Islamabad, Jan 2 (ANI): Pakistan has decided to challenge a UN agency's decision to grant carbon credits to India on a controversial hydropower project in the international court of arbitration.
An inquiry by the Pakistan Water and Power Ministry concluded that India secured carbon credits for the 45 MW Nimoo-Bazgo hydropower project from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change without mandatory clearance from Pakistan,
Pakistan is fuming over how India could secure carbon credits when Pakistan had not seen, let alone clear, the cross-boundary environmental impact assessment report.
Therefore, Pakistan has now decided to challenge the UNFCC's decision in the international court of arbitration because legal requirements were allegedly not fulfilled by the UN agency.
Inquiry officials said the Indian government might have misled the UN agency through fake and fictitious documents that may have shown Pakistan's consent to the project because there was no such record available in Pakistan, The Dawn reports.
"India applied for carbon credits for the project which was a long-term process and must have spread over 4-5 years", an inquiry officer wrote.
"It is still not established how India was able to get carbon credit benefits for the Nimoo-Bazgo project which is located on trans-boundary water and for which ratification of the parties concerned should have been procured before hand by it under clause 37(b) of UNFCC," the official wrote.
"Although it is too difficult to get carbon credits on a trans-boundary project such as Nimoo-Bazgo, due to lack of contest by Permanent Commissioner for Indus Waters (PCIW), India was able to get carbon credits on this project," he added. (ANI)
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