3-member Pak delegation to reach India over the weekend for Indus water talks

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi Updated: May 27, 2022, 09:05 PM(IST)

Confluence of Indus river and Zanskar river in India Photograph:( Agencies )

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The visit comes months after the Indian delegation visited Islamabad for annual the meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission

A three-member Pakistani delegation will visit India over the weekend for talks under the Indus Water Commission. The talks will be on water sharing issues under Indus Water Pact.

The visit comes months after the Indian delegation visited Islamabad for annual the meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC). The Indian delegation was in the capital city from March 1 to March 3 and was led by PK Saxena, the Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters.

This is the second Pakistani delegation to visit India in the last few weeks. Earlier this month, a Pakistani delegation visited Delhi for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) regional anti-terror structure (RATS) meet.

During the March Indus Water Commission meeting, the Indian side underscored that all its projects are fully compliant with the provisions of the Indus Water Treaty and provided technical details in support of this position. Both sides also discussed the issue of the Fazilka drain, and Pakistan assured that all necessary actions will continue to be taken to ensure the free flow of Fazilka drain into the river Sutlej.

Under the Indus water treaty of 1960, waters of three eastern rivers —Sutlej, Beas, and Ravi—are allocated to India for unrestricted use while the three western rivers —Indus, Jhelum, and Chenab— go to Pakistan.

Additionally, New Delhi has the right to generate hydroelectricity through the run of the river projects on the three western rivers, subject to specific criteria for design.  

Pakistan can, under the treaty, raise objections to the design of Indian hydroelectric projects on the western rivers. In the past several, issues have been resolved. There is also a provision whereby both the countries can approach neutral experts or courts to resolve any issue.

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