Agri Forum Pakistan (AFP) Chairman Muhammad Ibrahim Mughal has accused Kamal Majidulla-Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Water Resources and Agriculture for connivance with India which helped it win the legal battle on Kishanganga Hydro-power Case against Pakistan.
In a statement issued here on Monday, Mughal alleged that the International Court of Arbitration at Hague on Monday ruled in favour of India’s position on the diversion of Neelum (Kishanganga) water, setting aside objections by Pakistan that has halted work on the 330 MW Kishanganga hydro-power project in Indian Held Kashmir. While the broad verdict is in India’s favour, soon detailed order in the shape of the fine print will be made public. The verdict is likely to mean a green signal for the Kishanganga project, he added.
The arbitration went through tumultuous phases after New Delhi and Islamabad failed to agree on the nomination of three neutral judges. Both sides invoked a provision in the treaty under which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon had to nominate Stephen M Schwebel, a former president of the International Court of Justice, as the head of the seven-member arbitration bench. The bench, on which the two countries nominated two members each, visited both sides of the LoC before beginning a detailed hearing which concluded on August 31 last year, AFP Chief added.
He said that the Indian spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin hailed his Ministry of External Affairs India while announcing the decision on Monday late night asking Indians to celebrate the coming Sunday as ‘Celebration Day’. ‘While the dual nationality adviser is keeping mum on this legal defeat- it is time for the nation to wake up and call for strict accountability of “the collaborator” and his team including the Prime Minister and President of Pakistan,” Mughal urged Pakistanis.