LAHORE  - Three important delegations left for India on Saturday through Wagha joint check post (JCP), said sources in Pakistan Rangers (Punjab).

Pak Indus Water commissioner left at 11:000 am, a delegation of judges, 17 parliamentarians while Faisalabad Wolves Team came back from India.

Monitoring Desk adds: According to Times of India, the much-awaited Pakistan-India talks on Indus Water Treaty will begin in New Delhi from today (Sunday). During the four-day talks, both the sides will discuss contentious issues concerning water sharing between the two countries.

Pakistan’s objection on four hydroelectric projects (2018 MW of generation capacity) - proposed to be constructed by India in the Chenab river basin - will also be discussed during the meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission. The meeting will conclude on September 25.

The meeting assumes significance when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next week.

Though New Delhi has so far not confirmed Singh-Sharif bilateral meeting during Singh’s US visit, the two developments - discussing water issues and visiting of a Pakistani judicial commission to Mumbai to cross-examine witnesses of Mumbai case - indicate both governments’ efforts to bring normalcy in relationship from where much meaningful dialogue can take place in future.

Talks on water sharing issues and visit of Pakistani judicial commission in connection with the Mumbai attack case probe may, however, be seen as a beginning for some meaningful talks on many bilateral issues including trade later on.

During the talks on water treaty, Pakistan will raise its objections to four hydroelectric projects - Ratle (850 MW), Miyar (120 MW), Lower Kalnai (48 MW) and Pakal Dul (1000 MW) - on the ground that they allegedly violate the Indus Waters Treaty.

The Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters would be asked by its Pakistani counterpart to provide complete information about these projects. Indian side, on its part, will try to convince the other side that all the hydroelectric projects have been proposed completely in tune with the Indus Water Treaty, 1960.

Under the Indus Waters Treaty, India is allowed the use of eastern rivers in the Indus river system and can only use the western rivers for non-consumptive use or for power projects. India has not utilized even half of this right granted under the treaty.

The Indus system of rivers comprises three eastern rivers (Ravi, Beas and Sutlej and their tributaries) and three western rivers (Indus, Jhelum and Chenab and their tributaries). The Treaty was signed on September 19, 1960.

Under Artcile VIII(5) of the Treaty, the permanent Indus water commissioners of both the countries are required to meet regularly at least once a year, alternatively in India and Pakistan and also when requested by either commissioner. The meeting, which is to begin on Sunday, is the first meeting held during 2013-14.