FO urges World Bank to resolve Pakistan-India water dispute

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has urged the World Bank to play its role to resolve the water dispute between Pakistan and India, Radio Pakistan reported.

“Pakistan and India are signatory to the Indus Water treaty. It is unfortunate India is violating the treaty,” FO spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said in his weekly media briefing.

“Pakistan hopes that the Indus Water Treaty remains intact and its dispute resolution mechanism moves forward,” he said, reiterating Islamabad’s desire to have better ties with India.

He said Pakistan has raising the Kashmir dispute at all international forums.

When asked about terror attacks from the Afghan side inside Pakistani territory, the spokesperson said Pakistan has conveyed its strong reservations regarding continued presence of such nefarious elements in Afghanistan.

“We have also urged the Afghan government to take action against these elements,” he said.

The spokesperson said Pakistan has always advocated for peaceful settlement of the Afghan conflict through an Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process.

Responding to a question, the spokesperson confirmed the departure of Asiya Bibi to Canada saying she is a free citizen and she left the country on her own free will.