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Indian delegation arrives in Pakistan to discuss water concerns

A delegation from the India Indus Water Commission, consisting of ten members, arrived in Lahore on Monday to have discussions with authorities from Pakistan.

The party, which was led by Indian Water Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Saxena, crossed the border into Pakistan at the Wagah border.

A three-day visit to Pakistan by an Indian water specialists delegation will take them to Islamabad, where they will engage in discussions over water disputes between the two countries.

On Tuesday, Pakistan and India will meet in Islamabad to discuss a number of disputed water projects (tomorrow).

During the first three days of March, the Permanent Indus Commission will hold its annual meeting in Islamabad, the federal capital.

In accordance with the meeting’s agenda, discussions will center on Pakistan’s objections to Indian hydroelectric projects in Jammu and Kashmir, specifically the Pakal Dul (1,000 MW), Lower Kalnai (48 MW), and Kiru (624 MW) hydroelectric projects in the Chenab basin, as well as a few small hydroelectric projects in Ladakh.

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The previous meeting of the India-Pakistan Permanent Indus Commission, which took place in New Delhi on March 23-24 of last year, was held in New Delhi.

Among the projects under consideration by India are Pakal Dul, Lower Kulnai, Durbuk Shyok, and Nimu Chilling. The Pakistani side restated its opposition to these projects.

Pakistan has requested that India exchange data on water flow in accordance with the requirements of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), in keeping with a practice that has been in place since 1989. Regarding the lingering concerns, the Pakistani side stated that it was critical that they be resolved as soon as possible in accordance with IWT requirements.

Both parties agreed to make all reasonable efforts to settle the difficulties, conduct inspection trips, and to have the next meeting of the commission in Pakistan at the earliest opportunity.

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