Category: National

25 Saudi universities to receive 600 Pakistani students on fully funded scholarships

Six hundred Pakistanis will receive fully funded Saudi scholarships to join top universities in the Kingdom. The scholarship initiative, which was announced by the Kingdom last year, was launched by the Saudi Ministry of Education earlier this week. It includes 25 universities that will receive students pursuing diploma, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral studies. The students will join their respective programs in September-October.

Qarshi Jam-e-Shirin distances itself from video interview of Dua Zehra

Qarshi Jam-e-Shirin has distanced itself from a video interview of Dua Zehra and her husband Zaheer Ahmed that has been causing concern online. A bottle of the syrup was prominently displayed on the table in the video, leading netizens to speculate that the video had been sponsored by the brand. Several called for a boycott of the brand.

Elopement or kidnapping? Dua Zehra requests parents to accept her decision as family decides to pursue SC

Dua Zehra — who had mysteriously gone missing from Karachi in April — appeared on camera with her husband for the first time in an official interview with a YouTube channel. In the interview, Dua and Zaheer reveal the “actual matter”, while the teenager tells her parents that she has married according to Islamic laws but was sorry if her parents still think she has made a mistake.

PMLN-leader raises middle finger in the Punjab Assembly while holding a copy of Constitution

Drama in the Punjab assembly went to far when a ‘middle finger’ was raised in the house. Punjab government spokesperson Attaullah Tarar displayed some very uncouth behaviour in the Punjab Assembly on Monday. Tarar, who is from the PML-N, was told to leave the Punjab Assembly during Monday’s session chaired by speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. 

Pakistanis consumed tea worth Rs83 billion in FY22, minister asks people to drink less ‘chai’

Tea in indeed Pakistan’s national drink as budget documents reveal Pakistan imported tea worth Rs. 83.88 billion during the fiscal year 2021-22, Rs13 billion more than the previous year. The country imported tea worth Rs. 70.82 billion during the previous fiscal year. In response, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal appealed that nation should reduce the tea consumption.

Punjab govt okays increase in salaries, pensions of govt employees

The Punjab cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz, on Monday approved a 30pc increase in the salaries of government employees. Punjab government is all set to table an Rs3.22 trillion budget for fiscal year 2022-23. During the cabinet meeting today, it was decided to follow the example of the federal government and merge all ad-hoc relief.

Pakistani national sentenced to prison for posting video of sloganeering at Masjid-e-Nabwi

Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Pakistani man to three years in prison and fined him SR10,000 (Rs0.54 million) for sharing online a video of sloganeering by a group of people at MAsjid-e-Nabwi. Pakistan’s foreign office on Friday confirmed that a Pakistani national, Tahir Malik, was sentenced in Saudi Arabia for sharing the video of the incident. 

Retired generals not loyal to their institution, should return badges: Maryam

Taking a jibe at retired generals who called for dismissal of assemblies, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Thursday, said the Pakistan Army veterans were not loyal to their institution. Speaking to media outside Islamabad High Court (IHC), Maryam challenged them to return their medals if they were interested in politics, adding that the media should criticise the one “who made things worse”.

Government unveils Rs9.5 trillion federal budget for 2022-23

While Pakistan suffers from extreme economic disability with IMF down its throat, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail on Friday proposed a Rs9.5 trillion inflationary federal budget. The new budget for fiscal year 2022-23 provides solace to the salaried class whose tax burden has been significantly lessened in addition to 15% increase in salaries of the inflation-stricken government employees.

PSX: From Asia’s best in 2020 to third worst performing market in Asia

Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), which had won the title of Asia’s best performing stock market in August 2020, took a U-turn and became the third worst performing market in the region. Amid the boiling political temperature and melting economy, investors witnessed the wipeout of 16.27% (or Rs1.35 trillion) of investment at the PSX. The petroleum refinery was the worst-hit sector in terms of losing market capitalisation.