loader

Daily Briefs


Photo : Dawn

06 May 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No 6

Pakistan to constitute the National Minorities Commission. Qadianis won't be a part of it.



Daniel Pearl's parents make an appeal; Exports dropped 54 per cent due to lack of global demand

PR Daily Brief | PR Team

Editorial
Pakistan to constitute the National Minorities Commission. Qadianis won't be a part of it.
The federal cabinet, according to the Minister for Religious Affairs has decided to finally constitute the National Commission for Minorities. While the other minorities of Pakistan would be a part of it, the Qadianis would not be a part of it. The previous Commission had expired.

According to the News International, the Commission would have a Chairman and two Maulanas as unofficial members. There would also be members of Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Parsi and Kalash communities. The official members of the Commission would include the Chairman Council of the Islamic Ideology (CII) and one representative each from the Ministries of the interior, law and justice, human rights and federal education. The Federal Secretary of Religious Affairs will remain its ex-officio member. (The News International).

During the recent weeks, news reports were hinting that the Qadianis would be a part of the NMC. News reports even suggested that the Prime Minister was in favour of the inclusion. But, the latest report repudiates that. There has been strong opposition to the idea; Chaudhry Shujaat, the President of his faction of the PML, for example, was reported to have stated: "The opening of Pandora's box of Qadianis is beyond understanding. Neither the Qadianis accept themselves non-Muslim minority nor do they accept the constitution of Pakistan. Under these circumstances, the favouring of Qadianis is a joke with Pakistan, which is unacceptable." The Qadianis were constitutionally declared as non-Muslims in 1974.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has repeatedly been emphasizing on the need to have an effective minorities commission. The Supreme Court of Pakistan in June 2014 passed a landmark judgement to protect the rights of the minorities. In October 2019, the Supreme Court revisited the issue in another case and decided to constitute a special bench to implement its 2014 judgement.

While the government's move to constitute the Commission on minorities should be welcome, its exclusion of the Ahmadiyya community shows the deep fault lines with the society. It is just not the State, but also the society, that should take the blame for the exclusion. The former is attempting to appease the latter; and in the case of Qadiyanis, the latter act as the final arbiter.


In Focus
By Lakshmi V Menon & Abigail Miriam Fernandez

Daniel Pearl's parents make an appeal
On 6 May, Ruth and Judea Pearl, parents of the late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, appealed to the masses in Pakistan through a touching note published by Dawn. 
In 2002, Omar Sheikh, Fahad Nasim, Syed Salman Saqib, and Sheikh Muhammad Adil kidnapped Daniel Pearl in Karachi, demanded ransoms from the US such as F-16 fighter jets and the freeing of Pakistani prisoners from Guantanamo Bay; days later Daniel was brutally murdered. The four perpetrators were convicted in 2002. However, in 2020, the Sindh High Court overturned the ruling and suggested they must be let free. Daniel's parents filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the SHC's ruling, demanding the criminals must remain behind bars.

Daniel's parents say the SHC's verdict sends the wrong message to potential terrorists and violent extremists and jeopardizes the safety of citizens and journalists in Pakistan, and call for action against injustice. They remind Pakistan of the global attention the case has garnered and warn the State's adjudication and Pakistani courts' dispensing of justice must be done cautiously.

Exports dropped 54 per cent due to lack of global demand.
There has been a steep fall in exports in the month of April. Data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics shows how disruptive Pakistan's international trade has been due to the global economic slowdown. The decline in the value of imp­orted goods in April is 34.49pc resulting in narrowing the trade deficit.

This decline has been caused by several other factors such as the closure of shipping lines, due to which there was a 27 per cent drop in the arrival of export cargo containers; some of which are currently confined at Karachi ports because of the restrictions in shipping. Further, exports through land have also not been functioning due to borders been closed thus, resulting in the decline of demand for export.

The situation has left exporters with a multitude of problems due to delayed payments and halt of shipments to Europe, the US, China, the EU, UAE, and Saudi Arabi. Further, exports to Iran and Afghanistan were restricted due to the lockdown.


