Projects

Azad Pattan Hydropower Project and Kohala Hydropower Project build on Jhelum River in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Azad Pattan and Kohala Hydropower Projects in POK

DETAILS

Pakistan and China have signed an agreement for the construction of $1.5 billion Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project that would generate 700 megawatt (MW) of electricity.
This is the second biggest agreement Pakistan has inked with its closest ally after I I 24MW Kohala Hydropower Project worth $2.4 billion.

Azad Pattan and Kohala Hydropower Projects in POK

CRITICISM

However, the Azad Pattan project has attracted criticism, not just from India, but also from residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. News agency ANI reported that residents in Muzaffarabad in PoK staged a “massive rally” on Monday to protest against the Azad Pattan and Kohala dam projects.

INDIA’S STANCE

New Delhi has since long been opposing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes through the areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh under illegal occupation of Pakistan. The CPEC is one of the flagship projects of China’s ambitious cross-continental Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). New Delhi opposed the BRI, primarily because the CPEC undermined the sovereignty of India.