Category: National

Huge cache of arms seized, two suspects arrested in Rawalpindi raid

Acting on a tip-off, police arrested two suspects, Ibadur Rehman and Muhammad Faisal, and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from their possession in Rawalpindi. They had hidden the large number of weapons, including a foreign machine gun, worth millions of rupees secretly in an abandoned car parked on Adiala road near Gulshan-e-Iqbal bus stop. The seized arms also include around 1,200

CAA bans mobile phone usage at Peshawar airport after viral video

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has banned use of mobile phones at Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar after a video showing passengers coming out of luggage conveyor belt went viral. The circular titled ‘use of mobile phones in restricted areas’ strictly directed employees against using mobile phones in lounges and aprons, adding that strict action will be taken in case of violation.

No move under way to recognise Israel, clarifies Pakistan FO

Pakistan has made it clear that there was no move under way to recognise Israel. The remarks by Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal came in response to a question about whether Pakistan was planning to recognise Israel, as speculations arose after a detailed article published in an Israeli paper is doing the rounds on social media.

Ex-PTI MPA Baldev Kumar seeks political asylum in India

Former PTI MPA from Khyber Paktunkhwa has sought political asylum in India a year after being acquitted of murder charges. He was arrested in murder case of PTI leader Soran Singh, who was killed on April 22, 2016 in Buner district. Local media said he has moved to Ludhiana along with his family and requested Indian prime minister to grant him political asylum. 

IG Punjab bans use of camera phones in police stations

Inspector General of Police Arif Nawaz has forbidden officers below the rank of SHO from using video recording enabled smart phones inside police stations. The decision was taken following the increase in video clips displaying Punjab Police’s brutality and misconduct. Citizens too will not be allowed to take cellphones inside police stations and required to deposit them outside when they enter.

Troubled by lack of justice, Punjab lady constable resigns

Days after being humiliated by a lawyer, a dejected Punjab police lady constable on Sunday resigned from her post saying “she cannot face the powerful corrupt mafia”. Advocate Ahmad Mukhtar had misbehaved and slapped constable Faiza Nawaz for wrongly parking his car in Ferozwala. The police arrested the lawyer on the complaint of the constable and registered a case against him.

Mobile services to be suspended for two days of Ashura

The Pak­istan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has announced that mobile phone services would remain suspended on the 9th and 10th of Muharram for security reasons. The services will be suspended in specified areas of all the cities across the country. While the PTA did not confirm exact timings, the cellular services are expected to remain suspended from morning till 6pm on both days.

PM office issues ‘red letter’ to 27 ministries for “critical delay” in tasks

The red letter considered to be a final warning and expression of displeasure was issued to 27 ministries by the Prime Minister Office (PMO). The PMO asked concerned ministries/divisions to complete tasks they were assigned by September 9 and to submit a compliance report on the matter. Initially, a ‘yellow letter’ was issued to the ministries on August 17 as a warning.

Pakistan ranked S. Asia’s least competitive country in travel, tourism

Pakistan remains the least competitive country in South Asia when it comes to travel and tourism, according to the Travel and Tourism Competitive Report published by the World Economic Forum. The report placed Pakistan at the bottom of the Asia-Pacific Travel and Tourism (T&T) Competitive Index 2019 rankings. Pakistan ranked 121 this year out of 140 countries against 124 in 2017.

Driverless cars to be introduced soon in the country: Fawad Chaudhry

Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that driverless cars will be rolled out on public roads in Pakistan in next few years. The minister stated that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government plans to introduce technology in every field and will ensure all road users understand these latest technologies. Self-driving cars could reduce road deaths in the country by 90%, he assured.