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Asif said that Pakistan had been urging for implementation of the decision on the issue of construction of the Kishan Ganga dam on the Jehlum river. The treaty requires annual meetings but none have been held since May 2015 because of tense relations between New Delhi and Islamabad.

The press statement was issued in connection with the 113th Meeting of Permanent Indus Commission, which commenced today. He said that Pakistan had always been pleading that the Indus Basin Waters Treaty was one of the few world level treaties that provided forum to get resolution of water issues in a peaceful manner.

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

The bilateral talks were halted in March 2015 at the time when both the countries were on table to take up issues like Kishan Ganga and Ratal power projects by India.

Last year, the secretaries of power of both countries agreed to third-party resolution through the World Bank.

Despite various media statements causing speculations, Pakistan showed restraint and kept making efforts to resume commission level talks.

The minister said the meeting will discuss the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants and flood data supplied by India.

Indian Indus Water Commissioner P.P. Saxena and his Pakistani counterpart Mirza Asif Beg opened the formal talks before leaving for northeastern Lahore city, where the talks will conclude on Tuesday. The delegation later left for Islamabad by road amid high security.

According to reports, Pakistan would highlight concerns about the three Indian hydro projects being built on the rivers flowing to Pakistan.

The two-day meeting of the Indus Water Commission began Monday in Islamabad and officials said the discussions focused on designs of three controversial hydropower projects India plans to build on the Chenab River.

He said Pakistan has welcomed the readiness of India for talks at Indus Water Commissioners level.

Pakistan, a country of 180 million people with a largely agriculture-based economy, fears the projects could severely deplete its water resources. "Under these, the environment and climate change can not be excluded", he added.


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