Monday April 25, 2022

Laying Of Foundation Stones Of Projects In IIOJK By Modi As Contravention Of Indus Waters Treaty: FO

Islamabad: Pakistan has rejected Indian Prime Minister’s staged visit to Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir as yet another ploy to project fake ‘normalcy’ in the occupied territory.

In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said since 5 August 2019, the international community witnessed many such desperate attempts by India to divert attention from the actual underlying issues in the illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The spokesperson said Pakistan also strongly condemns the laying of foundation stones for the construction of the Rattle and Kwar Hydroelectric Projects on Chenab River in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the construction of Rattle hydroelectric plant, as designed by India, has been disputed by Pakistan, and for Kwar Hydroelectric Plant, India has so far not fulfilled its Treaty obligation of sharing information with Pakistan.

He said Pakistan views such laying of foundation stones of the two projects by the Indian Prime Minister as direct contravention of the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960.

The spokesperson called upon India to fulfill its obligations under the Indus Water Treaty and refrain from taking any such steps which are detrimental to the framework of the agreement.

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