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26 January 2021, Tuesday I Vol 2, No.26

Government is "begging before the opposition for talks" says Maryam



The Opposition drops talks with the government, an editorial on the NAB's functioning, and the nationwide protests by electricity workers.

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PR Editorial, 26 January 2021
South Africa returns to Pakistan, after 14 years
Today (26 January 2021), the first day of the first test match between Pakistan and South Africa started in Karachi. South Africa has returned to Pakistan after 14 years, to play two test matches in Karachi and Rawalpindi, and three T-20 matches – all of them in Lahore. During November 2020, Zimbabwe cricket team visited Pakistan to play three one day and three T-20 matches. All these matches were played in Rawalpindi. Earlier in January 2020, Bangladesh visited Pakistan for two test, and three T-20 matches; but the later part had to be postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

This has been a positive development since the terrorist attack on a visiting Sri Lankan team in 2009. The return of South Africa also highlights the return of big-ticket cricket teams to Pakistan. This highlights both the country's confidence and about playing in Pakistan by the visiting teams. However, the games are being held in a few venues – Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi. Expanding the venues need confidence – both by the hosts and the visitors.

Return of international cricket is essential to build the team in Pakistan. Though Pakistan visited New Zealand and England in the recent period, playing at home provides extra confidence. This is much needed for the present team. Also, for Pakistan, cricket is more than just a game. Given the passion and relief that the game brings to Pakistan, the State needs to build further on this.
 
Pakistan Today at 1900 hrs
 
Pakistan Senate Elections: Asif Ali Zardari suggests that the Opposition contest under the PDM banner
Early next month, Pakistan would face elections for the Senate, with more than 50 Senators of the total 104 retiring on 7 February 2021. Zardari has suggested that the Opposition proposing joint candidates would help the PDM members secure more seats. Separately, there is a controversy over whether the Senate election should be held through a secret ballot, or through an open ballot. In December 2020, the President has approached the Supreme Court for an opinion. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has informed the SC in January 2021, that under Article 226, the Senate elections were always held through a secret ballot.

Pakistan is against the expansion of the UN Security Council
Amb Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, while addressing the first meeting of Intergovernmental Negotiations Framework, has stated that Pakistan would oppose creating new permanent seats in the UN Security Council.

Pakistan and South Africa: First test, first day in Karachi
South Africa returned to Pakistan after 14 years to play a test and one day series. At the end of day one of the first test match in Karachi, the visitors were all out for 220. In reply, Pakistan has lost four wickets for 33 runs.
 
In Focus
Government is "begging before the opposition for talks" says Maryam 
Opposition backs out from talks
 
Image Source: The News International
 

On 25 January, Maryam Nawaz told reporters that the Opposition had decided not to hold any dialogue with the government despite the government “begging” the Opposition. The PML-N, after its party meeting, also decided that it was not practical to pass a no-confidence motion against the PM, thereby declining the PPP’s suggestion. She reiterated that the PML-N stands by the commitment of Nawaz Sharif. (Amir Wasim, “PML-N rules out talks with govt on any issue,” Dawn, 26 January 2021) However, Maryam said Bilawal Bhutto would be called on to explain his proposal to hold a no-confidence motion before the PDM to hold further discussions. Further, she confirmed that the Opposition would submit their resignations and conduct their long march. (Asim Yasin and Muhammad Anis, “PDM to discuss Bilawal's idea: There'll be long march, resignations, says Maryam,” The News International, 26 January 2021)

Oppositions drops idea of holding talks with government
On the same day, the Opposition and government were supposed to hold talks to lower the political temperature; however the former backed out. The decision to drop the talks came after the PML-N held its party meeting in the Parliament House. Further, the Opposition placed placards of jailed leaders in the NA and planned to hold protests against the government if they gathered the required quorum. However, due to lack of quorum, the protests were put off. The PPP said they did not meet with the government team because the PML-N was busy with its party meeting. (Syed Irfan Raza, “Opposition backs out from talks with govt,” Dawn, 26 January 2021)

Editorial asks Opposition to arrive at a consensus in its strategy 
An editorial in The News International, attempting to understand the Bhutto-Zardari move to pass a no-confidence motion against Imran, says “there is a distinct difference in the strategy that (opposition) leaders believe should be pursued.” The editorial urges the PDM parties to arrive at a consensus so that it “can play a bigger part in governance,” and serve  “the people, all the parties and their elected representatives serve.” It, however, appreciates the government and opposition parties are making an attempt to hold talks. Further, it calls on the Opposition to provide a plan of action if they come to power. (“Counting the numbers,” The News International, 26 January 2021)

 

"NAB not impartial" says Dawn Editorial
Calls for complete review of organisation’s legal and political mandate


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An editorial in Dawn, says the Broadsheet scandal has revealed that the NAB is not only compromised but is also incompetent. The editorial terms NAB’s hiring of the Broadsheet firm “shady” and its contract with the company “shoddy.” It recalls that over the last few years, the NAB has been hounding Opposition leaders and turning a blind eye to the “shady doings inside the government.” This, it says, has tarnished the credibility of the anti-graft body. It concludes that the “NAB is a deeply flawed entity functioning on the basis of an equally flawed law” and says that to reform the NAB, there needs to be a review of its “entire legal and political mandate.” With this, the editorial debunks the NAB chief’s claims that the organisation is impartial.

