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21 Feb 2020 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for the Indus River waters shared by Pakistan and India to be used as a “tool for peace and not war".During a 4-day visit to Pakistan in mid-February Guterres alluded to heightened tensions between the two countries around interpretation and implementation of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty which codifies the division and management of the waters of the Indus...
21 Oct 2019 NEW DELHI, India
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been criticised by the Pakistan government after he promised supporters that river waters that currently flow into Pakistan per terms of the 1960 Indus Water Treaty would be diverted to Indian farms and households in the region, claiming that despite the terms of the agreement, the water “belongs” to farmers of Haryana and Rajasthan...
13 Jan 2019 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
The government of India will permit Pakistan officials to inspect two controversial dam sites in the Chenab basin in a sign of some thawing in relations between the two signatories of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT).A Pakistani team will visit facilities January 27 to February 1, the The Express Tribune reported this week, the first inspections since talks resumed in summer 2018 after a four year suspension...
16 Aug 2017 WASHINGTON DC
Pakistan is South Asia’s fifth most vulnerable country in terms of water availability, and Karachi is the sixth most water-stressed city in the world. Predictions indicate that the country will face absolute water scarcity as soon as 2025. While population and demand for water steadily increase, freshwater quantity and quality are decreasing...
28 Sep 2016 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
A delegation of the Pakistani government met this week with senior officials of the World Bank to discuss reports that India is considering revocation of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty.In August, Pakistan formally referred disputes related to India's construction of Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric plants on the Neelum and Chenab rivers to a Court of Arbitration, as provided in article 9 of the treaty, which specifies design criteria for hydroelectric development...
2 Sep 2016 ISLAMABAD
Just as the Philippines hauled China before an international arbitral tribunal in The Hague over Beijing's expansive claims in the South China Sea, Pakistan recently announced its intent to drag India before a similar, specially constituted tribunal in the Dutch city. Indeed, seeking international intercession is part of Pakistan's "water war" strategy against India.
4 Aug 2016 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
The Pakistani government will turn to a court of arbitration to intervene in its dispute with India over that nation’s hydropower projects in the Kashmir region, power and water ministry officials said this week.“It would not be The Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration," the officials told Pakistan’s The Nation newspaper, speaking on condition of anonymity...
18 Jul 2016 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Pakistan has announced it will again turn to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague to resolve its dispute with India over sharing the Indus River’s waters.Pakistani Minister of Defense, Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif announced on Twitter after two-and-a-half years of negotiations, “Pakistan with the consent of stakeholders has decided to take it to the full court of arbitration...
15 Jul 2016 ISLAMABAD
The construction of the Diamer Bhasha dam being built on the Indus River, and slated to be one of the highest dams in the world, is blocked due to conflicts over a tiny patch of land. There is an eight kilometre stretch of land in the Gandlo Nala area of northern Pakistan claimed by competing tribes.
9 Dec 2015 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
The Pakistani government plans to ask the World Bank to appoint a neutral expert to help resolve the conflict between Pakistan and India over hydropower projects being built in the Kashmir region.“We have decided to move World Bank for appointment of a Neutral Expert, and draft to this effect is being finalized,” Pakistan’s The News International quoted a senior Law Ministry official as saying...
19 Nov 2015 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Pakistan’s Foreign Office has written to the Indian government this week, seeking that country’s consent to appoint a neutral expert to arbitrate in their dispute over two Indian two hydropower projects being built in the Kashmir region.Pakistan claims that the designs of the 330-megawatt Kishanganga Hydropower Project, being built on the Kishenganga River, and the 850-megawatt Ratle Hydropower Project, being constructed on the Chenab River, violate the terms of the Indus Waters Treaty signed between the two countries in 1960...
13 Oct 2015 ISLAMABAD
India is denying Pakistan its water rights by building dams on rivers that provide Pakistan water, in violation of international water agreements and accords, according to Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani.