Pakistan to move international court against Kashmir hydro project

April 17th, 2009 - 7:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, April 17 (IANS) Pakistan is to move the International Court of Arbitration against India’s diversion of the Jhelum river to the Wullar Barrage and what it terms the faulty design of the Kishanganga hydropower project in Jammu and Kashmir.
“I served notice on the Indian commissioner in March after exhausting all endeavours mentioned in the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty to resolve the issue,” The News Friday quoted an official as saying.

Jamaat Ali Shah, the Pakistan Indus Waters Commissioner, was speaking at a closed door meeting earlier this week chaired by Water and Power Minister Pervez Ashraf.

Shah told the meeting that talks between Pakistan and India have failed after exhausting all endeavours at the Permanent Commission of Indus Waters (PCIW) level.

Former water and power secretary Ashfaq Mehmud, and top officials of the water and power ministry, the foreign office, the law division, the General Headquarters (GHQ) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) attended the meeting.

Pakistan has opposed the construction of the hydropower project, saying the diversion of river water to the Wullar Barrage contravenes the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty. India says it does not.

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