The fire which erupted at Centaurus Mall in Islamabad was brought under control by the timely efforts of the rescue teams. The rescue teams safely pulled out the people trapped in the shopping mall from the back side of the building, after which the teams conducted a search operation inside the mall. Fire brigades and a helicopter were also called to douse the fire.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday issued a detailed judgment regarding the construction in Margalla Hills National Park and declared the construction of the Navy Golf Course illegal. The IHC held that the Pakistan Army has no power nor jurisdiction to, directly or indirectly, engage in business ventures of any nature outside its composition nor to claim the ownership of state land.
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani has administered the oath to federal ministers and ministers of state, who will form the cabinet of newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Thirty-one federal ministers and three ministers of state and as many advisers to the PM took the oath. The oath-taking ceremony began with the recitation of the Holy Quran at the President House.
Australian captain, Pat Cummins, recently narrated his experience of listening to Azaan echo in the cricket ground of Rawalpindi. While sharing his thoughts, Cummins called it a ‘cool moment’ as the call to prayer echoed across the ground with the mountains off in the distance. He says he also found out that day that Friday is a Holy day.
A circular about Valentine’s Day allegedly from Islamabad varsity has been making rounds on Twitter. Islamic International Medical College, established in 1996, is a medical school affiliated with Riphah International University apparently issued guidelines to the students about Valentine’s Day. The said notice has garnered the attention of many at the micro-blogging website.
After being sealed for a considerable time, Monal Restaurant might now be turned into a Wildlife Educational Centre. The Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) has prepared a proposal to establish this centre in order to raise awareness about protection and preservation of Margalla Hills National Park. The climate change ministry has lauded the decision to seal off Monal Restaurant and is likely to support the proposal for establishment of this centre.
The Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) on Tuesday linked the increase in population of leopards dwelling in Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) to “plenty of game”. Apart from leopards, there is a significant wild boar and monkey population along with barking deer. This also why no case of attacks on livestock has been reported there.
The Capital Development Authority has granted Hindus in Islamabad permission to build a cremation ground and community centre in the city. The Islamic Ideology Council has endorsed the decision. The centre, which will have the cremation ground inside it, will be built in Sector H/9 while the Saidpur Temple and other prayer places will be handed back to Hindus as well.
Pakistan’s top Islamic advisory body, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), has approved the construction of a temple in Islamabad, despite resistance. The council has though approved the construction yet it mentioned in its decision that it did not support provision of the government funds for the construction of the temple because “there is no such tradition in the country.”
Minister for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul has said that the government has decided to demolish the Monal Restaurant on the top of Margalla hills in Islamabad. The restaurant, which is famous for its picturesque views is built on Margalla National Park, which is against environmental laws of the country. Margalla Hills area is included in the National Park where cutting down trees without permission is prohibited.