Growing water crisis in India, Pakistan a regional issue: Qureshi

Islamabad, Pakistan Published: Aug 29, 2018, 07:22 AM(IST)

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Photograph:( ANI )

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that the growing water crisis in India and Pakistan is more of a regional issue than international.

"The fact that water commissioners are meeting, this was long overdue. There's a growing water crisis, it isn't just a Pakistan-India specific issue, it's a regional issue. We're in a semi-arid zone & in days to come we'll all get affected," Qureshi said.

The Pakistan-India Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) talks are scheduled for August 29-30. A nine-member delegation reached Lahore on Tuesday for the talks.

The Pakistani side will be led by their Indus Commissioner, Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah.

PIC was formed under Indus Waters Treaty, signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, it includes the Indus commissioners of both the countries. The treaty provides for both the commissioners to meet at least once every year, alternately in India and Pakistan.

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