In Brief
By A Padmashree & P Harini Sha

COVID-19
Cabinet decides to relax lockdown restrictions.
The federal government approved to relax restrictions in Pakistan after 9 May. This move will allow daily workers to earn under controlled measures amidst the virus outbreak. (Dawn)

Pakistan ranks 29th in the list with 500 death cases.
Pakistan ranks 29th now with total deaths of 500. The Executive Director of the National Institute of Health has estimated the total cases to go up to 150,000 in May. He further stated that the curve is expected to flatten after 30 May (Dawn)

Pakistan is facing challenge as workers return from the Gulf countries. 
Pakistanis are returning from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a high rate of COVID-19 cases. Around 1.5 million Pakistanis are working in UAE and most of them are low-wage workers living in crowded housing have returned home through special arrangements. (Dawn)  

Opinion: "The federal government is trying to score political points amid crisis"
Opinion in The Express Tribune says the conflict between the center and the province has called for intervention from the Supreme Court who is likely to pass an interim order to the leadership which is incapable of passing a uniform law to the thriving virus. (The Express Tribune) 

Opinion: "Our muddled policy may cause greater damage"
An opinion in Dawn accounted that Pakistan's leadership looks at the lockdown as a 'cowardly' action that has brought disarray in policies to fight the pandemic which has driven misery to common people. The opinion is critical of the government's decisions to open up when it has not taken enough measures to contain the deadly virus. The article blames the federal leadership's whimsical approach as the biggest impediment in the measure to implement policies. (Dawn)  

BALOCHISTAN
Balochistan reports highest Covid-19 cases in one day.
While Pakistan is planning to relax the lockdown, Balochistan reports the highest number of COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. On 5 May, the province reported 174 new coronavirus cases in a day which increased the total cases to reach 1,495. The Health Director of Balochistan reported that 89 per cent of COVID 19 cases are locally transmitted. (Dawn)

Lockdown extended further for two weeks in Balochistan.
The government on Tuesday has decided to extend the lockdown by an additional two weeks amongst the inner and outer city areas till 19 May. It was also decided to continue under Section 144 for Preventive measures. PPP chairman has stated that "only effective defence against coronavirus has proven to be isolation, social distancing and lockdown". (Dawn)

INTERNAL
National Assembly sessions resume from 11 May.
The main opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) withdrew their requisition after the government announced its commencement of the National Assembly from 11 May. The government has also assured that no legislation would pass in the meantime that would favor the ruling party. (Dawn)  


Quote of the day

" Our intention is very simple: to make certain that the four men responsible for our son’s murder remain behind bars so that all Pakistanis and journalists are safe. In losing Daniel, we found a new purpose for our lives. In our long personal journey of 18 years, we have built bridges with Pakistan."
Parents of Daniel Pearl (Dawn)

"Today the religious minister has come up with a summary that suggested non-inclusion of any Ahmadi in the commission because they do not fall in the definition of minorities"
- Shibli Faraz, Minister for Information and Broadcasting (Dawn)

 

Other Daily Briefs

28 November 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.194

Qureshi talks about Kashmir and the India dossier at the OIC

27 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.193

FO says Kashmir issue is a permanent item on OIC agenda

26 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.192

Pakistan shares dossier on India with the UN

25 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.191

Asad says COVID-19 numbers worsening, urges SOPs compliance

24 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.190

Pakistan to set up a new intelligence committee chaired by DG-ISI

23 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.189

PDM calls for the end of PTI’s “puppet rule”

