The Pakistani govIndia opposes move between Pakistan and China to build a big dam on Gilgit-Baltistanernment on Wednesday signed a € 442 billion contract with a joint venture set up by China Power and the Pakistan Army Trade Weapons (FWO) to build the Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
India on Thursday opposed the construction of a large hydropower plant by Pakistan and China in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, saying it shared concerns about such projects with both countries.
The Pakistani government on Wednesday signed a € 442 billion contract with a joint venture set up by China Power and the Pakistan Army Trade Weapons (FWO) to build the Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
The state-owned Chinese company has 70% and FWO 30% in the joint venture. The 272-meter-high eight-million-hectare foot tank is the world’s tallest roller compact concrete (RCC) barrier. Construction work on the dam is expected to begin in a few weeks, Pakistani media reported.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava responded to the developments by saying that the Gilgit-Baltistan region is part of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, which was illegally occupied by Pakistan.
“Our position is consistent and clear that the entire territory of the Union of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh was and will continue to be an integral and inalienable part of India,” Srivastava said.
“We have continuously forwarded our protests and shared concerns with China and Pakistan on all such Indian projects in Indian territories during the illegal occupation of Pakistan,” he said.
India has in the past opposed projects jointly adopted by Pakistan and China in occupied Kashmir as part of the China – Pakistan economic corridor.