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Modi threatens to stop “every drop” water for Pakistan

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has on Friday threatened to stop “every drop” of Indus water from going to Pakistan in reaction to the escalating tension along the Line of Control (LoC).

“The fields of our farmers must have adequate water. Water that belongs to India cannot be allowed to go to Pakistan,” Indian Express quoted Modi as saying in Bathinda.

“We formed a task force on Indus water treaty to ensure farmers of Punjab and other states get each drop of water due to them,” PM Modi said.

In a statement that was seen as a reference to the row over the Indus Water treaty, Pakistan recently warned against use of water as an instrument of coercion or war.

“The international community must assume a responsibility to develop, nurture and protect normative frameworks, at multilateral and bilateral levels, to ensure that states remain willing to resolve water issues cooperatively,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said in her address to the UN Security Council during an open debate on water, peace and security.