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28 April 2020, Tuesday

Dispute on Diamer-Basha dam between KP and GP



Confirmed Covid-19 cases rise to 5,446 in Punjab; International academicians call for the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman; Nine terrorists killed on a security operation near Waziristan

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By A Padmashree, P Harini Sha, Abigail Miriam Fernandez


WATER CONFLICT
Dispute on Diamer-Basha dam between KP and GP
The dispute over the eight-acre land between the Khyber Pakhthunkhwa (KP) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GP) continues even after holding a Jirga.  GB claims the official buildings in the area and will not withdraw unless the rights to ownership of land are given. KP has asked to release the one-man commission’s report, which the federal government does not wish to publish. The Top Planning Commission has inserted a clause to the one-man commission. If the compensation is not decided in a given time, then it can be opened back.  The clash between the two governments is looked upon to determine their royalty.

PROVINCES
Confirmed Covid-19 cases rise to 5,446 in Punjab
The recent report confirms 120 newly affected patients, summing to 5,446 from Punjab. These include members of Tablighi Jamaat, pilgrims from Iran, prisoners, and citizens who happen to have travel history. The highest number of affected populations lies in Lahore. According to the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, they have tested 71,726. Amongst the patients, 1,183 have recovered and 81 have died in the province.

INTERNAL
International academicians call for the release of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman
Professor Noam Chomsky, Noble Laureate Amartya Sen and many other celebrated scholars have jointly recommended for the release and fair trial for Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the editor-in-chief of Jang media groups. He has been detained without a conviction and locked up for over a month in solitary confinement. (The News, 28 April 2020) 
 
Nine terrorists killed on a security operation near Waziristan
Nine terrorists and two soldiers were killed during a confrontation between the terrorists and the security forces in the North Waziristan tribal district on Sunday. The Inter-Service Public Relations (IPSR) has reported the operation took place after being informed on the terrorist occupancy in the region. (The News, 28 April 2020)

EXTERNAL
Pakistan traders face loss due to closed Afghan borders
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry on 27 April has issued a Press release. The President Mian Anjum Nisar stated the Pakistan borders had been opened to allow bilateral trade with Iran and Afghanistan. However, this has not been the case with Afghanistan as only trucks carrying goods under the Afghan transit trade are allowed to enter the borders. This has resulted in huge losses of consumable goods such as vegetables and medicines, impacting Pakistani traders. (The Express Tribune, 28 April 2020)

Pakistan goods are at a halt in Afghan borders
On 27 April, the concerned authorities were urged to allow the movement of consignments while the Pakistani exporters are facing hurdles in exporting goods from Pakistan to Afghanistan through Chaman, Torkham, and Khorlachi borders. The border was sealed earlier because of the COVID-19 pandemic and was reopened this month, allowing the movement of cargo to Afghanistan. However, only the goods under Afghan transit are allowed to pass through borders. (The Express Tribune, 28 April 2020)

ECONOMY/ENERGY
Pakistan’s energy import declines
Pakistan’s share of oil and petroleum products reduced drastically to one-fifth in March 2020 due to the temporary shutdown of refineries, as a result of the nationwide COVID lockdown. Most refineries have stopped production after companies such as Pakistan State Oil (PSO) have met the domestic demand through imports rather than purchasing petroleum products from local refineries. (The Express Tribune, 28 April 2020)

ON INDIA 
"Muslims in India are being stigmatized for spreading the virus and have been made targets of violence": Opinion
Malik Muhammad Ashraf writes in The News: "Although the Muslim minority in India has long suffered discriminatory treatment and from time to time also had to endure the wrath of Hindu zealots during anti-Muslim riots, but what has been happening since the BJP came into power knows no parallel in the history of the Subcontinent. The RSS ideology of Hindutva means India for Hindus – to the exclusion of minorities." ( For more, read The News International, 27 April 2020)

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