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kishanganga ratle: Pakistan asks India to suspend work on Kishanganga, Ratle hydro power projects in Jammu and Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s two parliamentary committees in a joint resolution asked India to immediately suspend the ongoing construction of the

Kishanganga and Ratle hydro power projects

in Jammu and Kashmir, Dawn reported.
The two projects are being constructed on the Jhelum and Chenab rivers.
A resolution adopted by the National Assembly’s foreign affairs and water and power committees also asked the World Bank to set up a Court of Arbitration to mediate the dispute over the Indus Waters Treaty between the two countries.
It said that under the

Indus Waters Treaty

(IWT), it is the responsibility of the World Bank to play its role without further delay.
Until the World Bank constitutes the court of arbitration, it must persuade India to put an immediate halt to ongoing construction of the Ratle dam till the issue is resolved, read the joint resolution adopted unanimously by both the government and opposition members of the committees.
The construction of dams on the western rivers by India has brought the two countries at loggerheads and Pakistan has engaged the World Bank, a facilitator of the IWT, to stop India from going ahead with the construction.
The committees were briefed on the agenda — Indian threat on the Indus Waters Treaty and to chart out a course of action for Pakistan. The meeting was co-chaired by Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari and Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, members of the parliament and the chairmen of the two committees.
Briefing the committees, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said all options were available with Pakistan in case India violated the IWT.
“We will not let India violate the treaty,” Chaudhry said, adding that Pakistan had already engaged the World Bank to look into the issue as guarantor.
“We have already requested the World Bank to appoint chairman of the arbitration court,” he said.
The secretary said Islamabad would defend its right at any cost. New Delhi, he alleged, was using delaying tactics while “we want to resolve the issue at the earliest”.
Pakistan has serious reservations over an Indian move to construct 45 to 60 dams on the western rivers, he said.
Water and Power Secretary Younus Dagha said Pakistan was challenging the construction of Kishanganga and Ratle projects in the court of international arbitration. He, however, said India had not as yet started work on Ratle project.
Former foreign minister and Tehrik-i-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the water dispute with India had reached such alarming proportions that it could even dwarf the Kashmir issue. He suggested the government to evolve a clear roadmap, assuring his party’s support on the issue.

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China gives Pakistan two ships for security of CPEC sea route

NEW DELHI: China yesterday handed over two maritime patrol vessels to the Pakistan Navy for joint security along the sea route of the

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

(CPEC), Dawn reported.
Yesterday, the Chinese vessels were received by the Commander of the Pakistan Navy Vice-Admiral Arifullah Hussaini. The ships are called PMSS Hingol and PMSS Basol after two rivers in the region.
“The ships have become part of the Pakistan Navy from today and the (Pakistan) navy would become stronger with the induction of these maritime vessels,” Hussaini was quoted as saying by the Dawn. He added that

the Pakistan-China friendship

was becoming stronger and deeper than the ocean, day by day.
China is expected to provide two more ships “Dasht” and “Zhob” to the Pakistan navy. It is already working on them and they are expected to be completed soon.
Pakistan has already raised a new division of the army to ensure security along the CPEC route and

in and around the Gwadar port

. Security of Gwadar city has been handed over to the army’s new division created during the tenure of former chief of army staff retired Gen Raheel Sharif.
The CPEC is an economic corridor comprising a collection of projects currently under construction at a cost of $54 billion. CPEC aims to facilitate trade along an overland route that connects Kashgar and Gwadar, through the construction of a network of highways, railways, optical fibre and pipelines.
“The economic corridor will be a game-changer for Pakistan and China, and the entire region would benefit from it,” the Pak navy official said. “The CPEC will open new vistas of speedy development in Balochistan and create thousands of jobs for the local youth,” he said.
In 2014, China took over management of Pakistan’s Gwadar port, en route to key Hormuz Straits oil shipping lanes. The move had raised concerns in India about its fellow Asian giant’s growing strategic clout.

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