IWT talks: India rejects Pak’s objections on 2 hydropower projects

LAHORE: India has rejected Pakistan’s objections on its two hydropower projects on the Chenab river, a Pakistani official said today, as the crucial high-level bilateral talks on the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) concluded here.

After the conclusion of talks, the first official engagement between India and Pakistan since Imran Khan became Prime Minister on August 18, Pakistan’s Commissioner for Indus Waters Syed Meher Ali Shah told reporters that there would be no briefing and statement on the issue.

“It is a sensitive matter and we were conveyed (by the Foreign Office) not to speak on it. The Foreign Office will issue a statement in this regard,” Shah said.

Another official of the Pakistani side, on the condition of anonymity, said India rejected Pakistan’s objections on the construction of the 1,000MW Pakal Dul dam and 48MW Lower Kalnal hydropower projects on the Chenab river. (AGENCIES)