Category: National

14-year-old maid tortured by judge’s wife shifted to ICU after condition worsens

The condition of a 14-year-old housemaid, Rizwana, who was subjected to ‘brutal torture’ by a civil judge’s wife in Islamabad, suddenly worsened at Lahore General Hospital (LGH). LGH Chief Executive Prof Al-fareed Zafar has declared the next 48 hours highly crucial for the girl, Rizwana, saying the special board of senior doctors treating the girl fears that she may need the ventilator support.

Senate passes Army Act amendment bill in a rush; includes punishment for defaming army to two years

The Senate on Thursday passed a bill proposing amendments to the Pakistan Army Act 1952. The bill was moved by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and was rushed through without being referred to a standing committee. The bill includes a section regarding punishment for defaming army to two years and a fine along with rules for retired army officers.

China rolls over $2.4 billion loan with Pakistan for two years to strengthen Islamabad’s foreign reserves

EXIM Bank of China has rolled over its loan of $2.4 billion with Pakistan for two years to strengthen Islamabad’s foreign reserves. The announcement was made by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on his Twitter handle. According to ARY News, the federal government has revised the terms and conditions for the debt rollover. Pakistan is also exempted from paying additional interest on the loan.

Farah Gogi shuns reports of her becoming witness against Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan as ‘baseless and false’

 Farhat Shahzadi — famously referred to as Farah Gogi, has refuted the claims of becoming a witness against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi. The friend of the former first lady denied appearing as a witness against the ex-premier and his wife, terming the news “baseless and false”, Geo News reported.

Wife of civil judge booked for allegedly torturing 14-year-old maid at her home

Islamabad police have registered a case against the wife of a civil judge Asim Hafeez for allegedly torturing a teenage girl working as a maid at her home. The harrowing case of the suspect nominated in the case allegedly beating up a 14-year-old girl regularly, came to light when the victim was shifted to a hospital in Lahore with serious injuries. 

‘False’ report and a ‘big joke’ : PML-N takes back idea of Ishaq Dar as caretaker PM after rejection from all ends

A day after it dropped strong hints about Ishaq Dar being the most suitable candidate for caretaker prime minister, the PML-N appears to be back-pedaling, apparently in the wake of outright rejection of the idea by both its ally PPP and the opposition PTI. While a PPP minister described the report as ‘false’, the PTI chairman said Mr Dar as caretaker PM would be a ‘big joke’.

Another cross-border love story: Indian woman arrives to marry man in KPK

An Indian woman has travelled to Pakistan in order to marry and stay with a man from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa after their Facebook friendship turned into a love affair. Thirty-five-year-old Anju, a resident of the Indian city of Delhi, embarked upon the journey to the country a few days ago to see her 25-year-old lover, Nasrullah, who hails from the scenic region of Upper Dir.

Pakistan approves framework agreement with UAE to hand over two more Karachi Port terminals

Pakistan gave initial approval on Monday for signing a framework agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to hand over two more Karachi port terminals, including the development of a new multipurpose cargo terminal. This will be the second major seaport terminal deal that Pakistan will sign with the UAE in less than two months.

Government approves massive power tariff hike to meet IMF demands

In a late-night move, the federal cabinet approved a massive hike in electricity base tariff through circulation summary as Pakistan is moving ahead to meet the IMF conditions. The federal government has increased the basic power tariff by Rs3 to Rs7.5 per unit for several consumers on the recommendation of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra).

Cipher issue revived to disqualify me from contesting elections: Imran Khan

Former prime minister Imran Khan sees the resurgence of the cipher controversy as an apparent bid to disqualify him from contesting elections by the ruling parties who, according to him, have “shot themselves in the foot”. The PTI chairman, who had promised a ‘proper expose’ on the controversy, spoke for almost half an hour but did not provide any fresh evidence to back oft-repeated allegations.