Five hydro projects likely to be discussed in India-Pakistan meet

The delegation is led by India's Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena and also Ministry of External Affairs officials and technical expert. Coinciding with the news of the inauguration of the Salma dam, some of them published what they said were plans of further dam building by India in Afghanistan. The treaty requires annual meetings but none have been held since 2015 because of tense relations.

Indian and Pakistani officials will attend a two-day meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) starting in Islamabad on Monday.

"Since the Indus Waters Treaty was signed [in 1960], no dispute has been handled including the Ratle dam dispute", Asif said, adding, "We are in the position to fully protect our interests".

"Blood and water can not flow together", Modi said in a meeting he called to discuss moves against Pakistan for "backing the militant attack" that left 19 Indian soldiers dead - an allegation that Islamabad denies.

Sources said that Pakistan would highlight concerns about the three Indian hydro projects being built on the rivers flowing to Pakistan.

The two projects are being constructed on the Jhelum and Chenab rivers respectively.

Though India had offered to continue discussing the matters at the commission level, Pakistan could not afford delay in the resolution process as construction of the two projects was in progress. Pakistan has been pursuing the matter of regular meetings of the Permanent Indus Commission with India to bring the other remaining issues under discussion.

Khawaja Asif said the meeting will discuss the design aspets of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India.

Some sections of the Indian media suggested that the idea of abandoning the Indus Water Treaty was to deprive Pakistan of the water from the Indus basin and put pressure on it. Later, the delegation members and their host left for federal capital soon after their arrival on Sunday.

"Furthermore, Paragraph 29 of Annexure G of Indus Waters Treaty mentions the worldwide conventions and customary global law".

  • Leroy Wright