Pakistan to discuss India's violation of Indus Water Treaty with WB president

Published: May 20, 2018
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A private vehicle crosses a bridge as excavators are used at the dam site of Kishanganga power project in Gurez, 160 km north of Srinagar. PHOTO: REUTERS

A private vehicle crosses a bridge as excavators are used at the dam site of Kishanganga power project in Gurez, 160 km north of Srinagar. PHOTO: REUTERS

Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has stated Pakistan will discuss India’s violation of the Indus Water Treaty with the president of World Bank, Radio Pakistan reported.

Speaking to media on Saturday, Chaudhry revealed a four-member delegation led by Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali had arrived in Washington to hold the talks. He added that the issue of construction of the Kishanganga Dam on River Neelam will be discussed in the meeting.

India will dam three rivers, divert water flowing to Pakistan: Minister

The move comes in light of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating a hydroelectric power plant in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) amid protests from Islamabad as the project will disrupt water supply to the country.

Pakistan has maintained that the dam violates a World Bank-mediated treaty on the sharing of the Indus River and its tributaries upon which 80 per cent of its irrigated agriculture depends.

“Pakistan is seriously concerned about the inauguration (of the Kishanganga plant),” the Foreign Office said in a statement on Friday. “Pakistan believes that the inauguration of the project without the resolution of the dispute is tantamount to violation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT).”

Shutdown in occupied Kashmir to protest Modi visit

Meanwhile, black day was observed across IoK in protesting against PM Modi’s visit to the territory, Kashmir Media Service reported. Shops and businesses remained closed while traffic was off the road. The strike has been called by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

A day before Modi’s trip to the northern state, at least nine people were killed on both sides of the border due to firing by each other’s security forces, officials said.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • numbersnumbers
    May 20, 2018 - 11:59PM

    All note that Pakistan refuses to build major Hydroelectric projects in Pakistan to alleviate chronic load shedding for a very simple reason!
    The readily available river water to run Hydroelectric plants is free, while the gas/oil imported supplies needed to run thermal electric generation plants offer endless opportunities for politicians to be paid off!Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    May 21, 2018 - 12:03AM

    All can look up “Kishanganga Hydroelectric Plant” on Wikipedia for insight!Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    May 21, 2018 - 4:00AM

    Nothing wrong in discussing. Pakistan had been tp World Bank many times before. But President of WB will request Pakistan to at least arrange his VISA to India.Recommend

  • Atif
    May 21, 2018 - 8:42AM

    Very quick response from Pakistan – after the dam is built and commissioned.Recommend

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