Two-day meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) begins in New Delhi today. Representatives from Pakistan and India will discuss Water Treaty dispute and resolution of outstanding issues.
The Permanent Indus Commission 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 Waters Treaty. The commission maintains and exchanges data and co-operates between the two countries
This will be the 114th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC), which should meet at least once a year as per the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). Last year meeting was held in Pakistan.
Indian delegation includes India's Indus water commissioner PK Saxena, technical experts and a representative of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) while Pakistan's six-member delegation will be led by Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah.
Two-day meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission of #Pakistan and #India begins in New Delhi today. Representatives from both sides will discuss Water Treaty dispute and resolution of outstanding issues. pic.twitter.com/3lCQyJ8YFe— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) March 29, 2018
The IWT covers the water distribution and sharing rights of six rivers — Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.
Ahead of the meet, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Transport and Water Resources said the Centre would take steps to discontinue the Indian share of water that flows into Pakistan and remains unutilized.