Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Kishanganga Dam

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SRINAGAR: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, amid protests from Pakistan which says the project violates the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) and will disrupt water flow to the country.

Pakistan has opposed some of the Indian projects, saying they violate a World Bank-mediated treaty [IWT] on the sharing of the Indus river and its tributaries upon which 80 percent of its irrigated agriculture depends.

Furthermore, it has also sent a high-level delegation to the United States, seeking an intervention of the World Bank against the construction of the controversial 330 MW hydropower project in the occupied valley. “The delegation led by  Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf will demand of the WB to constitute an international court of arbitration and will relay its concerns over the matter.

“Pakistan is seriously concerned about the inauguration (of the Kishanganga plant),” the foreign ministry had said in a statement on Friday. “Pakistan believes that the inauguration of the project without the resolution of the dispute is tantamount to violation of the IWT.”

 

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