Verdict on Kishanganga project expected this month
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani delegation left for Hague on Tuesday for the hearing on controversial Kishanganga hydropower project on Jhelum River. The International Court of Arbitration (ICA) is expected to announce its verdict till the next month, DawnNews reported.
The delegation, headed by Adviser to the PM on agriculture and water resources Kamal Majeedullah, will consult its legal team in London before going for the hearing in Hague.
The project’s hearing will take place from July 20 to July 30 in Hague.
India, a party to the project, will present its stance on the project in the light of Indus basin treaty.
Pakistan had earlier claimed that Kishanganga project was a clear violation of the treaty signed by the two countries in 1960.
Pakistan was of the view that, if the the dam was built then it would reduce water flow in the Neelum River and ultimately reduce electricity production of the country.
Earlier, the ICA had barred India from any permanent works on the controversial project on River Neelum at Gurez in occupied Kashmir in response to Pakistan’s appeal for ‘interim measures’ against the dam which may inhibit the restoration of the river flow to its natural channel.
ICA’s delegation had twice visited Neelum-Jhelum project, Neelum Valley and Kishanganga project.
Pakistan had submitted all the evidences and responses to the ICA.