Extreme weather has been called a ‘threat multiplier’ — feeding into existing social and political problems and making them even worse.
An irate outgoing prime minister accuses the US of orchestrating his demise in government because he refused to play ball.
The architects of the judicial coup to depose Imran Khan had underestimated his popularity among the people – from urban to remotest rural areas of Pakistan. It made him more popular and acceptable than ever before and solidified his leadership for years to come, which at the same time cemented further the national unity and solidarity in Pakistan. The private citizen Imran Khan is more powerful and popular than the premier Imran Khan.
Like his brother Nawaz Sharif, who has been convicted of corruption and is banned from public office, Shahbaz has faced allegations of cronyism and corruption. But this is not unusual in Pakistani politics, where opposition leaders tend to face such charges.
Hypocrisy on a grand scale is the basis of Pakistani politics. Parliament, the government and its institutions – all have their share of hypocrisy. No wonder politicians and bureaucrats have finessed the art of seldom practicing what they preach. How otherwise would it be possible to observe the wheeling and dealing before the upcoming no-confidence vote?
If the no-confidence move succeeds, there is no guarantee that it will bring political and economic stability. And if it fails, it is unlikely to bring the political tensions down. Thus political instability may haunt Pakistan until the next elections.
Certainly Imran Khan has made mistakes; but he happens to be our only hope for the future. Will the good of Pakistan and the Armed Forces be served with the likes of Nawaz and/or Zardari or their proxies in power? If the answer to this question is yes from those who hold the interests of Pakistan dear to their heart, then only God can help us.
The sale of J-10s is being viewed Beijing's effort to help Islamabad counter India's air superiority after it recently inducted 35 French-made Rafael fighter jets. India and Pakistan are also bolstering their conventional submarine fleets with French and Chinese assistance.
The Indus River, its five tributaries and an established canal system provide a potential of a 30,000-kilometer corridor for inland water transport. According to the Asian Development Bank, one liter of fuel moves 24 tons through one kilometer on the road, 95 on the rail, and 215 kilometers on water. The cost of developing waterways is 80% lower than the cost of constructing motorway highways with negligible annual maintenance costs. And still Pakistan is not exploiting this natural resource.
In all, 947 Muslims were accused of blasphemous conduct in Pakistan so far. This works out to be a staggering 68 per cent Muslim citizens framed under the blasphemy laws. The rest 32 per cent include Christians, Hindus, Ahmedis and Sikhs inter alia.