A Rawalpindi trial court has sentenced ‘habitual’ paedophile Sohail Ayaz to death on three counts. Apart from death sentence, the court awarded him three sentences of rigorous imprisonment for abducting and raping young boys and for recording and disseminating the heinous acts. Ayaz has previously been convicted of similar crimes in the UK and Italy before being deported to Pakistan.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has banned all television channels from airing news about the Sialkot motorway gang-rape incident. The ban comes after an order was passed by the trial court on the request of the police, claiming that the media reporting would damage and diminish the evidence so far collected by the police and create hindrance in catching the culprit.
An accomplice of the main suspect in the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway gang-rape case has confessed to the crime. Shafqat Ali, with whom key suspect Abid used to commit crimes, confessed to gang-raping a woman when her car had broken down on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway on Sept 9 even before his DNA test was carried out. The key suspect Abid Ali remains at large.
The walls of the Hub Dam are close to being breached as massive pressure is being exerted on them, warned the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA). The dam, which is filled to its maximum capacity due to recent torrential rains, has not been repaired for many years and meets 20% of Karachi’s and 100% of Hub’s water needs.
Pakistan plans to import a specific variety of cannabis seeds to begin research on its industrial and medical use to tap into the $25 billion cannabidiol (CBD) market. The science and technology minister, Fawad Chaudhry said that hemp seeds are used for producing oil, leaves for developing medication, while stems are used for fibers which are gradually replacing cotton in the textile industry.
Pakistan’s workers’ remittances reached an all time high in the month of July, the first month of fiscal year 2021, at $2.77 billion, the State Bank reported on Monday. Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the news on Twitter, alling it “more good news” for Pakistan’s economy. July’s remittances improved by 36.5% compared to remittances recorded last July, which were $2 billion.
The Arafat Day sermon will be broadcast in five languages — English, French, Indonesian, Urdu, and Persian, the General Presidency for Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has announced. The sermon will be available on smartphone app as well as on website of the presidency. The project witnessed a technical and organizational development that would enable users to benefit from translations in the holy sites.
According to the Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani all students of Sindh from classes 1 to 11 will be passed and promoted to the next grade. He added that each and every student will also be given extra 3% marks and the students who had failed their classes will be passed via grace marks. This way, no student in the province will be failed or left behind.
The Sindh High Court has lifted the stay it had granted against the Sindh government’s order to schools to reduce their monthly fee by 20% during the coronavirus pandemic. The court had issued the stay order after private schools had challenged the government’s directives. On Thursday, the court ruled that there was no need to continue with the order since the provincial government had approved the Coronavirus Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020.
The Sindh government launched a mobile educational application for kindergarten to grade five students in the province. The learning app can be downloaded on an android device. Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said in a press conference that the students will be able to gain a real time experience through this application. The minister added that development was made as there were slim chances of reopening schools amid the pandemic.