Pakistan and India have decided the two-day talks of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) with a promise to work together more often in order to resolve the issues through bilateral discussions.
According to a statement issued by India’s External Affairs Ministry, talks were held in a “cordial manner” in New Delhi. The two sides were led by their respective Indus water commissioners.
The meeting of the PIC is being linked to the refreshed push by the two sides to seek reconciliation.
The statement said the annual meeting of the PIC comprising Indus Commissioners of India and Pakistan was held on March 23-24, 2021 in New Delhi.
“Under the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty, signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, the two Commissioners are required to meet at least once every year, alternately in India and Pakistan. The meeting could not be held last year due to restrictions induced by the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation,” the statement said.
The sources say that Pakistan requested India for sharing information on the design of the new Indian hydropower projects being planned to be constructed. The Indian side guaranteed that the information will be supplied as and when required to be supplied under the provisions of the treaty.
“The meeting was held in a cordial manner. Both the Commissioners reaffirmed their commitment to interact more frequently in an attempt to resolve the issues by bilateral discussions under the Treaty. It was agreed to hold the next meeting of the PIC in Pakistan on mutually convenient dates,” the statement concluded.