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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...
18 May 2020 ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan was informed on Monday that all the prep work for the Diamer-Bhasha dam has been completed and the project was ready for construction. The premier expressed satisfaction over the progress made so far and directed authorities concerned to begin construction work on the dam. "Ensuring water security is the government's first priority," he said, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office.
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...
26 Jan 2020 ISLAMABAD
Parliamentarians and experts underscored here on Thursday the need to open diplomatic channels to address water management issues concerning Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. A large number of parliamentarians, diplomats and water experts participated in the national conference on water beyond borders.
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...
21 Aug 2019 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Pakistan authorities August 19 warned that release of water from an upstream dam may cause flooding in Pakistan’s Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. The Indian-administered part of the majority-Muslim region, known as Jammu and Kashmir had special status "revoked" by the Indian Government August 5, placing it under Indian control...
12 Aug 2019 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved development of the ambitious “Sindh Barrage” on the Indus River.Located about 28 miles upstream from the mouth of the river at the Arabian Sea and about 80 miles east of Karachi, the Sindh Barrage was proposed by Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to address water issues in the region...
23 May 2019 ISLAMABAD
China will help provide clean drinking water to 1,500 schools in Pakistan. This resolve was expressed during a meeting of a delegation led by Vice-President of Chinese Academy of Sciences Zhang Yaping with Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain in Islamabad today. Mr Zhang Yaping, while reiterating China's cooperation with Pakistan in every field, said that his country will help provide potable water in Pakistani schools.
1 Apr 2019 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
The World Bank has announced a 30-day suspension of the Balochistan Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Development Project on March 29, citing lack of construction progress and fiduciary control. During the hiatus, announced March 29, the bank will work with the Government to restructure the scope of the project, which was meant to benefit one of the poorest and least developed provinces in Pakistan...
18 Mar 2019 ISLAMABAD
The World Bank has warned of cancelling its soft loan of $38 million to support the management and development of water resources in the Indus River, after finding little progress on the project since its approval in 2008. The mid-term review of the project has been planned to be undertaken in June this year, and if this review does not find significant improvement in implementation process and disbursement of project funds, partial or even full cancellation of the credit will need to be considered, to enable these funds to be more usefully deployed within Pakistan, a report of the bank said.
5 Mar 2019 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has described the rates of malnutrition and disease in the southern Sindh and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan as “alarmingly high” as drought associated with climate change prevails in the region.IFRC released approximately $315,000 USD in emergency funding March 1 to assist in relief work in the provinces which are currently affected by one of the worst droughts in Pakistan’s history...
26 Feb 2019 ISLAMABAD
The federal government’s climate change policy and its implementation strategy were slammed by the head of the apex higher education body for being weak, inconsistent, incoherent, and reactive. Instead, he called for devising an integrated approach to deal with climate change.