Pak acting as 'crying wolf': Defence experts on Permanent Indus Commission meet

  • Pak acting as 'crying wolf': Defence experts on Permanent Indus Commission meet

Pak acting as 'crying wolf': Defence experts on Permanent Indus Commission meet

Recent willingness shown by India to participate in the annual meeting of the permanent Indus Waters Commission scheduled to be held in Pakistan this month is a welcome sign that denotes a mutual commitment to uphold an agreement, which has braved periods of massive ruptures in bilateral ties.

As it is Pakistan's turn to host the next meeting, the Indian commissioner has accepted his counterpart's invitation. Regular meetings of the Indus commissioners are only to discuss technical matters and not political ones, they added.

The dispute is over the Kishenganga (330 megawatts) and Ratle (850 megawatts) hydroelectric plants building on the Kishanganga and Chenab rivers.

Soon after the terror attack on an army camp at Uri in north Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 26 reviewed the implementation of the Indus Water Treaty and decided that India would not hold a meeting of the PIC with Pakistan, as long as the neighbouring country continued to export terror. The six rivers covered under the treaty are - eastern rivers of Ravi, Beas, Sutlej, Chenab, Jhelum and Indus along iwth their tributaries. Mr. Modi repeated some of those angry sentiments at public rallies where he said India would not allow even a "drop of water" to go waste into Pakistan. Islamabad accused India of buying time to complete its two disputed water projects and then insisting that since the project was already complete, it could not be modified.

Echoing similar sentiments, another defence expert Sunil Deshpande said India has realized that it should utilize the assigned amount of water of the Indus River and must take advantage of the liberty which the treaty has provided.

India, Pakistan and Pakistan are the signatories of the water treaty and are in discussions about how to resolve the disagreements the two countries have over New Delhi's construction of two hydroelectric power plants.

World Bank had earlier intervened in the dispute and had asked both the countries to resolve the issue.

The treaty sets out a mechanism for cooperation and information exchange between the two countries regarding their use of the rivers, known as the Permanent Indus Commission which includes a commissioner from each of the two countries.