Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo moto notice of the Bahria Enclave incident on evening April 28. The incident took place at the recording of “Eidi sab kay Liye” as an artificial stadium collapsed which took two lives and left dozens paralysed. Mian Saqib Nisar directed the Islamabad Chief commissioner and IGP to submit an inquiry report into the incident within 48 hours.
Four men drowned in the Indus River when a chairlift cable broke in Samar Nullah area of Diamer district. As reported by the DPO Abdul Aziz Afridi these four men were going back to their houses after offering Jumma prayers in Tangir area of Gilgit-Baltistan. The drowned people belonged to Tangir and have been identified as Sher Azam, Raaj Gul, Roop Khan and Asil Khan while bodies are yet to be reovered.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday condemned the suicide terrorist attack on convoy of Senate Deputy Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri. Army Chief expressed great grief on the loss of innocent lives. According to ISPR, on directions of the COAS, many of the blast victims in Mastung were evacuated on Pakistan Army helicopters to Quetta CMH.
Notification regarding summer holidays was issued in Punjab on Friday. According to the details, schools all over the province will remain closed from May 25 to August 14. Punjab government made the announcement regarding summer vacations in educational institutes. As per the latest notification says, all private and public schools will remain closed during months of severe heat.
Spokesperson for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) announced in a social media post on Friday that all rest houses of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) are now available for the public to use on “commercial basis.” He further said that Chief Minister House among other houses of the provincial government will now be available to the public.
KARACHI: The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases has made first of its free mobile chest pain units operational at the busy thoroughfare of Gulshan Chowrangi on Friday. Functional under the Gulshan fly-over, the facility manned by trained paramedics and equipped with basic yet essential gadgets is meant to provide basic emergency medical care to people in need.
After putting up with hours of power suspension in scorching summer heat, Karachi citizens are now at ease as the K-Electric (KE) declared that electricity supply from a tripped unit at the Bin Qasim power plant has been restored, on Friday. “We are grateful to our valued customers for their cooperation and deeply regret the inconvenience caused,” the power supplier said.
A Two Star level security meeting was held among delegates from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Resolute Support Mission at General Headquarters Rawalpindi. During the trilateral meeting, the senior delegates stressed upon the need to defeat Daesh through complementary efforts in respective areas of operations. Chaman incident, border control and measures to curb cross-border fire violations were also discussed.
On Friday, a statement issued by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has carried a warning for all TV channels against airing unverified news or analysis themed around the Pakistan Army or its relationship with the civilian government. Those found in violation of the new Pemra guideline would be charged under Section 27 of the Pemra Ordinance 2002.
On Friday, a case has been registered and a committee formed to probe into the alleged incident of harassment at the Karachi airport. Ruqqaya Soomro, who works as Pakistan International Airline’s Assistant Manager, was caught on camera as she slapped security officials after she alleged that she was physically harassed by a plain-clothed official.
ISLAMABAD: On Friday, the Islamabad High Court has accepted the IMC’s application and allowed a private news channel, the Geo News TV to broadcast Ehsanhullah Ehsan’s interview. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) had issued the order against airing of Ehsan’s interview last month after promo of the interview was aired on Geo News, with which GEO had complied.
A 75-year-old woman, Awal Jan Bibi, was suffering from a hernia and was operated in a private clinic in Peshawar around 15 months ago. The operation had left her with severe pain when a doctor, in a display of sheer negligence, left a scissor in her stomach during a botched operation. Health Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shehram Tarkai has ordered an investigation into the matter.
Much awaited movie Project Ghazi releases its incredibly slick teaser on Friday. The teaser features main cast members Humayun Saeed, Sheharyar Munawar, Syra Shehroz and a masked villain, played by Adnan Jaffar. The teaser is well cut and boasts some very glossy cinematography. This sets high hopes for Project Ghazi, which is all set to hit cinemas later in the year.
ISLAMABAD: Iqbal Khan, father of Mashal Khan, the Mardan University student who was killed by a mob over blasphemy allegations, stated on Friday that he wants justice for all the Mashals in Pakistan, it will be good for our country and politicians. Slain student’s father said outside the SC that, “My son Mashal who was murdered cannot return, but there should be justice for others like him.”
On Thursday, an employee of WAPDA attempted suicide in front the Supreme Court reportedly after he failed to get justice. In an application addressed to SC, he said that he was separated from his wife because of his job in Islamabad. On his request for transfer, his superiors demanded a bribe of Rs.150, 000 which he could not afford. Owing to this, he attempted suicide in front of the main gate of SC.
