New Delhi, March 3: The Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) meeting scheduled in Lahore this month will be attended by Indian officials, according to sources.
The Permanent Indus Commission is a bilateral commission of officials from both the countries, 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 Water Treaty.
This development comes after the relations between India and Pakistan had worsened following the Uri and Pathankot terror attacks last year.
Pakistan had firmly stated that it will not accept any kind of alterations in the Indus Water Treaty after statements demonstrating India’s assertiveness to engage in further consultation with Islamabad to resolve the differences over Kishenganga and Ralte projects under the treaty.
Pakistan, however, is raising its objections to the building of Kishenganga (330 MW) and Ratle (850 MW) hydroelectric plants by India, claiming it violates the treaty.
The World Bank, which had earlier asked both the countries to consider alternatives to resolve their disputes, had temporarily halted the appointment of a neutral expert as requested by India, and the Chairman of the Court of Arbitration, as requested by Pakistan.
The Indus Water Treaty was signed between erstwhile Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistani President Ayub Khan in 1960. The treaty gives India control over three eastern rivers, the Beas, the Ravi, and the Sutlej, while Pakistan was given the control of the Indus, the Chenab, and the Jhelum.
The treaty sets out a Permanent Indus Commission that allows the process of resolution of various differences, questions, and disputes that may arise between the two countries. This year’s meet will take place in Lahore in March.