Indo-Pak talks on Tulbul from Apr 18
The talks were suspended by New Delhi nearly two decades ago as Islamabad raised objections to its construction.india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 13:49 IST
India and Pakistan will hold two-day talks from Tuesday on Jammu and Kashmir's Tulbul navigation project, suspended by New Delhi nearly two decades ago as Islamabad raised objections to its construction.
Talks held last year as part of the third round of composite dialogue had ended on an inconclusive note with both sides reiterating their positions about finding a solution consistent with the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960.
The Pakistani delegation would be led by Water and Power Secretary Ashfaq Mahmood and the Indian side by his counterpart J Hari Narayan.
Legal advisors, design engineers, commissioner, Indus River Treaty, and officials of the foreign office would also participate in the talks.
Pakistan says construction of the Tulbul project, which it calls Wullar Barrage, on the Jhelum river by India violates the Indus treaty and would lead to the loss of precious irrigation water to its territory.
India is insisting on the revival of the project, suspended in 1987. The project was conceived in the 1980s and work began in 1984.
New Delhi maintains that the suspension of work is harming the interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and also depriving the people of Pakistan of irrigation and power benefits that may come to it from regulated water releases from the Wullar lake.