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India, Pakistan to hold Wullar Barrage-Tulbul Project talks in Islamabad

Islamabad , Wed, 11 May 2011 ANI

Islamabad, May 11 (ANI): Water resources secretaries of India and Pakistan will hold talks in Islamabad for four days from Wednesday on the Wullar Barrage-Tulbul Navigation Project.


The talks form a part of a decision taken by both New Delhi and Islamabad to take the bilateral dialogue process forward. Talks between India and Pakistan were revived earlier this year after a gap of two years. They were earlier suspended in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks.


The Indian side will be led by Water Resources Secretary Dhruv Vijai Singh while the Pakistan team will be led by Water and Power Secretary Javed Iqbal.


So far, the Home and Interior Secretaries and the Commerce Secretaries of the two countries have held talks on ways to boost counter-terrorism and trade cooperation.


India started work on the Tulbul Navigation Project at the mouth of the Wullar Lake in Jammu and Kashmir in 1985 to make the Jhelum river navigable in summer.


Pakistan sought to stop the project on a complaint that it violated the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960.


Pakistan claimed the project could be used by India to control the flow of the Jhelum. New Delhi has denied the charge. (ANI)


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