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Indian delegation to leave for Pak tomorrow for PIC meet

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An Indian delegation will tomorrow leave for to take part in the meeting of Permanent Indus Commission (PIC), beginning March 20 in

The 10-member delegation, which will take part in the two-day meeting, comprises India's Indus Water Commissioner PK Saxena, MEA officials and technical experts.

sources said is open to discuss concerns has over its projects under Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) bilaterally.

They, however, reaffirmed that there will be no compromise on exploiting its due rights under the 57-year-old pact.

"The treaty mandates that the meeting be held at least once in a fiscal. Accordingly, the parleys will be held," a senior official said.

The meeting will take place nearly six months after decided to suspend talks on the pact in the wake of the Uri terror attack by Pakistan-based outfits.

India has already downplayed its participation in the meeting, saying it does not amount to "resumption" of government-level talks.

Declaring that "blood and water cannot flow together", Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a meeting in September to review the treaty in the backdrop of the terror strikes, including the Uri attack.

After the meeting, officials had announced the government's decision to suspend further talks and increase the utilisation of rivers flowing through Jammu and Kashmir to fully exercise India's rights under the pact.

The PIC had last met in May 2015 here.

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First Published: Sat, March 18 2017. 22:48 IST