Pakistan to formally object to Uri-2 project at May meeting
27 March 2007
The Daily Times
Islamabad: Indus Water Commissioner Syed Jamaat Ali Shah said on Tuesday that Pakistan would raise its objections over the Uri-2 Power Project in Indian-held Kashmir in a meeting to be held in New Delhi in May this year. Talking to APP over the telephone, Shah said India had started work on the project without addressing the Pakistans reservations. He said the start of work on the project was a violation of the Indus Water Treaty. The water commissioners of the two countries will meet in New Delhi in May and the Islamabads reservation over the design of the project will be taken up on the occasion, Shah added. He said that under the Indus Water Treaty, Pakistan was given a certain amount of time to respond to designs of projects, but India had started construction work before the deadline for Pakistans response. He said India had resorted to similar tactics in the Baglihar dam projects. Such tactics will serve no purpose, rather they will further complicate the situation, he said.