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Pakistan moves int’l court against Indian water projects

LAHORE - Islamabad moved international court of arbitration against two hydropower projects being built by India in held Kashmir, said a top official of Ministry of Water & Power in an interaction with journalists at Wapda House yesterday.

The official, who wanted not to be named, said the decision to approach the court of arbitration had been taken on the recommendation of international lawyers hired to pursue Pakistan’s case on Kishanganga and Ratle Power projects.

Indian pumps depleting ground water in Pakistan

LAHORE - Massive extraction of groundwater for agriculture purposes by hundreds of thousands of subsidised tube-wells in India has put the underground water resources of Pakistan at risk.

Leading water experts believe the situation is dangerous for both the countries since no international law or mutual treaty between Pakistan and India specifically regulates the use of trans-boundary groundwater resources.

Australia helping Pakistan in water resource management

ISLAMABAD: Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson said that the Australian government will continue its assistance to Pakistan for the next four years to strengthen water, food and energy security.

Australia will invest A$11 million in Phase II of the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) which would focus on improving energy and water management in the Indus Basin. Phase II would build on Phase I - a A$4 million investment which helped strengthen the capacity of Pakistan officials to take an integrated approach to water resource management.

Nearly 100 villages flooded in Sialkot, Zafarwal after India release water

SIALKOT (Dunya News) – Nearly a hundred villages in Zafarwal and Sialkot region are water-logged after India lifted gates to flood Nullah Dek leading to rising water-level in River Chenab, reported Monday.

Land connection to around 50 villages in Bijwat area is suspended while several rural localities in Zafarwal are inundated. Crops grown on hundreds of acres of land have been spoiled while a dyke was breached in Mozah Mangwal.

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