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April 10, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Midnight vote seals Imran`s fate
• After nearly a full day of high drama that culminated in the early hours of April 10, 2022, the National Assembly expressed a lack of confidence in prime minister Imran Khan, thereby de-seating him from the highest office in the land.
• The opposition`s struggle to remove the chief of the PTI from his office bore fruit just minutes before the midnight thresh-old, when Asad Qaiser resigned from the post of speaker National Assembly around 11:45pm, handing over charge of the lower house to former speaker Ayaz Sadiq who is a member of the panel of chairpersons.
• Mr Sadig first called for voting on the motion of no-confidence, then had to take a brief adjournment in order to condone the extension of April 9, 2022`s NA sitting beyond midnight
2. Shaheen-III ballistic missile successfully test-fired
• The military on Saturday conducted another successful test flight of Shaheen-III, a nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
• The test was announced by Inter-Services Public Relations, which said the test flight was conducted for revalidating `design and technical parameters` of the weapon system.
• Shaheen III, an intermediate range cruise missile with a range of 2,750 kilometres, is capable of reaching the farthest point in India`s northeast and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is, therefore, the longest range missile Pakistan has developed so far.
• The missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads
3. FIA ordered to stop officials leaving country without NoC
• In the wake of the prevailing situation in the country, the security and Federal Investigation Agency`s (FIA) immigration staff was put on high alert with a directive to stop any government official travelling abroad without a No-Objection Certificate (NoC), according to a senior FIA official. The move came after Asad Qaiser announced his resignation as National Assembly speaker late on Saturday night and the process of voting on the no-confidence motion against prime minister Imran Khan was started.
• The FIA`s immigration staff at all international airports of the country was placed on high alert and directed to stop all those government officials who intend to travel abroad without an NoC.
• The Airport Security Force was also put on high alert and checking of passengers travelling abroad was increased
4. WB resumes processes for Kishenganga and Ratle hydro plants
• The World Bank has announced its decision to resume the two separate processes requested by Pakistan and India in relation to the Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric power plants, in line with its responsibilities under the Indus Waters Treaty.
• The decision has been formally communicated in letters to India and Pakistan, a World Bank press release said. The two countries disagree over whether the technical design features of the two hydroelectric plants contravene the Indus Waters Treaty.
• Pakistan had asked the World Bank to facilitate set ting up a Court of Arbitration to consider its concerns about the designs of the two hydroelectric power projects, while India asked for the appointment of a Neutral Expert for the same purpose
5. Water crisis on horizon as snow melts at snail`s pace
• Despite an early onset of summer in mid-March and April getting hotter than usual, the snow melting process in mountainous and hilly areas has not picked up pace, putting profound pressure on the national water supplies and making the planners quite nervous.
• For the last 10 days, national water supplies have dipped substantially below not only last year`s levels, but average supplies of the last five or 10 years for the day, forcing Pakistan to start its Kharif season with close to a 40 per cent shortage in both of its water-producing systems 30pc in Indus and 10pc in the Jhelum arm.
• `The situation is more precarious in Mangla, which is hosting less than 1pc of its capacity,` says Khalid Rana of the Indus River System Authority (IRSA)