Indus treaty: Mufti seeks compensation for `losses'

JAMMU, NOV. 29. The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today sought compensation for the "losses" suffered by the State due to the Indus Water Treaty signed between India and Pakistan in the 1960s.

Inaugurating a two-day seminar on the political economy of the State here, the Mufti said the treaty had not taken into consideration the interests of the State. While the rivers of the State irrigated almost the entire Pakistan, it could not harness the huge power potential needed for its economic growth.

In the face of the treaty, the State could not construct dams for power generation. The hydel projects did not generate the designed levels of power during low water discharge. And each time the State wanted to construct a major hydel project, Pakistan raised objections.

Under the treaty, the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab would not be used by India for irrigation. In return, it got full utilisation rights over the Beas, Sutlej and Ravi flowing through Punjab.

In the case of the Baglihar project, the Mufti pointed out that Pakistan had raised objections to it. The Mufti said economic self-reliance was the key to the problems confronting the State, and invited suggestions from experts and economists for a strategy for its economic resurgence.

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