20 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.188

Imran Khan’s maiden visit to Afghanistan

19 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.187

PDM may present its reforms as legislation in Parliament

18 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.186

PDM rejects Center’s move to ban public meetings

16 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.184

GB Polls: PTI becomes the single largest party

13 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.183

Maryam softens stance, says will talk to the Army

12 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.182

Survey predicts PTI’s victory in GB elections

11 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.181

Army takes action against the officials from the ISI and Rangers

10 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.180

COAS and DG-ISI to brief the Parliament

09 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.179

On Gilgit-Balitistan elections

06 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.177

Farmers protest in Punjab

04 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.175

FO rejects Indian Defence Minister’s remarks on GB

03 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.174

Maulana Fazlur calls for a PDM meeting

30 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.172

Pakistan criticizes the Indian media

29 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.171

"We gave India a bloody nose and it's still hurting" says DG ISPR

28 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.170

Pakistan observes 'Kashmir Black Day'

27 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.169

Quetta Rally and the PDM

26 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.168

PDM's strong rally in Quetta

24 October 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.167

Do More, says the FATF to Pakistan

23 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.166

Pakistan's Gender Gap

22 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.165

The "Karachi incident" spirals

21 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.164

"Who surrounded Sindh Police Chief's house," asks Bilawal Bhutto

20 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.163

FM Qureshi meets with Hekmatyar

19 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.162

PDM's second big rally in Karachi

17 October 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.161

PDM's first rally takes off to a great start in Gujranwala

16 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.160

PDM's first rally set to take off

15 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.159

Pakistan's pre-conditions for a dialogue with India

14 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.158

Pakistan re-elected to the UNHRC

13 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.157

Pakistan and the FATF's Grey List

12 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.156

Maulana Adil Khan laid to rest in Karachi

09 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.154

Khalilzad in Pakistan to discuss Afghan peace

08 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.153

Pakistan to experience muted economic recovery

07 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.152

20-point 'code of conduct' to promote sectarian harmony

06 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.151

A five-year development programme for the Gilgit- Baltistan

05 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.150

The next FATF meeting on Pakistan

02 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.148

Targeting Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N

01 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.147

On Pakistan Democratic Movement's rally:

30 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.146

PM Imran Khan wants to bring back Nawaz Sharif at the earliest:

29 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.145

Shahbaz Sharif's arrest causes an upheavel:

28 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.144

Abdullah Abdullah in Pakistan for a three days visit:

25 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.142

The Fallouts of the All Parties Conference:

24 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.141

Establishment and the PML-N:

23 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.140

For the US, the priority in Pakistan is to advance human rights :

22 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.139

One day after the All Parties Conference:

21 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.138

Nawaz Sharif goes on an offensive and talks about

19 September 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.137

Kashmir will be the focus of PM Khan’s UN address, says FO

18 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.136

Pakistan’s Persisting Polio Problem:

17 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.135

The need for a twin strategy in south Balochistan:

16 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.134

A non-bailable arrest warrant for Nawaz Sharif:

15 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.133

The CPEC march continues:

11 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.130

Pakistan and the SCO

10 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.129

Accountability Court declares Nawaz Sharif as an absconder

09 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.128

Federal-Provincial divide over Karachi increases

07 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.126

On Karachi, PPP and PTI divide comes to open

05 September 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.125

Kashmir in the UN and Pakistan

02 September, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.122

Court directs Nawaz Sharif to appear before the court

01 September, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.121

Rains and Floods continue to haunt Pakistan

27 August 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.117

An article speculates the Opposition’s options and strategies

26 August 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.116

"General Bajwa stabilized Pak-Saudi ties"

24 August 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.114

Pakistan, China and J&K

22 August 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.113

Pakistan and China pledge to safeguard common interests

20 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.111

The tragedy of Scientists from Pakistan's minority communities

19 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.110

"Pakistan can never recognise Israel," says Imran Khan

18 August 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.109

PTI's two-year report card

15 August 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.107

Pakistan's Palestine Dilemma

14 August 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.106

Pakistan at 73: Celebrating the Independence Day

13 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.105

COAS Gen Bajwa to visit Saudi Arabia soon

12 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.104

Government and opposition agree on six FATF bills

10 August 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.102

The FATF divides within Pakistan

09 August 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.101

Pakistan This Week

08 August 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.100

National Assembly clears two FATF bills, but blocks one.

