Pakistan blames India for delays in negotiations to resolve water conflict

Islamabad, May 9: According to the media, New Delhi’s “stubbornness” over the water conflict between Pakistan and India continues as it has not yet responded to a letter sent by Islamabad after a month. A meeting of water experts from both countries is scheduled to take place in New Delhi this month, but negotiations may now be delayed, Express Tribune said in a report.

On March 1st, a three-day meeting of water experts from both countries was held in Islamabad. Sources said the meeting was agreed to meet in New Delhi in May. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif has banned sugar exports to stabilize prices and control the country’s hoarding.

The Indus Water Commission will soon write a second letter to Indian responders to convene the meeting. Islamabad is opposed to plans to build a project on the Chenab River in New Delhi, sources said.

They said India also approved the launch of an illegal water project on the Indus River, the Express Tribune report said. Construction of a water project by India will reduce the flow of water in Pakistan’s rivers.

In March, Islamabad and New Delhi reiterated their desire to implement the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) following the 117th meeting of the Permanent Indus Committee of India and Pakistan.

Meetings alternate between Pakistan and India each year under the relevant provisions of the IWT 1960. The 10-member delegation of New Delhi was headed by the Indian Commission of Induswaters PK Saxena, and the delegation of Islamabad was led by the Pakistani Commission of Induswaters Said Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah.

(The above story was first published on May 9, 2022 at 4:19 pm IST. Log on to our website for news and updates on politics, the world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle. please.

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