Indus Water Commission second round of talks in Islamabad

Indus Water Commission second round of talks in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Indus Water Commissioners of Pakistan and India will hold second round of talks in Islamabad today.

The Pakistani delegation is being headed by Mirza Asif Saeed while P K Saxena is leading the Indian delegation.

On the first day, both sides discussed issues relating to water resources and dilated upon ways to resolve bilateral differences.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad yesterday, Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif reiterated that Indus Waters Treaty is one of world agreements, which provides amicable solution of serious water issues between Pakistan and India.

Khawaj Asif said secretary level talks on Ratle hydroelectric plant will begin on 12th of next month in Washington between the two countries.

He expressed the hope that things will move in the positive direction as a result of meeting between Permanent Indus Commissioners of Pakistan and India.

He said outstanding problems relating to Indus Basin will be discussed during the two day meeting.

Khawaja Asif said the meeting will discuss the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India.

He said dialogue relating to Indus Waters Treaty was suspended in 2015 and now taking place almost after two years break.

He said Pakistan has welcomed the readiness of India for talks at Indus Water Commissioners level.

To a question, he said Pakistan is pressing for implementation of arbitration court’s decision on Kishanganga.

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