India, Pakistan may meet for Indus pact talks to thaw frosty ties

India, Pakistan may meet for Indus pact talks to thaw frosty ties

Hoping for rapprochement after a year of terror attacks and acrimony, India and Pakistan may convene a meeting of Permanent Indus Commission during the coming months after such talks under Indus Water Treaty (IWT) was suspended last September following terror strikes on the Army camp in Uri.

A meeting of the Commission is on the cards to discuss the critical issue of water sharing, hinted persons familiar with the development. According to Article VIII of the Indus Waters Treaty, the Commission must meet once a year, alternately in India and Pakistan. The last meeting was held in July 2016. The Permanent Indus Commission is a bilateral commission consisting of officials from India and Pakistan, created to implement and manage the goals and objectives and outlines of the Indus Waters Treaty. The commission maintains and exchanges data and co-operates between the two countries. The 1960 Indus Water Treaty was not abrogated even as the talks were suspended amid tensions following the Uri strikes. Earlier this month, a United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) report had blamed Pakistan for neglecting to resolve trans-border water issues and delayed presenting the cases of dispute with India to the Water Commission. But the report also claimed that the Indus Water Treaty has been an outstanding example of conflict resolution. Read More…

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