Category: National

After EU, US revokes permission for PIA to operate special direct flights

Pakistan International Airline’s (PIA) recovery from its downward spiral since the revelation of dubious licences seems difficult, as the United States also revokes privileges. The US transport authority has revoked the permission granted to PIA to operate a number of special direct flights to the US. PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan confirmed that the airline had been notified of the withdrawal via email. 

Pakistan’s testing capacity being utilised less than 42%, reveals NHSRC data

For the 18th consecutive day, testing in Pakistan has registered a reduction after hitting a record-high on June 19, according to the data of the ministry of national health services regulation and coordination. The ministry, which provides daily statistics, noted that on July 7 Pakistan carried out 21,951 tests across the country, which is only 30% of its total testing

Woman booked for slapping a traffic warden gets bail

A sessions court in Lahore has granted bail to the woman who was booked for slapping and misbehaving with a traffic warden after he stopped her for parking her car in a no-parking area. Gulberg police had registered an FIR against 29-year-old Raesa Masood on the traffic warden’s complaint. The court directed Raesa to deposit a surety bond of Rs50,000 to secure bail. 

Punjab government mulls opening of schools and universities by September 15

Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood has announced that all education institutions, including universities, will reopen from September 15 if health situation improves. The minister said that government will review its decision in first week of September to monitor the coronavirus situation by taking a look at the health indicators. All institutes, including private ones will have to follow government SOPs.

Indonesia’s largest private airline plans on launching flight operations in Pakistan

Indonesia’s largest private airline, Lion Air is planning to launch flight operations in Pakistan, Indonesian ambassador to Pakistan Iwan S. Amri has revealed. The Indonesian ambassador said Lion Air’s management is currently negotiating with Pakistan’s Aviation Ministry. If the negotiations are successful, Lion Air will start flight operations from three Pakistani cities initially in the coming months, said Amri.

Pakistani passport jumps up six points in global rating

The Pakistani passport has been rated at 192nd spot in the Individual Passport Power Ranking (IPPR) 2020 by the Passport Index, the world’s leading real-time passport ranking tool. Pakistani passport’s ranking has jumped up 6 places from the 198th position for 2019. Pakistani passport has a MS of 33 as its bearers enjoy the facility of visa-free access to 7 and visa on arrival in 26 countries.

Pakistan set to get its first ever space museum in Islamabad

The Scientific Committee of the National Astronomical Observation Commission has decided to set up the country’s first ever space museum in Islamabad. Federal minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Hussain Chaudhary announced that space museum will be established within eight months. “From looking at the moon to beyond the stars, you will be able to explore the universe in future”, he said.

5 young Pakistanis win prestigious Diana Award 2020

Five Pakistani youngsters have made the nation proud by winning the prestigious Diana Award 2020 for inspiring youth and making exceptional efforts for the vulnerable segments of the society. The awardees include Lahore’s Raina Khan Barki, Faisalabad’s Umer Mukhtar, DG Khan’s Nabila Abbas, Rahim Yar Khan’s Muhammad Ahmad Toor, and Muhammad Shohaib.

PTI alleges PPP omitted Uzair Baloch’s link to the party in an adulterated JIT

Minister for Shipping and Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi in a press conference alleged the Pakistan People’s Party of hiding important facts about Ozair Baloch’s link to the party. The minister made a “passionate” appeal to Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed to take suo motu notice of Uzair Baloch JIT report released by Sindh government, which he alleged was different from “original”.

EU recommends 32 member states to suspend Pakistani pilots holding fake licences

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recommended its 32 member countries not to schedule Pakistani pilots with fraud licenses for flight operations. In a letter, EASA recommended aviation authorities to consider suspension of validations issued against Pakistani licences. It said that “approximately 40% of airline pilot licences issued by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) are either falsified or not ICAO compliant.”