IN­DIA, PAK FAIL TO INK PACT AT IN­DUS TALKS

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The lat­est round of talks be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan on In­dus Wa­ter Treaty (IWT) con­cluded with­out reach­ing an agree­ment, the World Bank has said even as it as­sured that both coun­tries will con­tinue to work to re­solve the is­sues in an am­i­ca­ble man­ner.

“Both coun­tries and the World Bank ap­pre­ci­ated the dis­cus­sions and re­con­firmed their com­mit­ment to the preser­va­tion of the Treaty,” the World Bank said af­ter the con­clu­sion of the sec­re­tary-level dis­cus­sions be­tween the two South Asian neigh­bours on the tech­ni­cal is­sues of the Kishen­ganga and Ra­tle hy­dro­elec­tric power plants within the IWT frame­work.

The two-day dis­cus­sion took place at the World Bank head­quar­ters on Septem­ber 14-15.

The IWT was signed in 1960 af­ter nine years of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan with the help of the World Bank, which is also a sig­na­tory.

The World Bank’s role in re­la­tion to “dif­fer­ences” and “dis­putes” is lim­ited to the des­ig­na­tion of peo­ple to ful­fil cer­tain roles when re­quested by ei­ther or both of the par­ties.

The In­dian del­e­ga­tion was led by the Union wa­ter re­sources sec­re­tary Amar­jit Singh and had rep­re­sen­ta­tives from min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs, power, In­dia’s In­dus Wa­ter Com­mis­sioner and Cen­tral Wa­ter Com­mis­sion.

The Pak­istani del­e­ga­tion was led by sec­re­tary, wa­ter re­sources divi­sion, Arif Ahmed Khan along with sec­re­tary of wa­ter and power Yousuf Naseem Khokhar, joint sec­re­tary of wa­ter Syed Me­har Ali Shah and IWT high com­mis­sioner Mirza Asif Baig.

THE TREATY WAS SIGNED IN 1960 AF­TER NINE YEARS OF NE­GO­TI­A­TIONS BE­TWEEN THE TWO NA­TIONS WITH THE HELP OF WORLD BANK, WHICH IS ALSO A SIG­NA­TORY

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