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Indus Water Treaty has harmed JK: Mehbooba
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said J&K has suffered losses due to Indus Water Treaty an international water sharing agreement between India and Pakistan, and maintained that her Government would seek compensation from New Delhi.
“Today there is a talk about Indus Water Treaty. Jammu and Kashmir continues to suffer losses under the Treaty which benefits both the countries,” said Mehbooba while addressing a function at SKICC here in connection with launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
The Chief Minister’s remarks came two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that India would “exploit to the maximum” the water of rivers flowing into Pakistan.
The Chief Minister demanded that the State should be compensated under the IWT. “We can’t ask Pakistan to compensate us but we will ask our country,” said Mehbooba.
Under the IWT which was brokered by the World Bank in 1960, India has exclusive rights over three major eastern rivers–Ravi, Beas and Sutlej–before they enter Pakistan while as Pakistan has rights over three western rivers – Indus, Jhelum and Chenab that flow through J&K. The treaty has withstood two wars between India and Pakistan in 1965 and 1971 and some minor conflicts between the two neighboring countries.
Govt preparing forces in Kashmir for ‘harsh winter’ ahead
The Home Ministry has supplied agencies to provide winter boots, socks, jackets, snow gloves and other warm clothing to the Army.
Apprehending protracted unrest in Kashmir Valley, the Centre has started preparation for providing winter logistics to central paramilitary forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Home Ministry has already approached the Army and supplying agencies to provide winter boots, socks, jackets, snow gloves and other warm clothing which would be required by around 70,000 paramilitary forces deployed in the state.
A top Home Ministry official is personally monitoring the procurement process and trying to ensure that all required items are delivered before the onset of the “harsh winter” ahead.
“We are really worried about the boys on the ground. We have to get all winter logistics well before the time as Kashmir is expected to have a harsh winter,” a senior official said.
Unrest in Kashmir continues ever since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8 leading to deployment of paramilitary forces across the Kashmir Valley. “We have to be prepared in case the turmoil continues for a longer period, especially during winter,” the official said.
Militants fire at residence of Ex-MLA
Suspected militants fired at the residence of a former legislator of ruling PDP in Pulwama district of south Kashmir this evening, but there was no loss reported in the attack, police said.
“Some unknown militants fired upon the residence of ex- MLA Syed Bashir at Rajpora in Pulwama,” a police official said.
He said a security guard posted at the residence of the former legislator, belonging to the ruling PDP, retaliated, forcing the militants to flee.
There was no loss of life on the either side, the official said.