India, Pakistan to hold discussions on Indus Treaty

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indus-river1An Indian delegation will attend a meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) in Islamabad on March 20.

While Ministry of External Affairs officials and other experts will be a part of the delegation, the Pakistan team will be headed by Indus Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Saeed.

It may be noted that the last time the two neighbours had held the Indus Water Commission was in May 2015 in New Delhi. The PIC is a bilateral commission which was launched to implement the goals of the Indus Waters Treaty, 1960.

During the meeting, Pakistan would discuss concerns over the three Indian hydro projects being built on rivers flowing into Pakistan such as 1,000 MW Pakul Dul on Chenab and its tributaries, 120 MW Miyar project over Miyar Nalla, the 43 MW Lower Kalnai hydro project on Lower Kalnai Nalla.

This apart, Pakistan said it would not accept any changes to the treaty after India said it was ready to discuss with Pakistan over Kishenganga and Ralte hydroelectric projects. These projects would violate the treaty’s provisions.

Meanwhile, the World Bank had asked India and Pakistan to consider other ways to resolve the issues arising from the treaty’s provisions.