Category: National

Aamir Liaquat under fire for cracking sexual harassment joke on Bilawal Bhutto

Member of National Assembly (MNA) Aamir Liaquat’s recent joke has infuriated the Netizens due to its insensitivity towards sexual harassment victims. The joke slammed as sexist was directed towards PPP leader, Bilawal Bhutto. Here’s the ‘joke’ Aamir Liaquat shared on social media: The only way to topple the PTI government would be to falsely accuse a party leader of sexual harassment.

400-year-old tunnel discovered in Lahore Fort during restoration work

A 400-year-old tunnel has been discovered during restoration work at the Royal Fort in Lahore. Despite being buried in the heart of the city for centuries, this tunnel is still firmly in place today. The tunnel is well ventilated and lighted, while niches had been made for lighting the lamps. As per the opinion of experts, the tunnel was used as drainage and secret passage.

National Assembly Committee seeks action against ‘objectionable’ material in Aurat March

National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has directed ministries of interior and law and justice to furnish details of the action taken against elements behind displaying the ‘objectionable’ material in the Aurat March held on March 8. The committee expressed indignation over “sacrilegious” banners, placards and slogans displayed in the march and declared it unethical, contrary to constitution and against Islamic teachings. 

Pakistan to receive first consignment of Indian-manufactured vaccine by mid-March

Pakistan would receive its first consignment of the Indian-manufactured Oxford AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine by mid-March. Pakistan would get 16 million free doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, from the vaccine alliance GAVI. The remaining doses are expected to arrive by June. India is supplying the COVID-19 vaccines to 65 countries. 

TikTok star from Peshawar commits suicide after rejection of marriage proposal

A 20-year-old TikTok star allegedly committed suicide in Peshawar’s Tehkal area after his marriage proposal was turned down. Shahzad Ahmad had 0.3 million followers on the popular video-sharing application. He had also made attempts to end his life in the recent past but was saved. Shahzad was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room. Police have started investigation into the case.

Daily Covid tally in Pakistan crosses 2000 again, making chances of a third wave inevitable

A day after the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) re-imposed restrictions to curb spread of Covid-19, Pakistan reported more than 2,000 virus cases for the first time since January. An NCOC press release stated that 42,164 tests were conducted on March 10, which translates into a positivity rate of 5.3 per cent, while the total number of active cases in the country is 17,627 as of March 11.

US prevents Turkey from supplying locally-made attack helicopters to Pakistan

The United States has prevented Turkey from supplying 30 locally-made attack helicopters to Pakistan. Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin has stated that “the US has blocked Turkey’s helicopter sale to Pakistan, which will likely lead to Islamabad buying it from China.” The ATAK T-129 is a twin-engine, tandem seat, multi-role, all-weather attack helicopter based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta platform and is equipped with American engines.

PML-N’s ex-MPA Hina Butt tells cricketer Mohammad Hafeez to “shut up and focus on cricket”

PML-N politician Hina Pervaiz Butt told Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez to “shut up and focus on cricket” a few days ago after the all-rounder took to social media to praise PM Imran Khan. After Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez took to Twitter to appreciate the premier, Hina Butt was particularly very irked and told the cricketer to ‘shut up’.

As COVID cases surge, NCOC to revisit lifting several coronavirus restrictions

The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), will meet today, Tuesday, to revisit last month’s decision to lift several coronavirus restrictions as COVID-19 cases have surged. On Monday, the NCOC held a meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar and discussed rising positivity rates, corresponding actions, and the national vaccine strategy.

PTI govt led austerity drive saves another 172 million at PMO and PM’s house

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led federal government’s austerity drive has helped save the national exchequer millions of rupees. The expenditures of the Prime Minister’s House and Prime Minister’s Office have significantly been cut, according to an official data. “Rs218 million were allocated in the last fiscal year to meet the operating expenses, however, only Rs46 million were used.”