Pakistan, India agree to make endeavours to resolve issues relating to Indus Water Treaty, conduct tours of inspection: FO

Islamabad: Pakistan and India have agreed to make endeavours to resolve issues relating to the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) and conduct tours of inspection.

The two sides, during the 116th meeting of Pakistan-India Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) held in New Delhi from 23-24 March 2021, also agreed to hold next meeting of the Commission in Pakistan at an early DATE, Foreign Office said in a statement issued here Thursday.

Under the relevant provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), the meeting is held annually alternately in Pakistan and India.

The Pakistan side was led by Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah, Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters.

According to the statement, host of issues related to the IWT were discussed during the meeting. Pakistan side reiterated its objections to the Indian projects including Pakal Dul, Lower Kulnai, Durbuk Shyok and Nimu Chilling, it added.

Pakistan side also urged the Indian side to share data of flood flows as per the provisions of the IWT following the practice in vogue since 1989.

Pakistan side emphasized the importance of early resolution of the outstanding issues in accordance with the provisions of the IWT, the statement mentioned.