Mufti Tariq Masood has enraged the Pakistani nation with insensitive comments relating to child marriage in a recent video that has gone viral. In the video, Mufti promises to find a young and virgin fourth wife for his followers, if they marry three divorcees or widows. “Mufti Tariq Masood will find you a 16-year-old or two eight-year-olds or four four year-olds”.
Sindh government’s spokesperson, Murtaza Wahab has said that provincial government would write to center seeking highest police award for the police official who arrested the alleged rapist. Muhammad Bux and his daughter, aided in arresting the man who allegedly raped a mother and her 4-year-old daughter in Kashmore, Sindh. Wahab also announced that the Sindh government will give the gallantry award to Bux.
The State Bank of Pakistan has barred banks from conducting online payments for electronic media content from India with immediate effect. The circular issues explicitly mentions stop payment to Zee5 video-on-demand service in Pakistan. Indian content has already been banned in Pakistan, so the new circular could hit online payments for Direct to Home (DTH) service.
Pakistan Railways announced yesterday that the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) service is set to be resumed on 16 November 2020. The restoration of the service has been underway since 2017 and will end its two-decade-long hiatus since 1999. Eight passenger trains will traverse the 60-kilometer route daily at a maximum fare of Rs. 50. The restoration process of the KCR will be in phases.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has recommended closing down cinemas, theaters and shrines across the country as coronavirus cases continue to rise. The NCOC also suggested early and extended winter vacations in schools and colleges to reduce the disease spread and ensure the safety of students. For restaurants, only take-away and outdoor dining to be allowed till 10 pm.
The United States embassy in Islamabad apologised today for retweeting an “unauthorised” post about PM Imran Khan by PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal. The tweet, which compared to Imran Khan with Trump as a dictator sparked outrage on social media, as government officials, including a federal minister and the Sindh governor, called upon the embassy to respect diplomatic norms and issue an apology.
Pakistani rupee became the third best-performing currency in Asia after the currency hit almost eight-month high at Rs158.91 against the US dollar in the interbank market. With fresh recovery of Rs0.18 on Monday, the rupee has cumulatively regained Rs9.52 or 5.65% over the past 11 weeks since touching all-time low of Rs168.43 on August 26.
The new Main Line-1 railway project will transport people from Karachi to Lahore in just seven hours, announced Prime Minister Imran Khan. PM Khan said the biggest investment worth $6 billion in the railways is coming to Pakistan through the Main Line-1 project. He said the role of the railways is “crucial” in “Naya Pakistan” because it is a cheap and comfortable way to travel.
Karachi, Pakistan’s financial hub, has the worst rated public transport in the world, according to a report by internationally acclaimed magazine Bloomberg. The magazine’s report states that the corruption, mismanagement, and clashes of interest seized all positive momentum in the development of the city in the late 1990s. The condition of the roads, the enforcement, and the abidance of rules are all in a terrible state.
Russian troops have arrived in Pakistan to participate in the joint Russian-Pakistani military exercise codenamed Druzhba (Friendship) 5. The two-week-long drills would formally commence on November 8 in Tarbela. Some 70 Russian troops and officers are participating in the exercise that would continue till Nov 21.