Category: National

Federal minister Fawad Chaudhry slapped journalist Sami Ibrahim in Faisalabad

In a wedding event at Faisalabad, Federal Minister for Science and Technology slapped and cursed BOL TV anchor Sami Ibrahim after a heated argument. Already the two were involved in battle of words on twitter. Apparently, Chaudhary was being blackmailed after he refused to give Rs. 200 million worth of adverts to Sami for BOL, when Fawad was information minister.

Faryal Talpur put under house arrest by NAB

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials have declared Faryal Talpur’s F8 residence in Islamabad as a sub-jail and placed her under house arrest hours after her arrest warrants were issued. Asif Ali Zardari, who is already in jail, and his sister are among the main accused in the case of money laundering of billions through fake accounts.

CDA tenders for parrot cages, pots at Presidency face backlash

Capital Development Authority (CDA) had floated Rs1.94 million tender notice for construction of new cages for parrots and Rs17.83 million and Rs13 million for procurement of Terracotta and Matqa pots for nursery at President House, Islamabad, and “different ornamental plants and Morpankh plants” respectively. The tenders, in stark contrast to PTI government’s austerity drive, raised concern on social media.

PM Imran directs to explore possible increase in retirement age

Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the Ministry of Finance to increase superannuation age limit of civil servants and early retirement of dead wood within two days. Current superannuation age of civil servants is 60 years, but due to increase in average life expectancy to 69 years, at least three years can be added to retirement age.

All provinces should follow Sindh’s lead in fighting HIV, Bilawal

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has appreciated the PPP-led Sindh government’s decision to set aside a Rs1 billion fund for the welfare of HIV infected patients. He also advised all other provinces to follow Sindh’s example. In a tweet, he lamented the negative role of media to highlight selected stories and overlooking the incidents taking place in other provinces.

Disappointed cricket fan made famous by memes found

Mohammad Akhtar – the cricket fan, who had travelled three hours to enjoy the Pakistan vs Australia match, was captured looking utterly disappointed as Asif Ali dropped a fairly easy catch. Akhtar’s expressions became fodder for a viral meme. People on social media used it to express their disappointment for everything from cricket to politics to every daily life matter.

Mobile phone tax exemption given to international travellers to be withdrawn

The facility of registration of one mobile phone on one international passport will soon be revoked by the government. The decision has been taken to generate additional revenue as well as to stop the misuse of the baggage rule after the DIRBS system, that aims to curtail smuggling of mobile phones failed to achieve the desired results.

International Sikh community to donate £500 million to Pakistan

While meeting Chairman of Pakistan Tourism Board, Zulfiqar Bukhari, the Chairman of The Virdee Foundation, Peter Virdee, stated that over 500 million GBP (Rs. 96.5b) will be donated to Pakistan by Sikh businessmen to develop religious tourism. The meeting was organised between the two sides at Rembrandt Hotel, London, to discuss religious tourism and establishment of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.

Concealment of offshore assets to be punishable by 7 years in jail

The government, in order tighten the grip around offshore tax-evaders, have proposed that concealment of offshore assets worth above Rs100,000 would be deemed an offence punishable with imprisonment up to seven years or fine up to 200% of tax evaded amount or both. Names of individuals, who have evaded tax worth above Rs. 2.5m, will also be published in media.

‘British Airways return is testament to Pakistan’s improving security situation’

As 240 passengers on board the British Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner, holding Pakistani and British flags, are set to land at the Islamabad airport on Monday, June 3 at 9:25am, the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew has recorded a message for travellers from both countries by saying that the airline’s resuming operations is a testament to Pakistan’s improving security situation.