Category: National

United States, Pakistan remove restrictions on each other’s diplomats

The United States informed Pakistan that it has removed a 25-mile travel ban and other restrictions imposed last year on Pakistani diplomats and diplomatic staff stationed in the country. In return, Islamabad also has restored facilities that US diplomats had enjoyed in Pakistan until last year. Trump administration imposed these restrictions on May 10, 2018 and on May 11, Islamabad imposed similar restrictions. 

Pakistan decides to suspend bilateral trade with India

Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership have decided to suspend bilateral trade in with India in the aftermath of its illegal move of revoking occupied Kashmir’s special status. The meeting also concluded with a decision to expel Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria. Pakistan has also informed Indian government that Pakistan will not be sending its High Commissioner-designate to India.

PML-N leader Miftah Ismail arrested by NAB

PML-N leader and former finance minister, Miftah Ismail was arrested outside Islamabad High Court (IHC) by National National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday. Miftah was arrested after IHC rejected his request for an extension in his pre-arrest interim bail in the LNG import case. NAB is charging Miftah in connection with illegal awarding of LNG terminal-1 to Engro Energy Terminal Private Limited.

Rape accused lawmaker from Punjab flees country

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker Attaur Rehman, accused of rape and blackmail of a university student in Multan for 11 months, has apparently fled the country. The Punjab Assembly lawmaker flew from Multan to United Arab Emirates (UAE) in order to avoid a possible arrest. Rehman had allegedly raped a first-year MSCS student and was using video of the rape to threaten her.

National Assembly decorated by the Hindu community for 14th August

The National Assembly is decorated with a massive national flag, prepared by the country’s Hindu community with over 60,000 balloons. Installed on one side of the main entrance, the 40-feet flag covers the whole area from floor to ceiling of the assembly hall. Students belonging to different educational institutions across the country are also invited to visit the Parliament House on August 14.

Exiting FATF grey list crucial for Pakistan’s IMF deal

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative Teresa Daban has said that it is essential for Pakistan to exit the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in order to secure private sector credit to meet external financing needs. “Failure to exit from the FATF grey list is a risk to the recently approved $6 billion IMF deal,” said Daban.

Najam Sethi gets served a Rs. 10 billion defamation notice by PM Imran

Veteran journalist Najam Sethi has been served a defamation notice of Rs. 10 billion by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s counsel Babar Awan. Sethi has been served for claiming on his TV show that Bushra Bibi, Khan’s wife, had filed for divorce. Azhar Laghari, the Central Head of PTI’s Public Relations, shared the copy of the notice on his Twitter handle.

200 sexual abuse cases solved by Pakpattan’s first female SHO

SHO Kulsoom Fatima, appointed two months ago in Pakpattan has manifested remarkable performance by solving 200 sexual abuse cases in her short tenure. In an interview to British Broadcasting Channel (BBC), Fatima revealed that she always wanted to do something for victims of sexual abuse. Luckily, she was appointed sub-inspector in Punjab Police and that gave her opportunity to work on her dream job.

Meet Kulsoom Abdullah: Pakistani weightlifter, a Ph.D. and an engineer

An engineer by profession, Kulsoom Abdullah is a Pakistani-American Ph.D. scholar and is the first Muslim woman in the world to compete in an international weightlifting event while wearing Hijab. Kulsoom has made Pakistani proud by being the only woman to represent Pakistan in multiple weightlifting championships across the globe and that too while not compromising her family life. 

Pakistan Railways suffered 74 accidents over past 11 months

The Ministry of Railways has stated that Pakistan Railways suffered 74 accidents nationwide over a period of 11 months, between August 2018 to June 2019. Out of 74 accidents, 20 accidents were of freight trains derailing while another 20 occurred at unmanned railway crossings. Despite claims by PTI Railway Minister, Sheikh Rasheed, no significant improvement has been made in the fate of Pakistan Railways.