Pakistan warns of dangerous situation over water issues with India


Islamabad: Pakistan warned on Friday that water issues with India can
lead to a dangerous situation and that Islamabad wants a peaceful
resolution of such problems as per the spirit of the 1960 Indus Waters
Treaty (IWT).
Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal, during the weekly
media briefing, said the World Bank has assured that the international
agreement will not be breached.
He said Islamabad has been effectively raising the issue of India's
Kishanganga project to resolve it through a dispute resolution
mechanism provided by the pact.
Lately, Pakistan sent a four-member delegation to the World Bank in
Washington to raise the issue of the inauguration of the Kishanganga
hydropower plant by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which it
said was in violation of the agreement.
Pakistan has opposed the project as it "violates a World Bank-mediated
treaty" on the sharing of waters from the Indus and its tributaries upon
which 80 per cent of its irrigated agriculture depends.

New Delhi claims that the treaty allows it to build "run-of-river" hydel
projects that do not change the course of the river and do not deplete
the water level downstream.
Disagreeing with the Indian interpretation, Islamabad said that the
Kishanganga project not only violates the course of the river but also
depletes its water level.