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Pakistan will announce strategy if India violates Indus Waters Treaty: FO

ISLAMABAD:  Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Thursday said Pakistan was closely watching the evolving situation of Indian water aggression and it would announce its strategy in case of any violation of Indus Waters Treaty.

“Pakistan has emphatically stated that Indus Waters Treaty cannot be altered or suspended unilaterally,” he said at the weekly news briefing in Islamabad while underlining that no country could abrogate the treaty.

He said we will assess India’s activities within the framework of the Indus Waters Treaty.

Nafees Zakaria said that arbitration mechanism could be utilised to resolve the dispute regarding implementation of the treaty.  He said we resolved many IWT disputes amicably in the past.

To a query, the FO spokesman said Pakistan was pursuing the policy of peaceful neighborhood as envisioned by the prime minister.  He said Pakistan wanted to amicably resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir with India.

He said Kashmir dispute is bone of contention between Pakistan and India and added that the international powers must play due role in resolving the longstanding issue.



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