As a result, there should be little to comment in the normal course when India accepts Pakistan's invitation to the next round of talks, as it has for the Permanent Indus Commission in Lahore later this month.
"However, the agenda for the meeting is yet to be finalised".
Declaring that "blood and water can not flow together", Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a meeting in September to review the treaty in the backdrop of the terror strikes, including the Uri attack.
Government sources told PTI that the meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission will be held before March 31 "as it is mandated" under the treaty.
The current dispute revolves around the Kishenganga (330 megawatts) and Ratle (850 megawatts) hydroelectric plants. The ongoing overtures from across the border could be well understood in the light of India's domestic political narrative since Modi administration appears to return to its previous stance on befriending Pakistan now that the Uttar Pradesh elections have entered their last phase.
According to Islamabad, India was buying time to complete its two disputed water projects and then insisting that since the project was already complete, it could not be modified.
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As per the provisions in the treaty, India can use only 20 percent of the total water carried by the Indus River.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has categorically made a statement that we will use that water irrespective of whatever may be the consequences".
The Indus treaty of 1960, which is considered as one of the most successful global water-sharing agreements, had been signed by the then Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistani president Ayub Khan. More than a mere water agreement, Indus Water Treaty is rightfully honoured as a landmark reminder of the historic cooperation that has stood the test of time and war.
The treaty which was signed in 1960 gives India control over the three rivers of the Indus basin, the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej while Pakistan has the three western rivers, the Indus, the Chenab and the Jhelum.
In the event, the government has chosen wisely, with some encouragement from the World Bank and persistence by Pakistan, to step back from much of that rhetoric, and allow IWT commissioners from both countries to meet.