As per latest news, the security level talks between India and Pakistan on the Water sharing has been called off which was expected to start from January 28 in Islamabad.
It is said that the talks were called off due to high tension over Line of Control and the violation of ceasefire. An official of Pakistan’s Foreign office said, “The talks have been postponed. New dates for the talks are yet to be decided.”
Further, the official, without disclosing his name, did not revealed any particular reasons for the postponement of the talks. India and Pakistan officials were expected to have talks on the Tulbul navigation project-Wullar Barrage issue.
However, reports in Pakistani media said that the cancellation of talks was due to tensions between the two nations. While, reports from New Delhi states that the talks were called off due to the retirement of the Water Resources Secretary D V Singh, who is expected to retire at the end of January 2013.
Moreover, this is the second time when high-level talks between India-Pakistan were put off due to high tension along Loc after the violations of ceasefire and killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month.
Pakistan’s Foreign officials told media that the new dates for the talks are yet to be decided.
Earlier this month, Pakistan Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim called off a scheduled visit to India to attend a business meet in Agra. The Pakistan government claimed that three of its soldier were killed in the firing earlier this month.