India has rejected the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the ongoing dispute with Pakistan over the Indus Water Treaty. India on Thursday made it clear that it cannot be forced to participate in the illegal proceedings being conducted at the Permanent Court of Arbitration over the Kishanganga and Ratle hydropower projects following the verdict of the Hague-based tribunal.
India bluntly on Indus Water Treaty
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi gave a blunt reply to Pakistan by holding a press conference on Thursday. Arindam Bagchi said that India cannot be forced to recognize or participate in illegal and parallel proceedings bypassing the treaty.
India’s constant attitude has been like this
Significantly, this is not the first time that India has taken such a stand on this issue. India has always maintained that it will not participate in the proceedings initiated by Pakistan at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. India’s argument behind this is that under the framework of the Indus Waters Treaty, the dispute is already being investigated by a neutral expert, so there is no need to hear the issue in any arbitration court. Let us inform that the last meeting of the neutral expert was held in The Hague on 27 and 28 February. At the same time, the next meeting is going to be held in September.