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22 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.165

The "Karachi incident" spirals



The ongoing crisis in Karachi over forcing the Sindh police and arresting Maryam Nawaz's husband; Hekmetyar's Afghan visit; the tensions between Sindh and the federal government over the islands off Karachi

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In Focus
The "Karachi incident" spirals:
Sindh govt was threatened with dismissal, says Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah

 

The Express Tribune, in its latest report, has mentioned Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah  revealing "that he had received a threat from a federal minister that his government would be “dismissed” if a case was not filed against PML-N leader Capt (retd) Safdar and he had refused to cave into the demand." ("Sindh govt was threatened with dismissal: Murad,The Express Tribune, 22 October 2020)

On 21 October, the verbal spate on "Karachi incident" continued with the government and the opposition accusing each other of dragging state institutions into the scenario for political gains. While two federal ministers accused the Sindh government of being behind the incident, the opposition Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) accused PM Khan of once again dragging the army into politics. It led to a confrontation between the Centre and the Sindh province. The opposition questioned Imran's silence over the issue which they said forced COAS Bajwa to direct an inquiry.

Quotable
"This was basically the responsibility of the prime minister. He is nowhere. The whole Sindh police are getting demoralised... Can I say that the prime minister is intentionally doing it as his party is not in the government in the province," said PDM vice president and senior Pakistan Peoples Party leader Raja Pervez Ashraf. ("Govt, opposition trade blame over 'Karachi incident'," Dawn, 22 October 2020)

An opinion says "Mistakes have started to happen"
Fahd Hussain, the author, says the war of words "harkens the past we all wished would stay interred with all its noxious memories". The article says that while the two PDM jalsas in Gujranwala and Karachi have been solid shows, PTI is also on a warpath. Thus, pushing the Establishment on to a warpath. Hussain opines that in "the best-case scenario, everyone steps back." "Stepping back would mean an acknowledgement that (a) ours is a multi-stakeholder system and each player needs space; (b) a political solution will be found by opening up a channel of communication where people stop shouting insults and start exchanging grievances, and (c) we need to devise some rules," he writes. ("RED ZONE FILES: We all fall down," Dawn, 22 October 2020)

An editorial says the deferment of leave is a temporary reprieve
"The Sindh police is angry, and understandably so.," says an editorial in the Daw. It says that the intention behind illegally using a federal paramilitary force to abduct the head of Sindh's principal law-enforcement agency was to "engineer a schism within the PDM opposition alliance". The incident reinforces the growing voices in support of Nawaz's "state within the state" speech, it adds. ("A police force undermined," Dawn, 22 October 2020) Another Editorial calls the escalation a result of actions taken without due consideration. "what happened early Monday morning and who gave the orders," it asks. ("Dramatic events," The News International, 22 October 2020) Meanwhile, an Editorial in The Express Tribune calls for a restoration of the dignity and morale of the police force that has been affected by the Karachi incident. ("'Karachi incident'," The Express Tribune,21 October 2020)

 
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in Pakistan
He says, the only durable solution for Afghanistan is the withdrawal of US troops, and non-aligned govt
Image Source: Dawn

On 21 October, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar stated that the only durable solution for peace in Afghanistan was the withdrawal of US troops and the formation of a non-aligned, independent and sovereign government by Afghans, warning that if this agenda is not followed the country would plunge into another civil war. Further, he said that talks would start soon between Hizb-i-Islami and Taliban with the intention to make peace durable and lasting.

Hekmatyar went on to states said that Afghans have invested about $20 billion in other countries, including Turkey and the Gulf states, during the war and proposed that the Pakistan government should facilitate Afghan investors and businessmen to enable them to bring their investment to Pakistan. This he said could include permission to open bank accounts, buy property based on Afghan passports and issuance of long-term visas like those provided by certain European countries. ("US pullout, non-aligned govt only durable solution: Hekmatyar," Dawn, 22 October 2020)

The US had been defeated without achieving any goals
Hekmatyar said that the US had been defeated without achieving any goals and thus must withdraw from Afghanistan, adding, "It will be a mistake if the US now adopts a policy other than leaving Afghanistan." Further, he stated that he hopes that the Americans would not repeat the mistake of the Soviets who had established their puppet government in Kabul before leaving Afghanistan while warning different countries against fighting their wars and settling their scores on Afghan soil. Further, said that Pakistan was keen for an Afghan-owned peace process in Afghanistan, adding that Pakistani officials had assured him that all mutual problems would be resolved gradually through understanding.

Pakistan is finally getting the attention it deserves when it comes to ending the war in Afghanistan says an editorial 
An editorial in the Daily Times states that Pakistan is finally getting the attention it deserves when it comes to ending the war in Afghanistan. It stated that over time, the world has come to realise that to end the war it was the Americans who have had to change their position, not the Taliban since the latter has been gaining ground and public sympathy over the recent years. Further, it adds that after Pakistan was requested to help get the Taliban to the negotiating table, due to the country's efforts all numerous Afghan leaders are coming to Pakistan to talk about their own country's road to reconstruction, such as the recent visit of Hekmatyar. Further, it editorial concludes by stating with the surge in violence which been a concern, the continuation of fighting between the Americans and the Taliban will affect not just the pace but also the direction of the talks between the militia and the Kabul government. ("Gulbuddin Hekmatyars Visit," The Daily Times, 22 October 2020)

 
Foreign Office rejects reports about Saudi Arabia's involvement in FATF assessment
Spokesperson says "Pakistan greatly values its relations with brotherly Saudi Arabia and firmly rejects such malicious propaganda."
Image Source: Dawn

