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08 January 2021, Friday I Vol 2, No.08

Pakistan successfully tests Multi-Launch Rocket System: ISPR



Pakistan's indigenous missile test, the increasing trade deficit, and Maryam, Bilawal meet the Hazaras.

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In Focus
Pakistan successfully tests Multi-Launch Rocket System: ISPR
Claims to be capable of “engagement deep in enemy territory”

On 7 January, the Inter-Services Public Relations said that Pakistan had successfully tested its extended-range guided Multi-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) called Fatah-1. The MLRS, produced indigenously,  has a range of 140 kilometres and has the capacity to carry a conventional warhead.

Pakistan seems to be responding to India’s capabilities, says Dawn

According to Dawn, with the development of the indigenous weapon, Pakistan appears to respond to India’s “development of its conventional capabilities.” (“Pakistan tests multi-launch rocket system,” Dawn, 8 January 2021)

Series of missile tests in recent past

The latest test comes after Pakistan tested several missiles in 2020. In February 2020, the country “conducted a flight test of air launched cruise missile Ra'ad-II.” This missile has a range of 600 kilometres. At the time, Strategic Plans Division Director General said the test was a “major step towards complementing Pakistan’s deterrence capability.” (Naveed Siddiqui, “Pakistan conducts successful test of air launched cruise missile Ra'ad-II: ISPRDawn, 18 February 2020)

Similarly, in January 2020, Pakistan carried out a training launch of Ghaznavi, a surface to surface ballistic missile. This missile has the capability of launching multiple warheads up to a range of 290 kilometres. (“Pakistan successfully conducts surface-to-surface training launch of missile Ghaznavi,” Dawn, 23 January 2020)

Prior to this, Pakistan successfully tested a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a capability to strike up to 650 km; it has a capability to launch all types of warheads. (“Pakistan successfully test-fires nuclear-capable missile,” The Hindu, 18 November 2020)

Currently, Pakistan has a wide range of “Short Range Ballistic Missiles (SRBM), Medium Range Ballistic Missiles (MRBM), Battlefield Ballistic Missiles (BBM), Surface to Surface Cruise Missiles (SSCM) and Rocket Artillery.” (Muhammad Anis, “Pakistan conducts test flight of Fatah-1,” The News International, 8 Janaury 2021)

 

State Bank of Pakistan says trade deficit is increasing
Imran refutes figures; stresses on import substitution and self reliance

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On 7 January, the State Bank of Pakistan data revealed that Pakistan’s trade deficit had increased by 32.04 per cent. With this the deficit amounted to USD 2.683 billion in December 2020 from USD 2.032 billion in December 2019 because of higher imports. Further, the imports rose by 16.69 per cent from November to December 2020. Since September, Pakistan’s imports have been on a rise; this could be because of the “rebounding imports,” after imports had been on a steady decline for a few years. (Mubarak Zeb Khan, “December trade deficit widens by 32pc,” Dawn, 8 January 2021)

Imran disputes exports figures 

However, on the same, PM Imran Khan tweeted that the exports of India and Bangladesh displayed a negative growth; compared to this date, Pakistan had higher export figures. In 2020, the export figures of Pakistan stood at 8.32 per cent and 18.30 per cent in November and December respectively. In contrast, the figures for India in the respective months stood at -9.07 per cent and -0.80 per cent. In Bangladesh, the numbers were 0.76 per cent and -6.11 per cent respectively.

Ministry of commerce to draw plan for import substitution

On the same day, Imran met with the Apex Committee on Economic Outreach to discuss self-reliance. In the meeting, it was decided that the Ministry of Commerce will form a plan of action within a definite timeline to cement the trends of import substitution and increasing exports. He pushed for adopting some of the top international practices for priority sectors. He said “consultations with international experts is essential for achieving success.” (“PM Imran Khan greets economic team on increase of exports,” The News International, 8 January 2021)

Previously… 

On 5 January, the World Bank, in the Global Economic Prospects (GEP) 2021, had forecasted Pakistan’s economic growth rate for the current fiscal year to remain at 0.5 per cent. The World Bank said the figure would remain the same because of continued fiscal consolidation pressures and service sector weakness. However, on the same day, the SBP projected a real GDP growth in the range of 1.5 to 2.5 per cent in FY21. The SBP’s data was based on the current economic trends. (Khaleeq Kiani, “WB revises growth forecast down to 0.5pc,” Dawn, 6 January 2021 and Shahid Iqbal, “One day, two projections: State Bank says GDP to grow 1.5-2.5pc,” Dawn, 6 January 2021)

