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Pak asks WB to set up arbitration court to settle water issue

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

has requested the World to fulfill its obligation to establish a of arbitration to settle its water dispute with in the light of the Indus Waters Treaty. The request came after delegations of and at the World headquarters in on September 14 and 15 for the second round of talks on Ratle and Kishanganga hydroelectric projects, over which has raised objections. Citing sources, the Express Tribune said that despite the passage of more than a year, the World is not establishing the of arbitration. has now requested the World to fulfil its duties under the Treaty by empanelling the of Arbitration, the paper reported. Earlier, the secretary-level talks between the two countries ended without any agreement. "While an agreement has not been reached at the conclusion of the meetings, the World will continue to work with both countries to resolve the issues in an amicable manner and in line with the Treaty provisions," the World said in a statement after the talks. "Both countries and the World appreciated the discussions and reconfirmed their commitment to the preservation of the Treaty," it said. The World remains committed to act in good faith and with "complete impartiality and transparency" in fulfilling its responsibilities under the Treaty, while continuing to assist the countries, it said in its statement. The Indus Waters Treaty was signed in 1960 after nine years of negotiations between and with the help of the World Bank, which is also a signatory. had raised objections to India's plans at the Permanent Indus Commission more than a decade ago. When the objections were not addressed, approached the World on August 19, 2016 for the of arbitration as provided in the Indus Waters Treaty, the paper said. Subsequently, on October 4, 2016, made a request for appointment of neutral expert to adjudicate in the dispute.

The World initially agreed to set up both the fora but later "paused" the two processes, fearing their separate rulings might conflict with each other. In an effort to end the impasse, the World invited the water resources secretaries of the two countries for consultations. In the first round in on July 31 and August 1 this year, proposed amendments to the designs to make the Indian project treaty compliant. But in the latest round of the talks in September, not only refused to accept any of the design amendments proposed by but also refused to agree to any of the dispute settlement options suggested by the World Bank, the paper reported.

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First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 12:42 IST