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India, Pakistan hold Indus Water Commission talks

India, Pakistan hold Indus Water Commission talks
March 20, 2017

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The two-day meeting of Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) between Pakistan and India will begin in Islamabad on Monday.

The meeting will discuss the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants being constructed by New Delhi and other water related matters between the nuclear arch rivals.

The agenda of the talks also includes discussions on flood data supply by India and program of tours of inspection and meetings by Pakistan and India to the sites of their interest in the Indus basin.

Despite various media statements causing speculations, Pakistan showed restraint and kept on making efforts for resumption of Commission level talks. 

The 113th Meeting of Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) is being held on March 20-21 after a gap of almost two years - last such meeting took place in May 2015 in New Delhi.

On Sunday, a 10-member Indian delegation arrived in Islamabad to take part in the meeting. The delegation, which will take part in the two-day meeting, is led by India's Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena and comprises of Ministry of External Affairs officials and technical experts. Senior Pakistani officials and Indian High Commission officials greeted the delegation at the Wagah border.