The World Bank after having a talk with the delegation of Pakistan on Tuesday said that it seeks an “amicable resolution” of its water dispute with India, The Dawn newspaper reported.
On Sunday a top level delegation Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali which arrived in Washington for the talks regarding the water issue, apprised the World Bank for “settlement” in settling its water dispute with India.
The Indus system of rivers comprises three western rivers — the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab — and three eastern rivers — the Sutlej, Beas and Ravi. The controversial Kishanganga dam is built on the Neelum River, which is a tributary of the Jhelum River.
According to the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty agreement, it gives Pakistan exclusive use of the western rivers, the Jhelum, Chenab and Indus, while the eastern rivers — Ravi, Beas.
World Bank after supervising the talks considered the treaty a major achievement and said that it has successfully prevented water wars between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed nations.
On Saturday Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi while ignoring Pakistan’s objections and the World Bank’s efforts to find a solution acceptable to both India and Pakistan had inaugurated the Kishanganka hydropower plant in Leh.
While opposing the move Pakistani higher up said “As a lower riparian country, we have the right to have unfettered access to the water that flows into Pakistan from the upper riparian areas.”
“We have been urging the World Bank for years to help settle this dispute,” said Ambassador Chaudhary. “It is a dispute that needs immediate attention.”
Meanwhile Islamabad argues that the dam violates the conditions that the treaty places on the construction of a structure that can hinder the flow of a river. The treaty, which distributes the water of the six Indus valley rivers between India and Pakistan, fixes the height and the storage capacity for all such dams.