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India reiterates plan to stop sharing of water with Pakistan

February 22, 2019 12:57 pm
The sharing of water from the Indus River and its tributaries between the two countries is regulated under the 1960 Indus Water Treaty [Akhtar Soomro/Reuters]

An Indian government minister reiterated the country’s plan to restrict the flow of water to Pakistan from its share of rivers.

This is the latest effort by New Delhi to pressure its neighbour after an attack in Kashmir.

Transport and water resources minister, Nitin Gadkari says the country will divert water from eastern rivers and supply it to its people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab states.

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Gadkari did not elaborate but officials from his ministry say he is re-stating decisions already taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including a dam project cleared by his cabinet last December.

Gadkari’s comments underlined New Delhi’s anger over an attack by a Pakistan-based group last week in the disputed region of Kashmir, which killed 42 paramilitary police.

India has accused Pakistan of not doing enough to control such groups, while Pakistan has denied involvement.

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