The decades-long war of words between Islamabad and New Delhi over water rages on. In a fresh round of the quarrel, both the sides fought over the construction of dams and barrages on different rivers flowing into Pakistan. Our upper-riparian neighbour is trying to navigate its way out of a debate with Pakistan over the most controversial Wullar Barrage, also known as the Tulbul Projects, which Pakistani experts maintain is on the wrong side of the law. Efforts were in vain to settle these issues at various levels of talks held during the recent months. Sadly, New Delhi continues to sidestep the topic of Wullar Barrage which would divert water from River Jhelum. This is aimed to restart its construction arbitrarily. It is hoped Pakistani authorities would talk straightforwardly during the next round of bilateral talks.

Meanwhile, the World Bank’s arbitration court has issued an order allowing a Pakistani delegation to inspect the site of the Kishanganga Dam. Not only this, the court has also allowed Pakistani delegation to visit Wuller Barrage and Tulbul navigation projects. This permission has been granted on Pakistan’s plea that illegal construction activity was going on despite the stay order issued by the arbitration court on September 1. A report carried by Nawa-i-Waqt says that a Pakistani delegation has reached New Delhi. So far India has succeeded in persuading officials of concerned international organizations that what New Delhi was doing was in line with the Indus Water Treaty. Its success owes to our laidback attitude to present our case on solid grounds. We must contest our case at all forums forcefully.