• Publication Date: Tue, November 28, 2017

    Water and air are pivotal for life on which the entire earthly ecosystem rests, sustains and prospers. Due to deforestation, depletion of natural water sources by increased population and degradation of environment through industrial and agricultural emissions, maintenance of air and water quality and quantity remains one of the major challenges for all societies. It is life-line to not only meet the ever increasing demand for irrigation purposes and production of hydelpower but it is imperative to devise an equitable and sustainable mechanism for conservation and distribution of precious water resources for coming generations. Pakistan is 15th most water-scarce country with less than 1,000 cubic meters of water per capita per annum. Accordingly, this November, 2017 issue of PIPS Parliamentary Research Digest focuses on core theme of concern i.e water sector, air quality and energy sector development. An article on Pakistan’s water sector and role of Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is included in addition to an analytical piece on Clean Air Challenge. The Digest also presents text of the unanimous resolution passed by the Senate of Pakistan on 27th October 2017, to remember and condemn the Black day of 27th Oct., 1947, when Indian troops forcibly made illegitimate occupation of Indian held Kashmir. It reiterates that the United Nations and international actors must take due affirmative action to resolve the grave dispute.