Category: National

11-year-old Pakistani writer Aysal Waheed publishes six books on Amazon

Aysal Waheed, an eleven-year-old Pakistani writer, has published six novels on Amazon. Currently, in sixth grade, Aysal competes in a variety of international and domestic competitions. She placed fourth in the International Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition 2020. The Bulgarian ambassador in Pakistan congratulated her on her performance. One of the six books is an anthology, while the other five are solos.

Vehicles collided in huge pile-up on motorway M2 near Sheikhupura

The heavy fog on motorway M2 caused a collision involving dozens of vehicles injuring more than 20 people. It was reported that heavy fog caused dozens of vehicles to collide at three points on a highway. The Rescue 1122 team arrived on the scene and rushed 12 people to the DHQ Hospital. Several other passengers also received medical attention on the spot.

Punjab govt makes recitation of Durood Sharif mandatory in schools

The Punjab government has mandated Durood Sharif recitation during school assembly hours. Punjab’s chief secretary issued a circular on Tuesday informing schools about the decision following instructions from provincial CM Usman Buzdar. CM Buzdar stated in the circular that reciting Durood Sharif during school assembly hours would also benefit the new generation by its virtue and blessings.

‘Kartarpur is a religious symbol, not a film set’: Fawad Chaudhry asks model to apologize for hurting Sikhs

Fawad Chaudhry, the minister of information, and Sikhs have condemned the shooting of a clothing commercial at Kartarpur Gurdwara. Several faithful Sikhs say it hurts their religious feelings. A model took bareheaded shots for a ladies’ clothing brand in Gurdwara Sri Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur. The brand was criticized by many notable personalities for hurting Sikh followers’ emotions with the shoot.

Punjab govt to give public school students monthly stipends of Rs 3,000

The Punjab government has extended the Waseela Taleem Program to provide a stipend of Rs 3,000 for girls and Rs 2,500 for boys studying in public high schools. The Punjab government has also granted permission for the Department of School Education to enter into an agreement with Benazir Income Support Program (BISP).

US blacklists tech firms in Pakistan & other countries over nuclear trade

US government has blacklisted 28 tech firms in Pakistan, China, Russia, and Japan. These companies are alleged to have been involved in the development and distribution of military and nuclear projects. The move has targeted 13 corporations in Pakistan and 12 enterprises in China. The companies are making it difficult for US companies to sell technology to listed companies.

PIA becomes first international air carrier to launch direct flights to Fujairah

PIA became the first international air passenger carrier to fly regularly to Fujairah in the UAE on Thursday. The flight left Peshawar earlier in the day and transported 168 passengers to their destination in the afternoon. At the special request of the ruler of Fujairah, PIA decided to launch regular flights to the emirate.

FIA official says Nadra’s biometric data has been compromised

FIA cybercrime wing has uncovered that Nadra’s biometric data has been hacked while false SIMs are being exported. Tariq Pervez, FIA Cybercrime Wing Additional Director, disclosed Nadra’s biometric data at a National Assembly hearing on information technology. “Nadra’s data has been compromised, it has been hacked,” he explained. He clarified his remarks later, saying that all of Nadra’s data had not been hacked. 

Lt Gen Nigar becomes first-ever female Col commandant of Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant General Nigar Johar has been named Colonel Commandant of the Army Medical Corps (AMC). This is the first time a female has served in the position, according to Inter-Services Public Relations. She was formally installed at AMC Centre by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa who pinned badges of the new rank onto her uniform.

Pakistani organisation HIVE wins Nelson Mandela Innovation Award

The Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Award was won by a Pakistani organization for its social impact campaign. During the campaign, a hologram of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was displayed to advocate for an equal and inclusive Pakistan. HIVE Pakistan coordinated the campaign, titled AIK – Better Together. The organization addresses extremism and marginalization through innovative campaigns, youth-focused mentoring, and upstream mobilization.