Indus Water Treaty, IWT, India. Indus, Pakistan, World Bank, hydro-hegemony, water conflicts

The past few days have seen a rise of war hysteria between Pakistan and India. India seems bent on pushing its neighbor towards isolation, and while Pakistan has shown resilience and done its utmost to take a stand on the Kashmir issue, there are some strategic concerns that need to be discussed. India’s role as the upper riparian has been a source of conflict in the Indus Water Treaty: a momentous document with regards to the allocation and distribution of water resources among the two countries. Pakistan has repeatedly shown concern over India’s hegemonic interest over water supply. India has treated and portrayed water as a strategic resource, hence it is imperative to understand the conflict in the term ‘hydro-hegemony’. This research brief attempts not only to document the issue but also draw to precedents from other cases. The Indus Water Treaty has been discussed here from a policy point of view.

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Muhammad Adeel

Muhammad Adeel

is a Career Diplomat (44th Common) at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad.

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