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Pakistan plans water treaty with Afghanistan

Pakistan plans water treaty with Afghanistan

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Apr 13, 2017 - 10:25

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan and Pakistani experts are expected to meet soon to exchange water data and the hydrology of Kabulinfo-icon and Kunar rivers, a news report said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has constituted a committee, which met on March 31, to evolve a water-sharing formula with Afghanistaninfo-icon, The News International quoted sources as saying.

After the receipt of feedback from the Foreign Office and other relevant organs, the body may reach a water treaty with Afghanistan.

 “The Worldinfo-icon Bank has also indicated its willingness to broker a water treaty between Pakistaninfo-icon and Afghanistan,” the newspaper said, adding the bank would facilitate negotiations on the issue.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share nine rivers with annual flows of about 18.3 million acre feet (MAF). Kabul river accounts for 16.5MAF and Chitral for about 8.5MAF.

Headed by AGN Abbas, the technical committee on water resources and dams recommended in 2003 a water treaty with Afghanistan to ensure the right of Pakistan.

In a bid to overcome its energy and water shortages, Afghanistan plans building four hydro-power projects in the Panjsher sub-basin, including the Totumdara, Barak and Baghdara projects.

Additionally, four dams are to be built in the Logar Upper Kabul sub-basin (Haijana, Kajab, Tangi, Wardak and Gat) and as many in the Lower Kabul sub-basin (Sarobi, Laghman, Kunar and Kama).

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