In­dia and Pak­istan risk go­ing to war over wa­ter

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Pak­istan, which is heav­ily de­pen­dent on river waters, warned of a “wa­ter war” on Tues­day if In­dia vi­o­lates the In­dus Wa­ter Treaty, orig­i­nally signed in 1960. Pak­istan sees such a vi­o­la­tion as an “act of war,” the coun­try’s top for­eign of­fi­cial said. Dis­putes re­gard­ing wa­ter con­trol have long been a con­cern for both na­tions. Ten­sions be­tween the two ad­ver­saries have been ris­ing re­cently, in wake of the killing of more than a dozen In­dian sol­diers in the dis­puted Kash­mir re­gion ear­lier this month. New Delhi har­bors deep sus­pi­cions of Islamabad’s in­volve­ment in this at­tack; Pak­istan de­nies in­volve­ment. “Blood and wa­ter can­not flow si­mul­ta­ne­ously,” In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said on Mon­day, chair­ing a re­view meet­ing of the treaty. Modi said In­dia would “ex­ploit to the max­i­mum” the wa­ter of Pak­istani-con­trolled rivers, up to the lim­its of the treaty. In­dia’s for­eign min­istry also an­nounced Tues­day that Modi is can­cel­ing his ap­pear­ance at a re­gional sum­mit of South Asian lead­ers in Pak­istan in Novem­ber.

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