India likely to attend IWT talks in Pakistan

Observer Report

New Delhi

India has announced that it will participate in the meeting of Permanent Indus Commission after Pakistan forwarded the invitation to India to resolve the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) dispute.
According to ANI news agency, the meeting is scheduled to be held in Lahore this month. The Permanent Indus Commission is a bilateral commission of officials from India and Pakistan, created to implement and manage goals of the Indus Waters Treaty.
The agreement covers six rivers — the three eastern rivers of Ravi, Beas, Sutlej and their tributaries and the three western rivers of Indus, Jhelum, Chenab and their tributaries.
The current dispute revolves around India’s violation of the treaty by building Kishenganga (330 megawatts) and Ratle (850 megawatts) hydroelectric plants on the Kishanganga and Chenab rivers.
Pakistan has strongly established that it will not accept any changes to the IWT after India had said that it is ready to engage in further consultations with Islamabad on the matter of resolving current differences over the Kishenganga and Ralte projects.
Islamabad says India is buying time to complete its two disputed water projects. Since the project was already complete, it could not be modified.

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