Flashpoint – January 21, 2020

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What’s Happening?

 The news stories today report on legislative body’s call for action against fake news, US acknowledgement for Pakistan’s achievements against FATF recommendations, peace and security in Balochistan and petition against TLP for obstructing a film release. Op-eds discuss India role in terrorism in the region and the ongoing FATF meeting in Beijing.

Today’s News Stories

Petition filed against TLP for obstructing film release

Director of Khoosat Films Private Limited, Irfan Ali Khoosat has filed a petition in a Lahore civil court against the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) for “trying to interfere into the smooth running, public screening/releasing” of the movie Zindagi Tamasha. In the petition, Irfan urged the court to “[restrain] the defendant permanently from interfering into the peaceful releasing/public screening of above-named film on big screen/cinema in all over Pakistan illegally, unlawfully”. On Sunday, Sarmad took to social media to reveal he was receiving threatening phone calls and messages As per a Daily Ummat report, Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has announced a protest against the release of the film tomorrow (Wednesday) in Lahore. The party spokesperson said the film ridiculed the clergy and the religion of Islam.

Read more in Dawn, Daily Ummat

 PEMRA asked to stop telecast of fake news on electronic media

The National Assembly Standing on Information and Broadcasting on Monday asked Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to devise a mechanism to ensure that no defamatory and fake news were telecast on electronic media against any respectable member of the society including legislators for the sake of rating. The committee meeting chaired by Javed Latif MNA observed that certain news channels daily telecast fake news to get better rating but no action was taken against them.

Read more in The News

Peace restored in Balochistan: IG FC, Balochistan

The inspector general of Frontier Corps, (South) Balochistan, has said that peace has been restored in the province with efforts and sacrifices of security forces and people. “There is no no-go area anywhere of the province,” Major General Saeed Ahmed Nagira said while speaking at the passing-out parade of 65th batch of Frontier Corps (South) in the Bela area of district Lasbela on Monday. He paid rich tribute to the services of paramilitary forces for helping the people at any disaster, besides maintaining peace and protecting borders.

Read more in Dawn

Opinion

India blames Pakistan to hide its own state terrorism

In an opinion piece for Daily Times, Col (R) Muhammad Hanif says India’s accusations on Pakistan regarding supporting terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir is a well thought out strategy to mislead the world regarding its own state terrorism. He says India also seeks to get Pakistan blacklisted by the FATF on allegations of terror financing to inflict economic loss to the country. He says the evidence of India’s state sponsored terrorism in South Asian countries is so clear that it cannot be refuted by that country but it knows that the world’s major powers will not blame India because of their strategic and commercial interests. The writer also highlights cases of India’s terrorism in various regional countries as opposed to its allegations on Pakistan.

Read more in Daily Times

FATF meeting

This editorial piece in Daily Dunya sheds light on the ongoing FATF meeting in Beijing where Pakistan’s action against the global financial watchdog’s recommendations for curbing money laundering and terror financing will be reviewed. The newspaper says the voting to decide Pakistan’s stay, exit or further sanctions will be a test for Pakistan’s foreign affairs apparatus and its efforts to garner global support for the country’s cause. It says India is making all out efforts to get Pakistan blacklisted, however Pakistan has also been promised of support by important global players. The editorial says if at all Pakistan failed to satisfy FATF, it will be able to buy some for time to ensure compliance.

Read more in Daily Dunya

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