Lahore : India and Pakistan on Wednesday commenced crucial talks on various aspects of the Indus Waters Treaty here, the first bilateral engagement since Prime Minister Imran Khan took office.

The first round of the two-day meet is being held at the National Engineering Services Pakistan. The water commissioners are required to meet twice a year and arrange technical visits to projects’ sites and critical river head works, but Pakistan had been facing problems in timely meets and visits.

The Indian side is being represented by a delegation of the Indian Water Commission led by Commissioner PK Saxena whereas Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters Syed Meher Ali Shah and his delegation are representing Pakistan, it said. Both the countries are expected to present their reports during the talks. After the meeting, a joint notification would be issued.

On Tuesday, Shah and additional commissioner Sheraz Jamil received the nine-member Indian delegation led by Saxena on its arrival here via Wagah border.

The talks will be the first official engagement between India and Pakistan since Khan became PM on August 18. The last meeting of the Pak-India Permanent Indus Commission was held in New Delhi in March during which both the sides had shared details of the water flow and the quantum of water being used under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty.

Interpol refuses to arrest Mush: Govt

Islamabad: The Interpol has rejected Pakistan’s requ­est to arrest General Pervez Musharraf as it does not want to interfere in cases of political nature, the gove­rn­ment on Wednesday told a special court hearing the high treason case against the ex-military dictator who is now in Dubai.

The government’s reply came as the tribunal resumed hearing in the treason case against the former President for suspending the Constitu­tion in 2007 by imposing emergency. Interior Secretary Yousuf Naseem Khokhar said a letter was written to Inter­pol to issue a Red Warrant.

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