IWT Dispute News Update
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said
that Pakistan will never back down from its stance on Indus Water Treaty.
has presented the case before the World Bank, however, proceedings in this regard
have been stopped by the world body for the time-being.
He said Pakistan’s case is stronger than that of India, saying we will safeguard
our national interests at all costs.
Khawaja Asif said that India wants appointment of a neutral expert to resolve
the issue, but Pakistan wants the case should be heard by the seven-member
Court of Arbitration.
He said the treaty was an instrument to avoid wars, so Pakistan’s focus has
always remains on implementation of the treaty in letter and spirit.
The Minister said that the implementation on the agreement continued during
wars between the two countries and international community and world bank
want to continue this agreement in future also.
He said that both the countries are bound to follow the agreement in letter and
spirit and no side could abrogate them unilaterally.