Pakistan hopeful of resolving water issue with India

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Islamabad, Oct 31 (UNI) Pakistan today exuded confidence that the Chenab water issue with India will be revolved very soon.

''India has assured Pakistan at highest level that Indus Water Treaty will be implemented in letter and spirit,'' Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Sadiq told a press briefing here.

The spokesman said water is a very serious issue and lesser flow into Chenab river by India affected Pakistan's crops.

He expressed the hope that the requirements of the Treaty will be met. He said, in this connection Pakistan's Indus Water Commissioner Syed Jamat Ali Shah recently visited India and inspected the water reservoir facility and had negotiations with his Indian counterpart.

To a question about Pakistan's response to the gross human rights violations in Kashmir, the spokesman said Pakistanis always called for respect for the human righs of the Kashmiris including their fundamental and inalienable right to self-determination, as envisaged in the relevant UN resolutions.

He said the recent uprising in the State for the restoration and safeguard of the basic rights is entirely indigenous.

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