On 22 October (today) the Foreign Office spokesperson rejected "false media reports" regarding Saudi Arabia's role in the assessment of Pakistan’s FATF action plan. The spokesperson rejected the story circulating on a segment of the media as false and baseless. Earlier today, Punjab CM's focal person for digital media, tweeted that reports of 'Saudi Arabia voting against Pakistan in FATF' were fake and that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would issue a statement on this.
The FATF is meeting during Oct 21-23 and decide if Pakistan should be excluded from its ‘grey list.' (Naveed Siddiqui, "FO spokesperson rejects reports of Saudi Arabia's role in Pakistan's FATF assessment," Dawn, 22 October 2020)

 


In Brief
INTERNAL 
PPP leader takes on Imran and his "spokesmen"
On 21 October, PPP Balochistan chapter President, in a press conference, said the upcoming public meeting of the PDM in Quetta would prove a big setback to the "selected" PM and his "hired spokesmen." He challenged the "spokesmen" and the government to seal the city of Quetta four days before the meeting if they wanted to stop people from attending the rally. He said people were fed up with unemployment, rising prices of food, and increasing electricity, gas and water bills. He criticised the sedition cases being registered against opposition leaders. At the same press meet, Wadera Surat Khan Bugti, an elder of Bugti tribe, announced that he had joined the PPP along with his tribal supporters. ("PDM's Quetta rally will be a setback to Imran, claims Jattak," Dawn, 22 October 2020)

Centre and Sindh clash again over islands and police
On 21 October, the Centre and Sindh government once again clashed over the politically-sensitive issues of islands off the coast of Karachi and the tendering of leave applications by dozens of senior police officers after the alleged humiliation of the IGP for resisting filing an FIR against PML-N leader Capt (retd) Safdar Awan. Further, on the arrest, Sindh Chief Minister, Murad Ali Shah stated that he was threatened that the Sindh government would be overthrown. He also said that the attitude of a federal minister during the entire episode was threatening and giving the impression as if Sindh was the colony of the federal government. Further, he stated that the PTI leaders committed utter illegality by making a proclaimed offender lodge a criminal case against a rival politician.

The Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a resolution which demanded that the federal government immediately withdraw the presidential ordinance promulgated to establish the Pakistan Islands' Development Authority. The resolution stated that the ordinance had unlawfully and unconstitutionally attempted to transfer the control of two islands off the Karachi's coast to the federal government through the Sindh government owns them in line with the Constitution. Further, the assembly also passed another resolution praising the services and sacrifices of the Sindh Police and demanding logical conclusion of the inquiry ordered by the COAS into an untoward incident involving the IGP. ("Centre, Sindh face off on police, islands," The News International, 22 October 2020)

Replace hate speeches with political discourse, says opinion article
In an opinion piece in Dawn, I.A Rehman highlights the importance of the opposition in Pakistan. The background of his opinion is police picking up a shopkeeper preparing a PML-N banner in Nankhana Sahib. He says the government must realise that if it pushes the opposition of the political landscape, it will start looking like an extension of the Ziaul Haq regime. He expresses that the government and Opposition need to replace their abusive epithets and confrontations with issue-based posturing. He said the Opposition should raise the political discourse in the country and reduce slogan mongering and hate speeches by appointing subject experts. (I.A Rehman, "The opposition matters," Dawn, 22 October 2020)

Government requests UK third time to deport Nawaz
The federal government has requested the UK government for the third time to send back former Nawaz Sharif to serve out his sentence in Pakistan. Sources say the letter was personally handed over to the British High Commissioner in Islamabad. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Shahzad Akbar said the government had made three requests to the UK authorities with the last request made on Oct 5. ("Govt again requests UK govt to deport Nawaz," Dawn, 22 October 2020)

EXTERNAL
Pakistani, Iranian delegations push for economic cooperation
On 21 October, Balochistan Governor Amanullah Khan Yasinzai underlined the need for boosting economic cooperation between Pakistan and Iran at the 8th Pak-Iran Joint Border Trade Committee. The Pakistani and Iranian delegations discussed the difficulties faced by traders and agreed to continue negotiations at government level to enhance. They also agreed to take steps to discourage entry of illegal immigrants in Iran and stopping drug smuggling. (Saleem Shahid, "Need stressed for boosting Pak-Iran economic cooperation," Dawn, 22 October 2020)

PAKISTAN'S WORLD VIEW
US foreign policy deteriorated under Trump says opinion article
An opinion piece in The News International says Trump's leadership has been disruptive and consequential regarding foreign policy. The author lists out four highlights of Trump's foreign policy: the US' rejection of multilateralism and globalism under Trump, the shifting focus of US national security policy from the Middle East to China, the "dawn of a new Middle East" (Abraham Accords), and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. The author says Trump will be remembered for jolting the Washington establishment and his combative and unconventional style of leadership. He says the last four years have seen an erosion in the global prestige of the US. Trump's stint in the office is leaving an unsure world with an equally uncertain future. (Amanat Ali Chaudhry, "Trump's foreign policy," The News International, 22 October 2020)

 
 


"A federal minister gave me an ultimatum that if the FIR [against Safdar] was not registered, the Sindh government will face its consequences...What kind of consequences are they are talking about” Are we a colony of the federal government...In response to their threats, I clearly said nothing is important then the respect we have for our guests. It’s even more important than the government.”

 Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on the "Karachi incident"

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