In a massive announcement, Union Water resources, River development and water resources minister Nitin Gadkari has tweeted that the Modi government has decided to stop the share of water that used to flow into Pakistan and divert it for the use of people in J&K and the Punjab.
Taking to Twitter, Gadkari, who had also spoken of the impending move earlier in the day when he said that the water from three rivers flowing into Pakistan would be used to nurture the Yamuna, has written:
He has elaborated on the specifics of this move, highlighting the construction of a dam and how this decision will be actualised:
Gadkari has added that the associated projects have now been declared as national projects.
Earlier on Thursday, while addressing a public rally, the minister had said:
"When India and Pakistan were divided, three rivers were given to Pakistan and three to India. However, India continuously gave the river water supply to Pakistan, but now we will use that river water supply to nurture the Yamuna river through the Yamuna project."
According to the Indus Water Treaty, the Ravi, Sutlej, Beas was allocated to India whereas, the Jhelum, Chenab and Indus waters were allotted for Pakistan to utilise.
The government's decision comes amidst a 'Boycott Pakistan' campaign by Republic Media Network in relation to the dastardly Pulwama terror attack perpetrated by Pak-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad in which 40 CRPF Jawans have been martyred. The campaign demands a total boycott of Pakistan, whether it be the Most Favoured Nation trade status (which has been withdrawn by the government), sporting ties, cultural ties, the appearance of Pakistani actors and musicians in Indian films and other such links.