Pakistan asks India to suspend work on Kishanganga, Ratle hydro power projects in Jammu and Kashmir

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Pakistan asks India to suspend work on Kishanganga, Ratle hydro power projects in Jammu and Kashmir
TNN & Agencies | Updated: Jan 21, 2017, 02.37 PM IST

HIGHLIGHTS
  1. Pakistan adopts resolution seeking immediate suspension of work on two hydro power projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
  2. Two National Assembly committees also urged World Bank to form court of arbitration to mediate the dispute over the Indus Waters Treaty between the two countries.
An excavator is used to dig earth at the dam site of Kishanganga power project in north Kashmir's Gurez area (File photo: Reuters)
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's two parliamentary committees in a joint resolution asked India to immediately suspend the ongoing construction of the Kishanganga and Ratle hydro power projects+ in Jammu and Kashmir, Dawn reported.

The two projects are being constructed on the Jhelum and Chenab rivers.

A resolution adopted by the National Assembly's foreign affairs and water and power committees also asked the World Bank to set up a Court of Arbitration to mediate the dispute over the Indus Waters Treaty between the two countries.

It said that under the Indus Waters Treaty+ (IWT), it is the responsibility of the World Bank to play its role without further delay.

Until the World Bank constitutes the court of arbitration, it must persuade India to put an immediate halt to ongoing construction of the Ratle dam till the issue is resolved, read the joint resolution adopted unanimously by both the government and opposition members of the committees.

The construction of dams on the western rivers by India has brought the two countries at loggerheads and Pakistan has engaged the World Bank, a facilitator of the IWT, to stop India from going ahead with the construction.

The committees were briefed on the agenda -- Indian threat on the Indus Waters Treaty and to chart out a course of action for Pakistan. The meeting was co-chaired by Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari and Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, members of the parliament and the chairmen of the two committees.

Briefing the committees, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said all options were available with Pakistan in case India violated the IWT.

"We will not let India violate the treaty," Chaudhry said, adding that Pakistan had already engaged the World Bank to look into the issue as guarantor.
"We have already requested the World Bank to appoint chairman of the arbitration court," he said.

The secretary said Islamabad would defend its right at any cost. New Delhi, he alleged, was using delaying tactics while "we want to resolve the issue at the earliest".
 

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Should India be listening or turn a deaf ear to Pakistani request. Let us do the latter and continue the work on dams and tell them that work in progress cannot be stopped.
 

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indian should reply ( kisss my ASSSSS ) coz indian ASS looking better then pakstan:pound::pound::pound:
 

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Modi has fast tracked these projects and will be finished before 2019 elections. These projects when completed will be final nail in IWT's coffin and assertion that India has arrived on world power politics.
 

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