Category: National

Karachi faces power breakdown as extra high tension line trips due to ‘accidental fault’

A major power breakdown took place on Thursday — amounting to 8,000 megawatts, according to the energy minister — depriving large swathes of southern Pakistan, including financial capital Karachi, of electricity. The Ministry of Energy attributed the breakdown to an “accidental fault“ in the transmission system. The power supply was interrupted after an extra high-tension line tripped, resulting in the closure of more than 30 grids.

PTI’s Azam Swati arrested by FIA for ‘controversial’ tweet against COAS

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senator Azam Swati was taken into custody early Thursday morning by the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime unit for allegedly making ‘controversial tweets’ against state institutions, including army chief. The FIA arrested Swati for “using false information” through his official Twitter handle, “which is likely to incite any Officer, Soldier, Sailor, or Airman in the Army, Navy or Air Force to mutiny”.

Centaurus Mall fire brought under control by timely efforts

The fire which erupted at Centaurus Mall in Islamabad was brought under control by the timely efforts of the rescue teams. The rescue teams safely pulled out the people trapped in the shopping mall from the back side of the building, after which the teams conducted a search operation inside the mall. Fire brigades and a helicopter were also called to douse the fire.

TESLA comes on board as Innovation Partner with Pakistan’s Formula Electric Racing NUST (FERN)

Formula Electric Racing NUST (FERN) continues to make waves in the tech and automotive arena by scoring significant milestones consistently. In a recent promising development, this team of undergraduates has brought Tesla on board as their innovative partner. This is one of the biggest achievements in the team’s long list of internationally coveted accolades.

CJP says precondition for a parliamentarian to be ‘sadiq and ameen’ is ‘draconian law’

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial remarked that Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, which sets the precondition for a member of parliament to be “sadiq and ameen” — honest and righteous — was a “draconian law”. The CJP made the remarks as the Supreme Court heard PTI leader Faisal Vawda’s appeal against his disqualification for life, under the article.

Maryam Nawaz and her spouse acquitted in Avenfield case

The Islamabad High Court on Thursday set aside the conviction of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz and her spouse Capt (retd) Mohammad Safdar handed down by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference four years ago and acquitted the couple. In July 2018, the accountability court had sentenced Maryam to seven years in prison and imposed a fine of two million pounds on her.

Pakistani women chefs stand out at Saudi culinary competition

Pakistani women chefs fared impressively at a culinary competition in Saudi Arabia held earlier this month, bagging four medals after cooking up scrumptious Pakistani dishes in Riyadh. The Kingdom Chef Competition is an international contest that is part of the Foodex Saudi exhibition. Pakistani women highlighted local cuisine among competitors from more than 40 different countries prepared by over 140 global chefs.

Audio of Imran Khan’s conversation regarding controversial ‘US letter’ leaks online

Following the release of a set of audio clippings between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other key decision-makers in the government only three days ago, another controversial audio leak surfaced on Wednesday, this time purportedly featuring former premier Imran Khan. The clip making rounds on social media seemingly features a conversation between Imran and his former principal secretary, Azam Khan.

#justiceforSara: Accused Shahnawaz Amir tried tampering with evidence, claims Police

Developments in the Sara Inam murder case have been reported by the police on Sunday revealing that the accused, Shahnawaz Amir — son of senior journalist Ayaz Amir — tried tampering with the evidence. The police said they recovered six mobile phones from the crime scene, out of which five of them belonged to Shahnawaz, while one of them was registered in the victim’s name.

Miftah Ismail resigns as Finance Minister paving way for Dar to take helm of economy

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has stepped down from his post as senior PML-N leader Ishaq Dar is all set to become the country’s new finance czar. The development came on Sunday after an important PML-N meeting was held under the chairmanship of party supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London, along with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Marriyum Aurangzeb.