Abbasi asks WB to resolve India-Pakistan water dispute

Staff Report
Sunday - January 28, 2018
ISLAMABAD: A delegation of world bank (WB) headed by south Asia vice president Annette Dixon met with prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday, various ongoing developmental projects being undertaken in partnership with WB and the dispute with India over Kishanganga and Ratle projects came under discussion; an official statement said.

According to detail, prime minister emphasised that Pakistan looks forward to WB’s support in timely completion of the ongoing developmental projects and, in particular, expects help to resolve the water dispute with India, by effectively playing the role mandated to it under the Indus water treaty.

Dixon assured Abbasi of continued WB support.

Abbasi asserted that significant improvement of law and order, management of energy crisis and massive infrastructure development is being undertaken under the umbrella of China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) project.

He hoped that CPEC will further strengthen the economy and improve overall economic outlook.

Abbasi claimed that his government is taking concrete measures to improve ease of doing business in the country.

Annette Dixon was accompanied by country director Patchamuthu Illangovan and international finance corporation (IFC) regional vice president Snezana Stoilikovic. Water minister Syed Javed Ali Shah, foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua, finance secretary Arif Ahmed Khan, water secretary Shamail Ahmed and other senior officers were present during the meeting.