Indus Water Commission talks to start in Islamabad today

Indus Water Commission talks to start in Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: The 113th Indo-Pak Indus Water Commission conference will begin in Islamabad on Monday.

Discussions on disputed projects such as Miyar, Lower Kalnai, and Pakal Dul will be discussed in the two-day meeting between Pakistani officials and the 10-member Indian delegation, which would be led by Indian Indus Water Commissioner PK Saxena.

Indus Water Commission talks between both the countries were last held in May 2015 in New Delhi.

A letter from Saxena proposed to discuss crucial disputes including the construction of Kishanganga and Ratle hydro projects on Jhelum and Chenab rivers by India.

Pakistan has rejected the Indian Indus Water Commissioner’s proposal, as the matter has already been taken to the World Bank for the resolution of dispute.

The Indus Waters Treaty that is 57 years old had assigned River Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej to India and River Chenab, Jehlum, and Sindh to Pakistan.

As per the agreement, both countries are liable to hold deliberations each year in order to ensure compliance with the treaty and resolve any disputes.