ISLAMABAD - Pakistani delegation left for The Hague on Tuesday for the hearing on controversial Kishanganga hydropower project on Jhelum River. The International Court of Arbitration (ICA) is expected to announce its verdict till the next month, reported a private TV channel.

The delegation, headed by Adviser to the PM on Agriculture and Water Resources Kamal Majeedullah, will consult its legal team in London before going for the hearing in The Hague.

The project’s hearing will take place from July 20 to July 30.

India, a party to the project, will present its stance on the project in the light of Indus basin treaty. Pakistan had earlier claimed that Kishanganga project was a clear violation of the treaty signed by the two countries in 1960. Pakistan was of the view that, if the dam was built then it would reduce water flow in the Neelum River and ultimately reduce electricity production of the country.

Earlier, the ICA had barred India from any permanent works on the controversial project  on River Neelum at Gurez in Occupied Kashmir in response to Pakistan’s appeal for interim measures against the dam which may inhibit the restoration of the river flow to its natural channel.

ICA’s delegation had twice visited Neelum-Jhelum project, Neelum Valley and Kishanganga project.

Pakistan had submitted all the evidences and responses to the ICA.