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14 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.158

Pakistan re-elected to the UNHRC



The reelection of Pakistan to the UNHRC, and the follow up on Maulana Adil's assassination.

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In Focus
Pakistan re-elected to the UNHRC:
Important diplomatic achievement was backed by all regions and influential countries, says FM Qureshi

A four-member high-level inquiry committee has been formed to investigate the targeted killing of Maulana Adil Khan. The four-member inquiry committee, headed by Additional IG Karachi, was formed by the IGP Sindh. The members of the committee include DIG Counter-Terrorism Department, East Zone DIG, and SSP Korangi. The committee is to submit a progress report to the IG on the daily basis. (Faraz Khan, Zia Ur Rehman, "Four-member committee formed to probe Maulana Adil's murder," The News International, 14 October 2020)

Police release sketch of a suspect
The police have sketched one of the three suspects behind the attack. The sketch was made by the Korangi police with the help of witnesses and CCTV footages. Further, the police have released the sketch in the media to get help in tracing and arresting a suspect. (Faraz Khan, Zia Ur Rehman, "Dr Adil's assassination: Police release sketch of suspect," The News International, 14 October 2020)

Clerics and leaders of religious parties call for a strike
On 13 October, the religious scholars in a press conference at the Jamia Binoria seminary announced that a country-wide strike will be observed and protest on Friday. This came after consultation between prominent religious leaders and scholars gathered to discuss the plan of action after completion of the ultimatum of 48 hours given to the government to arrest the killers of Maulana Adil.

An editorial says this attack only further threatens to aggravate communal tensions
An editorial in the Dawn critical the recent incidents states that this only threatens to exacerbate communal tensions. While addressing the statements and responses from political as well as religious leaders says that these are warnings of the grimmer tragedy that lies ahead if the sectarian sentiment is allowed to gain ground. Further, the editorial states that there are several reasons for the rise of sectarian violence in the country, however, the primary cause remains to be from the within the borders. The editorial concludes by stating that, for years, extremist groups have been used by the state as 'strategic assets,' however, these 'assets' have now become liabilities, adding that unless the government takes bold and decisive action against all militant groups, intolerance and revengeful killings will continue to take innocent lives. ("Cleric's assassination," Dawn, 14 October 2020)

 
Pakistan's Opposition furthers India's agenda
Says Parliament's Special Committee Chairman
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Opposition endorses India's ambitions says Parliament Special Committee Chairman
On 13 October, Parliament's Special Committee Chairman accused the Opposition of furthering the Indian agenda of conspiring to create unrest in Pakistan in the name of religion, sect and ethnicity. He said the Opposition was ignorant for not raising important issues in the Parliament including the Kashmir issue. Speaking on Balochistan, he said Imran Khan had taken important steps to protect underdeveloped areas of the province and said "Balochistan is a bouquet of flowers which reflects the true picture of Pakistani society." ("Afridi accuses opposition of furthering Indian agenda," Dawn, 14 October 2020)

In Brief
INTERNAL 
Editorial says the JUI-F's street force will be a major player in the coming days
An editorial in The News International talks about the role of street power and the government's handling of the developments as the PDM's rally is just two days away. The editorial says the JUI-F's street force will be a major player in the coming days. It highlights that the PML-N does not have a history of street power and the PPP will struggle to mobilise masses, especially outside Sindh. It conveys that in the light of a crippling economy if the government can accept criticism and the public's anger with grace, it would gain a lot. While no negotiations between the government and the Opposition have been held till now, it is yet to be seen if the government's confidence will wane as the rally closes in. ("Showdown time," The News International, 14 October 2020)

ECONOMY 
IMF projects one per cent growth rate for Pakistan
On 13 October, the IMF projected Pakistan's growth rate at one per cent in its World Economic Outlook (WEO) 2020 report. This is in sharp contrast with the government's target of a 2.1 per cent growth rate. The WEO estimated an average inflation rate at 8.8 per cent, current account deficit at 2.5 per cent of GDP and unemployment rising by 0.6 per cent to 5.1 per cent during FY21. It noted that recovery had taken root in the third quarter of 2020 and was expected to strengthen gradually over 2021. ("IMF forecasts 1pc growth, rising unemployment," Dawn, 14 October 2020)

 


"I am pleased with Pakistan’s re-election to UN Human Rights Council for another 3-yr term. We remain committed to upholding human rights for all, prioritizing advancement of tolerance & constructive engagement. We stand resolute against Islamophobia & in support of mutual respect.”

 Imran Khan on Pakistan's re-elections to the UNHRC.

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