Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday Water Resources Ministry met senior officials to discuss the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan, and said that “blood and water can’t flow together at the same time” ANI reported quoting sources. According to the agency’s report, “a decision was taken [at the meeting] to use India’s fullest legal rights in the treaty. It was also decided to again review the construction on Tulbul navigation project, work on which was suspended in 2007”.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Water Resources Secretary, and senior PMO officials were present at the meeting. The meeting was called to decide on the treaty in the wake of the militant attack on an Army base in Kashmir’s Uri sector on September 18 that left 18 soldiers dead. India believes the attack was orchestrated by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the Uri attack could be a fallout of the human rights violations in Kashmir in the past two months since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani on July 8. New Delhi has held that the unrest in the region was encouraged by Islamabad.