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04 February 2021, Thursday I Vol 2, No.35

Pakistan begins nationwide vaccination drive



The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, the chaos in the National Assembly on the open ballots system, and the training launch of the Ghaznavi missile.

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PR Editorial, 4 February 2021
The forthcoming Senate elections, and how not to conduct it
Yesterday, the government introduced a new bill in the Parliament seeking open voting for the forthcoming Senate election (against the existing secret ballot system) and making those with dual nationality to contest the general elections.

With less than a week (Senate elections are slated for 8 February), this is an ill-timed move. Given the nature of the issue, the subject needs bi-partisan discussion, and should not be bulldozed through the Parliament. Today, the opposition parties are against the idea of an open ballot for the Senate elections; the PTI, if sitting in the opposition would also have not approved the idea. The PTI fears that a secret ballot may lead to horse-trading in the Senate elections and prevent its chances. 

Half of the total 104 Senators would be retiring this month. Currently, the PML-N and PPP have the majority together with 33 and 20 seats respectively. MQM has fives seats, while the PkMAP and JUI have three and four respectively. The PTI, based on the present numbers at the provincial assemblies, is likely to become the single largest party in the Senate. According to the Constitution, 14 members, four women, four technocrats, and a minority member shall be elected by each Provincial Assembly.

For the PTI, it is all about achieving a majority in the Senate, and for the Opposition it is all about disrupting the same. With the PDM likely to announce a road map today (4 February 2021), one should expect an unruly election for the Senate. 

The Senate election is also bound to create heartburn within the political parties. Many loyalists, who could not win the general elections are expecting a reward for their loyalty from their respective leadership.

 
Pakistan Today at 1900 hrs
"Go Imran Go" slogans and scuffles disrupt the Parliamentary proceedings
For the second day in a row, today (Thursday) the proceedings in Parliament was disrupted, with the ruling and opposition members engaging in a shoving match. The Opposition was against the government tabling a new bill on changing the Senate election procedure.
 
Justice Isa to the Punjab government on local governance: "You killed democracy. It is unconstitutional. It's worse than dictatorship"
Today Justice Qazi Faez Isa as a part of a two-member bench in the Supreme Court came down heavily on the provincial government of Punjab led by the PTI for dissolving the local government system before the expiry date. The local government in Punjab was to expire in January 2022, however, was dissolved by the PTI government in May 2019 itself. Early this week on Monday, Justice Maqbool Baqar had asked for an explanation from all four provincial assemblies on the local government elections.
 
A crucial day for the PDM today
Today, the PDM is likely to meet for a crucial discussion to chart out a road map. Earlier, it had given a deadline to Imran Khan to resign by 31 January 2021. Since it has not happened, the eleven-member alliance has to plan for the next steps today. According to available reports, the PML-N's Nawaz Sharif has given the go-ahead to Maulana Fazlur Rahman to decide the course of action. 
 
The following three decisions are crucial today: a plan of action with street protests and long march towards Islamabad to disrupt the PTI government, Senate election and how to contest the same, the role of PPP within the alliance, if the former has a different plan of actions, especially on resignations from the provincial and federal assemblies.
 
Senate elections: First list of the PTI ready
Today, for the forthcoming Senate elections, PTI's Parliamentary committee has prepared a list of names for consideration by Imran. This list, according to the News, includes the following: Shahzad Akbar, Zulfi Bokhari, Sania Nishtar, Abdul Razzak Dawood, Babar Awan, Saifullah Niazi, Dr Zarqa and Nilofar Bakhtiar. 
 
In Focus
Pakistan begins nationwide vaccination drive
Government should educate people on possible side effects, says editorial
 
Image Source: Dawn
 

On 3 February, the Natio­nal Command and Opera­tion Centre (NCOC) launched the nationwide vaccination drive, “including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.” Commercial Minister Co­u­­nsellor of China Xie Guo­­xiang presided over the launch as the chief guest. The SAPM on health appreciated the frontline hea­lthcare workers (FLHCW) and paid tribute to them for having put their life at risk during the pandemic. He said that Pakistan would procure 17 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca through Covax by June. 

Vaccination drives inaugurated in all provinces
On the same day, Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were the chief guests for the launch of the vaccination roll out in their respective provinces. (Ikram Junaidi, “Countrywide vaccination drive gets under way,” Dawn, 4 February 2021)

Vaccination not recommended for people above 60, pregnant women
However, the SAPM said people above 60 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers should not be inoculated with the Chinese vaccine currently being administered. This is because of the lack of efficacy data for the above group of people. However, the SAPM assured that people in the said age group would be vaccinated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Apart from the above, the Sinopharm vaccine should not be given to people who have pre-existing respiratory, cardiovascular disorders and neurological or blood conditions. (M Waqar bhatti, “Chinese vaccine not suitable for people above 60, pregnant women: SAPM Dr Sultan,” The News International, 4 February 2021)

Editorial calls for instilling trust among public regarding vaccination
An editorial in Dawn suggests that the government should provide a clear picture to the Pakistanis about the possible side effects of the vaccine in order to avoid misinformation. The editorial pushes for regular updates on those vaccinated so that concerns on whether the elites got priority can be addressed. In this way, the government can build among the public. (“Vaccination begins,” Dawn, 4 February 2021)

 

Law minister tables bill for open ballots in Senate elections
Opposition resorts to slogans, hoots, and whistles

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On 3 February, the Minister for Law and Justice tabled a bill in the National Assembly to introduce an open ballots system for the Senate elections. The Opposition tried to disrupt and get the NA’s proceedings adjourned. However, it could not do so due to lack of quorum. 

