Kishanganga dispute: Pak demands Court of Arbitration, India favours neutral expert

New Delhi, Oct 3: Amidst escalating tension, Pakistan has demanded that the World Bank set up a Court of Arbitration to hear its objections over the Kishanganga hydroelectricity project by India, which has asked the international lender to appoint a neutral expert to settle the dispute.

According to sources, Pakistan has raised objections over the design of the hydel project in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it is not in line with the criteria laid down under the Indus Water Treaty between the two countries.

India has, however, asserted the project design is "well within parameters" of the treaty and urged the World Bank to appoint a neutral expert as the issue is a "technical matter" as suggested in the treaty.

"Pakistan has requested the World Bank to set up a Court of Arbitration... India demands that the matter be looked into by a neutral expert as it is a technical matter. The treaty says the same," one of the sources said, adding a technical expert like an engineer can understand the issue better than a legal expert.