Delegates from Pakistan and India met in Islamabad on Thursday (3 July) for discussions on the Salal Dam in the Indian-occupied territory of Kashmir.
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Background: Delegates from Pakistan and India met in Islamabad on Thursday (3 July) for discussions on the Salal Dam in the Indian-occupied territory of Kashmir.
The Pakistan meeting was to clarify technical details and to determine what effect the Salal hydro-electric dam will have on Pakistan. The dam is only 40 miles (64 kilometres) on the Chenab River above the Marala Headworks in Pakistan's Sialkot district. The effects on water supplies to Pakistan Punjab could be considerable.
The dam is being constructed by the Indian Government in Kashmir in the northwest of the subcontinent. Kashmir territory has been disputed by Indian and Pakistan since independence in 1947 after 200 years of British colonial rule.
Pakistan's rainfall is scanty and undependable, and -- because the mainstay is agriculture -- the country depends entirely upon irrigation by canals drawn from the River Indus and its five tributaries. The Chenab river is one of the rivers of the Indus.
The meeting on Thursday was between the Indus Commissioner for India, Mr. O.P. Chadha, and his Pakistan counterpart, Mr. Habibur Rahman, and their delegations. According to the Indus Basin Treaty, India may use the waters of the Chenab as long as the design of the dam conforms to the Treaty specifications. The designs have been provided to safeguard Pakistani interests. Pakistan alleges that the Indian project contravenes the treaty.
The meeting lasted three days. The talks are likely to be resumed soon in New Delhi.
SYNOPSIS: In Islamabad, Indian and Pakistani delegates have been meeting to discuss a controversial hydro-electric dam project. It's the Salal Dam being built by the Indian Government on the River Chenab in the Indian-occupied part of Kashmir. The Indian representatives of the Indus Commission were met by their Pakistani counterparts. Pakistani agriculture depends mainly on irrigation by canals drawn from the River Indus and its five tributaries. The Chenab is one of these. Pakistan is claiming the design of the dam contravenes the Indus Basin Treaty which safeguards the country's water rights. The three-day meeting was to clarify technical details of the dam's construction and to determine the effect of the dam on Pakistan. Talks are likely to be resumed soon in New Delhi.