Constructive Indo-Pak water talks in Washington raised hopes of solution

Vastavam web: A constructive engagement between Pakistan and India during the recently held water talks in Washington has raised hopes for an amicable resolution of disputes under the Indus Waters Treaty, a media report here said today.Dawn News quoted an international expert, who closely monitors the Indo-Pak water talks, as saying that this was the first time in many years that delegates “held a constructive discussion, instead of merely stating their official positions.” They would “just read the statements they brought with them and leave, but this time it was different,” the expert said.

“A constructive engagement between Pakistan and India during the recently held water talks in Washington has raised hopes for an amicable resolution of this dispute,” the report said, citing unnamed diplomatic sources.India and Pakistan held secretary-level talks over the Indus Waters Treaty last week in Washington.The World Bank, which hosted the talks at its headquarters, also noticed the positive change and mentioned it in a press release on August 1, noting that the “meetings were held in a spirit of goodwill and cooperation”, Dawn said.

In the lengthy fact sheet, the World Bank said Pakistan asked it to facilitate the setting up of a Court of Arbitration to look into its concerns about the designs of the two hydroelectric power projects.On the other hand, India had asked for the appointment of a neutral expert to look into the issues, contending that the concerns Pakistan raised were “technical” ones.The simultaneous processes, however, were halted after India objected to it.After that, representatives of the World Bank held talks with India and Pakistan to find a way out separately.