 

Maryam and Bilawal meet with the Hazaras
PM’s visit still not confirmed 

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On 7 January, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Maryam Nawaz addressed the participants of the sit-in staged by the mourners of the Hazara community. During the meeting, they urged PM Imran Khan to visit the families of slain coal miners to share their pain and sorrow. While addressing the gathering, Bilawal said, “I have come here to share the pain of the grieving families as I myself belong to a family of martyrs and am still waiting for justice,” adding, “Unless the state assures the citizens that their lives are safe, the security of the country and the federation will remain in jeopardy.” Similarly, Maryam warned that if he did not come to Quetta, the “nation will not allow him to sit on the chair in Islamabad.” (Saleem Shahid, “Maryam, Bilawal meet heirs of slain coal miners,” Dawn, 8 January 2021)

Imran Khan’s visit to Quetta remains undecided, says not to blackmail him
As the pressure mounts on the PTI-led coalition government, PM Imran Khan’s visit to Quetta to meet the protesters remains undecided. However, PM Khan has directed the interior ministry to devise a foolproof security mechanism for the Hazara community that faced terror incidents in the past as well as to compensate the victims’ families in line with the government rules and policy (Saleem Shahid, “No decision yet on PM’s visit to Quetta,” The Express Tribune, 8 January 2021)
On 8 January, PM Khan reiterated his appealed to the Hazara community to bury the slain miners, calling on them to refrain from “blackmailing the premier.” Further, he said “We have accepted all of their demands. [But] one of their demands is that the dead will be buried when the premier visits. I have sent them a message that when all of your demands have been accepted [...] you don't blackmail the prime minister of any country like this.”  (“Don't blackmail me, PM tells Hazara protesters,” Dawn, 8 January 2021)

PM should not delay his visit says an editorial 
An editorial in The Express Tribune critical of delay in Imran Khan’s visit states two reasons why there may be this delay. First, security may be one hindrance to the PM visiting the bereaved community. Second, the PM may not want to set a “bad” precedent of giving in to the demands of a protesting crowd. However, the editorial says that nothing should excuse the PM from delaying his visit to the griever in what is seen a barbarous act of terror, adding that he should have paid a visit to the grievers even without them requesting for it. (Saleem Shahid, “After the Machh tragedy,” The Express Tribune, 8 January 2021)


In Brief
INTERNAL
20.76 million lost livelihoods due to Covid-19 lockdowns says PBS
On 7 January, the Planning Commission said that according to a survey conducted by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) Pakistan’s 20.76 million workforce suffered livelihood losses due to coronavirus-related lockdowns and a large majority of them got back to work after July 2020. The Commission said the country’s 35 per cent which is about 55.74 million of the population of 10 years and older were working before the onset of Covid-19, but due to closure of activities after implementation of lockdowns, this declined to 22per cent which is about 35.04 million people. Further, 17.07 million households were affected due to lockdown restrictions. (Khaleeq Kiani, “20.76m lost livelihood due to lockdowns: survey,” Dawn, 8 January 2021)

Abbasi denies rifts within the parties of the PDM
On 7 January, PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi refuted reports of rifts within the PDM stating that if a party walked away from the alliance it would hurt itself politically. He argued, “The establishment’s interference in politics has to end and all the parties have had enough of it,” adding, “even if a party in the alliance is to break away for some reason, it will destroy itself politically. This interference has hurt all of us and simply cannot continue — all political factions know that.” Further, he said “There is no point talking to this government. It simply has to go.” (Atika Rehman, “Those who abandon PDM will be finished politically: Abbasi,” Dawn, 8 January 2021)

Pakistan lauds easing of Gulf crisis over Qatar
On 7 January, FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain counterparts where he welcomed the easing of the Gulf crisis over Qatar. Further, he stressed the need for the strengthening of Islamabad’s relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Further, the FO stated that the foreign ministers agreed to continue engaging on regional and global issues and continue working together to enhance bilateral ties. (Baqir Sajjad Syed, “Pakistan welcomes easing of Gulf crisis over Qatar,” Dawn, 8 January 2021)

