Will stop our share of water to Pakistan, says Nitin Gadkari


The move underscored a unsafe escalation in tensions between the two nuclear-armed rival nations in the wake of last week's deadly vehicle bombing of an Indian paramilitary convoy in the disputed Kashmir region.

"We will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab", the Indian minister for Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation said in the tweets sent out to his 4.42 million followers.

In this regard, he directed both the interior ministry and the security institutions to immediately accelerate actions on ground.

"We expect India to positively respond to the offers", the statement issued by the Prime Minister's office read.

On Thursday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan authorized the country's armed forces to hit back against India if attacked but repeated a call for an investigation into the attack in Kashmir.

Pakistan's top security body Thursday said the country was "not involved in any way" in the Pulwama "incident", which was "conceived, planned and executed indigenously" as Prime Minister Imran Khan authorised the military to respond "decisively" to any Indian misadventure. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said India was not surprised that Khan refused to acknowledge the attack on India's security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism, adding his offer to investigate the attack if provided proof is a "lame excuse".

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Some Kashmiri groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan. The Jaish-e-Mohammed l (JeM) terror group, led by Azhar Masood and based out of Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

He said they should also note that where such a provocation will take the two countries and the region.

Pakistan denies supporting militants, and has blamed the violence in Kashmir on what it views as India's military occupation of the territory.

New Delhi has vowed to punish Islamabad for sheltering the militants, saying the Indian army chief has been given a "free hand" to take whatever action was required.

Guterres, through a spokesman, said that the United Nations is deeply concerned about the situation while offering to mediate if the two parties request it.

Earlier during his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi many times had threatened to turn Pakistan into a desert by stopping water flow.