Pak`s intelligence agencies seize records of ministries

Last Updated: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 19:54

Islamabad: Pakistani intelligence
agencies have seized the records of two federal ministries to
investigate an alleged institutional lapse in objecting to
"Indian aggression" on sharing of river waters and securing
international carbon credits on disputed hydropower projects,
a media claimed on Saturday.

The agencies acted after receiving reports that the
Water and Power and Environment Ministries had absolved
themselves of negligence in the matter, the Dawn newspaper
quoted its sources as saying.
Arrests of some officials "could not be ruled out",
the report said.

The records of the ministries were seized following
"Indian aggression on (Pakistan`s) water rights and securing
international carbon credits on hydropower projects disputed
by Pakistan", the report said.

Inter-ministerial correspondence over the lapse
continued for over nine months and "crucial objections over
adverse environmental impact of the projects nearing
completion on the Indian side had not yet been officially
taken up with New Delhi", the daily quoted its sources as
saying.
The Water and Power Ministry said it was not
responsible for the lapse because it was the job of the
Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an
environmental impact assessment.

The Ministry said it had no role in ratifying
trans-border impact assessments, whose documents had not been
shared with it.

The Environment Ministry washed its hands of the
matter and said that since the Indian projects were of a
strategic nature, it could not have intervened unless its
attention had been drawn to the issue and professional advice
sought, the report said.

The intelligence agencies took away the record of the
`Manual of responsibilities -- Indus Waters Treaty 1960`
issued by the office of the Commissioner for the Permanent
Indus Commission in 1971.

The 72-page manual defines responsibilities of the
Defence, Interior, Kashmir Affairs, Industries and Natural
Resources Ministries, Met Department, provincial governments,
railways and Water and Power Development Authority.

The Prime Minister`s Office had in July last year
asked the of Water and Power, Foreign Affairs and Environment
Ministries to explain how India had secured carbon credits
from the UN for the Chutak and Nimmo-Bazgo hydropower projects
that Pakistan claims have violated the Indus Waters Treaty.

PTI




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