Indus Water Treaty: India, Pakistan likely to hold parleys this month

India's Indus water commissioner and MEA officials will be part of the Indian delegation for the annual meeting.

Indus Water Treaty: India, Pakistan likely to hold parleys this month

Nearly 6 months after New Delhi suspended talks in the wake of terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups, India and Pakistan are expected to hold dialogues on various aspects of the Indus Water Treaty in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, later this month.

The meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission will be held before 31 March "as it is mandated" under the treaty, Press Trust of India reported quoting government sources on Thursday.

"Under the treaty, it is required that India and Pakistan meet every financial year. If we don't, then it is going to be a violation of the pact," the official told the news-wire. "But there are chances we will meet for a day or two in the third or fourth week of this month."  The last meeting of the commission was held in June 2015.

In September 2016, PM Modi held a meeting to review the treaty in the backdrop of the terror strikes, including the Uri attack and declared that "blood and water cannot flow together".

Following the meeting, officials had announced that the government has decided to suspend further talks and increase the utilisation of rivers flowing through Jammu and Kashmir to fully exercise India's rights under the pact.

The commission, which has officials from both the countries as its members, was set up under the 57-year-old treaty to discuss and resolve issues relating to its implementation.

The sources told the new agency that since the "major issues of dispute" (Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectricity projects in India) were already before the World Bank, these may not be discussed during the commission's meeting.