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Pakistan moves CoA for stay on Kishenganga project

In a belated but a sane development, Pakistan has filed a petition in the Court of Arbitration (CoA) seeking an order to ask India to put on hold the ongoing construction on controversial Kishenganga project till the final decision of the court, top man of the Ministry of Water and Power told The News.

“To this effect, a seven-member Pakistan delegation headed by Mr Kamal Majidullah, Special Assistant to Prime Minister and comprising Mr Khalil Ahmad, Ambassador at large, Ms Shamila Mahmood legal consultant, Sheraz Jamil Memon, Commissioner of Pakistan’s Commission of Indus Water, and some officials of NesPak will attend the hearing of the CoA at Hague on August 25 where in Indian side would also turn up to defend the continuation of the construction work on Kishenganga project.”

Mr Kamal Majiullah will lead the delegation as Pakistan’s agent in the ongoing legal battle against India on the controversial project. Mr Khalil Ahmad, Ambassador at large is also the co-agent of Pakistan in the case.

However, the delegation will arrive at London first where it would hold consultations with the foreign lawyers on August 21-23, whom Pakistan has hired and then it would reach Hague on August 24. “Pakistan’s legal team would present its case seeking the stay on ongoing construction work on the controversial project till the final verdict of the court.”

All the members of Court of Arbitration have already visited in the month of June the Neelum-Jehlum project in Pakistan and Kishenganga project in India to assess as to how much construction work has been completed.