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Things will move in positive direction, Pakistan on IWT talks

[ March 21, 2017 ]

Islamabad/March, 20: Pakistan on Monday said that the Indus Waters Treaty provides amicable solution to serious water issues between Pakistan and India.

Pakistan's Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said this while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday.

He said that Secretary level talks on Ratle hyderoelectric plant will begin on 12th of next month in Washington between the two countries, reportd Radio Pakistan.

"Things will move in the positive direction as a result of meeting between Permanent Indus Commissioners of Pakistan and India. Outstanding problems relating to Indus Basin will be discussed during the two day meeting," Asif was quoted as saying.

Asif said the meeting will discuss the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants and flood data supply by India.

"The dialogue relating to Indus Waters Treaty was suspended in 2015 and now taking place almost after two years break. Pakistan has welcomed the readiness of India for talks at Indus Water Commissioners level," he said.

He further said Pakistan is pressing for implementation of arbitration court's decision on Kishanganga.