Two FIRs have been registered under the Anti-Terrorism Act against more than 250 lawyers who attacked Lahore’s Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) on Wednesday. The lawyers tortured doctors and attendants, and damaged hospital property and police vehicles in order to avenge a group of lawyers who were beaten at PIC a few weeks ago. The attack resulted in death of three patients at the facility.
Vendors who have been serving expired food items at the Karachi airport will now be fined Rs100,000 and their licences will be cancelled. Contractors will be fined Rs4,000 for using mobile phones while providing services to passengers, not wearing uniforms or displaying their ID cards. Similarly, misbehaving with passengers will land them a fine of Rs6,000.
Over 100 young drug users broke out of a rehabilitation centre in Khyber’s Jamrud Saturday afternoon. They fled during a lecture. They held the staff hostage, broke the gate and some other things inside the facility and then fled. Most of the patients were young men who used ice (methamphetamine) or heroin, according to the centre’s administration.
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.