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Second round of Pak-India water talks ends in stalemate

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Pakistan and India once again failed to reach consensus during their second round of talks pertaining to the Indus Water Treaty at the National Engineering Services of Pakistan headquarters.

The Pakistani members led by Commissioner Syed Meher Ali Shah expressed reservation on the two under-construction controversial water reservoirs and hydro power projects.

He said Pakistan has serious reservations over construction of 1000-MW Pakal Dul and 48-MW Lower Kalnai hydroelectric projects on two different tributaries of River Chenab by India.

The Pakistani side also demanded to reduce the height of Pakal Dul by five feet. However, the Indian delegation said construction of the dams does not violate the Indus Water Treaty.

As the deadlock persisted, the members decided to hold a third round of talks to discuss the issues. The schedule of the meeting will be decided later.

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