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

Covid cases spike and Lahore becomes the epicentre



Covid cases spike and Lahore becomes the epicentre; Punjab severely attacked by locust invasion; FO wants the international community to interfere in Kashmir

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In Brief

COVID-19
Covid-19 claims life of PTI lawmaker
Member of KP Assembly Mian Jamshed Uddin Kakakhel, 65, passed away on 3 June after contracting Covid-19. The MPA was elected during the 2018 general elections from the PK-63 Nowshera constituency on a PTI ticket. To this point, eight KP Assembly members have been infected with the novel coronavirus. ("PTI lawmaker Mian Jamshed Uddin Kakakhel succumbs to coronavirus," The Express Tribune, 3 June 2020) 

3938 new infections recorded in a single day
On 2 June, 3938 new infections were recorded in 24 hours as the nationwide tally of coronavirus soared to 76398. Most of the cases have been detected in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. With the numbers increasing the Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives has directed the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) to ask the provincial chief secretaries to present implementation mechanisms for the decisions made by the Chief Ministers at National Coordination Committee (NCC). Further, the minister stated that the coronavirus testing capacity has been increased across the country. ("Single-day spike with 3,938 new infections," The Nation, 3 June 2020)

Sindh Minister passes away due to COVID-19
Sindh Minister for human settlement, Ghulam Murtaza Baloch dies of coronavirus on Tuesday (2 June). He was tested positive on 14 May and kept in the intensive care unit due to his critical condition. He is a senior member of the Pakistan People Party who was elected to the Sindh Assembly from the Malir region and died at the age of 55. ("Sindh minister dies of coronavirus," Dawn, 3 June 2020)  

Lahore is the epicenter of the virus
The staggering numbers of COIVD-19 cases have made it the epicentre of infections, followed by Rawalpindi. Punjab Minister for Health has stated Lahore and Rawalpindi are the two most coronavirus-hit cities in the province highlighted that there are over 12000 cases only in Lahore. Additionally, the minister said that it is very important that the public take adequate precautions and follow the SOPs seriously, furthering stating that the province cannot afford a total lockdown due to the financial situation and that prevention is a solution to this disease. ("Lahore epicentre of virus outbreak," The Express Tribune, 3 May 2020)

INTERNAL
The reopening of the tourism industry is a recipe for disaster
PM Imran Khan's decision to reopen several businesses and the tourism industry although it makes sense financially will have a disastrous consequence on the healthcare infrastructure. The financial compensation of reopening the tourism industry will not balance out the disastrous health consequences that could occur due to the inherent nature of tourism. The SOPs put in place would be impossible to follow and the government has not taken into consideration the massive health risk that this poses to the locals residing in the tourist areas. Thus, the above two factors would end into a recipe for disaster. ("Increased Spread," The Nation, 3 June 2020) 

Punjab severely attacked by locust invasion
Around 25 districts of 36 in Punjab are affected due to locust attacks. The Punjab provincial government has announced a state of emergency and allocated one billion rupees to tackle the crisis. Under the Punjab Locust control plan, the provincial government has installed control rooms in every district and is working towards spraying pesticides through helicopters, said the Punjab Minister for Agriculture. ("Locust attack spreads to 25 districts," The News International, 3 June 2020) 

People who catch swarms and sell it to poultry will be given incentives, says PM
Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the new proposal to fight locust invasion. He said that people will be given incentives for catching swarms and selling it to the poultry farmers who could use them as poultry feed at the rate of 15 rupees per kilogram. He declared that the plan was already implemented in Okara and would soon be implemented across the country to boost poultry farming. ("PM backs novel proposal to fight locust invasion," Dawn, 3 June 2020) 

ECONOMY
Net inflows drastic in various sectors of Pakistan 

The net inflows into Electricity, Gas supply, Information and telecommunication sectors have accounted for the surge in foreign direct investments. While these sectors experienced a surge, inflows into other sectors like manufacturing, construction and agriculture have deteriorated due to the pandemic. Overall, Pakistan has reported a surge of 127 per cent in FDI. (Shahid Iqbal, "FDI surges 127pc in July-April," Dawn, 3 June 2020)

EXTERNAL
Early return of overseas Pakistanis
The Chief Minister of Balochistan has requested the federal government to bring back the expatriates stuck in UAE and other countries. He said although many individuals had returned an estimated 20,000 Pakistanis remain stranded overseas. He called for immediate action to retrieve them. (Saleem Shahid, "Lockdown extended for two weeks in Balochistan," Dawn, 3 June 2020)

ON INDIA
Pakistan's foreign office wants the international community to interfere in Kashmir as a response to killing of 13 Kashmiris
The Foreign Office has urged international organizations to act on recent events, which it considers a violation of international law and human rights. It stated that as the international community is engaged in tackling the pandemic, the grounds of Kashmir have become a favor to India. It also affirmed that Pakistan would continue to support Kashmiris. ("World urged to intervene over killings in held Kashmir," Dawn, 3 June 2020) 

India-China stalemate part of a larger Asian game plan
Kamran Yousaf's analysis in the Express Tribune speaks of the current spate between China and India. Kamran says the stalemate commenced with Indian construction activities in Ladakh. For him, the Indian PM Modi is silent on the China issue, contradictory to his aggressive position towards Pakistan; asks whether "the situation (will) de-escalate or lead to a larger conflict"; and points out Beijing's and New Delhi's interest to downplay the situation. He argues that the strife is more than a border issue and is a part of a larger game plan unfolding in Asia; wherein India, under Modi, is altering the status quo with Pakistan and China. ("The new Great Game in Asia?", The Express Tribune, 1 June 2020)   

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"What is most shocking is the decision to resume tourism in the country. The writing is on the wall: thousands more will contract the infection and a number of people will die if the government does not come up with effective solutions while it waits for a vaccine that is at least a year away from production and distribution"

- Editorial, Dawn 

 

In Focus and In Brief sections are prepared by Lakshmi V Menon, Abigail Miriam Fernandez, A Padmashree and P Harini Sha.

 

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