Opposition disrupts proceedings
Despite the lack of quorum, the opposition carried on hooting, sloganeering and whistling. Members of the treasury and opposition were chanting “go” at each other. Amid the chaos, the Speaker called for a recess after which the Deputy Speaker continued the session.

PML-N voices concerns; federal ministers ask Nawaz to return to the House
PML-N parliamentarian Ahsan Iqbal said the amendment was an attempt to “protect friends of Imran Khan.” He said the amendment enables dual nationals to contest the elections; this provision, according to him, was framed to a federal minister from disqualification. He also accused the Speaker of partial attitude. 

The Minister for Communications and the Adviser to PM on Parliamentary Affairs, said the open ballots system was aimed at preventing sale of parliamentarians. The Communications Minister accused the Opposition of using the Parliament to serve their interests and challenged Nawaz Sharif to return to the House “if he was so patriotic.”

Meanwhile…
On the same day, the Supreme Court said opposing the idea of open ballots was equal to  continuing horse trading. The Chief Justice noted, if “they are opposing it means that they want to continue the system of selling and buying votes.” The Attorney General also reflected the above and said the open ballots system was aimed at ensuring transparency and was not an attempt to malign parliamentarians. (Muhammad Anis and Sohail Khan, “NA turns riotous as govt's open ballot bill presented,” The News International, 4 February 2021)

 

ASFC conducts training launch of Ghaznavi missile
ISPR terms the launch as successful

Image Source: Dawn

On 3 February, the Army Strategic Forces Command (ASFC) conducted the ‘training launch’ of nuclear-capable ballistic missile Ghaznavi (Hatf-III) as part of its annual field training exercise. According to Dawn, the ISPR announced the “successful training launch” of the Ghaznavi missile.

Ghaznavi (Hatf-III) 
Ghaznavi (Hatf-III) is a solid-fuel, road-mobile, surface-to-surface ballistic missile that has a range of up to 290km. The missile is equipped with a proper terminal guidance system and in the recent past, the ASFC has conducted training launches to check the handling and operating of the weapon system. Further, the Ghaznavi missile has been tested in both day and night modes, depicting the 24/7 readiness of the missile that is considered to be the most accurate ballistic missile in Pakistan’s arsenal. (“Successful training launch of Ghaznavi missile conducted,” Dawn, 4 February 2021)

Previously…
On 20 January, Pakistan conducted another test of surface-to-surface ballistic missile Shaheen-III, having a range of 2,750 kilometres. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, “The test flight was aimed at re-validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system.” ("Pakistan conducts flight test of Shaheen-III missile," The News International, 21 January 2021)

On 7 January, the ISPR 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. 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)


In Brief
INTERNAL
PDM to spell out its strategy for the future
On 4 February, The News International reported that the PDM is set to announce the real agenda it wants to achieve through the alliance, and unfold the future strategy of one of its important components, the PPP especially regarding its plan of a no-confidence motion against the government primarily in Punjab. The entire PDM except for PPP has lost the nerve to continue with this situation any longer given the overall embarrassment the congregation had to digest lately. (Ali Raza, “PDM to unfold future strategy today,” The News International, 4 February 2021)

PROVINCE
Four terrorists killed in North Waziristan: ISPR
On 3 February, four terrorists were killed during an exchange of fire with security forces in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. According to Dawn, the ISPR security forces noticed the presence of terrorists in a compound in Mir Ali and once troops cordoned off the area, terrorists opened fire. Further, the ISPR said that these terrorists were involved in kidnapping for ransom, extortion, raids on security forces and IED explosions. (“Four terrorists killed in North Waziristan,” Dawn, 4 February 2021)

 
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IA Rehman reviews the IPU's (Inter-Parliamentary Union) best practices on Parliament and democracy. He argues that the Parliament that the Pakistanis "need and deserve cannot be created without free and fair elections and that is a dream yet to be realised." Fahd Hussain writes about PTI's tough situation in awarding tickets in the forthcoming Senate election, as there are many who are expecting that the leadership would recognize with the same for their contribution to the party. Inam Ul Haque makes an interesting analysis of Pakistan TV channels and comments that the level of "debate on national television is absurdly pathetic".

Nong Rong on the rise of the Chinese economy and its implications on China-Pakistan cooperation elaborates on areas that have helped China to boost its economy, and how that would help the bilateral cooperation. 

And finally, a commentary that argues on the Daniel Pearl murder that there is no evidence has proved Omar Sheikh as the assassin. However, it also argues, that Khalid Sheikh Muhammad killed Daniel Pearl and later was handed over to the CIA in 2003. 

"Pakistan seems to be hurtling along in a direction opposite to the goal of a truly democratic dispensation. A meaningful start towards rebuilding Pakistan will be possible only after the state can be cured of its infatuation with a regressive outlook and concentration of power at the centre."
-An opinion in Dawn
on 'The parliament we need' by I A Rehman

 

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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;