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The coming Rabi season from October to March is bad news for Pakistan. The Indus River System Authority (IRSA) on Friday announced that Punjab and Sindh are likely to face a 20 percent shortage of water in the upcoming season. However, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been promised no cuts in share of water.

 

 

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, after much murky controversy, got rid of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in July saying he was not “sadiq” and “ameen” — two qualities of the Holy Prophet PBUH spelled out in the constitution as a legacy of the islamising General Zia ul Haq and his decade of military rule. Sharif went home chanting “why was I thrown out?” and vacated the National Assembly seat at NA120 in Lahore. Pakistan’s perennial political instability had borne its latest fruit. Exit another PM, ad nauseam.

 

MANY Lahore-based journalists would be familiar with Mesut Kacmaz as the man behind the Rumi Forum and as someone closely associated with the quite prominent Pak-Turk schools.

 

Our Foreign Minister’s candid talk at the Asia Society Forum, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly moot has generated a heated debate at home.

 

National Party President Hasil Bizenjo has reiterated his party’s sensible belief that the only path to resolving Balochistan’s issues is political dialogue.

 

The indictment of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in NAB’s corruption reference is a major development after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s appearance before the bureau on Monday.

 

The political future of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) has become increasingly ambiguous in the last few months.

 

Prime Minister Abbasi did Nawaz Sharif proud at the United Nations. Indeed, he gave the speech that the latter is still likely kicking himself for not having had the opportunity, never mind the courage, to deliver back in Riyadh over the summer.

 

Another setback awaits the country as an international arbitration court has ruled that the government engaged in an act of ‘expropriation’ against the assets of a foreign investor when the Supreme Court took action against Karkey Karadeniz, the Turkish firm that was contracted to set up a rental power plant by the previous government.

 

Pakistan is in the grip of terrorism unleashed by university-educated youth who kill in the name of Islam. A Karachi gang that was recently nabbed was found to have connected with university-level teachers and their students who were on the take from the Islamic State under the banner of Ansarul Sharia (friends of the Islamic way).

 


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