Centre won’t scrap Indus water treaty with Pakistan: Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah’s assertion comes at a time when the speculation is rife that the Modi government may scrap or alter the terms of agreement in the Indus water treaty


Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah. Photo: AFP
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah. Photo: AFP

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said the Indus water treaty (IWT) was an abomination and should never have gone through, but the Narendra Modi government was not going to scrap it, a day after Centre hinted at revisiting the pact with Pakistan if it does not act against terror.

“It (IWT) was an abomination and should never have gone through. J-K has suffered long on its account but this government isn’t going to scrap it,” Omar tweeted.

The opposition National Conference (NC) working president said the treaty has survived four wars and nothing will happen to it.

“Will stick my neck out and say that nothing will happen to the Indus Water Treaty. It survived 4 wars & a J-K assembly unanimous resolution,” he said in another tweet.

India on Thursday made it clear that mutual trust and cooperation was important for such a treaty to work.

The assertion came amid calls in India that government should scrap the water distribution pact to mount pressure on Pakistan in the aftermath of the audacious Uri terror attack earlier this week.

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