Category: National

CAA extends partial airspace ban until June 28

The airspace restriction for flights to India, earlier due to end on 15th June, has now been extended until June 28. After the suspension on overfly operations, flights from Lahore to Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka and Urumqi were cancelled. However, there are no restrictions on the operations on the country’s western airspace, which is fully operational.

Metro bus fares increased from Rs. 20 to Rs. 30

As opposed to the Rs. 30 increment proposed by The Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMTA), a Rs. 10 increase in the metro bus fares will now be implemented from July 1st, in accordance with the new provincial budget. As a result of the increased prices, the government subsidy to the service is due to fall by Rs. 800 million.

22-year-old blogger killed in Islamabad’s G-9/4 area

Muhammad Bilal Khan — with over 16,000 followers on Twitter, 48,000 on  YouTube channel and 22,000 on Facebook — received a phone called to go to G-9 area, where a man took him into forest and apparently stabbed him. Deceased’s father claims his son had no personal enmities but his only fault was to speak about the Prophet (P.B.U.H) and his companions. 

Punjab government to regularize illegal housing societies

With limited resources and numerous court proceedings concerning illegal housing societies and encroachments, Punjab government has decided to grant a policy of one-time regularisation to such schemes. According to FIA, 4,098 unregistered/illegal/ghost or on paper housing societies happen to be in Punjab. The proposed law suggests that Punjab government should focus on closing gaps in land development and property registration.

Complaint registered in Faisalabad police station against Fawad Chaudhry

The ministry of Science and Technology has said the “incident” between federal minister Fawad Chaudhry and journalist Sami Ibrahim should not be treated as a “clash between two institutions but as a conflict between two individuals”. A day ago, Ibrahim had filed a complaint against Chaudhry for slapping him, and accused him of using threatening language.

Passengers not to be screened thrice at Pakistani airports

As per new orders of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), passengers traveling abroad will now be searched by Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), Airport Security Force (ASF) and Pakistan Customs at the same counter, saving them the hassle of going through the screening process thrice which was causing a lot of inconvenience to the passengers and wasting time.

Meet Pakistan’s first space scientist from Balochistan at the University of Cambridge

Hailing from far flung village in Turbat, Balochistan, Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad has made Pakistan proud by being the first Pakistani at Cambridge Graphene Centre, which researches and manufacture devices used in space. Dr. Yarjan is also the first Balochi scientist sent to outer space for purpose of scientific research and wishes to help make SUPARCO better with his experience. 

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.