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14 July 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.77

Kashmir unites Pakistan. From Parliament to media, Pakistanis come together to glorify "martyrs day"

Glorification of "Kashmiri martrys" by Pakistan across the Parliament, political parties and media on the "Martyrs Day", increasing remittances, ban on PIA by Oman and related regular reports

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Kashmir unites Pakistan. From Parliament to media, Pakistanis come together to glorify "martyrs day"
On 13 July, Pakistan political leaders came together to pay tribute to 22 Kashmiris, who laid down their lives during a protest against the Dogra forces in 1931. President Dr Arif Alvi, tweeted, “This day is a reminder that Kashmiris have been resisting oppression for a century”. The PM said, “Pakistan will continue to support the Kashmiris right to self-determination till it is liberated”. (“Pak leaders unite on Kashmir Martyrs’ Day”, The International News, 14 July 2020)

Condemnation in Pakistan National Assembly
National Assembly passed a resolution, ‘condemning India atrocities in Kashmir and vowed to continue their political and diplomatic support for freedom’. Prime Minister Imran Khan described the martyrs of 1931 slaughter as, “forefathers of today’s Kashmiri resistance”. Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly said ‘22 martyred Kashmiris in 1931 had “written a history of bravery”’. (“Pakistan reaffirms support for Kashmir movement”, Dawn, 14 July 2020)

Media glorifies the “Martyrs Day”
An editorial in the News International titled “The martyrs of Kashmir” notes Martyrs Day which was observed 13 July, where for the 89th time, Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control marked an event which is held to mark the death of 22 Kashmiris in 1931 under Dogra rule. Critical of the current development in the region, the editorial states that the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year by the government of India has only worsened the condition of Kashmiris. Further, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Kashmir called for a strike and stated that they would not give up their quest for self-autonomy. Further, PM Imran Khan in a series of tweets stated that the Kashmiris have valiantly fought repression. Adding that although international support has not been tremendous, a louder voice from the global community is required to highlight the issue of Kashmir. (“The martyrs of Kashmir,” The News International, 14 July 2020)

In Brief
Remittance ascends to $23.1 billion
On 13 July, the State Bank of Pakistan stated that the receipt of workers remittance reached an all-time high in June 2020 with a staggering 51 per cent to a record high of $2.47 billion compared to $1.64 billion in June 2019. The Bank further said “Inflow of workers’ remittances registered an increase of 7.8 per cent in the March-June 2020” further adding that the total remittances were even higher than the cumulative export earnings of $21.39 billion in FY20. This inflow of remittance is said to have increased due to the suspension of international commercial flights due to Covid-19 which prompted expatriates to send foreign exchange through proper banking channels instead of the illegal Hawala/Hundi channels. (Siddiqui “All-time high: Remittances soar to $23.1b in FY20d,” The Express Tribune, 14 July 2020)

PIA may face Oman airspace ban
Mohammad Asghar writes that amid the credibility crisis faced by Pakistan’s aviation regulator and national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), a PIA ban over Omani airspace looms large. Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority asked Islamabad what restorative measures to ensure the safety of flights had been taken. Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority assured Oman of scrutinizing pilots’ credentials and safety protocols. Previously, the European Union Air Safety Agency gave a six months suspension to PIA authorization; and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed concern regarding the serious licensing and safety lapse by Pakistan’s aviation regulator. (“Threat of Omani airspace ban looms over PIA,” Dawn, 14 July 2020)

Islamabad wants to play a constructive role in saving the Afghan economy from paralysis: Editorial
An editorial in the Nation titled “Allowing Afghan Exports” commends the Foreign Office decision to resume Afghan exports through the Wagah border. The editorial stated that this is a tremendous diplomatic initiative by Islamabad, highlighting their sincere intentions of extending help to another brotherly Islamic neighbour. Further, the editorial states that by this decision Pakistan also fulfils its commitments under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA), depicting that Islamabad understands the importance of Afghan exports for Kabul’s economy. Further, the editorial brings about the factor of India stating that although India has suggested at many time that Afghanistan shift its transit trade activities to Chabahar, the Afghan government has ignored this, thus showing that the leadership of the two countries will not allow external actors to affect their ties in the slightest. (“Allowing Afghan Exports,” The Nation, 14 July 2020)

Afghanistan resume trade with India through Wagah border
On 13 July, Pakistan Foreign Office had said, “Afghan export to India through Wagah border would resume from 15 July”. The trade between the two nations will be conducted under strict Covid-19 protocol as it was restricted in March when Pakistan closed all borders crossing neighbours. According to the 2010 bilateral agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan allowed Afghan trade with India through the Wagah border. (“Afghan exports to India via Wagah resume tomorrow”, Dawn, 14 July 2020)

Muslims lining up being Joe Biden says Opinion article
S Qaisar Shareef’s opinion article opens with the appointment by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, of a South Asian American Farooq Mitha as his director of outreach to the Muslim community in America, amid the Covid-19 dampened election campaigns. The article speaks of the importance of online campaigns, the never before vigour of Muslim voters due to Trump’s anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant stances. Joe Biden is trying to convert the Muslim’s anti-Trump sentiments into votes. The article also looks at statistics of Muslims’ affiliation to the Democratic party. (“US elections and Muslims,” The News International, 14 July 2020)

Ladakh offers Pakistan new FP opportunities, says article
Dr Salman Faridi’s opinion article speaks about Pakistan’s new foreign policy opportunities due to the recent developments in Ladakh; a result of India’s “illusions of grandeur” due to its entry into the Quad. First, Pakistan can now “project the Kashmir issue as a tripartite dispute,” involving China. Second, Pakistan must tread carefully over the Uighur Muslims issue in China, ensuring that minorities do not receive support from Pakistan’s Islamic radicalists/extremists; CPEC; the Xinxiang Autonomous Region; and economic and infrastructural projects. Third, Pakistan can utilize Gwadar to enhance collaboration with Russia and Central Asia. Fourth, become a facilitator in the US exit from Afghanistan and the larger Afghan peace process. Last, Islamabad must make India realise the futility of war and increase trade with the country. (“Ladakh and new opportunities,” The News International, 14 July 2020)


"22 Kashmiri youth took on despotic Dogra Raj in 1931 & wrote a history of bravery. Despite intensification of violence post-August 5 by India, Kashmiris of all ages & across genders are challenging Modi’s fascism today with their blood. They are hope of future!"

-  Shehbaz Sharif on Pakistan's support to Kashmir (The News)

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