Bhargav Reddy – APAC Assistance Operations Assistant
Major Issues In SOUTH ASIA
THURSDAY, 21 March 2019
Bilawal and Zardari questioned by the NAB. Bilawal Bhutto and former president Asif Ali Zardari were summoned by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for questioning in connection with three separate cases of corruption. The Pakistan People’s Party accused the government of using the law enforcement agencies to target the opposition parties. The party had called on its supporters from across the country to assemble at the NAB headquarters in Rawalpindi to express solidarity with their leaders. Security in the area was increased and more personnel were deployed to disperse the party supporters. Supporters of the party reportedly clashed with the security personnel leaving several people injured. More protests can be expected in major cities of Pakistan as the investigations continue against the opposition leaders.
Iranian border guards rescued. Four abducted Iranian border guards were rescued yesterday in the Chagai district of the southern district of Baluchistan by the Pakistani military. The border guards were reportedly rescued from a hideout used by terror groups in the region. In November last year, Pakistani security forces had rescued five of the 12 Iranian border guards who were abducted by militants in October last from Lulakdan area near the Pakistan-Iran border. Jaish al-Adl, a terrorist group operating in the region, had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. Clients are advised to avoid the border areas with Iran and Afghanistan in Pakistan where the terror groups are known to target security forces and civilians.
Iranian border guards rescued. More than nine civilians were injured in a bomb blast yesterday in the Bijapur district of the central state of Chhattisgarh. The Bijapur district is plagued by the activities of the left-wing Maoist rebels known as Naxals. Several other districts of the state are also plagued by the Naxal activities. Naxals are likely to increase their attacks before the elections scheduled for April 11. Clients are advised to avoid the Naxal infested areas in the central states including Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Maharashtra.