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PM Narendra Modi briefed on Indus Water Treaty

Top officials from various ministries including external affairs and water resources on Monday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the 56-year old Indus Water Treaty.

The discussion is seen as significant in the light of India-Pakistan tensions following the death of 18 soldiers in a terrorist strike at an Army camp in Uri last week.

The decision to examine the Indus treaty comes days after foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said while India did not intend to violate the 1960 treaty, “eventually any cooperative arrangement requires goodwill and mutual trust on both sides”.

The exercise also indicates that the PM might be looking for leverage other than military reprisals against Pakistan, given concerns over a conflict between the nuclear armed neighbours escalating.


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