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

Highest COVID Spike

Highest COVID Spike; Case against Justice Isa; the Locust Attacks and the IMF advice on economy

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In Brief

Sindh CM blames the centre for rapid spread of the virus
Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister of Sindh, blamed the federal government for the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the country. He stated that the rapid spread was because the government failed to check all borders initially when the virus broke out. Mr. Shah also blamed the federal government for their inadequacy in sending out a strong and clear statement regarding SOPs which the people have violated. Further, he urged PM Imran Khan to think for the whole country keeping in view the lives of people. (Syed Irfan Raza, "Murad blames Centre for rapid virus spread," Dawn, 5 June 2020)

Highest single day spike of Covid-19 test 
Highest number of Covid-19 tests conducted were conducted in a single day with the country already surpassed China in terms of the number of Covid-19 affected persons, witnessed nearly 900 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. Data released by the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) on 4 May showed that 20167 coronavirus tests were conducted on 3 June only. A total of over 610,000 Covid-19 tests have so far been conducted in the country. With the staggering rise of cases, the authorities have started taking action against those violating the SOPs at public places in various parts of the country on the recommendations of the NCOC. (Ikram Junaidi, "Highest number of Covid-19 tests in single day," Dawn, 5 June 2020)

Pakistan, India join forces to fight locusts
On 4 June, the Foreign Office (FO) stated that Pakistan and India are cooperating with each other to tackle the locust attacks under the forum administered by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Further FO Spokesperson said Pakistan "remains committed to cooperating with all SWAC member states, including India, in combating Desert Locust outbreak". Despite tension running high between the two, the locust issue has always been an area of cooperation over the years. ("Pakistan, India working to fight locusts: FO,Dawn, 5 June 2020)

Army to support NLCC in combating locust attack
The Chief of Army staffs assures army support to the nation in battling locust attacks. He said that the army would assist the National Locust Control Centre with all possible resources and civil administration in combating locust attacks while briefing the meeting with the NLCC coordinator in Rawalpindi. He said locust as a threat to national food security and the need to take effective operations to mitigate the negative economic impact of the attack. ("General Qamar Javed Bajwa assures Army's assistance in combating locusts," The News International, 5 June 2020)

ANP accuses local maliks of South Waziristan for allowing the local Taliban
The Awami National Party have accused the tribal groups in Waziristan for letting the local Taliban to take responsibility to maintain peace in the district. The President stated that the Taliban were a security threat to the region as they were involved earlier in terrorist attacks killing close to 800 leaders and workers. He said that the government has been mute on this issue but the party will file a FIR for the actions of the tribal groups. ("ANP plans legal action against tribal elders of South Waziristan," Dawn, 5 June 2020)

Hindu girls married to Islam men finally reconciled with family
The controversial marriage of two sisters from the Hindu community married to Islam men forcefully was finally reconciled with their family after them reporting in Islamabad High Court that they are taken with their personal concern and happily living with their in-laws. Allegations of teenage girls being abducted by Islam men and forcefully converting their religion by marrying them as second wives have become a serious concern over recent period in Punjab and Sindh. ("Hindu sisters who married Muslim men reconcile with families," The Express Tribune, 5 June 2020)

Police officials report a bomb blast in Bajaur district
The Police reported two casualties due to bomb blast that took place at 5 pm in Damadola locality. The decedents were said to have passed through a dry canal in a motorcycle when the blast took place and when rushed to the hospital by the other people, one of them passed away while being treated. (Anwarullah Khan, "Two die in Bajaur bomb blast," Dawn, 5 June 2020)

Tensions in Supreme Court on Justice Isa Case
In the recent Court hearing of the Justice Qazi, the judge has questioned the complaint raised by the Assets Recovery Unit (ARU) on confirming the accumulation of assets by Qazi. He stated that the approval of reference by the president could have been supported by false legal advice and raised the point that ARU must have handed the issue to the Federal Investigation Agency. The court adjourned by concluding that the accusations placed by the federation against Justice Qazi were weightless. (Justice Faez, "Isa case: Name the man who 'advised' reference, SC asks counsel," The News International, 5 June 5, 2020)

Pakistan should cut non-development expenditures say IMF
The International Monetary Fund demands Pakistan to freeze all the non-development expenditures including salaries and defence to cut down the primary deficit in the outgoing fiscal year. The IMF staff said Pakistan's debt liabilities had touched rupees 42,840 billion so far which equivalents to 98.2 per cent of GDP hence it needs to bring down the primary deficit from projected negative 2.9 percent in outgoing fiscal to -0.4 percent of GDP in the next budget for 2020-21. ("Freeze non-development expenditure, demands IMF," The News International, 5 June 2020)  

India is using terrorism as state policy, says Pakistan
Pakistan accuses India of using terrorism as a state policy to destabilize its neighbouring states. Pakistan's Foreign Office said that India has falsified the contents of the UN's eleventh report by the support and sanctions monitoring team and attempting to mislead the international community by slandering Pakistan. FO points out this action as a revelation of India's agenda to create complications in the Afghan peace process. ("India creating complications for the Afghan peace process: FO," The News International, 5 June 2020)


"I advised the federal government in March to seal all borders and send people coming from different countries to proper quarantine centres, but it was not accepted which resulted in trajectory of the virus in April...Sindh is not an island but a part of the country. We have to think for the entire country."

- Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah


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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