Pakistan seeks quick resolution of Kishenganga dispute in arbitration court

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  1. Vikramaditya

    Vikramaditya Regular Member

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    NEW DELHI: Pakistan sought a quick resolution of its dispute with India on the 330-MW Kishenganga hydropower project in Jammu and Kashmir and wanted an immediate site-inspection by the International Court of Arbitration during its preliminary hearing on January 14 at The Hague.

    Pakistan did not seek an interim stay on India's Rs. 3600-crore project — as in the case of the Baglihar Dam dispute, which went to a neutral expert — but did seek an early decision before the project construction reached an “irreversible” stage.

    Both India and Pakistan will have to spend an estimated $2.5 million each towards the settlement of the dispute that was taken by Islamabad to the international arbitration court that was specially set up as per the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960.

    Inspection suggested

    Pakistan wanted an immediate inspection of the project in the snow-bound Kashmir region. India suggested inspection of Pakistan's Neelum-Jhelum project site as well, which was agreed to.

    India will now invite and send a schedule for a visit by the seven-member court headed by international law expert Stephen M. Schwebel to the Kishenganga site in Jammu and Kashmir.

    The court is learnt to have asked Pakistan to submit its memorial (affidavit) after which India would submit its counter-memorial. As per the procedure, Pakistan would then be asked to give its rejoinder.

    Law expert

    The Indian team comprised international law expert Shankar Das, noted lawyer Fali Nariman, Water Resources Secretary Dhruv Vijay Singh, Chairman of Central Water Commission A.K. Bajaj, Indus Commissioner G. ArangaNathan, Deputy Commissioner Darpan Talwar, Mr. Nariman's junior Subhash Sharma, officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, and K.S. Nagaraja, executive director of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC Ltd.) which is constructing the project. Besides them, India has taken on board four international experts/lawyers.

    Pakistan has raised objections on India diverting waters for its run-of-the-river project on Kishenganga, a tributary of Jhelum, saying that it would affect water-flows for its Neelum-Jhelum project downstream.

    India maintains that it is well within its rights under the treaty to construct the project.

    Islamabad also has reservations about India's plan on drawdown flushing outlets in the project below the dead storage level. Such a provision was allowed by the neutral expert in the Baglihar project, says New Delhi.

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  3. sky

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    India should drag it's feet,as it will rally piss the pakistani's off.I mean they didn't work fast to bring the terrorists of the mumbai massacre to justice did they.
     
  4. johnee

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    If I understand correctly, the Paks have no case at all, most probably it will get thrown away. The words from a Pak lips are hot gas. Their postures are theatrical antics to fool the aam abdul that India is stealing the water and stalling the justice. India need not drag its feet as the case is in our favor...
     
  5. Parthy

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    Even if it favors us, we should not let them know the decision that quicker.. As told by 'sky' we should have dragged them to an extent like how they're doing for us in 26/11..
     
  6. johnee

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    The further the case is dragged the better for Pak. They can posture and portray that India if stealling the water and stalling the case. On the contrary, Pak's case is weak and quick decision against them will expose them and force them to come up with some new trick to fool their people...
     
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    Either way its fine for us!! But the sad part is we are not getting on what we want!!! :( fed up with diplomatic options...
     
  8. JayATL

    JayATL Senior Member Senior Member

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    so what do you guys suggest we go to war over it or just build it and screw the legalities ? or better yet keep delaying it, which delays the project that benefits the citizens of India - for the sake of some showmanship to appeal to folks like you?

    if it is legal it should be done and if not should'nt be done. simple as that. this is not a who has a bigger penis stand off.
     
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