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  • Working with India, Pakistan to settle dam controversy, says World Bank

    WASHINGTON: The World Bank confirmed on Thursday that it had received Pakistan’s complaint on the completion of the Kishanganga hydropower plant by India and was working with Islamabad and New Delhi for an amicable resolution of the dispute...

    “We confirm receiving the letter from Pakistan earlier this week regarding the Indus Waters Treaty,” a spokesperson for the bank told Dawn in Washington...

  • Pakistan expresses concerns over inauguration of Kishanganga dam project by India

    Pakistan on Friday expressed “serious concerns” over the inauguration of the controversial Kishanganga hydropower project by India and termed it a “violation of the Indus Waters Treaty”...

    A statement issued by the Foreign Office said, “Pakistan believes that the inauguration of the project without the resolution of the dispute is tantamount to violation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT)...

  • World Bank asked to make India address Pakistan’s concerns on dam

    “Pakistan believes that the inauguration of the project without the resolution of the dispute is tantamount to violation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT),” an official statement said...

    Pakistan on May 17, 2010 moved for international arbitration against India under Indus Waters Treaty which governs the sharing of water...

  • Pakistan to voice concerns over India's Kishanganga dam with World Bank on Monday

    Pakistan shall be raising its concerns over the inauguration of the Kishanganga hydropower plant by India during high-level talks with the World Bank in Washington on Monday, Radio Pakistan reported...

    Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, while talking to media persons, said a four-member delegation led by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf will reiterate Pakistan’s demand to constitute an international court of...

  • World Bank wants Pakistan to accept ‘neutral expert’ in dam dispute

    ISLAMABAD: The World Bank has asked Pakistan to stand down from pursuing its stand of referring the Kishanganga dam dispute to the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) and instead accept India’s offer of appointing a “neutral expert”...

    In a fresh communication last week, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim advised the government to withdraw from its stand of taking the matter to the ICA for which the bank had on Nov 10, 2016 even...

  • SC looking for ways to build ‘Pakistan dam’, says CJP

    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday that construction work on the 4,500MW Bhasha dam could have commenced in 2001 but the lobby behind the 3,600MW Kalabagh dam did not let this happen...

    This lobby was of the opinion that if the Kalabagh dam was not built then no other dam should be allowed to be constructed, said Imtiaz Ali Qazilbash, an expert who appeared before a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian...

  • Basha dam and Pakistan’s water crisis

    Pakistan will reach ‘absolute water scarcity’ and will ‘run dry’ by 2025 are two popular expressions that have been circulating in world media over the past six months...

    These expressions are typically followed by strong advocacy for the Basha dam and other large storages...

  • Simly Dam spillway opened

    ISLAMABAD: Spillway of Simly Dam was opened on Monday as water not only reached the highest level but also continued to increase...

    “The decision was taken on Monday noon to open the spillways of Simly Dam and after information was passed on to all concerned, sirens started to blow at 5pm and one of the spillways of the lake was opened at 6pm,” said Shahid Sohail, CDA’s member engineering...

  • Khanpur dam spillway opened

    TAXILA: The Khanpur dam authorities on Thursday again opened the reservoir’s spillway to flush out surplus water and create space for fresh inflow as water level reached the dangerous level...

    Sources said due to the monsoon rains in the catchment areas, the Khanpur dam got filled to its maximum conservation level of 1,982 feet on Thursday morning...

  • JUI-F rally against Kalabagh dam project

    SUKKUR: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Friday organised a rally in Jacobabad against moves to revive the Kalabagh dam project...

    They said that the Kalabagh dam project supported by Punjab and military dictators in the past had been shelved after it was rejected by all smaller provinces...

  • A dam worth making

    THE water stored in dams and barrages comes from the melting of glaciers in the northern regions of Pakistan and India...

    How many people know that the US has dams with a capacity to store water for up to 900 days, India has 200 days while in Pakistan it is only 30 days...

  • Sindh Assembly berates federal minister for call to build Kalabagh dam

    KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Thursday termed the call by a federal minister to construct Kalabagh dam and dubbing its opponents as ‘Indian agents’ a “mischievous” move and demanded an unconditional apology for injuring sentiments of the people of Sindh and other provinces who had already passed resolutions against the construction of the dam...

    The resolution reads: “This assembly strongly reiterates its principled stand, time and...

  • Construction of Kalabagh Dam critical in fight against water scarcity, says Wapda chief

    The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) chairman on Monday briefed a Senate body on the looming water crisis in the country, saying that the construction of the controversial Kalabagh Dam was "critical" in the face of the severe scarcity of water in the country...

    It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan is currently facing a severe scarcity of water and the country's name has appeared on a list of the world's 15-most water...

  • PM wants parliamentary committee to investigate purchase of land for dam

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday issued directives for forming a parliamentary committee to investigate the alleged irregularities in the purchase of land for the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha dam project...

    Also read: Diamer-Bhasha ‘smartest choice’ for Pakistan: USBut, as per the press statement issued after the meeting, the word ‘ordered’ has been attributed to the prime minister...

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