Supreme Court is set to hear the petition calling for the scrapping of the Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan for being against the Constitution of India. The treaty, which remained intact for 56 years, has also come under a dark cloud as India has threatened to pull from the deal after Uri attacks.
In the past, even though India and Pakistan remained at loggerheads over every other issue, the Indus Waters Treaty was intact, becoming the world’s most successful one.
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Here is all you need to know about the Indus Waters Treaty
-Indus Waters Treaty was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 to ascertain water rights of six rivers shared by India and Pakistan
-Treaty was inked by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his Pakistani counterpart General Ayub Khan
-IWT gives India right to Beas, Ravi and Sutlej, while Pakistan gets right to govern Indus, Chenab and Jhelum
-However, since Indus flows from India, the country is allowed to use 20 per cent of its water for irrigation, power generation and transport purposes
-India and Pakistan have set up a Permanent Indus Commission to implement and manage the Treaty. The Commission solves disputes arising over water sharing
-The treaty also allows amicable dissolution of the terms between two nations
-Despite wars and other tense patches in bilateral relations, the two countries have been able to keep the treaty intact for 56 years, making it world’s most successful waters sharing deal
-India and Pakistan recently renewed the treaty despite growing tensions over Uri attacks