Water is an incredible gift of Allah and one of most valuable resources on earth, and it is said Allah gifted Nile to Egypt and Indus to the Sindh province of Pakistan. The standard of the Indus alongside different waterways for example, Jhelum and Chenab that streams into Pakistan come from the territory of Jammu and Kashmir. In any case, Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej have their veins from India. In fact, Pakistan’s farming area thoroughly relies upon the progression of these significant water supplies, yet India has a few different streams and water sources to help its agribusiness set up. The feeling of the get-together was verbalized by Indian pioneers from the absolute first day of autonomy and it was schemed that the waterway head work streaming into Pakistan would be given to India. It was planned that they would construct dams over those streams that stream into Pakistan from India. So, the arranging had been finished even before the parcel to make a draft like circumstance in Pakistan by separating her from the nurturing water streams on which depends upon the agro based economy of the nation. The disagreement about the conveyance of water ejected into crisis not long after the segment of East and West Punjab. The parcel of Punjab cut down the waterways and trenches that made Pakistan the lower riparian and India the upper riparian. The Indian government a few times made guarantees that she would not intercede and would not conflict with the due right of Pakistan as a neighbor and the lower riparian. In any case, in inconsistency, they generally moved against the guarantees and commonly took steps to cut the progression of the waterways. India likewise meddled with the water of the stream on 1st April 1948 by cutting across Ravi and Sutlej interfaces simply following half-year of the autonomy.

Pakistan was confronting intense danger of lack of water and agribusiness ruin. Pakistani appointment was shipped off India to suppress the issue, however the circumstance disturbed step by step as opposed to improving on account of cutting across of Indus River which is viewed as a business for the provinces of Pakistan. India dismissed the proposition of Pakistani appointment because of her bullhead conduct. Pakistan additionally offered the proposition to tackle the issue through the world bank, however it was likewise not adequate for Indian pioneers since Pakistan was attempting to take care of the issue on the table, yet the adversary was in the disposition of battling to force the recently conceived nation for the reunification. A previous administrator of the Tennessee Valley Authority wrote in an article “No militaries with bombs and shell discharge could stripped a land so altogether as Pakistan could be crushed by the basic catalyst of India’s for all time quieting down the wellspring of water that keep the field and the individuals of Pakistan green.”

In September of 1950, the Indian government consented to determine the issue through mediation yet requested that there should be a court in which two individuals should be from each side and there would be one impartial director. These recommendations were acknowledged by Pakistan. The administrator of World Bank for development and improvement Eugene Black assumed the liability and made a board of trustees of the two sides to conquer this issue. Quite a while slipped by in looking for the arrangement of this major issue between the two main opponents and consistently spent like year. Accordingly, on September 19th of 1960, an arrangement was sign between two nations in Karachi that is known as Indus Water Treaty.

The President Ayub khan from Pakistan and P.M. Pandit Jawaher Lal Nehro from Indian side chose to meet and consented to the arrangement. In this understanding the World Bank separated the entire supplies into two sections. Beas, Ravi, and Sutlej waterways were allocated to India while the streams Chenab Jhelum and Indus were conceded to Pakistan. While Pakistan required dams, blasts, and trenches to make up the misfortune which was past Pakistan’s ability and material solidarity to assemble. In this way, it was likewise chosen for the capacity of water Pakistan would be assisted with building dams, blasts and in any event seven connection waterways in which Indian would pay 200 huge number of the complete expense of the plan while the excess sum would be given by the World Bank, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other well-disposed conditions of Pakistan. India was attempting from the absolute first day of freedom to disable the recently conceived province of Pakistan on the grounds that the Hindu chiefs wanted to smother the Muslims people group in India. The Indian leadership had never botched any chance to reprimand and criticize the Muslim people group. So, they attempted a few times to force Pakistan in the outskirt locales and a few times in the valley of Jammu and Kashmir to make blockage in the method of Indus that to put the question mark on the horticulture bone of Pakistan. Consequently, Pakistan was inclined to select the alternative of World Bank to search out a superior and appropriate arrangement. In this way, the deal was endorsed under the title of Indus Water Treaty in which the water stream was similarly partitioned between the two states on the bases of lower and upper riparian.

Why this Treaty important for Pakistan?

Indus, Chenab, and Jhelum are the lifelines of Pakistan as the nation is profoundly subject to these streams for its water supply. Since these waterways do not begin from Pakistan however stream to the nation through India, Pakistan fears the danger of the dry spell and starvation. While Chenab and Jhelum begin from India, Indus starts from China, advancing toward Pakistan by means of India. The arrangement unmistakably spells the do’s and don’ts for the two nations as it permits India to utilize just 20% of all the out water conveyed by the Indus waterway.

Article by: Muhammad Shehzad

About Author: Muhammad Shehzad is student of International Relations at National Defence University Islamabad. His areas of interest include Global Power Politics, International Security and South China Sea. He is former intern at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Islamabad. Currently, he is working as Youth Ambassador of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir.

Note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Pakistan Strategic Forum.



  1. Mashallah my proud and pride shehzad.keep going on brother you are expressing your feelings and love for this motherland.En Sha Allah you will prove our country stance in global power politics


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