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Qureshi Raises India’s Water Aggression Issue With WB

New York (September 25, 2018): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has met with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and raised the issue of India’s violation of the Indus Water Treaty on Monday in New York.

According to the details, Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.

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Qureshi spoke of New Delhi’s construction of water reservoirs during the meeting, read the foreign office statement. The foreign minister said that the water issue should not be politicised and be dealt as a humanitarian issue instead.

India’s planned hydropower projects at Lower Kalnai and Pakal Dul will have installed capacity of 48 and 1,000 megawatts respectively meaning New Delhi will be able to control 108,000 acre-feet of water from river Chenab.Both the projects constitute a violation of the Indus Water Treaty 1960. The treaty allotted the waters of three eastern rivers namely Ravi, Beas and Sutlej exclusively to India while that of Western rivers namely Indus, Chenab and Jhelum to Pakistan.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in New York to lead the Pakistan delegation at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly beginning tomorrow.

He was received at the railway station by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, and senior officials of the Pakistan Mission to the UN.

The Foreign Minister will address the General Assembly session on Saturday.During his visit, Shah Mehmood Qureshi will also attend several high-level events and hold close to two dozen bilateral meetings with his counterparts from around the world.

On Wednesday, he will address the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation’s Contact Group on Kashmir on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

On Friday, he will speak at the Asia Society where he will interact with American academics, foreign policy experts and students.He is also scheduled to meet with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on October 2.

The high-level huddle with the US diplomat is one of the top agendas of Qureshi’s week-long visit to the US, which is aimed at following up on the progress made in the former’s visit to Islamabad earlier.

He will apprise the world over the fresh violence by Indian forces in Kashmir, regional and world situation during his address to United Nation General Assembly session on September 29.He will also hold about 40 meetings with other leaders from various countries during his stay.

Qureshi, who is in New York to attend United Nations General Assembly session, said, “Our Policy is Pakistan, Pakistan and Pakistan.”

Briefing the media at Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Sunday, Foreign Minister said “Bilateral meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be held on 02 October 2018 in Washington DC.”While commenting on Pak-US relations, the Foreign Minister said that the relationship had recently been fractured. However, Pakistan intends to continue its engagement with the US and manage the relationship by concentrating on points of convergence.

He emphasized that Pakistan wanted to have relations with the US based on mutual respect and mutual interests.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also said that we will do what is in the best interest of Pakistan.

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