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Beyond The IWT

Beyond the IWT

The partial award by the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) in the Indus Waters Kishenganga arbitration case, permitting India to proceed with the construction of the Kishenganga hydroelectric project, has…

Energizing the Indus Waters Treaty

Supporters of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), including this writer, hope that their fears concerning the treaty are likely to dissipate. This would depend on a positive response from New…

When water is weaponized

The Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) has survived major wars and numerous conflicts between Pakistan and India, mainly due to India’s belligerent attitude and devious manipulations over the years. But tensions…

Indus Waters Treaty under threat: Part – II

Pakistan’s strategy to counter the Indian move to undermine the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) should be based on a comprehensive, objective appraisal of the effectiveness of the treaty, the inadequacies…

Indus Waters Treaty under threat: Part – III

Pakistan’s rejection of the Indian government’s call for negotiations – on modifying the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) – made on January 25 through the Indus Commission was fully justified. The…

Indus Waters Treaty under threat: Part – I

On January 25, the Indian government proposed, through a communication from the Indian Indus commissioner to his Pakistani counterpart, bilateral negotiations – to commence within ninety days – on modifying…

Hydropolitics of hate

Irrational thinking usually leads to irrational decision. Hate is an irrational and visceral instinct, and those consumed by it are always prone to illogical acts. Regardless of its illegality, the…

Weaponizing water warfare

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu While the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) has survived major wars and numerous conflicts between Pakistan…

Climate-proofing the treaty

CLIMATIC change has created many new issues for India-Pakistan water relations, and they go beyond the scope of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). These issues reflect an epochal shift in…

Waterbodies for life

A RECENT study by a British university on 258 rivers in 104 countries has ranked the river Ravi among the world’s three most polluted rivers. It has detected high levels…