APAC Assistance’s Bhargav Reddy discusses the main issues for South Asia for WE 15 December 2018.
India: The national leadership of the Congress Party confirmed Ashok Gehlot as the chief minister of Rajasthan today. Sachin Pilot has been confirmed as the deputy chief minister. The Congress Party in Rajasthan was descending into leadership crisis due to indecision on the chief minister position after winning the assembly elections. The tensions between the supporters of the two leaders caused protests and demonstrations in several districts of the state.
With the compromise between the two leaders, tensions on the streets are likely to be relieved. More protests and clashes can be expected until the two leaders are formally sworn-in.
Clients are advised to avoid areas with party offices until the two leaders are formally sworn-in by the Governor.
Bangladesh: Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr. Kamal Hossain’s motorcade was attacked in Dhaka on yesterday. Leaders of other opposition parties including Jatiya Samajtantrik and Gono Forum were also targeted. Gono Forum Media Wing accused the followers of local Bangladesh Awami League candidate Aslamul Haque for the attack. Hundreds of people have been injured and dozens have been killed in the pre-election violence this month.
Expect more violence in major cities before the elections scheduled on December 30. The Election Commission has announced the deployment of armed forces on December 24 which should control the violence to some extent.
Clients should avoid the areas with political offices and venues known for political events. Monitor media and APAC Assistance for updates.
Pakistan: Six security personnel were killed in an attack by insurgents in Turbat, Baluchistan. Four terrorists were also killed in the armed encounter. Baluchistan has long been plagued by separatist insurgency. The state has major projects part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) including Gwadar port. Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) had recently attacked Chinese consulate in Karachi.
The insurgents in Baluchistan pose a severe threat to foreign investments and industries in the province. Military operations against the insurgents are ongoing.
Clients should employ caution while traveling to interior regions of Baluchistan. Foreign nationals can be targeted for kidnappings. Avoid traveling without a security detail.