The Pakistan Daily Security Briefs for May 4, 2015, have been compiled by Iqtidar Kahn, assistant editor of The Bureau of Investigative Reporting. They are made available at 4:00pm local time.
I include them here as this news most-likely will not be reported by US-based media. Information here have been collected by Kahn, including articles that have appeared in foreign press.
Enjoy reading the other side’s perspective, what is important to them, and about conflicts that you just won’t find anywhere else.
Polio watch: A three day polio campaign will begin in certain sensitive Union Councils (UCs) of Karachi from today. Fingers crossed for no casualties.
Senate, the upper house of parliament, to meet today: The Senate session, which was summoned by the President last Thursday, is going to meet today at 16:00 hours local time.
It is likely that controversies pertaining to the Pak-China Economic Corridor (PCEC) – in which political parties from Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces are blaming the Punjab province of hijacking the route of the project – as well as Altaf Hussain’s remarks regarding the military, which the military spokesperson office referred to as “disgusting” in a statement, are going to be discussed. Altafs party, the MQM, later apologised for the comments however, the army has vowed legal action.
Doha peace process: Representatives of the Kabul Government and Afghan Taliban met in Doha on Sunday to try and achieve some common understanding to end the 14 year war in Afghanistan.
Members of Hizb-e-Islami and other Afghan political movements also participated and representatives from Pakistan reportedly also sat in the discussions that were held in Al-Khor, a seaside city to the North of Doha.
The informal talks came even after the Afghan Taliban have launched a new summer offensive against the Afghan Government and as the two sides remained locked in a deadly battle in the Northern Afghan city of Kunduz.
All sides refrained from making any statement and it remained unclear whether the US backed peace dialogue was able to make any progress in ending the devastating war.
The Afghan Taliban have in the past denied any peace talks and termed the exercise as an attendance in a world affairs event organized by the Pugwash Council.
The Qatar Foreign Ministry termed it as an “open discussion” between the two warring sides.
Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary supported “any formal or informal talks that lead to reconciliation in Afghanistan,” but refused to confirm if any Pakistani delegation was part of the talks.
India seeks UN intervention in Mumbai attacks case: According to the media reports that emerged during the weekend, India has sought the United Nations (UN) intervention in the release of Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
The Indian representative to the UN, reportedly, wrote a letter to the chair of UN’s sanction committee, Jim McLay, saying that Lakhvi’s release by a Pakistani Court was in violation of UN resolution 1267 – a resolution dealing with designated entities and individuals involved in terrorist activities.
Pakistan has however blamed India for Lakhvi’s release. The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that “Inordinate delay in extending cooperation by India complicated the case and weakened the prosecution’s case,”.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), on other hand, has assured India that it would take up the issue in its next meeting.
Yemen Crisis Watch
UN chief urges warring factions in Yemen to protect civilians.
Saudi-led coalition using cluster bombs in Yemen: HRW.
‘Limited’ coalition force on ground in Aden: Yemeni official.