Pakistan, India hold water talks today as Indian delegation reached Lahore

A two-day Pakistan-India Permanent Indus Commission has begun in Punjab’s capital Lahore headquarters of the National Engineering Services of Pakistan (Nespak).

The officials of both countries (Pakistan and India) will negotiate on disputed Indian hydropower projects in violation of Indus Water Treaty.

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A nine-member Indian delegation reached the provincial capital yesterday through Wagah border for the talks.

The Indian delegation is led by Indian Water Commissioner, P. K. Saxena.

Pakistan Water Commissioner Syed Mehr Ali Shah, who welcomed the Indian delegation at the Wahga border, will lead his side.

During the talks, Pakistan will reiterate its serious reservations over the construction of 1000-MW Pakal Dul and 48-MW Lower Kalnai hydroelectric projects on two different tributaries of River Chenab by India.

It is pertinent here to mention that Indian Prime Minister Modi, on several occasions, has vehemently announced to scrap Indus Waters Treaty, an agreement signed between India and Pakistan in 1960.

According to this agreement, control over the three eastern rivers was given to India, while control over the three western rivers was given to Pakistan.

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