India to participate in Indus Waters Treaty meet in Lahore
The Indus Waters Treaty allocates 80 % of water to Pakistan from rivers Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum that flows from India to Pakistan. Photograph: (AFP)
India is set to engage with Pakistan once again, starting with a meeting to resolve the dispute over the Indus Waters Treaty to be held in Lahore next month, news agencies reported.
India and Pakistan will sit across the table to address issues in their meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission - a bilateral commission of officials from India and Pakistan, created to implement and manage goals of the Indus Waters Treaty.
Pakistan has made it clear it will not accept any alterations or changes to the treaty after India had said that it is ready to engage in further consultations with Islamabad on the matter of resolving current differences over the Kishenganga and Ralte projects.
Pakistan has argued that India was buying time to complete its two disputed water projects and then insisting that since the project was already complete, it could not be modified. Pakistan has raised objections to building of the Kishanganga (330 megawatts) and Ratle (850 megawatts) hydroelectric plants by India saying that it violates the provisions of the treaty.
India has promised to participate in the Lahore meeting of the permanent Indus commission in an attempt to find a permanent solution for the treaty with Pakistan (WION)
Tensions increased over the water dispute when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month threatened to block the flow of water into Pakistan. India had called off talks with Pakistan over the Indus Waters Treaty after the terrorist attack at Uri last year.
(WION with ANI inputs)