Russia, Pakistan sign MoU on gas pipeline from Iran

Russia and Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding on implementing a project to build an underwater gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan and India, the Russian Energy Ministry said in a statement Thursday.  

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The parched nation

Pakistan has been inching towards a water crisis for decades. In 1951, it was a water-abundant country with an annual per capita availability of around 5,260 cubic meters (m3). By 2013, this declined to as low as 964 m3 per annum. The country is expected to become “absolute water scarce” — less than 500 m3 per capita per annum — by 2035.

A flawed anti-terrorism law

Pakistan has faced multiple active terrorism threats over the past 15 years, which now constitute an existential threat to the state. In order to deal with this, Pakistan enacted an anti-terrorism law in 1997, subsequently improved to meet emergent threats through a number of amendments.

Will new law stop Pakistan's women living in fear?

Sheikh also believes legal reforms must be paired with a concerted and coordinated effort to change, firstly, deeply held patriarchal beliefs in Pakistan, and secondly, a misinterpretation of the country's religion -- Islam. 

Big shoes to fill

At the time when the country was descending deep into the hells of terrorism and everyone was losing hope, the decision was taken to put the command of the Pakistan army in the hands of someone who belongs to a family whose profession is to serve the country and sacrifice everything, even life, for the dignity, honour and protection of it.

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