Raymond Lafitte appears to have done a reasonably fair job of resolving the dispute over the 450 Megawatt-Baglihar project. Islamabad has reason to be satisfied...the expert has upheld three of its four objections (to) the dam’s design. New Delhi would be more than pleased at the...endorsement of the...principle that it can use the waters of...the Indus, the Jhelum, and the Chenab.
Islamabad might not give up very easily on the question of the dam’s gated spillway... (I)t can cause delay by raising questions on technical matters...in respect of the Tulbul navigation and Kishenganga hydroelectric projects. This kind of strategy is not unusual for a lower riparian state... Pakistan is extremely sensitive about any construction on (these three rivers) since its agriculture is crucially dependent on (their) waters.