India for digital Indus talks, Pak insists on Wagah meet

New Delhi, August 9

Water-sharing treaty

  • Under Indus Water Treaty, Indus commissioners of each side meet yearly, alternately

  • Waters of three jap rivers — Ravi, Beas & Sutlej — have been allotted to India

  • Western rivers — Indus, Chenab & Jhelum — are for Pak with some rights to India

India has instructed to Pakistan the talks for discussing pending points beneath the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) be held by way of video-conferencing in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, however Islamabad has been insisting the parleys be performed on the Attari joint checkpost, sources stated right now.

In a letter final week, the Indus Commissioner of India advised his Pakistan counterpart it was not conducive to carry the assembly at Attari because of the pandemic.

On Pakistan’s request, a gathering was scheduled within the final week of March to debate pending points beneath the treaty. However, it was deferred because of the pandemic.

Considering the truth that it could take a while for the scenario to normalise, the Indian Commissioner, within the first week of July, instructed the assembly be held by way of video-conference or any various means, sources stated. The Pakistan Commissioner, in his July-end reply, insisted on holding the assembly on the Attari examine publish as an alternative.

“The Indian Commissioner responded by saying the situation in India is still not conducive to travel or holding meeting at Attari, as proposed by his counterpart, and that it may take some time to allow such a meeting at Attari or New Delhi, as desired by Pakistan,” a supply stated.

The Indian Commissioner requested the Pakistan aspect to think about holding a digital assembly as a viable possibility to debate the pending and new points, sources added.

One of the pending points is the disagreement over the Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectricity initiatives. The Kishenganga undertaking had been in operation since 2018, whereas work on Ratle stands deserted since 2014. — PTI

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