Pak-India ‘Water Talks’ To Be Held on Sep 14, 15 in Washington

Pak-India ‘Water Talks’ To Be Held on Sep 14, 15 in Washington

Islamabad (August 28, 2017): The dialogues between Pakistan and India to resolve water dispute will be held on September 14, 15 in Washington under the vigilance of World Bank.

Sources related to ministry for water resources told Abbtakk News that secretary water resources Arif Ahmed Khan will lead the Pakistan delegation that comprises of commissioner Indus Water Treaty Mirza Asif Baig, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf and joint secretary water resources.

Sources told that the construction of disputed hydroelectric power projects on Pakistan rivers by India will come under discussion.

Kishanganga hydroelectric project

Pakistan had already been raised the objection over the design and construction of the two projects — the 330MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project and the 850MW Ratle hydroelectric project in India-held Jammu and Kashmir. Islamabad has been demanding international arbitration through the World Bank — the so-called guarantor of the 1960 treaty.

The first round of secretary level talks over the disputed Indian hydroelectric projects over the rivers flow from Indian Held Kashmir to Pakistan was held in this month, however the deadlock stopped the talks without yielding any positive result.

Ratle hydroelectric project

Last September, Pakistan approached the World Bank when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi threatened to revoke the 56-year-old treaty following the Uri attack.

Under the treaty, the World Bank has an important role in establishment of the Court of Arbitration.

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