Wullar Barrage talks remain inconclusive
By Iftikhar Gilani
NEW DELHI: Talks between India and Pakistan on the Wullar Barrage-Tulbul Navigation project in Jammu and Kashmir remained inconclusive, but both sides reported “good tangible progress.”
Officially it was said at the end of two-day secretary-level talks, which concluded here on Wednesday, that there was “better understanding” and both sides agreed to continue discussions to resolve the differences on it.
“The talks were held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere. The two sides exchanged views on the project and reaffirmed their commitment to the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) of 1960,” said a joint press statement issued at the end of talks.
However, sources told Daily Times that there were serious differences between the two sides on the issues involving the barrage. “There is no question of looking into design of this project. We want it to be scrapped totally as it was started in total violation of the IWT,” said a Pakistani official.