Daily Briefs

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20 October 2019

Government renews its talks offer to prevent the Azadi March

Auto Parts Industry lays off 40,000 workers

PR Daily Brief | D. Suba Chandran

Government renews its talks offer to prevent the Azadi March

Pervez Khattak, the Federal Defence Minister renewed his offer to the opposition parties to engage in a negotiation to avoid the Azadi march proposed by Fazlur Rahman. Khattak is in charge of a seven members committee to engage with Fazlur Rahman.


On the other hand, Fazlur Rahman has succeeded in roping the main opposition parties to support his Azadi march against the government. The PML-N, which appeared like a divided house with an alleged difference between the Sharif brothers over the issue, seems to have made up its mind. There was a widespread belief that Shabaz Sharif was not in favour of supporting Fazlur Rahman’s Azadi march and differed with his brother Nawaz. However, Shabaz came in open and has supported Fazlur’s case.


Fazlur has demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister Imran Khan. Pervez Khattak has categorically rejected the same and has warned: ““If you will not come (for talks), then there will be chaos. There will be riots. Whichever situation emerges, then don’t complain…We have opened our cards. The government will act in accordance with the law. It has decided to establish its writ. We will not allow anyone to harm businesses of the people.” (Dawn, 20 October 2019)


Auto Parts Industry lays off 40,000 workers

According to a Dawn report, around 40,000 people have been laid off by 400 plus auto parts makers across Pakistan.


During the Apr-June 2019, there has been a 40 percent drop in auto sales, leading to a mini crisis in the auto industry. This in turn had hit the auto part makers, who form the supply chains to the auto industry. Unless the auto sale picks up, the industry is likely to reel under pressure, making auto-parts industry as a collateral.


Steven Butler not allowed to address the Asma Jahangir Conference

Steven Butler was to address the Asma Jahangir Conference. Butler was a part of the Committee to Protect the Journalists. Despite a valid visa to enter Pakistan and address the Asma Jahangir Conference, he was refused entry after landing at the Lahore airport. He was sent back, without any valid reasons.


It is believed that the not so favorable report about Pakistan from the Committee to Protect Journalists as the reason. Dawn, in its editorial commented: “It also bears asking whether a ‘stop list’ is a valid mechanism, or yet another ad hoc measure like the FIA’s ‘blacklist’, which is meant to prevent people going out of the country. The gains made by the visit of foreign royalty, cricketers of a friendly country and sundry groups are all compromised by news such as this which spreads far and wide.” (Dawn, 20 October 2019)

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