Indus Water Treaty: India and Pakistan Under the Indus Water Commission, India and Pakistan will once again be face to face for talks. A 3-member delegation of Pakistan is going to visit India at the end of the week. The talks will be on water sharing issues under the Indus Water Treaty.
Earlier, the Indian delegation had visited Islamabad for the annual meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC). The Permanent Commission met on March 1-3 and was headed by PK Saxena, the Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters.
Pak delegation has already come to India
This is the second Pakistani delegation to visit India in the last few weeks. Earlier this month a Pakistani delegation visited Delhi for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) meeting.
During the March Indus Water Commission meeting, the Indian side emphasized that all its projects fully complies with the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty and provide technical details in support of the situation.
Both sides also discussed the issue of Fazilka drain and Pakistan assured that all necessary action will continue to ensure free flow of Fazilka drain in the Sutlej river.
Indus Water Treaty of 1960
Under the Indus Water Treaty of 1960, the waters of 3 eastern rivers – Sutlej, Beas and Ravi are allocated to India for unrestricted use. Whereas the water of 3 western rivers – Indus, Jhelum and Chenab is allocated to Pakistan. India has the right to generate hydroelectricity through river projects on 3 western rivers. Under the treaty, Pakistan can object to the design of Indian hydroelectric projects on the western rivers.