Author: Osama Tabasam

Kuwait lifts ban on family & business visa of Pakistani nationals after 10 years

Kuwaiti government announced on Sunday the immediate resumption of different visa categories, including those for business and family travel for Pakistanis. Pakistani work visas were outlawed in Kuwait in 2011 despite previous attempts to lift the restrictions. As previously stated, Kuwait announced the ban during the visit of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to Kuwait. Despite the decision, it was not implemented.

Pakistani martial arts athlete breaks Guinness World Record for most push-ups in one minute

A world record set by Spanish athlete Alejandro Soler Tari was beaten yet again by Pakistani martial arts athlete Irfan Mehsud from the South Waziristan tribal district. In a minute, Irfan Mehsud did the most push-ups carrying a 100lb pack. The world’s record for push-ups in one minute was 49. Irfan did 55 push-ups in one minute, surpassing that record

Health Ministry calls death of people after 2 years of COVID19 vaccination, a fake report

There is a rash of misleading claims on social media about vaccinations against Covid-19. In a statement attributed to a Nobel Prize winner, it is said that people who get vaccinated against the deadly virus might die within two years of doing so. On different social media platforms, the claim has been widely shared.

Agreement between Russia & Pakistan to build pipeline from Karachi to Lahore is biggest deal in decades

Russia & Pakistan signed a deal to build a major gas pipeline connecting southern Karachi port with industrial hubs in the north. According to media reports, it’s the biggest deal between Moscow and Islamabad since the 1970s. On Friday, Russia’s Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov and Pakistan’s Ambassador, Shafqat Ali Khan, signed a revised agreement for the project. Moreover, the project is now open for construction.

11th-century copy of Holy Quran worth Dhs500,000 displayed in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair displayed an 11th-century copy of Holy Quran. In addition, this copy of the Holy Quran is unique and worth Dhs 500,000. These historically significant manuscripts, books, and maps demonstrate how astronomy, medicine, mathematics, and maps evolved over time. It also narrates how Arab and foreign civilizations and sciences flourished between the 11th and 19th centuries.

TikTok blocked 8 million video content and thousands of accounts in Pakistan

The Peshawar High Court was informed that TikTok blocked 8 million objectionable videos and approximately 400,000 accounts in the country. Moreover, TikTok had increased the team of moderators from 116 to 476 in Pakistan. However, moderators will monitor the content that contains any objectionable action or any incident material on TikTok.

People call Sindh compulsory marriage bill a witty decision

According to a compulsory marriage bill submitted in the Sindh Assembly, parents in Sindh will be required to marry their children off after their 18th birthday. The secretariat of the assembly received a draft of this bill from the opposition members, Syed Abdul Rasheed. There is, however, a negative response to the bill among many people.

Punjab‌ ‌government‌ ‌to provide monthly stipends to transgender people

The Punjab government will pay monthly stipends to transgenders under a new social protection program. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Information, made the announcement in Lahore while talking to the media with Jamal Nasir Cheema, Vice Chairman, Punjab Social Protection Authority. Moreover, she added that transgender people are a part of society and would receive a monthly stipend.

‘This Is the Price of War’: Israeli newspaper publishes photos of 67 children killed in an attack on Gaza

A photo of 67 children killed in Gaza appears on the cover of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, along with the words “this is the price of war”. However, these are the faces of the children killed by Israeli airstrikes. Haaretz has been applauded by human rights advocates and journalists for its “unprecedented” cover story.

Reports on social media alleging gang-rape of Christian girl turn out to be false propaganda

On May 24, a hashtag trended on Pakistani Twitter, asking for #JusticeforSunitaMasih. Social media users have shared an image of a 14-year-old girl who was gang-raped and forced to convert to Islam in Faisalabad. However, news of the case was published on local media & celebrities retweeted it to demand a Justice of Sunita Masih. Consequently, Faisalabad’s SSP stated that he had no information regarding such an incident.