With Pakistan currently looking for funds to construct the Diamer-Basha dam, India has reportedly asked the US government not to invest in the project and make sure other US investors also stayed away.
The Indian complaint to the United States was reportedly forwarded through diplomatic channels, claiming that Pakistan was constructing the Diamer-Bhasha dam on disputed territory.
Delegates from Pakistan, led by Ishaq Dar, the Finance Minister and Khawaja Muhammad Asif, the Minister for Water and Power, attended a conference in the US last week to raise funds for the dam’s construction.
Other notable attendees included the USAID chief Rajiv Shah, Dan Feldman, the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the US ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson.
Speaking to the Pakistani press, Mr. Ishaq Dar termed the Indian complaint as irrelevant and stated that no US official or investor voiced any concerns regarding the matter during his stay in Washington.
The dam’s successful construction would solve a lot of problems for Pakistan, including the electricity crises, the floods issue and provide clean drinking and irrigation water.
It is expected that the dam will produce 4500 MW of electricity and store around 10 km3 of water.