PPP re-elects Bilawal as chairman for four years
On 7 January, the PPPs media office stated that all the central office-bearers of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), including Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, have been “re-elected” for another four-year term without having any contest. Besides Bilawal, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari has been elected unopposed as the PPP secretary-general, Faisal Karim Kundi as secretary information and Rukhsana Bungash as secretary finance. Further, Bukhari dismissed the impression that the party elections had been kept a secret, stating that the process had been completed strictly as per the party’s constitution and rules. The intra-party elections at the federal level were held in Karachi on 6 January. (Amir Wasim, “Bilawal ‘re-elected’ PPP chairman for four years,” Dawn, 8 January 2021)

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04 December 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.198

EU retains ban on PIA flights

01 December 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.195

PDM stages another power show in Multan

28 November 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.194

Qureshi talks about Kashmir and the India dossier at the OIC

27 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.193

FO says Kashmir issue is a permanent item on OIC agenda

26 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.192

Pakistan shares dossier on India with the UN

25 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.191

Asad says COVID-19 numbers worsening, urges SOPs compliance

24 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.190

Pakistan to set up a new intelligence committee chaired by DG-ISI

23 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.189

PDM calls for the end of PTI’s “puppet rule”

20 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.188

Imran Khan’s maiden visit to Afghanistan

19 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.187

PDM may present its reforms as legislation in Parliament

18 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.186

PDM rejects Center’s move to ban public meetings

16 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.184

GB Polls: PTI becomes the single largest party

13 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.183

Maryam softens stance, says will talk to the Army

12 November 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.182

Survey predicts PTI’s victory in GB elections

11 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.181

Army takes action against the officials from the ISI and Rangers

10 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.180

COAS and DG-ISI to brief the Parliament

09 November 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.179

On Gilgit-Balitistan elections

06 November 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.177

Farmers protest in Punjab

04 November 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.175

FO rejects Indian Defence Minister’s remarks on GB

03 November 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.174

Maulana Fazlur calls for a PDM meeting

30 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.172

Pakistan criticizes the Indian media

29 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.171

"We gave India a bloody nose and it's still hurting" says DG ISPR

28 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.170

Pakistan observes 'Kashmir Black Day'

27 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.169

Quetta Rally and the PDM

26 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.168

PDM's strong rally in Quetta

24 October 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.167

Do More, says the FATF to Pakistan

23 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.166

Pakistan's Gender Gap

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

The "Karachi incident" spirals

21 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.164

"Who surrounded Sindh Police Chief's house," asks Bilawal Bhutto

20 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.163

FM Qureshi meets with Hekmatyar

19 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.162

PDM's second big rally in Karachi

17 October 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.161

PDM's first rally takes off to a great start in Gujranwala

16 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.160

PDM's first rally set to take off

15 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.159

Pakistan's pre-conditions for a dialogue with India

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

Pakistan re-elected to the UNHRC

13 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.157

Pakistan and the FATF's Grey List

12 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.156

Maulana Adil Khan laid to rest in Karachi

09 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.154

Khalilzad in Pakistan to discuss Afghan peace

08 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.153

Pakistan to experience muted economic recovery

07 October 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.152

20-point 'code of conduct' to promote sectarian harmony

06 October 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.151

A five-year development programme for the Gilgit- Baltistan

05 October 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.150

The next FATF meeting on Pakistan

02 October 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.148

Targeting Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N

01 October 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.147

On Pakistan Democratic Movement's rally:

30 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.146

PM Imran Khan wants to bring back Nawaz Sharif at the earliest:

29 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.145

Shahbaz Sharif's arrest causes an upheavel:

28 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.144

Abdullah Abdullah in Pakistan for a three days visit:

25 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.142

The Fallouts of the All Parties Conference:

24 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.141

Establishment and the PML-N:

23 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.140

For the US, the priority in Pakistan is to advance human rights :

22 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.139

One day after the All Parties Conference:

21 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.138

Nawaz Sharif goes on an offensive and talks about

19 September 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.137

Kashmir will be the focus of PM Khan’s UN address, says FO

18 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.136

Pakistan’s Persisting Polio Problem:

17 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.135

The need for a twin strategy in south Balochistan:

16 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.134

A non-bailable arrest warrant for Nawaz Sharif:

15 September 2020, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.133

The CPEC march continues:

11 September 2020, Friday I Vol 1, No.130

Pakistan and the SCO

10 September 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.129

Accountability Court declares Nawaz Sharif as an absconder

09 September 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.128

Federal-Provincial divide over Karachi increases

07 September 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.126

On Karachi, PPP and PTI divide comes to open

05 September 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.125

Kashmir in the UN and Pakistan

02 September, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.122

Court directs Nawaz Sharif to appear before the court

01 September, Tuesday I Vol 1, No.121

Rains and Floods continue to haunt Pakistan

27 August 2020, Thursday I Vol 1, No.117

An article speculates the Opposition’s options and strategies

26 August 2020, Wednesday I Vol 1, No.116

"General Bajwa stabilized Pak-Saudi ties"

