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9 April 2020, Thursday

Pakistan skips pandemic meeting hosted by India



PM says Covid-19 situation may worsen; 300 Pakistani students in Bangladesh call for help; 118 illegal Pakistani immigrants deported from Iran; Hunger strikes for Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s release; Coronavirus: 10,000 Pakistanis laid off in UAE

PR Daily Brief | PR Team

DAILY BRIEFS
by Lakshmi V Menon


Pakistan skips pandemic meeting hosted by India
Pakistan did not partake in the Indian hosted regional trade officials’ video conference on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on travel restrictions and intra-regional trade; a follow-up to the March virtual conference in which Pakistan was represented by SAPM on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza. On 8 April, the Foreign Office explained that Pakistan avoided the conference as it was not coordinated by the secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc); they further urged greater role of Saarc. All Saarc members except Pakistan have also pledged contributions to the Covid-19 Emergency Fund; however, Pakistan has expressed interest in availing it. Meanwhile, Pakistan has contacted all Saarc members expect Afghanistan and India for a Covid-19 video conference. (Dawn, 9 April 2020)

PM says Covid-19 situation may worsen
On 8 April, PM Imran Khan warned Pakistan regarding the worsening of the country’s Covid-19 situation; urged the population to practice social distancing; encouraged the youth for registering with the Coronavirus Relief Tiger Force (CRTF), a means to ensure medical assistance and food for the poor; and announced the Rs12,000 four-month stipend for 12 million poor and daily wagers, starting from 9 April via 17,000 outlets across Pakistan. Additionally, the National Coordination Committee (NCC) has decided to open airports for PIA flights for the return of stranded Pakistanis. (Dawn, 9 April 2020)
 

300 Pakistani students in Bangladesh call for help
300 Pakistani students in Bangladesh under the scholarship programme by Saarc call life a nightmare with a lockdown, limited food and friable healthcare systems. Presently, Bangladesh has 218 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 20 related deaths. Prime Minister’s Public Affairs and Grievances Wing has contacted the foreign secretary regarding requests by parents to evacuate the students from Bangladesh. The Foreign Office said it would comment on the matter only on receiving a report from the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka. (Dawn, 9 April 2020)
 
118 illegal Pakistani immigrants deported from Iran
On 8 April, Iran arrested 118 Pakistanis including, 32 children and 11 women, whom they accused of residing in Iran without proper travel documents and handed them over to Levies Force officials in Taftan. Meanwhile, 21 Pakistanis, including students and businessmen, returned from Iran on restoration of the immigration clearance process at Mirjaveh in Iran and Taftan in Pakistan. All of them were screened for the virus and have been shifted to quarantine facilities. (Dawn, 9 April 2020)
 
Hunger strikes for Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s release
Karachi’s journalist associations and Jang/Geo Group’s CBA unions have called for support of international journalist organisations against the unlawful arrest of Jang/Geo Group's Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and for free media in Pakistan. During its 8 April meeting, Jang/Geo CBA Action Committee stated that national and international journalist communities were convinced regarding NAB’s vindictive action and the suppression of Pakistan’s free media. The committee also expressed doubts regarding Lahore accountability court's judgement to extend Rahman’s physical remand and decided to accelerate protest campaigns. (The News International, 9 April 2020)

Coronavirus: Six more die
As of 8 April, with six more deaths, Pakistan’s coronavirus death toll surged to 61; 25 patients are still in critical condition. The country’s coronavirus caseload has reached 4,265. As per reports, a total of 42,159 tests have been conducted and 467 patients have recovered. (The News International, 9 April 2020)
 
Coronavirus: 10,000 Pakistanis laid off in UAE
On 8 April, Ahmed Amjad Ali, the Pakistani Consul General in UAE stated that over 10,000 Pakistani nationals have been rendered jobless in the Emirati state owing to Covid-19. He added that over 35,000 Pakistanis have reached out to the consulate in Dubai and expressed desire to return to their home state. Ali pointed out that returning of Pakistanis in such large numbers would become challenging. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have confirmed they are ready to operate flight services for returning Pakistanis. (The News International, 9 April 2020)

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