The Taliban government has warned PIA and Afghanistan’s Kam Air to reduce the prices on flights from Kabul to Islamabad or they will not be allowed to land in Afghanistan. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan issued a warning when PIA started charging up to USD 2,500 (Rs. 426,250) for tickets from Kabul to Islamabad.
The breathtaking Gilgit-Baltistan valley is rapidly becoming a hub for women’s sports talent. Last week, hundreds of girls from Gilgit participated in two sports events, the Gilgit Baltistan Girls Football League and the Gilgit Girls Cricket Tournament. The Gilgit region has produced many talented sportswomen who have brought pride to Pakistan. Gilgiti girls have been inspired to emulate these women’s sporting accomplishments in Pakistan.
The Pakistan High Commission in London launched the Oxford Pakistan Programme, a program that funds academic and research scholarships for Pakistani students. Under this program, students will be given the opportunity to study at Oxford University. In addition to providing graduate scholarships, Pakistani faculty will receive visiting fellowships and receive special lectures on eastern philosophy.
Former English footballer Michael Owen has been named ambassador of the newly announced franchise-based Pakistan Football League. Michael Owen recently signed a 3-year contract with the PFL. In an interview, the former Ballon D’or winner stated the country needs both a league and professional players, as well as something that all fans can get behind.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan accused the US of seeing Pakistan as only useful to clean up the mess in Afghanistan. US officials have been urging Pakistan to use its influence on the Taliban to broker a peace deal. The Taliban and the Afghan government have not been able to reach an agreement. Consequently, the violence in Afghanistan has escalated sharply.
In the largest cryptocurrency heist in history, hackers stole about $600m from Blockchain site Poly Network. Hackers exploited a vulnerability in Poly Network’s system and stole thousands of digital tokens such as Ether. Moreover, the attacker claimed to have hacked Poly Network for fun and undertook the attack as a challenge, Chainalysis said.
SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space company, will launch a huge advertising satellite where companies can display their logos and other promoted content. To launch the satellite, the space company has teamed up with a Canadian startup company, Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC). It will release the advertising platform before the rocket reaches the moon.
100-year-old Edith Murway holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s oldest competitive female powerlifter. She became one of the world’s strongest centenarians on Sunday. She can deadlift 165 pounds and bench press 65 pounds. Moreover, she started weightlifting at the age of 91. The powerlifter has now competed in more than a dozen competitions.
Arshad Nadeem, the first representative from Pakistan to qualify for the final stage of the javelin, however, failed to claim the Olympic medal and finished in fifth place at the event. In his first throw, he covered 82.4 meters, while the distance he covered in his second was a failure, and India’s Neeraj Chopra won gold.
Pakistani cricket fan, Sarim Akhtar, shared on Twitter a video depicting the Hong Kong Meme Museum with Akhtar’s ‘disappointed’ expression. Sarim also posted a picture of his meme that had been displayed at the museum. The meme of Sarim’s epic displeased pose with his hands on his waist and an equally displeased expression went viral during Pakistan vs Australia ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.