India and Pakistan risk going to war over water
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.