"I realise that some of my criticisms may be mistaken; but to refuse to criticize judgements for fear of being mistaken is to abandon criticism altogether... If any of my criticisms are found to be correct, the cause is served; and if any are found to be incorrect the very process of finding out my mistakes must lead to the discovery of the right reasons, or better reasons than I have been able to give, and the cause is served just as well." -Mr. HM Seervai, Preface to the 1st ed., Constitutional Law of India.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Indus Water Treaty Dispute Update: Pakistan Applies for Interim Stay

News papers have reported that Pakistan has sought interim stay on the construction activities of the Kishenganga Hydro Electric project on the Sutlej river till the final disposal of the case. The uninitiated may check out the blog posts from label titled "Arbitration: Indus Water Treaty Dispute". The Kishanganga Project is scheduled to be commissioned by January 2016.

News reports suggest that the application for interim stay would be heard by the seven member arbitral tribunal during the August 25-27 August this year. 

Pakistani newspapers report infighting among the members of its legal team. Allegations such as favoritism in the appointment of lawyers have been made. Also, the papers report difference of opinion in obtaining interim stay of the Kishanganga project even during the first hearing. In fact, people watching the arbitration closely were slightly surprised when Pakistan did not seek an interim stay of the project during the first hearing of the arbitration.

We'll keep readers updated on the hearings.

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