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23 Nov 2020 ISLAMABAD
An inter-ministerial forum on Thursday expressed concern over delays in implementation of water sector projects being funded by the international lending agencies and called for coordinated efforts to address bottlenecks. At present, 15 foreign-funded projects amounting to $3.239bn are currently under implementation...
13 Aug 2020 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
The outgoing World Bank Country Director for Pakistan has said that the international institution is unable to make an independent decision on either the appointment of a court of arbitration or the appointment of a neutral expert in the settlement of a dispute between Pakistan and India over the Indus Waters Treaty...
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...
19 Dec 2019 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
A Pakistan government delegation visiting Washington DC this month was expected to demand establishment of a court of arbitration to address concerns over India’s two hydroelectric power projects – Kishanganga and Ratle, under terms of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty between Pakistan and India.The group, headed by Pakistan’s Indus Water Commissioner Syed Mehr Ali Shah left for the United States 15 December, and was expected to stay for five days of meetings, particularly with the World Bank (WB) which acts as Arbitrator to the Treaty...
28 Feb 2019 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Pakistan officials announced February 27 that China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC) has been selected to construct the 1,124 MW Kohala Hydropower Project (KHPP) along the Neelum-Jhelum River. The $2.7 Billion USD project is the largest project and is expected to take 6.5 years to complete.This is the second such mega project in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) along the river despite protests against unacceptable environmental issues in Muzaffarabad city caused by the diversion of the Neelum River after commissioning of Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP)...
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...
23 Oct 2018 ISLAMABAD
Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda said on Saturday that the water issue should be taken seriously and all stakeholders should contribute to resolving it on a war-footing. The minister urged experts in the government and private sectors to give advice on adopting alternate sources of energy to create sustainable conditions as the government was planning to take initiatives for permanent solutions to water scarcity and energy problems.
2 Oct 2018 ISLAMABAD
Pakistan’s leading jurist on international law, Makhdoom Ali Khan, who has been appointed by Pakistan’s supreme court as an ‘amicus curiae’ to assist the court on water-related issues, says Pakistan must consider working on a bilateral water-sharing agreement with Afghanistan. “Afghanistan is now planning to build 12 dams, in cooperation with the World Bank and India, the flow of water from River Kabul is expected to be affected to Pakistan’s detriment...
19 Sep 2018 ISLAMABAD
Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson, and Secretary for Water Resources, Shamail Khawaja, on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and Pakistan for collaboration on water, food and energy security during the Indus Knowledge Forum.
13 Aug 2018 ISLAMABAD
The Indus River System Authority (IRSA) on Saturday said that about 80,000 cusecs water will go waste to sea in next few days due to lack of water conservation system in the country.
14 Jun 2018 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Pakistan signed on June 13 signed two loan agreements worth $565 million with World Bank; $425 million for the National Transmission Modernisation (Phase-I) Project and $140 million for Sindh Barrages Improvement Project.The additional financing will help to scale up activities under the original Sindh Barrages Improvement Project to support the rehabilitation and modernisation of Sukkur Barrage and improve the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the three barrages over the Indus River in Sindh Province...
11 Jun 2018 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Pakistan's Foreign Office has said the matter of river waters is as important to it as a jugular vein, but that the country wants to resolve all issues with India through dialogAddressing a weekly news briefing June 7, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said: “For Pakistan, water is its jugular vein, as we are largely an agro-based economy...