A sub-committee of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, headed by Nafeesa Inayatullah, Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, and Farhana Qamar met at CDA headquarters on Thursday to discuss the Islamabad nurseries issue. The panel urged the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to provide substitute land to the affected owners of nurseries and resolve other issues in consultation with representatives of the Islamabad Nurseries Welfare Association (INWA).
The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) said on Thursday that more than 7,500 megawatts of private power projects will be added to the national grid in 2017-18. The PPIB further said in a statement that it is currently facilitating a total of 31 independent power projects (IPPs) of more than 19,000MW based on hydro, R-LNG and coal fuels.
The Senators have urged the parliament to play its due role against misuse of the blasphemy law. Senator Farhatullah Babar of PPP said that the mob violence was increasingly becoming a routine in the society. Senator Nihal Hashmi of PML-N said that blasphemy law prevents people from taking law in hands as the state is there to check any blasphemous act. The Senate discussed the Mashal case as well.
Measles has claimed the lives of eight children in Balochistan’s Killa Abdullah district during the past week. According to Secretary Health Balochistan Asmatullah Kakar, over 40 other children are suffering from the disease in the Killi Habibzai and Machka area of the district and over 180 children have been vaccinated. More than 80% of children are deprived of routine immunisation in Baluchistan.
Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of the torture of a 12-year-old maid by her employer and others in Karachi. He directed the Sindh inspector general of police, AD Khawaja, to submit a report on the incident within seven days. According to Karachi Police, the 12-year-old victim girl was working as a maid in a house belonged to one Rahib Saharyani in Karachi’s Malir area.
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Advisor, Sartaj Aziz told the standing committee of the parliament on national security that Afghan forces had attacked innocent Pakistani citizens and thus Bab-e-Azadi, the gateway between Pakistan and Afghanistan, could not be kept open, on Thursday. Dunya News reported that the next meeting of the committee will be held after Eid and it will observe the implementation of National Action Plan.
After a probe conducted in Karachi board, shocking revelations have been made pertaining to the cheating scandal in board’s inter examinations. According to the information collected, Rs 15,000 per exam are received for having the exam center of choice. Rs 40,000 is paid for A and A-1 grades per exam. Moreover, the picture on the admit card is changed for Rs 5000.
Three suspected robbers were shot dead on late Thursday in an alleged encounter in Kasur, whereas two others managed to flee from the crime scene. According to District Police Officer, the encounter took place in Raja Jang area of Kasur, when the robbers were looting citizens in Orara village. The looters opened fire when they sighted the law enforcers. In retaliatory fire, three suspects were killed while two others escaped.
Member Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Dr. Shireen Mazari has said that India is giving out false information about the orders passed by International Court of Justice over Kulbhushan Jadhav. In a statement on Thursday, Mazari said that so far no order has been passed. “ICJ can question whether a consular visit would have altered the trial outcome but it cannot actually compel Pakistan to alter the court judgment,” she added.
KARACHI: According to K-electric sources, the electricity woes of the provincial metropolis are expected to increase in the next few days as K-Electric plans a spike in load-shedding hours. On Wednesday, power supply to Gulistan e Jauhar, Gulshan Iqbal, North Karachi, New Karachi, Defence, Clifton, Saddar and several other areas remained suspended for up to three hours.
On Thursday, General Qamar Javed Bajwa COAS visited various military installations at Quetta garrison and interacted with young officers undergoing various courses at School of Infantry and tactics. According to ISPR, he also delivered the annual address to students of Command and Staff College. COAS also visited CMH Quetta to meet injured personnel of Chaman incident.
On Thursday, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has slammed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for incessantly hurling accusations and using abusive language against him and his party. “New factories are being set up in Punjab while in their province, schools and hospitals are in a dismal condition.. If anyone wants to see the ‘Naya Pakistan’, they should visit KP,” the PM has said in his own words.
On Thursday, a video of an angry, uncontrollable woman slapping the airport security officials and other personnel in plain clothes at Karachi airport has surfaced. The woman, who is employed as Pakistan International Airline Assistant Manager traffic department, was physically harassed by a plain-clothed official after which she was outraged. The dispute was resolved but no complaint was logged.
ISLAMABAD: According to a BBC Urdu report, Pakistan’s civil leadership had informed high-level officials of the army that the recent meeting that had taken between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian tycoon Sajjan Jindal was a part of back-channel diplomacy. The foreign office had declined to comment on the meeting which gained much ire from the opposition circles.
Four more Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists convicted by military courts were hanged on Thursday, stated Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The hanged terrorists were involved in attacks on educational institutions and civilians. They were also involved in attack on security forces at Saidu Sharif Airport. The names of militants were Mushtaq Ahmad, Bakht Amir, M. Nawaz and Asghar Khan.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued a PKR 0.1 Million fine on Geo television for airing remarks against senior politicians and parliamentarians. The regulator also directed the channel to air an apology before its audience during the same programme. The Pemra has also warned the channel to be vigilant on selection of guests in its talk shows and brief them about the code.