24 August 2020, Monday I Vol 1, No.114

Pakistan, China and J&K

22 August 2020, Saturday I Vol 1, No.113

Pakistan and China pledge to safeguard common interests

20 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.111

The tragedy of Scientists from Pakistan's minority communities

19 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.110

"Pakistan can never recognise Israel," says Imran Khan

18 August 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.109

PTI's two-year report card

15 August 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.107

Pakistan's Palestine Dilemma

14 August 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.106

Pakistan at 73: Celebrating the Independence Day

13 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.105

COAS Gen Bajwa to visit Saudi Arabia soon

12 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.104

Government and opposition agree on six FATF bills

10 August 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.102

The FATF divides within Pakistan

09 August 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.101

Pakistan This Week

08 August 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.100

National Assembly clears two FATF bills, but blocks one.

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

Govt decides to lift restrictions as COVID cases decline

06 August 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.98

Pakistan's continuing Kashmir frenzy

05 August 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.97

Pakistan's new Map of J&K

04 August 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.96

Kashmir obsession in Pakistan

31 July 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.94

Two FATF bills passed in the National Assembly

30 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.93

Religiosity in Pakistan: From Creeping to now Galloping

29 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.92

Opposition parties attempt to come together

28 July 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.91

Pakistan's internal debate on Kulbhushan Jadav

26 July 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.89

Pakistan This Week

23 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.86

On the abduction of a Journalist in Islamabad

19 July 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.82

Pakistan This Week

17 July 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.80

The licences are not fake but only dubious

16 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.79

On building Diamer-Bhasha dam in Gilgit-Baltistan

15 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.78

On Af-Pak Transit Trade

12 July 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No. 75

Pakistan This Week

11 July 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.74

FATF action plan to be completed at the earliest: Shaikh

08 July 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.71

Return of Lal Masjid Maulana

07 July 2020, Tuesday , Vol 1, No.70

Female Literacy in the Pashtun tribal regions

06 July 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.69

The problem with Pakistan Railways

02 July 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.65

The Curious case of "Minus One" Formula in Pakistan

30 June 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.63

BLA claims the attack on Stock Exchange in Karachi

28 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.61

Pakistan This Week

27 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.60

PTM accepts the dialogue offer, but wants CBMs

24 June 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.57

Reviewing Pakistan's Space Programme

23 June 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No.56

Imran Khan says he was against the idea of lockdown

21 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.54

Pakistan This Week

20 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.53

Budgets presented in KP, and in Gilgit-Baltistan

19 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.52

PTI tries to get the BNP back into coalition,

18 June 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.51

Baloch partner of the PTI government leaves the coalition

15 June 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.48

The PTI government invites the PTM for a dialogue

14 June 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.47

Pakistan This Week

13 June 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No.46, Special Brief

Pakistan Budget 2020-21: The First Cut

12 June 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.44, Special Brief

Pakistan’s Economic Survey 2019-20

07 June 2020, Sunday I Vol 1, No.38

Pakistan This Week

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

Highest COVID Spike

04 June 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.35

Imran receives a briefing at the ISI HQ

03 June 2020, Wednesday, Vol 1, No.34

Covid cases spike and Lahore becomes the epicentre

01 June 2020, Monday, Vol 1, No.32

Drivers of Karachi Violence

30 May 2020, Saturday, No 1, No.30

Gwadar port ready for the Afghan goods

29 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.29

Pakistan remembers 28 May Nuclear Tests

24 May 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No.24

Pakistan This Week

22 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.22

The missing girls of Pakistan

21 May 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No.21

Locusts threaten Pakistan's food security

17 May 2020, Sunday, Vol 1, No 17

Pakistan This Week

15 May 2020, Friday, Vol 1, No.15

Disregard for SOPs peaks Covid-19 cases

14 May 2020, Thursday, Vol 1, No 14

Violence in Afghanistan and the Media in Pakistan

12 May 2020, Tuesday, Vol 1, No 12

Smart Lockdown, SOPs vs Social Realities

9 May 2020, Saturday, Vol 1, No 9

Record COVID-19 spike in a single day;