FM Qureshi raises India’s water aggression issue with World Bank

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New York: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi raised the issue of Indian violation of the Indus Water Treaty during a meeting with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, read the foreign office statement.

According to the details, Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.

Qureshi spoke of New Delhi’s construction of water reservoirs during the meeting, the statement added. The foreign minister said that the water issue should not be politicised and be dealt as a humanitarian issue instead.

India’s planned hydropower projects at Lower Kalnai and Pakal Dul will have installed capacity of 48 and 1,000 megawatts respectively meaning New Delhi will be able to control 108,000 acre-feet of water from river Chenab. Both the projects constitute a violation of the Indus Water Treaty 1960. The treaty allotted the waters of three eastern rivers namely Ravi, Beas and Sutlej exclusively to India while that of Western rivers namely Indus, Chenab and Jhelum to Pakistan.

On Wednesday, the foreign minister will address the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation’s Contact Group on Kashmir on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

On Friday, he will speak at the Asia Society where he will interact with American academics, foreign policy experts and students.He is also scheduled to meet with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on October 2.

The high-level meeting with the US diplomat is one of the top agendas of Qureshi’s week-long visit to the US, which is aimed at following up on the progress made in the former’s visit to Islamabad earlier.

He will apprise the world over the fresh violence by Indian forces in Kashmir, regional and world situation during his address to United Nation General Assembly session on September 29.

He will also hold about 40 meetings with other leaders from various countries during his stay.

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