India and Pakistan will discuss water-related issues in a two-day meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) in Delhi, starting 29 March 2018 amid continuing bilateral tensions. The 114th annual meeting of the PIC will be attended by a six-member Pakistani delegation led by Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah and by India’s Indus water commissioner PK Saxena along with technical experts and representatives from the Foreign and Water Ministry.
The PIC is an established mechanism under the Indus Waters Treaty to promote cooperation between the two neighbours in development of the Indus Water Systems. The treaty mandates the PIC to meet at least once a year alternately in India and Pakistan. The 113th meeting of the PIC was held in Pakistan in March 2017.
Addressing the concluding session of Agri Leadership Summit in Rohtak on 03 April 2018, Gadkari said: “During the Partition, India got three rivers but we could not utilise our share of the waters, which kept flowing back to Pakistan. Now, the Centre has decided to stop the flow of the country’s due share into Pakistan and utilise it to feed our parched lands.