India can’t amend Indus Water Treaty unilaterally, Sherry Rehman

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The Indus Water Treaty, a water-distribution agreement between India and Pakistan, cannot be unilaterally amended, the Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said.

She emphasized that the treaty could not be amended unless both sides, Pakistan and India, were on board. She was responding to a Calling Attention Notice in the Senate, submitted by Leader of the opposition Shahzad Waseem and others.

Sherry Rehman said that Pakistan received a hazy letter from India on amendment of the Indus Water Treaty on January 25 and that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had received a briefing.

The minister emphasized that there was no reason for concern because the nation could successfully protect its rights on a bilateral and global scale.

She said that Pakistan has voiced concerns about the contentious dams being built by India on rivers intended for Pakistan at the appropriate time, including Kishenganga, Ratle, and Baglihar.

According to Sherry Rehman, efforts were being made to increase the nation’s water storage capacity.

She said that the Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dams were also under construction and that sixteen small and medium-sized dams in Sindh had also been targeted.