Pakistan round: opposition renews call for resignation of Prime Minister Khan, former foreign minister arrested and more

The alliance of opposition parties has again demanded that Prime Minister Imran Khan resign by January 31, otherwise they will continue a march to the capital Islamabad. The new Covid-19 strain first detected in the UK has arrived in Pakistan. A mob instigated by a Muslim cleric burned a Hindu temple in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. All this and much more in our weekly summary of Pakistan.

Here is what he did in Pakistan last week
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PDM renews the request for Imran to resign until January 31

The Pakistan Democratic Movement has renewed its call for Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign by January 31, saying otherwise he will have to “face a long march” of opposition to Islamabad. PML-N leader Maryan Nawaz said in a reference to Khan that “one person seems to stand alone, failing, losing.” PPP President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said his party workers would go to the capital and “pull him off the chair” if Imran did not resign.

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Israel does not seek to formalize ties with Pakistan

Israel is working to formalize relations with the fifth Muslim country, possibly in Asia, an Israeli cabinet minister said. Regional Cooperation Minister Ofir Akunis said there are two main candidate countries that will become the next to move back to normal relations with Israel. He did not name either, but said that they are neither Pakistan nor Saudi Arabia.

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Hindu temple demolished in Pakistan

A crowd demolished a Hindu temple in Karak district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK) on Wednesday. According to sources, a Muslim cleric from Karak, who enjoys the support of a militant group, allegedly instigated local Muslims against the Hindu community and caused them to demolish the temple.

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China rejects reports of cessation of financial support to Pakistan

China on Tuesday rejected reports of a gradual cessation of financial support to Pakistan committed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the reports were “unfounded” and confirmed that both countries were moving forward in building this mega project.

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The new Covid strain from Great Britain confirmed in Pakistan

According to the Sindh Health Department, 12 samples of returnees from the UK were taken for genotyping, of which six were positive and three presented the new variant of the Covid virus in the first phase. The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) later issued a statement, saying that two more patients admitted to the National Institute of Health in Islamabad also showed the new option.

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PML-N leader Khawaja Asif was arrested

Former Foreign Minister Asif was arrested on Wednesday by the National Accounting Bureau (NAB) in Islamabad. A NAB spokesman stated that Asif held an iqama (work permit) from 2004 to 2008 and claimed that he earned a total of Rs 136 million for his services as a legal adviser. However, he did not comply with the requests for his salary details and other documents.

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Sindh not to release Daniel Pearl’s murder convict

The Sindh provincial government will not release the four men convicted in the assassination of American journalist Daniel Pearl. This, despite the High Court in Sindh, the immediate release of the four accused of kidnapping and killing Pearl. The Government considers that the order of the Supreme Court of September 28 if the accused is still on the ground. The order of the high court forbade the release of the four until the next hearing.

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