India, Pak to hold meet on Permanent Indus Commission from Aug 29

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To discuss various issues under Indus Water Treaty, India and Pakistan will hold the 115th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission in Lahore from August 29 to 30.

A nine-member Indian delegation, led by Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters, PK Saxena, along with nine other Indian delegates comprising technical experts will arrive in Lahore for the annual meeting on August 28. The Pakistani side will be led by their Indus Commissioner, Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah.

PIC was formed in 1960 under Indus Water Treaty, signed between India and Pakistan. It includes the Indus commissioners of both the countries. The treaty provides for both the commissioners to meet at least once every year, alternately in India and Pakistan.

The treaty specifies that the waters of three eastern rivers namely Ravi, Beas and Sutlej, had been reserved for India while that of western rivers, namely Indus, Chenab and Jhelum, are for Pakistan. However, India has unrestricted rights to develop hydroelectric power projects on the western rivers, within the specified parameters of design.

The previous meeting of the PIC was held in New Delhi from March 29 to 30, 2018.

 

(Fetaured image:Brighter Kashmir)

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