Suspend work on hydro projects in J&K : Pakistan


Pakistan’s two parliamentary committees in rare joint resolution asked India to immediately suspend work on two hydropower projects, Kishanganga and Ratle, in Jammu and Kashmir and agree on the constitution of an arbitration court to resolve the water dispute.

National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and Water and Power held a joint sitting in Islamabad on Friday to discuss water issues with India.

A joint resolution unanimously adopted in the meeting asked India to halt the construction work, Dawn reported.

The resolution also called upon the World Bank to constitute a court of arbitration to adjudicate on issues raised by Pakistan against India’s ongoing construction of Kishanganga and Ratle hydro projects.

It said that under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), it is the responsibility of the World Bank to play its role without further delay. Until the World Bank constitutes the court of arbitration, it must persuade India to put an immediate halt to ongoing construction of the Ratle dam till the issue is resolved, read the joint resolution adopted unanimously by both the government and opposition members of the committees.

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