India, Pak start talks on water projects

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Islamabad, May 31 (UNI) In a bid to resolve its water-related bilateral disputes, an eleven-member Indian delegation is meeting their Pakistani counterparts at Lahore today to discuss controversial water projects like Kishanganga besides the routine annual agenda.

The delegation was led by the Indian Indus Water Treaty Commissioner G Aranga Nathan and some technical experts of the water sector.

The bilateral discussions on controversial power projets will continue till June 4, Geo TV reported.

Talking to the reporters at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Mr Aranga Nathan said, no discussion would be held on the issue of Baglihar Dam as it had already been setting.

Pakistani Commissioner of Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) Syed Jamaat Ali Shah said the issues of Kishanganga and Ori-II would also be taken up.

Meanwhile, sources said, besides the routine agenda, the Pakistani side would also take up the controversial issues, particularly Kishanganga and Baglihar hydropower cum water storage project of India on the Chenab River.

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