More than 500 houses were burned to fire in Vikaryo village near Islamkot town in Tharparkar. The fire broke out reportedly due to a short circuit and according to the witness the people could only run out of houses to save lives but could not save their livestock and goods, including ornaments, stocks of fodder, food, dower and cloths. The fire-brigade took around two hours to reach the effected village.
Late Wednesday, heavy rain and stormy winds hit several cities of Punjab and Sindh, suspending power supply to various areas. Rainstorm thrashed Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Rajapur, Bahawalpur, Sukkur etc. In some cities light rain together with gusty winds was reported while others received heavy rainfall late this night. Providentially, no loss of life has been reported yet.
ISLAMABAD: Millions of Pakistanis have been receiving warning messages from the government against sharing “blasphemous” content online. The text message sent by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to all mobile phone subscribers, read: “Uploading & sharing of blasphemous content on Internet is a punishable offense under the law. Such content should be reported on firstname.lastname@example.org for legal action.”
As many as 70 Pakistani nationals were deported from Saudi Arabia to fly back to their homeland here on Wednesday. According to sources, seventy Pakistanis who were deported by the Saudi authorities after expiry of their visas arrived at Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport through a Saudi Airline. After some legal formalities, immigration officials allowed them to go home.
Pakistan government’s chief economist said on Wednesday that Pakistan’s debt and other repayments on China’s “Belt and Road” proposal will soar up to $5 billion in 2022. China has assured to invest up to $57bn in Pakistan’s rail, road and energy infrastructure through the “Silk Road”. Officials said that when Gwadar port is functional, a huge uptick in trade is expected between the neighbors.
ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken suo motice notice of the Sheikhupura incident in which a landlady cut the hand of a 13-year-old boy for refusing to feed cattle in Wahiwala village. The CJP also directed Inspector-General of Police Punjab to submit a report on the issue within the next 48 hours.
Only recently, a picture of a ‘witch’ that had surfaced has sent the social media into a frenzy, while people debate whether it is fake or real. The picture shows the ‘witch’ sitting on a wall and people standing in front of it and taking pictures. After verification it was found, the picture was from Morroco. It was a doll in the picture, resembling a witch to scare thieves from robbing houses.
ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that the Dawn Leaks issue was never about the Army and the government. Khan also added that the nation needs to know what was ‘settled’ in the matter. The PTI chief said that the resolution of Dawn Leaks issue clearly shows that one law for powerful and another for the weak in the country.
While speaking to a private news channel, Aitzaz Ahsan, a senior PPP leader, has said “The Pakistan Army spokesperson should have resigned rather than take back his tweet.” Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday, “withdrew” the inflammatory tweet that “rejected” the government’s notification on the Dawn story probe.
NANKANA SAHIB: On Wednesday, addressing a gathering in connection with Motorway, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited the opposition to visit the under-construction Motorway, claiming that the country would soon become an Asian Tiger. Additionally, he said that numerous power plants were being setup in the country to deal with power shortage.
ROSEAU, DOMINICA: West Indies has won the toss and chosen to field first in the third and final Test which is taking place at Roseau. Pakistan looks to end the series on a victories note, not only to register history in the Caribbean but also to make possible a dream farewell for the retiring duo captain Misbah-ul-Haq and veteran batsman Younis Khan.
The Universal Service Fund Company (USF), with the consent of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, has framed a pilot project under which 18,000 smart phones will be distributed among the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) beneficiaries. This was unveiled by ministry officials while briefing the National Assembly Standing committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat called on Australian Chief of Defense Forces, Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin in Australia on Tuesday, ISPR said. ISPR further said that during the meeting, matters of mutual professional interests with reference to global and regional security environment were discussed.
While Pakistani music sensation Ali Zafar has gained limelight as an actor, singer, and painter in both Pakistan and India, his younger brother is all set to make his debut into the Bollywood, according to sources. Danyal’s debut film will be directed by none other than well-known Yash Raj Films. The movie will be shot towards the end of October.
On Monday, officials from both sides, Pakistan and Afghanistan have planned to use Google Maps in order to help settle a border dispute that led to deadly clashes last week. On Friday, Pakistan had closed the border after Afghan forces had attacked on the census staff and security personnel escorting them which left 12 people dead and 40 others injured.
According to a statement made by the ISPR on Tuesday, all the census data of the first phase has safely been transported to the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS). In the first phase which was completed on April 17, 63 districts, including Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan were covered. Pak Army will continue to cooperate in the second phase of the ongoing sixth census, it concluded.