Officials in Pakistan are poised to take their clash with India over hydropower projects in Jammu and Kashmir to the highest levels of international arbitration. It marks the second time in five years that the confrontation has escalated to The Hague. Pakistan invoked the right to air its grievances before the seven-member court under the Indus Water Treaty, the bilateral agreement that administers water rights in the river basin that the two countries share and is the region’s economic lifeblood.
“Much more so than the threat of open conflict between Pakistan and India, which I think is remote, the real human dangers are to public health and livelihoods in those two countries,” said David Michel, a nonresident fellow in environmental security at The Stimson Center, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C.
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