Pakistan plans to build dams on Indus River

On Thursday V. K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs said in a written reply in  Rajya Sabha, Pakistan has decided to construct water dams with on the Indus River with the help of China.

The Indian Government has issues demarches to both Beijing and Islamabad over the new construction. The demarche states that the construction is void and it will violate India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, as V.K Singh informed the Rajya Sabha

V.K Singh said, “”India has a clear and consistent position that these territories are illegally occupied by Pakistan and that any collaborative activity there is in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,”.

In addition, he also told, “accordingly, we have made demarches to both Pakistan and China conveying the position. The government will continue to maintain this position.”
However, Pakistan is abided to follow the Indus water Treaty signed with India. The treaty gives both the countries equal distribution of river water. Recently India has been engaged in border issues with China and on the other side, Pakistan has elected its new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Sources-

  1. ASIANAGE- http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/040817/pakistan-constructing-6-dams-on-indus-in-pok-with-chinas-help-government.html

2. TIMES OF INDIA- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pakistan-constructing-6-dams-in-pok-with-chinas-assistance-govt/articleshow/59910509.cms?from=mdr

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P.I.A flight carrying 48 people on board crashes on its way to Islamabad

Pakistan International Airlines(PIA) plane PK 661, carrying around 40 people, crashed on its way from Chitral to Islamabad. All the passengers and crew members are feared dead. The police have confirmed the crash of an airplane in the vicinity of the town of Havelian.

The flight PK 661 went missing on the radar while it was crossing Abbottabad around 4.30 PM local time. Pakistani Army had sent troops and helicopters to the incident site for rescue work. PIA spokesperson Danial Gilan stated that “All resource has been mobilized to locate the aircraft”. He also added that emergency response centers have been activated in order to provide updates.

The flight took off from Chitral at 4 PM and was scheduled to land in Islamabad at 4.40 PM, local time. Irfan Elahi, the government’s aviation secretary told media that the plane suffered from engine problems however it was too early to tell the exact cause of the accident. Junaid Jamshed, the famous Pakistani pop star along with his wife was also traveling in the ill-fated plane.

An official has told Reuters that it is unlikely to have any survivors. According to the army, 21 bodies have been recovered so far and rescue operation is underway.

Sources: NDTV, The Guardian

Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif deploys 22 MP’s to internationalize Kashmir issue in the UN

Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif declared on Saturday that he will deploy 22 MP’s to take up the ‘atrocities committed by India in Kashmir’ to various international platforms. The unrest in the valley flared up after the killing of 22 year old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

“I have decided to send these parliamentarians for fighting the Kashmir cause in different parts of the world. These special envoys have strength of the people of Pakistan, prayers from the Kashmiri people across the Line of Control, mandate of the Parliament and support from the government”, said Nawaz Sharif as reported by the Times Of India.

Sharif’s decision comes amid India’s refusal to hold talks on Kashmir with Islamabad.  In addition to this, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s responded to the invitation terming Pakistan as the “prime perpetrator of terrorism in the region”

Reportedly, even as Sharif’s Adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, met eminent personalities of the US, UK, France, Russia and China besides the European Union envoy, in an effort to gain vantage on the Kashmir issue, their efforts have proved futile in both the Washington DC and the UN.

 

In a meeting on Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in a press conference stated that Pakistan has been trying to fuel tensions in the state instead of helping the cause.

Presently, Kashmir entered its 50th day of unrest on Saturday, killing over 70 civilians and security forces.