India likely to attend Indus Water Treaty dispute talks in Lahore

Almost six months after suspending talks with Pakistan on the Indus river pact, India has agreed to participate in the next meeting of Permanent Indus Commission, which will be held in Lahore before March 31.

As it is Pakistan's turn to host the next meeting, the Indian commissioner has accepted his counterpart's invitation.

The last meeting of the commission was held in June 2015. The Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) meeting would be scheduled in the month of March. Currently, the dispute is over Kishenganga and Ratla hydroelectric plants of 330 megawatts and 850 megawatts respectively. Mr. Modi repeated some of those angry sentiments at public rallies where he said India would not allow even a "drop of water" to go waste into Pakistan. They said that India bought time to complete the two projects and then said that the projects could not be modified.

Indus commission is a bipartisan body entrusted with implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty.

After string of terror attacks in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting in September to review the treaty.

World Bank had earlier asked both the countries to consider alternative ways to resolve their disagreements over the Indus Water Treaty Dispute 1960.

Water from the eastern rivers has been allocated to India, and New Delhi is obligated to let 80 percent water from the western rivers flow to Pakistan.

The treaty sets out a mechanism for cooperation and information exchange between the two countries regarding their use of the rivers, known as the Permanent Indus Commission which includes a commissioner from each of the two countries. In addition to India's moderating aggression on the Indus treaty, last few weeks have also seen a marked reduction in the ongoing, nearly daily exchange of fire across the Line of Control; a lenient take on the issue of prisoners by both countries; the regular exchange of nuclear lists between Islamabad and New Delhi and even the appointment of the new secretary general of the regional bloc, SAARC, from Pakistan - the country's first since 1998. The hope with announcing the pause was for the two countries to begin to resolve the issue in an amicable manner and in line with the spirit of the treaty rather than pursuing concurrent processes that could make the treaty unworkable over time.