LONDON - The Court of Arbitration will take up controversial Indian Kishanganga project case on Wednesday for hearing and Pakistan will file technical statistics about water flow in the court.

Media reports said Indus Water Commissioner (IWC) Asif Beg and his legal team have arrived in London for consultation with foreign lawyers in Kishanganga case. Technical statistics with regard to the River Neelum water flow will be filed in the court today.

The government will pay fee to the foreign lawyers in pounds and dollars to contest the Kishanganga case. A UK lawyer will be paid 700 pounds per hour while other lawyers will be paid 800 dollars per hour.

The court had handed down verdict of Kishanganga case in the month of February this year and it had accepted Pakistan’s objection as correct that the design of water reservoir related to hydropower project would affect water flow t Pakistan.

The decision on supply of water to Kishanganga and Neelum hydropower projects has yet to be made and court of arbitration has sought statistics from both the countries with respect to water flow and rights thereof on this count.

It is strange that ministry of water and power stands ignorant about the entire matter.  Meanwhile, Indian Defence Minister AK Antony Tuesday said that the neighbouring country must initiate strong action against terrorist groups operating from its soil, in order to improve Indo-Pak ties

"We are concerned about terrorist groups in Pakistan. They should take strong action against them which will help improve our relations," he told reporters here when asked whether change of government in Pakistan could spell a better relationship between the two countries. Describing Pakistan as "closest neighbour", Antony said Indian government wanted friendly relations with it as a "peaceful and stable" Pakistan was in India's interest.

On Indo-China relations and border situation, the Indian defence minister said, "The recent problem has been solved to the satisfaction of both the countries. We have a mechanism to sort out occasional irritants," adding, that there was a "highest level decision" to maintain peace and tranquillity along the border.

Both countries would also have joint exercises, he noted.

Antony said notwithstanding the long standing border dispute, there were major areas of cooperation between India and China, also India's "largest trading partner".

He hoped his forthcoming visit to China would further improve the bilateral relations and defence cooperation between the two countries.