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India rejects Pakistan’s allegation of ‘fifth generation war’ using water as weapon, says Pakistan was informed before releasing excess water

India’s federal water resources ministry dismissed the allegation made by Pakistan that India had failed to inform it about the release of water from a dam that could cause flooding across the border. 

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India has shrugged off the phoney claims made by Pakistan asserting that under the terms of the 1960 Indus Water treaty between the two nations, it had informed Pakistan about the release of excess water late on Monday when it crossed a certain threshold in the Bhakra dam.

The water level in the Bhakra dam crossed its permissible limit of 1,680 feet on Monday, prompting the authorities to increase the release around 41,000 cusecs of excess water through spillway gates, officials said.

The terror state Pakistan, becoming more and more baffled after failing to create pressure on India over the Kashmir issue, steered a new barb on Monday by accusing India of waging “fifth-generation warfare”. Pakistan said India had failed to inform it about the release of water from a dam that could cause flooding across the border.

The already hostile relationship between India and Pakistan had become worse following India’s bold decision to abrogate Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir. Though India had specified that this was its internal matter, spooked Pakistan has since then been trying everything in its capacity to create pressure on India.

Apart from trying things like downgrading diplomatic ties, suspending trade, banning Indian movies, banning advertisements for India-made products on their television channels etc, Pakiastn nation has also attempted tawdry strategies like spreading fake and malicious news to spread fear after the Abrogation of Article 370.

Desperate Pakistan has been running pillar to post seeking the support of the international community on the Kashmir issue. Now, after being snubbed globally, Pakistan is probably resorting to this new tactic by claiming that the unexpected release of water into the Sutlej river that flows from India to Pakistan was part of an attempt by New Delhi to flout the longstanding treaty between the countries.

“They try to isolate diplomatically, they try to strangulate economically, they’re trying to strangulate our water resources – and water automatically will have an impact on your economy, your agriculture and your irrigation,” news agency Reuters quoted the chairman of Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority, Muzammil Hussain, as saying. India was using its position upstream to wage “fifth-generation warfare” on the country, said Hussain.

India’s union water resources ministry dismissed the allegation, saying that, under the treaty, advance information needs to be given in a situation when “extraordinary discharges of water from reservoirs and flood flows” could harm the other party.

“Until today no such extraordinary discharges had been observed on the Indian side in the current flood season. At 7 pm, the flow of Sutlej river reached the threshold level of high flood and the same was conveyed to Pakistan,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that it was committed to the treaty.

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