Pakistan seeks neutral expert for Kishanganga project

2 May 2009
The News International

Islamabad: The Commissioner Indus Water Treaty (IWT), Syed Jamaat Ali Shah, said on Saturday that Pakistan would approach the World Bank for the appointment of a neutral expert on the Kishanganga Hydropower project being built by India in held Kashmir. Talking to a TV channel, he said differences over the Kishanganga project had not been settled by Pakistan and India. Pakistan had reservations on diversion of water from the River Neelum to the Wullar Barrage and the faulty design of the Kishanganga project, he added. Shah said India had been dispatched notice under the treaty. Responding to a question, Jamaat said Pakistan was left with no other option but to move the World Bank to seek the appointment of the neutral expert under the terms of the treaty in order to halt work on the Kishanganga project.