India loses at ICJ over claims on the Kishanganga dam

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India tastes defeat at ICJ over Kishanganga dam claims

India tastes defeat at ICJ over Kishanganga dam claims

India loses at the ICJ over claims related to the Kishanganga dam International court recognizes Pakistan’s right to protest the construction of contested dams that violate the Indus Water Treaty of 1960.

As Pakistan’s lawsuit against India was deemed admissible, India’s challenge to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Arbitration at The Hague was denied.

In the Hague international arbitration court, a legal team led by Pakistan’s Attorney General made an appearance.

It is important to remember that Pakistan was represented in the PCA by a group of international specialists who were assisted by a group led by the Attorney General of Pakistan, which included Advocates Zohair Waheed and Leena Nishter.

India has a long history of stealing water from Pakistan, and the neighbor has never faced consequences in international forums.

As a result of India’s complete rejection of its argument to the jurisdiction of the arbitration court, New Delhi now faces a significant setback at the Hague International Forum.

It is important to remember that The Hague is home to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), an intergovernmental body that is not affiliated with the UN.


What is Pakistan’s stance on Kishanganga dam

The 330 MW Kishanganga Dam on the Jhelum River and the 850 MW Ratle Hydroelectric Plant on the Chenab River have drawn criticism from Pakistan for their designs.

There are worries that India would deny Pakistan its fair share of water as a result of disputed dam building.

According to reports, India previously stopped the water’s flow by locking the dams’ spillway gates.

India had to provide the dam plans in this case to the international arbitration court, but at the same time, India objected to the arbitration court’s jurisdiction.

However, the forum now deems it unacceptable and has granted Pakistan’s request for a hearing.

Islamabad contacts the World Bank

India complained that the World Bank (WB) was not an impartial expert forum after Pakistan approached it in 2016.

Pakistan submitted an application for the neutral expert Forum, and in 2019 the ICJ converted to an arbitration court.

Then, India attempted to contest the neutral’s jurisdiction, but it utterly failed.

 

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