New Delhi। Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari warned Pakistan, If they continue to support cross-border terrorism. Gadkari said that India will have no option but to take the “hard” decision of stopping its share of water of three common rivers
He said that India is starting a study and a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of all the three rivers over which it has complete right under the Indus Water Treaty and has taken up two projects on these.
Under the 1960 Indus Water Treaty governing six common rivers, India has the complete right over the waters of three rivers – Ravi, Beas and Sutlej, while Pakistan has the right over water of Indus, Jhelum and Chenab.
The Treaty was intended to “increase brotherhood, love and affection” between the two countries and India, “as a big brother, is giving water” to Pakistan, Gadkari said.
“Now nothing is there. In place of love and affection, we are getting bombs and they are attacking innocent people of India. So this is the time, if they don’t want to stop terrorism and supporting terrorist organizations, then we don’t have any option but to stop water which is going to Pakistan,” the senior Minister said.
“We are going to stop our share of water to Pakistan, This is the appropriate time, otherwise they will have to face the music,” he asserted.
Queried whether there was a timeframe for its implementation, Gadkari said: “The timeframe is there. It is time for Pakistan to now take a decision. In due course of time we are expecting Pakistan to take a decision.”
He said Pakistan has already been isolated in the international community and “I feel it is time for Pakistan to take a decision in the interest of Pakistan”.
The Minister said he expected Pakistan to take an “appropriate” decision and “stop all the things”, implying support to terrorism affecting India.
“The terrorism and terrorist organizations are creating problems for them (Pakistan) also. They have poverty, unemployment. It is time for India and Pakistan to fight poverty and unemployment. We are making so much of investment in defence,” the senior BJP leader said.