Attributes current functioning to weak foundations
The editorial attributes the above to the weak foundation of the NAB; it was initiated by Pervez Musharraf to target opposition leaders and whenever the NAB tried monitoring leaders who supported Musharraf, it was stopped from doing so. It says this trend has been continuing till date and the NAB has been unable to shed the impression that it is a handmaiden for the government in power. (“NAB not impartial,” Dawn, 26 January 2021)

 

Electricity workers hold protests against privatisation of distribution companies
Union leader calls for review and introduction of reforms

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On 25 January, electricity workers belonging across Pakistan held protests against proposed  privatisation of 11 electricity distribution companies and two profitable thermal power houses and the proposed closure of five  Muzaffargarh, thermal power houses. The General Secretary of the All Pakistan Wapda Hydroelectric Workers Union (CBA) requested Imran Khan to review these proposals. He cited that the privatisation of the Karachi Electric Supply Company had failed “despite federal government financing KESC for Rs 1300 billion” over the years. Further, circular debt had increased manifold, from Rs 184 billion from 2013 to Rs 860 billion in 2020. He suggested that instead of privatising electricity, the PM could “introduce reforms, stop heavy capacity payment to the IPPs and provide safety to the field staff against criminals to prevent electricity theft.” ("Privatisation of 11 distribution companies: Electricity workers hold rallies across country," The News International, 26 January 2021)

In Brief
INTERNAL
Opposition would get nothing out of the foreign funding case against the PTI, says PM Khan
On 25 January, PM Imran Khan said that the opposition would not get anything from the foreign funding case against the PTI as they have a clean background, arguing, “We did not receive any funding from ‘banned’ countries — India and Israel.” He said, “The opposition has fallen into the ditch it dug for us.” Further, as reported to Dawn, PM Khan is quite confident that his party would win the foreign funding case as the PTI did not hide anything related to receiving funds from its supporters and members outside the country. (“PTI will win foreign funding case: Imran,” Dawn, 26 January 2021)

PROVINCE 
Afghan Taliban commander killed in Tarnab
On 25 January, media reports claimed that an Afghan Taliban commander was killed in Tarnab by his rivals last week. Reports claimed that the man killed was Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Samad Toor, who belonged to Sarobi area near Kabul. However, the police stated that a report was registered last week of someone named Mullah Toor who was allegedly killed by his rival Mullah Musa and others when he was coming to the mosque. The police then raided Mullah Musa house but he had managed to escape. (“‘Afghan Taliban commander killed in Peshawar last week’,” The News International, 26 January 2021)

ON AFGHANISTAN
Progress in intra-Afghan dialogue would lead to a reduction in violence, says FM Qureshi 
On 25 January, FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a telephone conversation with his Afghan counterpart Hanif Atmar, raised concern over the surge of violence in Afghanistan and called for progress in the ongoing intra-Afghan talks in Doha. According to Dawn, the FO stated that Qureshi emphasised that progress in the dialogue would “facilitate reduction in violence, leading to ceasefire.” Further, the two discussed matter related to the issue of Pakistani prisoners in Afghan jails, trade ties and strengthening of bilateral relations. (Baqir Sajjad Syed, “Pakistan pins hopes on progress in intra-Afghan dialogue,” Dawn, 26 January 2021)

ECONOMY
Domestic debt servicing increases by 38 per cent in the first five months
On 26 January, Dawn reported that the latest report of the SBP shows that the country’s domestic debt servicing jumped by 38 per cent in the first five months of this fiscal year, indicating excessive borrowing by the government to address the widening fiscal deficit. Meanwhile, the Monetary Policy Information Compendium for January issued on 22 January showed that both stocks of domestic debt and debt servicing increased during the July-November period of FY21. (Shahid Iqbal, “Five-month domestic debt servicing jumps by 38pc,” Dawn, 26 January 2021)

EXTERNAL
Govt issues Houbara hunting permits to UAE royal family
On 25 January, Dawn reported that the federal government has issued around seven special permits to the President of the United Arab Emirates and other members of the royal family to hunt the internationally-protected bird species houbara bustard during the 2020-21 hunting season. According to the permits, hunting has been allocated in Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab to the crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the armed forces of the country, president’s representative, adviser to the president, a member of the executive council and others. (Bhagwandas, “Houbara hunting permits issued to UAE royal family,” Dawn, 26 January 2021)

PAKISTAN’S WORLD VIEW
Biden has no intention of abandoning the deal or stopping backing the Doha talks says editorial
An editorial in The Express Tribune says that President Joe Biden will not pull a ‘Trumpian’ move and tear up the deal arguing that Biden has shown a long history of sanity and maturity, both political and otherwise. Further, it says that the Biden administration has no intention of abandoning the deal or stopping backing the Doha talks, as reaching the deal’s main goal of peace is important enough to allow for timeline tweaking. However, what is uncertain is if the Taliban and the Afghan government’s will be on board to accept those tweaks. (“Doha deal and Biden,” The Express Tribune, 26 January 2021)

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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;