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Indian delegation to visit Pak to attend Permanent Indus Commission

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

A nine-member Indian delegation will travel to to attend 113rd Permanent Indus Commission meeting in Pakistan's capital starting from tomorrow.

had reportedly forwarded an invitation to to resolve issues related to the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), sources said.

The Permanent Indus Commission is a bilateral commission of officials from and Pakistan, created to implement and manage goals of the Indus Waters Treaty 1960.

It comprises the Indus Commissioners from both sides and discusses technical matters related to the implementation of the treaty.

It has 112 times since 1960.

It is Pakistan's turn to host its next meeting and the Indian Commissioner accepted his counterpart's invitation for a meeting to take place from March 19.

Mutually convenient dates and mutually agreeable agenda are being worked out directly by the commissioners themselves and the has no role to play in this regard.

"No shift in the stand as and Commission are different, including for purposes of commission meetings," said sources.

The development comes after relations between the two nuclear-armed nations plummeted following the Pathankot terror attack in January last year.

has firmly stated that it will not accept any alterations or changes to the IWT after had said that it is ready to engage in further consultations with on the matter of resolving current differences over the Kishenganga and Ralte projects under the treaty.

has argued that was buying time to complete its two disputed water projects and then insisting that since the project was already complete, it could not be modified.

has raised objection to the building of the Kishanganga (330 megawatts) and Ratle (850 megawatts) hydroelectric plants by saying that it violates the provisions of the treaty.

Tensions increased over the water dispute when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi threatened to block the flow of water into

The World Bank had earlier asked both the countries to consider alternative ways to resolve their disagreements over the Indus Water Treaty Dispute 1960.

The World Bank had said that it was temporarily halting the appointment of a neutral expert as requested by India, and the Chairman of the Court of Arbitration, as requested by Pakistan, to resolve issues regarding two hydroelectric power plants under construction by along the Indus Rivers system.

The treaty which was signed in 1960 by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and President Ayub Khan gives control over the three eastern rivers of the Indus basin, the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej while has the three western rivers, the Indus, the Chenab and the Jhelum.

As per the provisions in the treaty, can use only 20 percent of the total water carried by the Indus River.

The Indus Waters Treaty 1960 is seen as one of the most successful international treaties and has withstood frequent tensions between and Pakistan, including conflict.

The treaty sets out a mechanism for cooperation and information exchange between the two countries regarding their use of the rivers, known as the Permanent Indus Commission which includes a commissioner from each of the two countries. It also sets out a process for resolving so-called "questions", "differences" and "disputes" that may arise between the parties.

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First Published: Sat, March 18 2017. 21:38 IST