Senators express reservations on decision of International court of arbitration on Kishanganga

Islamabad: Minister of State for Water and Power Tasneem Ahmad Qureshi informed the Senate Tuesday that in the short order of international court of arbitration on Kishanganga, Pakistan’s reservations have been considered and final judgement will be announced in December this year.

He said the judgement is not against Pakistan rather it is in our favour. He was replying to a call attention notice moved by Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari and Ishaq Dar regarding partial award of the international court of arbitration on Kishanganga hydro electricity project in response to Pakistan’s appeal for interim measure against the dam.

Speaking on the issue, Farhatullah Babar said the court has given its verdict to one question out of two. He said according to decision the minimum flow of water that has been granted under the Indus Water Treaty will be ensured and it is victory of Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Leader of the Opposition Ishaq Dar, Mohsin Leghari, Raja Zafarul Haq, Kamil Ali Agha, Zafar Ali Shah and Mushahid Hussain Syed expressed reservations over the decision of the court and demanded that the facts must be presented before the nation.

Meanwhile, On a point of order moved by Mushahid Hussain Syed, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that all out efforts are being made for early repatriation of Aafia Siddiqui from United States.

He said under a convention if the US President comes to the power second time then the foreign prisoners in America can appeal for mercy or can undergo imprisonment in their respective countries.

He said letter has been written in this regard and the case will be pleaded according to the demands of Fauzia Siddiqui the sister of Aafia Siddiqui.

Fauzia Siddiqui was also present in the visitor’s gallery and the House expressed full solidarity with her family.