Discussions about water talks have started with India “next month”

Discussions about water talks have started with India

The talks on the controversial water initiatives that lie between Pakistan and India are scheduled to take place next month, according to sources on Wednesday.

Pakistan has sent an email to India for discussions on the issue.

The letter was written by Pakistan Indus Water Commissioner Syed Mehr Ali Shah to his Indian counterpart.

The talks about irrigation plans between both parties are being held in the context of Indus Waters Indus Waters Accord.

A Pakistani delegation was in India in May of this year, and it’s now time for India to make an appearance in the former.

There will be discussions about New Delhi on various issues including Pakal Dul dam as well as Lower Kalnai and Kiru hydropower projects that are 1,000 MWs as well as 48MWs and 624MWs respectively. All three located in Indian illegally occupied Kashmir (IIOJK). and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Kishtwar is the most remote district in IIOJK is set to become India’s biggest power station, producing more than 6000 MW of electricity following the conclusion of the current hydroelectric projects.

The surplus power generated by Kishtwar will not be used to power other areas of the territory in dispute but can also be offered to other states.

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The Indus Waters Treaty was signed by the Indian government in 1960 in the aftermath of nine long talks with India as well as Pakistan with the assistance from the World Bank, which is also a signatory. These negotiations were the brainchild of the former World Bank President Eugene Black. It is considered to be among the top effective international treaties, it has lasted through numerous tensions, including conflicts and established a framework for hydropower and irrigation development for over fifty years.

The treaty assigns those rivers in the west of Indus, Jhelum, Chenab to Pakistan and the eastern river from Ravi, Beas, Sutlej to India. In addition, the treaty grants each nation specific uses for the rivers allocated to other.

The treaty provides an arrangement for cooperation and communication between both nations in relation to their use of rivers, also known in the Permanent Indus Commission, which includes a commissioner from each of the countries.

The agreement also outlines distinct procedures to deal with any questions that may be raised: “questions” are handled by the commission “differences” will be handled by an expert neutral to the issue; and “disputes” will be addressed by a seven-member arbitration tribunal referred to as”the “court of arbitrage”.

The treaty permits India to utilize the western river’s water to use for irrigation only in a limited manner and for unlimited non-consumptive usage for power generation as well as navigation floating of property fish farming, etc.

It provides detailed rules for India for building projects that span those rivers in the west.

The preamble to the treaty recognizes its rights and obligations to every nation in the best utilization of the water resources in the Indus system in a spirit of cooperation and friendship.

However, this hasn’t lowered fears of Islamabad about the fact that New Delhi could potentially create flooding or droughts in Pakistan especially during the event of war.

The concern was again raised following the time India let 170,000 cubic centimeters of water into the Ravi in the 2022 Pakistan floods which has already claimed over 1,000 lives and forced the displacement of 30 million people before the release.


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