Pakistan India Resume Water Talks by conducting meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) in Lahore from August 29 to 30, 2018.
The agenda of the meeting is to discuss water crisis issues between the two nations.
The Indian delegation will comprise of nine members, led by Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters, PK Saxena, and comprising of technical experts will arrive in Lahore for the annual meeting.
The Pakistani side will be led by Indus Commissioner, Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah.
Permanent Indus Commission was formed under Indus Waters Treaty, signed between India and Pakistan in 1960. This comprise of the Indus commissioners of both the countries. The Indus Water Treaty provides for both the commissioners to meet at least once every year, alternately in India and Pakistan.
The Indus Water Treaty specifies that the waters of three eastern rivers namely Ravi, Beas and Sutlej, had been reserved for India while that of western rivers, namely Indus, Chenab and Jhelum, are for Pakistan.
India however, claims to be authorized to develop hydroelectric power projects on western rivers, which are for Pakistan.
According to Pakistan’s stance, the design of two under-construction hydroelectric projects of India in Chenab basin, namely Pakal Dul (1000MW) and Lower Kalnai (48MW) is clear violation of the treaty’s provisions.
Whereas, the Indian counterpart insists its right to build these hydroelectric projects and their design is fully in compliance of set guidelines of the treaty.
Pakistan India Resume Water Talks and is expected to highlight the concerns of Pakistan’s side on these two projects.