Pakistan deplores PM Modi’s water threat statement

Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal. File - (AP)
Updated 18 October 2019

Pakistan deplores PM Modi’s water threat statement

  • Any attempt by India to divert the flow of rivers will be considered an act of aggression, says FO spokesperson
  • Pakistan and India share water of the rivers under the Indus water treaty

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday rejected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement wherein he reiterated not to allow river waters from his country to flow into Pakistan.
Dr. Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson for the foreign office, said during a weekly press briefing that PM Modi’s statement and his earlier decision to impose a crushing curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir reflected that India had “no regard for human rights or international obligations.”
“Such statements should be an eye opener for the world. It must realize that the extremist government of Mr. Modi under the false illusion of grandeur is a clear threat to South Asia as well as word peace,” Dr. Faisal said in response to a question by Arab News.
He added that Pakistan had exclusive rights over the waters of three western rivers under the Indus Water Treaty. “Any attempt by India to divert the flow of these rivers would be considered an act of aggression and Pakistan has the right to respond.”
Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday, while addressing a rally at Dadri in southern Haryana state, said that he “will stop this water from flowing into Pakistan and bring it to your homes.”
The Indus Water Treaty was signed on September 19, 1960, by India’s then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan’s president Mohammed Ayub Khan.
India is constructing 330-megawatt Kishenganga and 850-megawatt Ratle hydroelectric power plants on Jhelum and Chenab rivers, respectively. Under the treaty, Pakistan has unrestricted access to these two rivers.


251 Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia return home on special flight

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251 Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia return home on special flight

  • This was the eighth PIA special flight to bring Pakistani nationals back from the Kingdom
  • Earlier, over 15,000 Pakistani Umrah pilgrims were brought home on special flights 

ISLAMABAD: A repatriation flight with 251 stranded Pakistanis on board departed for Karachi from Jeddah, the Consulate General of Pakistan in Saudi Arabia said in a statement on Sunday.
This was the eighth special flight of the national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), from Jeddah following the coronavirus related suspension of routine international flight operations in the Kingdom on March 15.

Pakistani nationals wait for a special flight to Karachi at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport on May 31, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Consulate General in Jeddah)


“Consul General Khalid Majid and Deputy Consul General Shaiq Ahmed Bhutto were present at Jeddah International Airport to bid farewell to the passengers,” the statement said.

“A total of around 1,700 Pakistanis have so far been repatriated from Jeddah region through seven special flights,” the statement added, and said similar special PIA flights were also being operated from Riyadh region.

Pakistani nationals wait for a special flight to Karachi at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport on May 31, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Consulate General in Jeddah)


“Embassy of Pakistan at Riyadh and the Consulate General at Jeddah in close cooperation of PIA, are coordinating arrangements of these special flights in their respective jurisdictions.”

Saudi Arabia halted all international travel and suspended Umrah pilgrimage in response to the pandemic in March this year.

Over the months, Pakistan has brought back over 15,000 of its nationals who had gone to Saudi Arabia for Umrah but found themselves stranded amid coronavirus lockdowns in the Kingdom.