Fact Check: Grave with padlock turns out to be from India, Indian propaganda to malign Pakistan exposed
A shocking story run by major Indian media outlets to malign Pakistan has in fact turned out to be from India itself. Few days ago, Indian media outlets ran an unverified image of a padlocked grave stating that the practice was common in Pakistan for parents to protect the deceased bodies of their ‘daughters’ from being raped.
National cricket team’s fast bowler Naseem Shah has achieved the world record for the most wickets in the initial six one day matches. Naseem Shah has taken 20 wickets in his first 6 One Day International (ODI) matches of his career. In the first ODI against New Zealand in Rawalpindi, the Pakistani fast bowler took 2 wickets, breaking the record of New Zealand’s Matt Henry.
Supreme Court deems ECP’s decision to postpone polls as unconstitutional, fixes May 14 as the date for polls
The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone polls to the Punjab Assembly till Oct 8 was unconstitutional and fixed May 14 as the date for polls in the province. The ECP had on March 22 announced that the elections in Punjab would be held on October 8. The date was earlier set on April 30, in consultation with the president.
Dr Salman Khan became the first Pakistani to complete six major marathons in the world which consists of runs in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City under the Abbott World Marathon Majors. A total of 11 Pakistanis or American and British citizens of Pakistani origin participated in the Tokyo marathon on March 5, including five women.
‘Grade 21 or 22 bureaucrat’s daughter received Rs720 million in salaami at her wedding’ : Khawaja Asif
Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has claimed that a Pakistani bureaucrat’s daughter received Rs720 million (USD $2.8m) at her wedding in salaami. Not revealing the identity of the bureaucrat, the minister also claimed that a whopping Rs 1.2 billion (USD $4.6m) were collected in salaami at the wedding of the first daughter of the same bureaucrat.
Police on Monday arrested former army general Lieutenant General (retired) Amjad Shoaib on allegations of engagement in “hate speech” and provoking government employees against the administration. Amjad Shoaib was arrested from his residence by the Islamabad police under sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
Long queues and record-breaking sales, Tim Hortons Pakistan wins big despite economic crisis in the country
Pakistanis are queuing for hours to grab coffee and pastries from Canadian chain Tim Hortons, which opened its first outlet in the South Asian country this week just as its economic crisis took a turn for the worse. Inflation in January spiked to 27% year-on-year, the highest in more than a decade, and the government only has enough foreign reserves to pay for just over three weeks of imports.
Government increases general sales tax (GST) rate to 18%, another petrol hike expected to meet IMF demands
The government on Tuesday increased the general sales tax (GST) rate to 18% and drastically enhanced taxes on cigarettes with immediate effect to collect Rs115 billion out of the planned Rs170 billion mini-budget. The government is likely to drop another petrol bomb on the masses on Feb 16 after it already jacked up the prices by Rs35 per litre on Jan 29.
The Supreme Court directed wealthy organisations, earning over Rs150 million, to deposit 50% of the super tax imposed on them with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) within seven days, as IMF tightens the noose around government to ‘do more’ for next bailout. The FBR has projected Rs250bn from the imposition of the super tax in FY23.
Three of Pakistan’s top richest men now have net worth more than country’s foreign exchange reserves
With the latest drop in Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves, country’s top three richest men are now richer than the country itself. With a net worth of $8.5 billion, $4.6 billion and $3.7 billion respectively , Shahid Khan, Anwar Parvez and Mian Mansha exceed the country’s foreign exchange reserves of a meagre $3.7 billion, which decreased by $923m during the week due to external debt repayments.