India and Pakistan signed the Indus Waters Treaty in 1960 after nine years of negotiations
New Delhi :
India has questioned the decision of the World Bank to initiate two separate processes to appoint an arbitration court bench and a neutral expert to resolve the issue related to the Indus Water Treaty.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi told reporters on Thursday, "I don't think they (the World Bank) are in a position to interpret this treaty for us. This treaty is between two countries and about this treaty Our understanding in this is that it has graded provisions.” He said that India had sent a notice to Pakistan on January 25 to amend the Indus Waters Treaty of September 1960. Bagchi said that the purpose of giving notice for changes in the treaty was Pakistan has to be given an opportunity to hold inter-governmental talks within 90 days from the amendment.
This notice was first sent to Pakistan because of its stand on compliance of the dispute settlement mechanism related to the implementation of this six-decade-old treaty.
The spokesman said, “I am not yet aware of Pakistan's stand.
I am not even aware of the reaction or comment of the World Bank. He said that the World Bank had recognized two different procedural problems in this matter five-six years ago and there was no change in India's stand in this matter. Is.
It may be noted that India and Pakistan signed the treaty in 1960 after nine years of negotiations. The World Bank was also among the signatories of this treaty.
According to this treaty, except for some exceptions, India can use the water of eastern rivers without restriction.
Under the provisions related to India, it (India) was given the right to use the water of Ravi, Sutlej and Beas rivers for transport, electricity and agriculture.
The notice is understood to have been sent by India to Pakistan in view of the neighboring country's firm stand on resolving differences on the issue related to the Kishanganga and Ratle hydroelectric projects. The notice was issued under Article 12(3) of the Indus Water Treaty Sent under the provisions.
In 2015, Pakistan had requested the appointment of a neutral expert to investigate technical objections to the Indian Kishanganga and Ratle hydroelectric projects.
In the year 2016, Pakistan unilaterally withdrew from this request and proposed to take these objections to the Court of Arbitration.
India made a separate request to send a neutral expert on the matter. India believes that the simultaneous initiation of two processes on the same question and the possibility of inconsistent or contradictory results would create an unprecedented and legally untenable situation. Due to which the Indus Water Treaty can be in danger.
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