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PML-N's victory in Azad Kashmir was indeed overwhelming. But let us not forget that, historically, the party in power in Islamabad wins the elections in Azad Kashmir. Besides, for the past eight years, the outgoing PPP regime administered Azad Kashmir as badly as it is doing in Sindh. Let us now see how PML-N's reverses that scenario. PML-N's intoxication with building Metro Bus and Orange Railway services (now promised to Azad Kashmir) induced ignoring other sectors that badly need repair, up-gradation and expansion be it basic civic, education and health services, energy and power generation and distribution, export, or efforts that convincingly expose foreign intervention in Pakistan.
Mairaj Mohammad Khan's passing away this July 22, while undoubtedly the loss of a towering icon of the Left and a major figure in the struggles of the people for democracy and rights, also presents us with an opportunity to reassess his life and political career within the context of the present day crisis of the Left, globally as well as in Pakistan.
At the crossroads between a divided Europe and a convulsed Middle East, Turkey is caught in a power struggle between former Islamist allies which is shaking democratic institutions and raises questions about its future path. Since a failed coup on July 15, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) founded by President Tayyip Erdogan has gained the upper hand in its battle with clandestine networks in the military, judiciary and bureaucracy loyal to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
"No one, but no one, seems to have learned a lesson from experience."
One of the leading Russian news organisation Sputnik News alerted Saturday that clashes in Indian-held Kashmir with unending brutalities by the Indian army against unarmed Kashmiri people may lead South Asia back to the brink of a nuclear war. Sputnik News mostly articulates policies of the Russian government.
Western values are patently under threat given the response of Western governments to recent appalling events - a threat that is becoming a source of serious concern in their civil societies.
Despite its limitations courtesy its outdate weather forecasting technology, Pakistan's Metrological Department has forecast higher-than-average rainfall over parts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Azad Kashmir and north-eastern Balochistan that could cause high flooding of the catchment areas of the major rivers and the adjoining localities.