New Delhi: Following its Tuesday meeting with the World Bank on the Indus Waters Treaty issue, Pakistan has urged the bank to prevent India from making illegal constructions on the Neelum and Chenab rivers, embassy officials said, the Pakistan daily Dawn reported on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Pakistan had approached The World Bank with senior officials taking up the matter with the international lender which had mediated the water-sharing deal. A delegation of the Government of Pakistan led by the Attorney General for Pakistan, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, met with senior officials of The World Bank at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, Pakistan’s news channel Geo News reported.
On August 19, Pakistan had formally requested India for settlement of outstanding disputes pertaining to India’s construction of Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric plants on rivers Neelum and Chenab rivers, respectively, by referring the matters to the Court of Arbitration as provided in Article IX of the Treaty.
Under the treaty, The World Bank has an important role in establishment of the Court of Arbitration by facilitating the process of appointment of three judges, called Umpires, to the Court, while each country appoints two arbitrators.