New Delhi, Jan 20: In view of the current dispute over sharing of Indus water, Pakistan has asked World Bank and India to inform it of all the dams and hydropower projects proposed to be constructed by India on the rivers flowing in the western region.
This step, Pakistan felt, would resolve the Indus Water Treaty dispute in an amicable way. This was told at the inter-ministerial meeting presided over by Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday, reported Dawn.
The meeting was attended by the ministers and other representatives of the ministries of water and power, foreign affairs and law and justice, the Attorney General’s Office and civil and military experts.
Pakistan’s executive director in the World Bank, Nasir Mehmood Khosa, attended the meeting as a special invitee and the water and power secretary briefed all those present on the ongoing dispute with India.
The meeting observed that the president of the World Bank had drawn up the lots for the appointment of umpires for a court of arbitration before it had put on hold the process about two months ago.
Quoting Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf, Dawn reported that the World Bank was convinced and accepted the position taken by Pakistan on the dispute.
Pakistan’s stance was that not only the two schemes under dispute at the moment — the Kishanganga and Ratle projects — but technical and other details of all the upcoming projects should be shared with the World Bank and Pakistan, along with their designs and locations, so that Islamabad could examine them in a manner that they did not create problems every now and then and the treaty could function smoothly, said the attorney General.