HAGUE - International Court of Arbitration (ICA) has upheld the stay order in Indian-occupied Kashmir Kishanganga project case. A two-member team, comprising Pakistan’s Indus Water Treaty Commissioner Asif Baig Mirza and adviser to PM on water resources Kamal Majeed Ullah, attended the proceedings of the ICA in Netherlands which lasted for 10 days.

Talking to a private TV channel on return from the Netherlands, a member of Pakistani team said the ICA would announce the verdict of controversial Kishanganga hydro-electricity project case in December. He said ICA head, a former chief justice of US, Stephen M Schwebel, upheld the stay order which was granted on an appeal filed by Pakistan that India was diverting the flow of the river and violating Indus Water Treaty (IWT) between the two countries.

The counsels representing Pakistan, James Crawford, Van Lu Ie and Simpson Woodsworth, during their arguments raised objection on the diversion of the Kishanganga River near Bandipura in Held Kashmir and installation of the gate of powerhouse at a lower level and demanded changes in the design of the project.

Pakistan fears that the Kishanganga Dam would rob it of 15 per cent water share - a violation of the Indus Water Treaty. With the present design of the production of electricity from Pakistan’s Neelum-Jhelum hydro-electricity project will be decreased by 30 per cent and a part of Neelum Valley will lose 2,000 cusecs of water permanently.