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Pak-India talks on Ratle Project next month in Washington: Asif

Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif has said that Indus Water Treaty provides amicable solution of water disputes between Pakistan and India.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday Asif said that Pakistan has successfully defended its rights under the Indus Water Treaty. To a question, he said Pakistan is pressing for implementation of arbitration court’s decision on Kishanganga.

He said that Secretary level talks on Ratle hyderoelectric project will begin on 12th of next month in Washington between the two countries.

He expressed the hope that things will move in the positive direction as a result of meeting between Permanent Indus Commissioners of Pakistan and India, which began today in Islamabad.

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

He said dialogue relating to Indus Waters Treaty was suspended in 2015 and now taking place almost after two years break.

He said Pakistan has welcomed the readiness of India for talks at Indus Water Commissioners level.

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