While Islamabad expressed the desire for a diplomatic handshake from across the border two weeks ago, it recently restated its request for third-party mediation in the Indus Water Treaty (IWT). This shows that the climate is not at all appropriate for the thawing of relations between the two nations, and it is still difficult to bridge the gap between words and deeds.
What is the dispute all about?
Why does India want to modify the IWT?
What are the concerns?
Way Ahead –
Any analysis of international diplomacy would be incomplete if it looks only at legal aspects. The practice of diplomacy and the use of law for explaining and justifying government actions are equally important.
Source – The Indian Express
QUESTION – Pakistan’s routine betrayal over the Indus Waters Treaty has compounded over the years to finally lead to a realisation in India about the need of its renegotiation. Comment with respect to the recent notice served by New Delhi to Islamabad regarding the same.