Water Pact with Afghanistan Crucial, Jurist tells SC

One of the country’s leading jurists on international law strongly suggests working on a bilateral water agreement with Afghanistan, safeguarding the national interest.

“Afghanistan is now planning to build 12 dams, in cooperation with the World Bank and India, the flow of water from [River] Kabul is expected to be affected to Pakistan’s detriment. In this regard, the government must consider working on a bilateral water-sharing agreement with Afghanistan that safeguards its interest as a lower riparian state,” Makhdoom Ali Khan stated in a written reply submitted to the apex court.

The Supreme Court moved to appoint Makhdoom Ali Khan as an ‘amicus curiae’ to assist the court on water-related issues, especially the Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan.

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