|Wednesday, 19 January 2005|
Pakistan to seek World Bank arbitration over dam row with India
ISLAMABAD, Tuesday (AFP) Pakistan said Tuesday it would seek World Bank arbitration in a row with India over the construction of a dam in disputed Kashmir, casting a shadow over the nuclear rivals' sluggish peace process.
The move follows the breakdown of recent talks between Islamabad and New Delhi over possible water blockages caused by the Baghliar Dam in India's section of the divided Himalayan territory.
It is the first time Pakistan has sought outside involvement in a World Bank-brokered water-sharing treaty which it signed with India in 1960. The agreement has survived two wars between the South Asian foes.
"The government of Pakistan has decided to formally approach the World Bank for the appointment of a neutral expert for the resolution of the Baghliar dam issue," foreign ministry spokesman Masood Khan told AFP.
He said the decision was taken at a high level meeting here Tuesday chaired by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
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