February 22, 2019

India to block Kashmir water supply from Pakistan

India has stepped up its response against Pakistan, a week after an attack in Indian-administered Kashmir that killed 40 members of their security forces. A senior minister has announced that New Delhi will block the flow of its share of water from rivers originating in the disputed region into Pakistan.

Of the total 207 billion cubic metres, India's share of water from three rivers is nearly 20 percent. India currently uses 93 percent of its share from three rivers under the "Indus Waters Treaty". The other seven percent goes to Pakistan.

The World Bank treaty gives India access to three eastern rivers, and Pakistan access to three western rivers. India's decision will not affect Pakistan's access to the western rivers allowed under the treaty.

Al Jazeera's Faiz Jamil has more from New Delhi.

Al Jazeera

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