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Pakistan hails re-initiation of talks with India on water

Pakistan hails re-initiation of talks with India on water

Pakistan minister for water and power Khawaja Mohammed Asif reiterated on Monday that the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) was an global agreement which provided an amicable solution to serious water issues between Pakistan and India.

Pakistan and India, after a gap of almost two years, have revived talks on a World Bank-mediated treaty that regulates sharing of the Indus river and its tributaries between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Despite the troubled relations between Pakistan and India and the Indus Waters Treaty has been executed peacefully, even throughout wars and upheavals between the neighbouring nations.

A 10-member Indian delegation arrived here on Sunday to take part in the meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) beginning on March 20 in Islamabad.

Some sections of the Indian media suggested that the idea of abandoning the Indus Water Treaty was to deprive Pakistan of the water from the Indus basin and put pressure on it.

According the experts the construction of more dams by India, in Indian Held Kashmir, will further affect the inflow of water into Pakistani dams and rivers. But the designs of the Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants were taken up. Pakistan has been pursuing the matter of regular meetings of the Permanent Indus Commission with India to bring the other remaining issues under discussion.

"Respect and implementation of this in the interest of both countries and this region", Asif told reporters, adding that the Islamabad meeting would focus on three Indian projects for generating hydroelectric power on the Neelum and Jehlum rivers that flow through the disputed Kashmir.

Because of the Pakistani position, Kishenganga and Ratle were not discussed in the latest round of talks.

Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday welcomed re-initiation of talks with India on water issues after hiatus of two years, pledging to defend its rights with full zeal and vigour.

Some officials said the meeting was going to be held with the efforts of World Bank which brokered the treaty between the two countries in 1960.

Pakistan has been calling for a result-orientated dialogue with India on all outstanding issues but India suspended the talks in the wake of September 18, 2016 Uri attack.

Asked whether the delay in reaching consensus over agenda for the meeting will leave little time to resolve issues, the official replied in negative.


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