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

Govt decides to lift restrictions as COVID cases decline



Decline in COVID cases to the return of international flights to Pakistan

PR Daily Brief | PR Team

In Brief
INTERNAL
Govt decides to lift restrictions as COVID cases decline

On 6 August, the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on COVID-19 decided to lift restrictions on the tourism sector from 8 August and on restaurants and transport sector from 10 August. However, restrictions on the number of people allowed to travel by trains, planes and buses and the mandatory gap between the passengers will remain in place till September. These are to be lifted by October if the situation permits. Further, the committee laid out a timetable for opening up of other sectors, including educational institutions and marriage halls. The NCC meeting was presided over by PM Imran Khan and was attended by representatives from all the provinces. Further, Minister for Planning and Development reiterated, “people should not take it as complete victory as the situation can reverse in case of a change in the attitude of people. I appeal to the people to take more precautionary measures than before.” (Ikram Junaidi, “Amid decline in virus cases, govt opens up country,” Dawn, 7 August 2020)

PM to inaugurate Ravi Development Authority project in Lahore
As per Radio Pakistan, PM Imran Khan will inaugurate the Ravi Development Authority project during his day-long official visit to Lahore today (7 August). During the visit, the PM will address provincial civil servants via a video link and chair National Coordination Committee meetings on Construction, Housing and Development; and education reforms in Punjab. PTI MPA Musarrat Cheema tweeted that the Ravi Development Authority project will be a "game-changer" for Lahore. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar authorized the establishment of “River Ravi Front Authority” to develop the “most modern city” in Lahore. (“PM Imran to inaugurate Ravi Development Authority in Lahore today,” The News International, 7 August 2020)

Airports allowed to handle domestic flight operations 
The Aviation Division announced that all airports would be allowed to handle domestic flight operation in the country from 6 August midnight. A spokesman for the Aviation Division stated that the government had earlier allowed all airports, except Turbat, Pangjur, Dalbandin, Zhob, Pasni, Moenjo Daro, Nawabshah and Bahawalpur airports, to resume domestic flight operations. Further, the spokesman added that all operators would be required to implement the established guidelines, SOPs and that prior schedule approval from the competent authority would be taken. Further, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) issued a formal notice cancelling its previous notice which banned domestic flights. This decision comes after the domestic flight operation was suspended more than four months amid the pandemic. (Mohammad Asghar, “All airports allowed to handle domestic flight operations,” Dawn, 7 August 2020)

CPEC
The arrival of 500 Chinese Personnel will boost the Thar Block-1 project, says analysis
After the delay due to the pandemic, on 4 August, Chinese personnel (a batch of 500 engineers and managers) arrived in Karachi’s Jinnah Terminal on a chartered flight, where they were welcomed by company officials. The work on a CPEC priority project - Shanghai Electric’s Thar Coal Block-1 Project – is expected to accelerate. Mr Li Jigen, CEO, Sino Sindh Resources (Private)Limited, an overseas extension of Shanghai Electric, thanked China and Pakistan for facilitating the travel and said it was a major development for the company. He added that following the arrival of the Chinese personnel job opportunities for local professionals will be awarded in the near future. (“CPEC’s Power Project in Thar Block-1 to get boost with return of 500 Chinese workers,” The News International, 7 August 2020)

PROVINCES 
Surge in COVID-19 cases in Punjab after Eid 
The Punjab province has reported a sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 new cases after Eidul Azha. The cases which had dropped to below 100 has increased to around 300. Although some health experts are not worried about this increase declaring it as a routine surge, others believed that it might be a signal for the beginning of the second wave of the virus. Punjab reported 277 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 besides five deaths during the last 24 hours against 235 a day earlier. Of the new cases, 100 were reported from Lahore, 58 from Rawalpindi, 25 from Gujranwala, 13 from Multan, 11 from Sialkot, eight from Gujrat. Further, the Punjab government has conducted 5424 COVID-19 tests during the last 24 hours across the province. (“Sudden surge in Punjab coronavirus cases after Eid,” Dawn, 7 August 2020)

Dawn report says Monsoon misery paralyzing Karachi
In the light of the heavy downpour, inundations of the roads and flooding of the city, power cuts and traffic jams were rampant. The CM tasked Cabinet members with overseeing relief work across the Sindh province. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) urged authorities to “remain vigilant” and citizens to stay home during rainfall. (“Flooded roads, crumbling infrastructure paralyse city, pile on monsoon misery,” Dawn, 7 August 2020)

ON INDIA
Parliament discusses Kashmir
On 6 August, a joint sitting of parliament reiterated its complete rejection of the revocation of Article 370 by the Indian government. PM, lauding the recent UNSC meeting on the Kashmir dispute, tweeted “The UNSC, under the UN Charter, not only has the responsibility for maintaining international peace & security but also of ensuring implementation of its resolutions.” In the series of tweets, the PM thanked the Council members for expressing concern over the situation in Kashmir; said “Pakistan’s position remains clear & unambiguous”; and expressed support to the right of self-determination of the Kashmiris by means of “a free & fair plebiscite”.

The Parliament condemned “human rights violations by India”; emphasized the illegality of the Indian move with regards to UNSC resolutions, bilateral agreements and international law; denounced BJP for exploiting the global preoccupation with the pandemic to further its Hindutva agenda; declared “illegal steps” to make Muslims a minority in India’s only Muslim-majority region were violations of the UN resolutions, international law and 4th Geneva Convention; condemned arbitrary arrests and detentions of Kashmiri leaders and “fake encounters” that caused extra-judicial killings of the Kashmiri youths; accused India of opening fire across the LoC to divert attention from human rights violations in Kashmir; and claimed that Indian use of pellet guns had partially or completely blinded over 11,000 Kashmiris, including children and women. The parliament also commended the three recent discussions on the dispute in the UNSC – two reports issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the support of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Note, the latter comes a day after PM Qureshi’s rare stern warning to Saudi Arabia. (“Parliament rejects changing of Kashmir’s special status,” Dawn, 7 August 2020)

 


"In which age do you live...What is the purpose of writing letters when your job is to probe the crime?...Time is of the essence and even a lapse of 10 minutes in proper investigations will let the evidence disappear. But you people are engaged in letter writing to different departments"

-  Chief Justice of Pakistan quesitoning the police on Matiullah Jan's abduction case (Dawn)

 

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