The government of Pakistan is going to create Pakistan’s first artificial intelligence centre with China’s help for Rs1 billion in a bid to set up technology zones across the country. This is part of its Rs6.26 billion plan to digitise the country. Parliament is also going to be digitised. The IT ministry plans to use technology to record attendance, votes and quorum. This will cost Rs8 million.
The Supreme Court has told Air Marshal Arshad Mehmood Malik to choose between the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and PIA. He cannot hold two posts at once, said the bench, which declared his appointment as chief of the national airlines illegal. The court said PIA needs a permanent CEO that will make it into an international standard airline. It should be providing better services to passengers, it said.
Attorney-General Anwar Mansoor Khan resigned in a surprise move on Thursday after the Pakistan Bar Council demanded he do so. He was the chairman of the PBC by virtue of his post as attorney-general. I didn’t t want to leave them behind, he said. He added that he decided to resign last night. His resignation letter has been sent to the president.
Petrol pumps in various areas of the metropolis have started to shut down after authorities closed oil terminals in Keamari. Oil terminals closed after aeroallergen from soybean dust reportedly caused at least 14 deaths and affected hundreds more. Petrol pumps in Saddar and on Shahrah-e-Faisal and Karsaz have already closed down while throngs of cars rushed to join queues outside those that were still open.
A special Lahore anti-terrorism court sentenced three men to death for the 2014 suicide attack at the Wagah Border. The court announced the verdict on Wednesday. It found three men, Haseebullah, Saeed Jhan and Hussain, guilty and sentenced them to death five times. It also imposed a 300-year imprisonment and life imprisonments on the men. They have also been ordered to pay a Rs10 million fine.
Pakistan Army has successfully test-fired the air-launched cruise missile ‘Ra’ad-II,’ according to a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Ra’ad 2 is an air to surface and underwater cruise missile, capable of delivering various warheads up to a range of 600 kilometers, according to military media wing. The training launch was part of a field training exercise of Army Strategic Forces Command for rehearsing the operational readiness procedures during day and night.
Pakistan Railways is currently working on launching a new shuttle train between Lahore and Gujranwala, according to a statement from the department’s spokesperson. Quoting the federal minister for Railways, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the statement said that the department is going to launch the facility soon. It mentioned that initially, the fare of this train service will be Rs. 100 per trip.
Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed a factory that was producing fake carbonated drinks of different popular brands. During a raid in Korol Pind on, the authority discarded 2,026 liters of spurious drinks. During the raid, PFA also disposed of 5,000 liters fake drinks base, 870 liters Coca Cola, 652 liters 7-Up, 285 liters Dew, 130 liters Mirinda and 89 liters Sprite.
The first unit of the Mohmand Dam will start operation by December 2025, according to Water and Power Development Authority Chairperson Muzammil Hussain. After the Tarbela Dam, the Mohmand Dam is expected to be the next big water project in the country. The Mohmand Dam was the fifth highest concrete-face rock-fill dam in the world and is expected to produce 800 megawatts of electricity and will enable the storage of 1.3 million acre-feet of water.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s close friend and special assistant Naeemul Haque was laid to rest in Karachi’s Gizri Graveyard on Sunday. Haque, one of the founding members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, died on Saturday after a prolonged battle with cancer. PM Khan said that he was devastated by the death of one of his oldest friends.