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Pak sets up panel to deal with India on water issues

September 28, 2011 - Islamabad

Pakistan has set up a new agency to look into construction of dams and other water sector projects by countries like India and Afghanistan.

According to The Nation, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced the setting up of the Pakistan Trans-border Water Organisation (PTWO) to tackle issues arising from construction of dams and water sector projects by upper riparian countries, India and Afghanistan.

The new panel will coordinate steps to protect the country's water rights on rivers flowing from the neighbouring countries.

The water and power ministry was taken aback by the announcement, as it had neither made such a proposal nor was it consulted by the Prime Minister's secretariat.

The authority will be under the Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Agriculture and Water Resources, Kemal Majidullah.


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