Indian PM wants to stop water flow to Pakistan
NEW DELHI (92 News): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has on Friday said that water that belongs to India will not be allowed to go to Pakistan with reference to the Indus Water Treaty.
It is not for the first time that the Prime Minister spoke on the Indus Water Treaty, which is heavily skewed in favor of Pakistan.
Addressing a near Bathinda on Friday, he said that the water on which India has its right is flowing into Pakistan. I am committed to stop that water and bring it for our farmers in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India.
Expressing his surprise that the water sharing issue had not been addressed by previous Indian governments, Modi said: “The governments slept in Delhi in the past. Our farmers kept crying and the water kept going to Pakistan. We will fight for the rights of our farmers.
“The water of these rivers is the right of India and our farmers. This water is passing through Pakistan into the sea. Neither Pakistan uses it nor our farmers can use it.” “I am moving ahead with conviction on this and have set up a task force on Indus Water Treaty,” Modi said.
Calls to scrap the Indus Water Treaty have been made ever since the Uri attack. The relationship between Pakistan and India hit a nadir following the latter’s intervention in the Kashmir unrest sparked with the martyrdom of Burhan Wani.
Modi, while pointing out that he was standing close to the border with Pakistan and wanted to address the people of Pakistan, said people in the neighboring country should force their rulers to fight against poverty and corruption instead of fighting with India.
The prime minister said vested interests in Pakistan were trying to keep “tension alive with India”. Referring to the campaign launched by his government against corruption and black money, Modi said: “I want to stop the exploitation of the middle class and get the poor their rights.”