New Delhi, December 17: India on Friday clearly stated that it was ready to resolve all the ongoing issues over the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan over Kishanganga and the Ratle projects.
Like to tell you that, the official spokesperson of Ministry of External affairs Vikas Swarup in weekly briefing said, “India has always believed that the implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty, which includes the redressal of the technical questions and differences, should be done bilaterally between India and Pakistan.”
Swarup further gave several examples available where such matters had been successfully resolved bilaterally within the Permanent Indus Commission for instance. An example is the resolution of the height of the freeboard for KishanGanga, or even between the two governments as seen in the Salal Hydro Electric Project in 1978.
Swarup said that, “Given the will to address these matters through the appropriate mechanisms provided for in the Indus Waters Treaty, there is no reason why the technical design parameters on which Pakistan has raised objections cannot be sorted out by professional, technical experts from both sides.”
Swarup in the added, “We had advised the World Bank not to rush into initiating two parallel processes simultaneously and hold more consultations. It is a matter of satisfaction that this point has now been recognized by the World Bank. We believe that these consultations should be given adequate time.”
Interestingly, the announcement came just a day after the World Bank group announced a pause in the separate processes initiated by India and Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty.
Meanwhile, on the other hand Pakistan made it clear that it would not accept any modifications or changes to the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT).
The treaty, signed in 1960, gives India control over the three eastern rivers of the Indus basin — the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej— while Pakistan has the three western rivers— the Indus, the Chenab and the Jhelum. The IWT also sets up a mechanism, the Permanent Indus Commission, which includes a commissioner from each country.