07 August 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.99

Govt decides to lift restrictions as COVID cases decline

06 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.98

Pakistan's continuing Kashmir frenzy

05 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.97

Pakistan's new Map of J&K

04 August 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.96

Kashmir obsession in Pakistan

31 July 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.94

Two FATF bills passed in the National Assembly

30 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.93

Religiosity in Pakistan: From Creeping to now Galloping

29 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.92

Opposition parties attempt to come together

28 July 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.91

Pakistan's internal debate on Kulbhushan Jadav

26 July 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.89

Pakistan This Week

23 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.86

On the abduction of a Journalist in Islamabad

19 July 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.82

Pakistan This Week

17 July 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.80

The licences are not fake but only dubious

16 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.79

On building Diamer-Bhasha dam in Gilgit-Baltistan

15 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.78

On Af-Pak Transit Trade

12 July 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No. 75

Pakistan This Week

11 July 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.74

FATF action plan to be completed at the earliest: Shaikh

08 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.71

Return of Lal Masjid Maulana

07 July 2020, Tuesday , Vol 1, No.70

Female Literacy in the Pashtun tribal regions

06 July 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.69

The problem with Pakistan Railways

02 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.65

The Curious case of "Minus One" Formula in Pakistan

30 June 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.63

BLA claims the attack on Stock Exchange in Karachi

28 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.61

Pakistan This Week

27 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.60

PTM accepts the dialogue offer, but wants CBMs

24 June 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.57

Reviewing Pakistan's Space Programme

23 June 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.56

Imran Khan says he was against the idea of lockdown

21 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.54

Pakistan This Week

20 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.53

Budgets presented in KP, and in Gilgit-Baltistan

19 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.52

PTI tries to get the BNP back into coalition,

18 June 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.51

Baloch partner of the PTI government leaves the coalition

15 June 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.48

The PTI government invites the PTM for a dialogue

14 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.47

Pakistan This Week

13 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.46, Special Brief

Pakistan Budget 2020-21: The First Cut

12 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.44, Special Brief

Pakistan’s Economic Survey 2019-20

07 June 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.38

Pakistan This Week

05 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.36

Highest COVID Spike

04 June 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.35

Imran receives a briefing at the ISI HQ

03 June 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.34

Covid cases spike and Lahore becomes the epicentre

01 June 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.32

Drivers of Karachi Violence

30 May 2020, Saturday, No 1, No.30

Gwadar port ready for the Afghan goods

29 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.29

Pakistan remembers 28 May Nuclear Tests

24 May 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.24

Pakistan This Week

22 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.22

The missing girls of Pakistan

21 May 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.21

Locusts threaten Pakistan's food security

17 May 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No 17

Pakistan This Week

15 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.15

Disregard for SOPs peaks Covid-19 cases

14 May 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No 14

Violence in Afghanistan and the Media in Pakistan

12 May 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No 12

Smart Lockdown, SOPs vs Social Realities

9 May 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No 9

Record COVID-19 spike in a single day;

6 April 2020, Monday

Punjab: Surge in Covid-19 cases

2 April 2020, Thursday

Centre extends lockdown to 14th April

25 March 2020, Sunday 

Multiparty conference blames Imran Khan

24 March 2020, Tuesday 

Curfew last option: Imran Khan

21 March 2020, Saturday

Pakistan fights CoronaVirus

5 March 2020, Thursday

26.5 per cent drop in trade deficit

27 January 2020, Monday 

PTI's Punjab problem

27 January 2020, Monday 

For the PTI, all is not well inside Punjab

25 January 2020, Saturday

Pakistan successfully tests Ghaznavi 

16 January 2020, Thursday

PTI's coalition conundrum enlarges

25 November 2019, Wednesday

Terrorism declines in Balochistan during 2019

07 November 2019, Thursday

Azadi march and sit-in

04 November 2019, Monday

Pakistan rejects India's new J&K map

29 October 2019, Tuesday 

Karachi signs a MoU with Qingdao