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10 May 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No 10

More than 1000 cases reported in Sindh alone in 24 hours

Confirmed cases cross 30,000; and the deaths 640, as on 10 May;

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With no regard for the SOPs, people were out for shopping; more than 1000 cases reported in Sindh alone in 24 hours
The News editorial a day before proves to be correct. It warned that the decision of Imran government to lift the lockdown would leave the fighting of Coronavirus to the people. And the same newspaper noted that without any regard for the SOPs, the people were seen shopping, with both shopkeepers and the buyers flouting them. During the last 24 hours, Sindh alone has reported more than 1000 cases. (The News)

Confirmed cases cross 30,000; and the deaths 640, as on 10 May
As on 10 May 2020, the confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Pakistan has crossed 30,000. Sindh and Punjab are the worst affected, with both the provinces crossing 11,000 plus cases. Balochistan has the least number of cases; it is yet to cross 2000. KP has around 4500 cases, and Islamabad 600 plus. The two Kashmiri entities occupied by Pakistan – GB and AJK have 430 and 80 plus respectively. (Dawn)

For Sindh, locusts are a bigger problem, after COVID-19
The locusts have become the biggest source of threat to the farmers in Sindh. According to a news report, more than 166,700 acres of land with crops have been damaged in Sindh alone. The desert locusts have been a menace for countries from eastern Africa to Rajasthan and Punjab in India. This year, it is a bigger problem, with the change in breeding seasons for the locusts. According to an Express Tribune report, the Chief Minister of Sindh, on 9 May has approved to the release Rs286 million and unfreeze another Rs132 million allocated to the agriculture department, to spray pesticides against the locusts. (The Express Tribune)

The News in its editorial says, Pakistan’s strategy “was not enough to demonstrate full commitment and convince the world community to remove it from the grey list” of the FATF
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was to meet in June 2020 to review the progress made by Pakistan in addressing the 27 points relating to terror financing and money laundering. During the last few meetings, Pakistan has escaped with an extension. During the last meeting, the FATF considered that there had been efforts towards progress only on 14 points out of the total 27. The next meeting of the FATF has been postponed because of the COVID-19, giving some breathing space for Pakistan. However, the News, in its editorial has warned: “But it (the postponement) should not prompt us into a gloating mode, as still there will be an evaluation of Pakistan’s progress.”

Tribute to Sajid Hussain, the Baloch Journalist who lost his life in Sweden
In a tribute to Hussain (In Memorium: The gem we lost in Sweden) Muhammad Akbar Notezai, recalls his early life and politics in Karachi, and also his writings in The News and the Daily Times, two English dailies in Pakistan. Notezai remarks on how the topics that he wrote on missing persons and drug trafficking in Balochistan has landed in trouble. “Feeling his life and safety were under threat, he left Pakistan on 25 September 2012, leaving behind his wife and two young children.” Notezai’s tribute underlines the threats faced by journalists (from both State and non-State actors), and their sacrifices.

Chaman border reopened to allow 3000 Afghans to return home
Close to 3000 Afghans who were stranded in Balochistan were allowed to return to Afghanistan through the Chaman border. According to a news report, these Afghans have entered through Pakistan without proper travel documents through multiple entry points, using the Afghan national identity cards. Similarly, more than 450 Pakistanis who were stranded in Afghanistan returned home. (Dawn)

The US seeks Pak help in starting the intra-Afghan dialogue, says the News International
Referring to a statement by the US embassy in Islamabad, the News reported: “Ambassador Khalilzad discussed ongoing efforts by the United States to advance the Afghan peace process and sought Pakistan’s support in pressing for a reduction in violence, the immediate start of intra-Afghan negotiations, and assistance in helping obtain the freedom of American Mark Frerichs. Pakistan’s military leaders reaffirmed their support for US efforts.” On 8 May, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Pakistan continues its mission to raise the issue of J&K; it is Pakistan’s envoy to the UN at the Security Council now
Ambassador Munir Akram was quoted to have made a complaint against India at the UN Security Council. “The Security Council has the mandate to prevent and punish genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. It must act to prevent impending atrocities, including against the Muslims in India and in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.” According to him, “the BJP-RSS leaders are engaged in imposing what they themselves have called ‘a final solution’ — a plan to crush Kashmir’s quest for self-determination and freedom and colonize it into a Hindu majority territory.”

On Kulbhushan Yadav, “Pakistan has fully complied with the judgment and remains committed to continue doing so as the case proceeds further” says its foreign office
Responding to a lecture by Harish Salve, India’s legal counsel in the Jadhav case, Aisha Farooqui, spokesperson for Pakistan’s foreign office said that Pakistan firmly rejects the Indian Counsel point on Pakistan not complying with the ICJ’s judgment in the case as “baseless and inaccurate.” (The Express Tribune)

The News, refers to a British Kashmiri Conference to write India is shamelessly exploiting the crisis
As a part of providing larger space to anti-Indian news reports and developments in J&K, one of leading newspapers – the News, gave one-fourth of a page to cover a video conference in London by the Kashmir Youth Assembly (KYA) and the Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC). These organizations in Europe, though address their resolutions against India and Pakistan, the focus is primarily in what is happening inside J&K, and not on what is happening in those territories under Pakistan’s occupation.

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