India has favourably responded to Pakistan’s invitation to attend the meeting of Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) in March in Lahore. World Bank officials played catalyst and mediator to bring the two hostile neighbours to table after two months of rigorous diplomatic negotiation.
Following Uri attacks Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to “review” the Indus Water Treaty, following consultation with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar. “Blood and water cannot flow together,” said Modi on September 27.
Pakistan has repeatedly cried foul over two hydro-electric projects one over Jhelum and another over Chenab. The Kishenganga Project, on Jhelum has to have an installed capacity of 330MW, whereas the Ralte Project in Doda over Chenab will have 850MW. But, India continue to maintain that the projects do not violate IWT clauses.
World Bank experts Ian Solomon and then Ms. Georgieva visited both countries and met Mr. Arun Jaitley and his Pakistani counterpart Mr. Ishaq Dar. Both leaders were convinced that this matter should find a place on the table during talks in March by the experts.
This can mark a beginning in dialogue again between the nations which had become non-existent post terror attack in Uri.
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