In order to save Karachi from its despair, Prime Minister Imran Khan unveiled a “historic” financial package worth Rs1.1 trillion for Karachi’s transformation. The PM said that the package will address the chronic municipal and infrastructure issues of the country’s financial hub, which came into light last month after record-breaking monsoon rains caused widespread devastation and left dozens dead.
The Ministry of Interior has directed US blogger Cynthia Rochie to leave Pakistan within 15 days, after rejecting her application for visa extension. The development comes a day after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) expressed dissatisfaction over the interior ministry’s recent order related to the validity of Ritchie’s visa and gave the government a final opportunity to render proper assistance.
Religious seminaries in the province of Sindh will now be registered by the government’s Education Department to formally recognise their academic services. The Sindh government would soon adopt a separate law for proper control and regulation of the religious seminaries, like the case of schools and colleges in the province. This decision was taken at a meeting of provincial Apex Committee of Sindh.
The federal and Sindh governments have agreed to form a committee consisting representatives of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) to save Karachi from further disasters. The participants have decided on working together to resolve rain related issues, which are affecting the daily lives of the residents of the city.
Minister for Shipping and Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi in a press conference alleged the Pakistan People’s Party of hiding important facts about Ozair Baloch’s link to the party. The minister made a “passionate” appeal to Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed to take suo motu notice of Uzair Baloch JIT report released by Sindh government, which he alleged was different from “original”.
Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, has taken notice of luxury vehicles being imported by the Sindh government. During the hearing of coronavirus sou motu case, Justice Gulzar said that the Sindh government does not have funds for cleaning drains of Karachi. However, they are buying luxury vehicles worth Rs. 4 billion. The cost of each vehicle is Rs. 11.6 million.
A week after PPP moved Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against Cynthia D. Ritchie for slanderous tweets, the Pakistan-based American blogger has come out with accusations of rape and assault against some top PPP leaders. In a live video on her Facebook page, Cynthia accused former interior minister Senator Rehman Malik of having raped her in Islamabad in 2011.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Shahnaz Ansari was killed Saturday evening in an attack on her in Sindh’s Naushero Feroz. She was shot thrice while she was in Darya Khan Marri for her brother-in-law’s chehlum. An argument reportedly broke out after which some relatives opened fire at her. The police are not releasing any details about the case yet.
A new medical board constituted to physically examine former president Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that the PPP leader’s brain has shrunk. According to the PIMS spokesperson, the board headed by Dr Mazhar Badshah carried out a medical check-up of the former president and MRI test was done too. The reason of the MRI report could be age or any other disease.
Two major opposition parties — the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — have announced they would not become a part of the sit-in announced by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. The leaders of the two parties said they had already told Maulana in categorical terms that they would only attend public meeting and would not support any sit-in.