Pakistan expects World Bank to help resolve water dispute with India: PM Khaqan


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday emphasized that Pakistan expects that the World Bank would help resolve the water dispute with India by effectively playing the role mandated to it under the Indus Waters Treaty.

In a meeting with a delegation of World Bank headed by its Regional Vice President Annette Dixon at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad, Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan also looked forward to the World Bank’s support in the timely completion of the ongoing developmental projects in the Country.

The World Bank’s Regional Vice President Annette Dixon was accompanied by the Country Director World Bank Patchamuthu Illangovan, the Regional Vice President International Finance Corporation (IFC) Snezana Stoilikovic and Nadeem Siddiqui.

The Minister for Water Resources Syed Javed Ali Shah, the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, the Secretary Finance Arif Ahmed Khan, the Secretary Water Resources Shamail Ahmed and other senior officers were also present during the meeting.

During the meeting, various ongoing developmental projects being undertaken in partnership with the World Bank and the dispute with India over Kishanganga and Ratle projects were discussed.

The prime minister said the overall reform agenda of the present government had resulted into the revival of the national economy besides putting economic growth on an upward trajectory.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said significant improvement of law and order, management of energy crisis and massive infrastructure development being undertaken under the umbrella of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project would further strengthen the economy and improve the overall economic outlook. He said the government was also taking concrete measures to improve ease of doing business in the country.

The World Bank’s Regional Vice President assured the prime minister of continued support of the World Bank to Pakistan.

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