on the Indus Waters Treaty given the growing strain between the two countries.
Singh also hit out at Pakistan for its “failure” to honour its agreements with India, particularly the Simla Agreement signed in 1972.
“There is the Simla Agreement which Pakistan does not honour, there is Lahore declaration between the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the then President of Pakistan General Parvez Musharraf in which it was agreed upon that Pakistan will not use its land under its occupation to be used for sponsoring, aiding and abetting terrorism against India.
“They do not honour this and instead are violating the declaration by sponsoring terrorism,” the BJP leader said.
“If they can violate such agreements and declarations why should we honour such treaties…They want India to honour this treaty on the basis of it being an International treaty. This cannot go for a long. It is to be seen in totality,” he said.