India has allowed Pakistani team to visit its controversial water sites on Chenab River.
The Federal Minister for Water Resources, Faisal Vawda, announced the news on Friday.
Vawda, who has been quite active ever since taking oath as a minister, wrote on his official Twitter account:
“Pakistan and India have been into Indus Water Treaty dispute for ages. Due to our continued efforts, there is a breakthrough that India has finally agreed to our request for inspection of Indian projects on Chenab basin.”
The minister has also ordered a three-member team to pack bags for a visit to India for inspection of the controversial water projects.
The visit is scheduled from January 27 to February 1.
The commissioner for Indus Waters Syed Meher Ali Shah, who is also a Joint Secretary in Water Resources Ministry, will lead the delegation.
Vawda welcomed the gesture from India and hoped that the cooperation between the two countries continues to resolve other issues as well.
“We welcome this gesture from India, and we expect the same spirit for resolution of other outstanding issues,” the minister said.
What Is The Dispute?
After nine years of continuous deliberation, India and Pakistan had signed a water-distribution contract in 1960 called the Indus Water Treaty, with the help of the World Bank. The treaty has seen several conflicts and tensions but has, somehow, survived all of it.
In the last couple of decades, Pakistan’s complaints against India have rapidly increased that the neighbouring country has been violating the Indus Water Treaty 1960 after starting building dams on Chenab and Jhelum.
Islamabad has also demanded the World Bank, one of the three signatories, to jump in and set up a ‘court of arbitration’ to settle the water disputes.
Initially, the bank had not responded positively to Pakistan’s demands as Indian lobby was strong and its people were sitting at the higher posts in the bank.
But due to the rapidly changing geopolitical situation in the region, Islamabad now has the backing of Asian giants like China, Russia and Turkey. This will push world bank to set up a court of arbitration for a logical settlement of the dispute between the neighbouring countries.
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