March 2005 News

World Bank Has Sought India's Stand On Baglihar: Pakistan

5 March 2005

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri has claimed the World Bank has sought an explanation from India on the construction of the Baglihar dam, reports Online news agency. Talking to newsmen here, Kasuri said a decision to depute a neutral expert on the issue would be taken after New Delhi states its stand. Pakistan had in January approached the World Bank to appoint a neutral expert after bilateral channels with India failed to resolve the dispute over the construction of a dam on the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir that was designed to produce 450 MW of electricity. Pakistan wants India to stop work on the $1 billion dam project, saying it would affect the flow of river waters to its territories. Kasuri said that due to the cautious attitude adopted by Pakistan and India normalcy was returning to their relations. Preparations for issuing traveling documents for the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar cross border bus service between Pakistan and India were under process, he said. He expressed optimism that Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control would not need to keep a passport and visa for traveling in the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus. He stated that there was no such limitation that only Kashmiris could travel by the bus that begins its service April 7. He was speaking at a farewell reception in honour of outgoing foreign office spokesman Masood Khan. Newly- elected Foreign Office Spokesman Jalil Abbas Jilani and other officials were also present on the occasion.


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