PM Modi to review ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status to Pakistan’; calls meeting on Thursday

NEW DELHI: After talking tough on Indus Waters Treaty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting to review Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan.

PM Modi to hold meeting to review Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan on Thursday, reported PTI.

The meeting will be attended by the officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and Commerce Ministry, along with other top officials.

The review is being undertaken as India weighs options to give a befitting response to Pakistan in the wake of the Uri attack that left 18 soldiers dead.

A day ago, in a review meeting on Indus Treaty, Modi said that, “Blood and water cannot flow together.”

Apart from deciding to exploit to the maximum the capacity of three of the rivers that are under Pakistan’s control – Indus, Chenab and Jhelum– in the areas of hydro power, irrigation and storage, the meeting also agreed to review the “unilateral suspension” of 1987 Tulbul navigation project. The project was suspended in 2007.

Under the treaty, which was signed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan President Ayub Khan in September 1960, water of six rivers – Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum – were to be shared between the two countries. Pakistan has been complaining about not receiving enough water and gone for international arbitration in a couple of cases.
with agencies