Category: National

Turkish president to visit Pakistan on October 23rd

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay an official visit to Pakistan on 23rd of this month to cement relations between the two countries. Prime Minister Imran Khan had telephoned the Turkish president and said that Mr Erdogan would visit Pakistan “later this month”. Erdogan will also extend full support to Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue.

Ideas to replace police check posts, winner gets 2 million

Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister for Science and Technology called for people to come up with distinctive and futuristic ideas and solutions to replace Police checkpoints. The deadline for the competition is 3 weeks. As crossing checkpoints and waiting in queues become a hassle for the citizens, it is a great opportunity for the technology lovers to find a way to replace it.

Pakistan appreciates Turkey’s positive role in Syria

 Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated Turkey’s operation for “peaceful resolution of the Syrian situation”. PM told Erdogan over a telephone conversation that Pakistan is fully aware of the threats faced by Turkey and is hopeful that Turkey’s efforts for peaceful Syria are successful. He also assured Pakistan’s full support and solidarity for this operation. 

Molty Foam sues Diamond Supreme Foam for using the phrase ‘Papa Jaani’

Pakistan’s leading mattress brands have begun a legal fight over the phrase ‘Papa Jaani’. Diamond Supreme Foam has received a copyright infringement notice from PEMRA, claiming that Papa Jaani is a trademarked phrase. The court immediately accepted Molty Foam’s complaint and has barred Diamond Supreme from running the campaign and ordered to take down the advertisement which began earlier last month.

3 army majors found guilty of abuse of power, involvement in illegal activities

Three majors of Pakistan Army have been found guilty of indiscipline and misconduct charges, including abuse of authority and involvement in illegal activities. All three officers have have been dismissed from service, while two have been awarded rigorous imprisonment for two years each. The exact nature of charges have not been specified and it remains unclear what the three officers were found guilty of.

Punjab Government Increases Fines to Dissuade Traffic Violations

Punjab Cabinet approved measures to increase fines for car drivers in a bid to dissuade traffic violations in the province.  Fines for motorbike drivers have been increased to Rs. 300 from Rs. 200 whereas for car drivers from Rs. 500 to Rs. 700. According to the Provincial Minister Aslam Iqbal the raise in fines for traffic rules violation will not only help ensure better traffic management but will also create more caution. 

PTI applications for secrecy in scrutiny of foreign funding rejected

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)has rejected four applications filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) seeking secrecy during the scrutiny of its foreign funding sources. Dissident founding member of the PTI Babar had filed the foreign funding case before the ECP in 2014. In March 2018, a scrutiny committee had been formed to look into PTI’s foreign funding accounts to ascertain any wrongdoing.

Pakistani govt and Twitter reach new ‘verbal agreement’

A ‘verbal agreement’ reached between authorities from Twitter and Pakistani government has confirmed that verified accounts of Pakistani users will not be unilaterally suspended or terminated. After New Delhi stripped Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) of its semi-autonomous status, over 300 handles were suspended for tweeting in support of Kashmiris. Accounts of journalists and news channels highlighting rights violations in IOK also received warnings.

JUI-F applies for permission to hold ‘Azadi March’ in Islamabad

The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F)  solicited permission from Islamabad’s administration to hold its planned ‘Azadi March’ on October 27 at D-Chowk. JUI-F’s chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced the anti government March to put an end to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rule last week. He also warned the government against creating any hurdles in its way of his march and requested the city’s administration to make security arrangements as required.