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No consensus on Kishan Ganga Dam
 
 
 
LAHORE - Indus Basin Water Commissions of Pakistan and India have decided to discuss the Kishan Ganga Dam project again in India next month as the fourth-round of the talks between Pakistan and India concluded here on Tuesday.

After the meeting, Pakistan Indus Water Commissioner Syed Jamaat Ali Shah told reporter that Pakistan had expressed openly all the reservations over Kishan Ganga Dam to the Indian delegation and it had been agreed that both sides would discuss the matter again in India next month (July-2008).

"There was no consensus in the discussion on Kishan Ganga Dam," Shah replied to a question.

He hoped that in the next sitting, the commissions would sort out the issue in a manner, which is acceptable to both sides.

The PIWC Chairman said that both sides had, however, agreed on inspection of the dam over Jehlum River and its schedule would soon be chalked out.

 India took the stance to Pakistan's objections that it had not constructed any new dam on Jehlum River but rehabilitated some portion of the old one, which had been wiped out in the recent flood, he added.

Jamaat Ali said Pakistan had also raised objections on the Ori-II project in Baramula district of Kashmir, adding that they had clarified to the Indian delegation that India should not use the project to stop Pakistani water or to get control over it.

The IIWC, he said, also provided more data and information on Uri-II and Pakistan reviewed its stance in this regard after examining the fresh documents.

The PIWC Chairman said that Indian Commission had assured them of settling all the Indus water related issues through mutual discussion and cooperation.

 
 
 
 
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