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Pakistan’s Parched Baluchistan Nears Water Crisisi
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Ayaz Gul
July 06, 2015 1:05 PM
An acute water shortage has gripped Pakistan’s impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan. Though this has been a recurring problem, the situation is nearing a breaking point that critics say the government is doing little to address. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
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Video Pakistan’s Parched Baluchistan Nears Water Crisis

An acute water shortage has gripped Pakistan’s impoverished southwestern province of Baluchistan. Though this has been a recurring problem, the situation is nearing a breaking point that critics say the government is doing little to address. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
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President Barack Obama, right, speaks to the media after receiving an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State, during a rare visit to the Pentagon, July 6, 2015. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is at left.

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Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a suicide attack that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 7, 2015.

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Europe

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