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Back to Square One, Peace is Still Elusive, Spilling the Beans?, Nature’s Wrath or Sheer Ineptness?, Better Late Than Never!, A Wake-up Call, It’s A Big No!, Historic Yet Insignificant, Imposed Reconciliation, A Never-ending War,

Back to Square One!
On Aug 18, New Delhi called off the Aug 25 meeting of foreign secretaries of the two countries because of Pakistani high commissioner’s consultative session with a Hurriyat leader.

Peace is Still Elusive
On Aug 26, Israel and the Palestinians agreed to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed.

Spilling the Beans?
On Sep 01, the President of PTI, Makhdoom Hashmi, alleged Imran Khan of going against the core committee decision to not to march on the PM House. He said that the country has been brought to the verge of martial law.

Nature’s Wrath or Sheer Ineptness?
On Sep 07, hundreds of thousands of people were marooned, their houses submerged and livestock washed away as the river Chenab in ‘super flood’ hit 600 villages in Gujranwala and Sialkot regions.

Better Late Than Never!
On Sep 13, Maulana Asmatullah Muawiya, head of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Punjab, said that his group had decided to abandon its armed struggle in Pakistan and instead would focus on “peaceful struggle” for the implementation of Shariah.

A Wake-up Call
On Sep 16, two late-arriving politicians — Senator Rehman Malik and an MNA Dr Ramesh Vankwani — were forced to get off a PIA aircraft by angry passengers because they had caused a long flight delay.

It’s A Big No!
On Sep 18, the people of Scotland voted in a referendum crucial for the existence of the United Kingdom. The Scots gave a big NO — 55.3 percent against 44.7 percent for YES — and gave their verdict to stay in the UK.

Historic Yet Insignificant
On Sep 19, the longest joint session of the parliament — began on 2nd September — was prorogued. The parliamentary resolution reiterated its ‘unequivocal, unwavering and unqualified resolve’ to uphold the supremacy of the Constitution, the democratic system, sanctity of state institutions, the rule of law and the sovereignty of parliament.

Imposed Reconciliation
On Sep 21, Afghanistan’s presidential rivals, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, signed a power-sharing deal according to which the former will be the President of Afghanistan whereas the latter will nominate his choice for the new post of “chief executive”.

A Never-ending War
On Sep 23, the US military began airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. Fighters, bombers and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles are being used in the attack. The airstrikes focused on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.

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