An Indian delegation led by Indus Water Commissioner PK Saxena, has reached Lahore via Wagah border today to discuss water dispute with Pakistani counterparts. The Indus Water Commission, which is mandated to meet at least once every year, alternately in Pakistan and India, comprises Indus Commissioners from both sides and discusses technical matters related to the implementation of the Indus Water treaty. However, the issue of construction of controversial dams by India is not included in the agenda of two-day dialogue. India has fast-tracked the construction of hydropower projects worth 15 billion dollars in Occupied Kashmir and is disrupting water supplies to Pakistan.

Host: Arshad Malik

Co-host: Shahid Amin

Analyst on Phone:

Dr. Gulfaraz Ahmed (Energy Expert)

India always uses nefarious tactics to defame Pakistan. No country harms other's interests while protecting its own. However, India tries to destabilize Pakistan through Afghanistan and by interfering in Baluchistan. It is a positive development that Indian representatives have come to Pakistan but we have to be careful while dealing with them. It is very difficult to assume that India would be sincere during this meeting. India is emerging as an economic power and it tries to influence international institutions. It wants to exploit loopholes in Indus Water Treaty. World Bank wants both countries to comply with the provisions of this treaty.

Revival of military courts to curb the menace of terrorism from country

The government is going to table a bill to extend Military Courts in the National Assembly tomorrow and later it will be presented in the Senate. The bill is aimed at extending the military courts' term for another two years. Political consensus to this effect was reached after intensive consultations among the political parties of the country, after the expiry of military courts' tenure in January this year. The decision has been taken in view of the extra ordinary situation the country is passing through.

Analyst on Phone:

Brig. Retd. Mehmood Shah (Defence Analyst)

It is a part of fight against terrorism that people who have been arrested must be taken to justice. Military courts are temporary arrangement to punish arrested terrorists. We have achieved tremendous successes against terrorists while sacrificing innocent lives. Under the current circumstances, only military courts can give punishments to terrorists. High court has been empowered to review the decisions of military courts.

Pakistan pursues a policy of peaceful neighbourhood and wishes to resolve all outstanding issues with its neighbors, peacefully through dialogue: PM

Nawaz Sharif was talking to President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, who called on him in Islamabad. Longstanding bilateral relations between the two countries are a manifestation of a common desire to explore possibilities for enhancing bilateral cooperation. Pakistan's longstanding partnership with the Russian Federation and with its Muslim regions, including the Republic of Tatarstan, will witness significant progress in all areas of mutual interest. The visiting dignitary thanked the prime minister for according warm welcome to him and his delegation in Pakistan.

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