Permanent Indus Commission (PIC)


  • The Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) was signed in 1960.
  • It covers the water distribution and sharing rights of six rivers of Indus river system viz, Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.
  • The treaty specifies that waters from three western rivers viz. Indus, Jhelum and Chenab are reserved for Pakistan, while waters from eastern rivers viz. Ravi, Sutlej and Beas ¬†are for reserved for India.
  • The PIC is established mechanism under IWT.
  • Its mandate is to establish and maintain cooperative arrangements for implementation of water distribution pact and promote cooperation in development of Indus water systems between India and Pakistan.
  • The meeting of PIC is held alternately in India and Pakistan at least once every year as mandated by treaty.
  • The PIC had last met in Islamabad in March 2017.

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