India declared on Friday that it wants to change the 62-year-old Indus Water Treaty (IWT) with Pakistan. It did this in response to what it described as Pakistan’s “intransigence” in resolving disagreements over the Kishenganga and Ratle hydropower projects, both of which are located in Jammu and Kashmir. India also objected to Pakistan’s “unilateral” decision to contact The Hague-based arbitration court.
According to sources, the government wrote to Pakistan on Wednesday, January 25, requesting changes to the treaty in accordance with Article XII (3) of the IWT, which is concerned with the “final terms” of the treaty.
On Friday, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Netherlands, opened the first hearing in the Pakistani lawsuit. India chose to abstain from the proceedings.
This news was written by Ms. Pujari Dharani, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.