'War The Only Option To Resolve Baglihar Issue'
16 February 2005
The Times of India
Islamabad: War is the only option to resolve differences with India on the Baglihar hydro power project in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior Pakistan Minister has said even as Islamabad approached the World Bank for settling the contentious issue. Ashraf Qazi, Education Minister in Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz's cabinet said, Pakistan should pin little hope on the World Bank efforts to resolve the Baglihar project issue. 'What is the option' the former ISI Chief asked the opposition and without waiting for the reply from them said 'war is the only option,' local daily The News quoted him as saying. His comments came as External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh was on a three-day visit to Pakistan during which he will hold talks with top leaders. Pakistan government has sought World Bank's arbitration to resolve differences with India on the 450 mw hydro project being built on the river Chenab at Baglihar in Jammu and Kashmir, Qazi claimed India had already constructed a few dams in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty under which Pakistan filed its reference to the World Bank. He said India was also going ahead with Kishanganga hydro-electric project in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty. Senior leader of the Muthahida Majlis Amal (MMA) and Senator Khurshid Ahmed also criticised the government for approaching the World Bank after India completed 85 per cent of the project.