The Foreign Office reminded India of its obligations under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) and cautioned that New Delhi’s own credibility would suffer if the accord was violated. Speaking at the weekly media briefing, FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said: “India has to abide by its international obligations, if it wants to be taken seriously by the international community.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric  expresses the hope that the two countries would resolve the water issue themselves.

Secretary General Ban had himself last week mentioned the IWT as one of the “instruments promoting stability and peace”. Shared water resources, Mr Ban had said, often generated cooperation. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz would be visiting India on Sunday for attending the Heart of Asia ministerial meeting.

Elections of mayors, DY Mayors, Chairmen, Vice Chairmen in Punjab on 22 Dec-Candidates can submit nomination papers on 9, 10 Dec.

Election for Mayors and Deputy Mayors are to be held in Punjab on December 22. In this regard, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued the schedule for filling up the seats chairman, vice chairman, Mayors and Deputy Mayors in district councils, Municipal Committees, Municipal Corporations and Metropolitan Corporation relating to Punjab province. According to schedule, Returning Officers (ROs) are to be issued the public notice on the upcoming Tuesday, whereas nomination papers will be received on December 9-10 and scrutiny of nomination papers by the ROs on December 11-12.

Analysts on Phone Line: 

Engr. Baligh-Ur-Rehman- Minister of State for Interior and Education

Maj Gen (R) Farooq Malik- Defence Analyst

Host: Fauzia Kalsoom Rana

Co-Host: Malik Manzoor

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