On being asked why Pakistan is making such statements while undergoing an economic crisis, Shekhawat said
India is believed to have sent a notice to Pakistan calling for modification of the Indus Waters Treaty.
According to sources, the notice was issued on 25 January through respective commissioners for Indus Waters.
New Delhi has called on Islamabad to enter into inter-governmental negotiations within 90 days to rectify the material breach of the treaty by Pakistan. Sources said Pakistan’s actions have adversely impinged the provisions and their implementation. These actions have forced India to issue appropriate notice to Pakistan for modification of the treaty.
The Sources said India has always been a steadfast supporter and a responsible partner in implementing the treaty in letter and spirit. Despite repeated efforts by India to find a mutually agreeable way forward, Pakistan refused the dispute settlement mechanism during the five meetings of the Permanent Indus Commission from 2017 to 2022.
India and Pakistan signed the treaty in 1960 after nine years of negotiations, with the World Bank being a signatory to the pact.
The treaty sets out a mechanism for cooperation and information exchange between the two countries regarding the use of waters of a number of rivers.