ISLAMABAD - Chinese company on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it would a file petition for impleading the World Bank party in the award of Dasu Dam project contract.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the appeal of Power Construction Corporation of China Limited against the Lahore High Court judgment. The LHC in March last had turned down the Chinese company’s petition to direct the World Bank to include it in the construction of Dasu Dam.

WAPDA in 2014 had announced to undertake a project on Indus River located at Dasu Town. The said project is partly funded by International Development Association (IDA), an organization forming part of World Bank Group. The IDA has approved the financing of Stage-1 of the project with a credit of 588.4 million dollars.

The World Bank last week had declined to entertain the Chinese company’s request until notification of the contract award of Dasu Dam. The bank has advised the company to approach the Water and Power Development Authority for the bidding process of Dasu Dam.

Salman Aslam Butt, appearing on behalf of the Chinese company, contended that after the letter of the World Bank there is no problem for the WAPDA to entertain their bid for the project.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed said the World Bank was not giving you explanation as the procurement policy does not allow them. Justice Umar Atta Bandial said the bank is debarred from discussing the issue.

Power Construction Corporation of China Limited had pre-qualified for the contract for Dasu Dam, but after the evaluation it was dropped in the final list. The Chinese company was excluded from the bid process under the guidelines of the financial agreement between government of Pakistan and the World Bank.

Salman Butt argued that his client should be treated in accordance with the local law, particularly Article 4 of the constitution as there is no dispute resolution clause in the financial agreement.

The counsel contended that it was the public procurement project and said that the court could remain silent as in the Safety City Project this court had stated it could not shut its eyes if there is non-transparency.

Justice Azmat inquired whether the court could hold that the World Bank is not reasonable. He said they could not direct the bank because it was not party before it. The chief justice asked from Salman how the court could condemn someone, which is not party before it.

The Chinese company lawyer said if the court allows him then they would file an application making World Bank party in this case.

The chief justice allowed the Chinese company to file the petition in that regard and adjourned the case for one week.