July 20, 2021

Delta variant wreaking havoc in Karachi; positivity rate rises to 25.1

What happened: According to sources at the Ministry for National Health, Karachi has reported 25.1 percent positivity of COVID19. Details: Dr Iqbal Chaudhry, director of KU’s International Centre for Chemical & Biological Sciences, stated: “Our experts at the National Institute of Virology at the University of Karachi analysed 90 Covid samples on July 14 and 15, […]

July 20, 2021

Larkana family of nine sets record for being born on same day

What happened: Amir Azad Mangi and his family set Guinness World Record after it was discovered that all nine members of the family, were born on August 1. Details: Mangi, his wife and children were all born on August 1. Moreover, Mangi and his wife got married on the same date, August 1.  The Guinness […]

July 20, 2021

Pakistan will export ventilators this year, says Fawad Chaudhry

What happened: In a tweet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that he’s hopeful that Pakistan will start exporting ventilators this year. The National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) has developed the ventilator “Pakvent-I” while the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has developed one called “i-LIVE”. Details:  Fawad Chaudhry stated that a fourth firm has been […]

July 20, 2021

Rockets land near Afghanistan president house during Eid prayers

What happened: At least three rockets hit near the presidential palace shortly before Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was to give an address to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Adha. There were no injuries, and the rockets landed outside the heavily fortified palace grounds. Details: The rocket flew past heavily fortified Green Zone that houses the […]

July 20, 2021

India used Israeli spyware to hack into PM Imran Khan’s phone

What happened: According to reports, at least one number used by Prime Minister Imran Khan was targeted by the NSO Group and its Pegasus malware that India used to spy on Pakistan. The malware is capable of switching a phone’s camera or microphone on and attaining its data. Details: According to a report by Israel’s […]

July 20, 2021

Fatima Sana, the rising star of women cricket, triumphs as team earns consecutive ODI wins

What happened: 19-year-old Fatima Sana with her all-round performance spurred Pakistan national women’s cricket team record their second consecutive win in the ODI against West Indies. She was the player of the match and her performance is recorded to be the best ODI haul by a Pakistani in nearly eight years. The team defeated the […]

July 20, 2021

Guantánamo Prison: Pakistani held without charge for 16 years to be released

What happened: Saifullah Paracha, Pakistani who spent 16 years in custody without ever being charged with a crime, is among the ten eligible to be transferred out of the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. At 73, he is the oldest prisoner at the US base in Cuba. He was taken in custody on […]

July 20, 2021

Ben & Jerry’s will stop selling ice cream in occupied Palestinian territories

What happened: Ben & Jerry’s will end sales of their ice-cream in illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land, saying it’s inconsistent with the values of the socially conscious brand. This comes as a huge win for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Details: In a statement on their website, Ben and Jerry’s stated, ” […]

July 19, 2021

Justice for Qurat-ul-Ain: Mother of four brutally murdered by influential husband

What happened: Qurat-ul-Ain Baloch, a mother of four children, was brutally murdered by her husband, Umer Khalid Memon, on Thursday in Hyderabad. The police refused to register a First Information Report (FIR) against the perpetrator since his family is very influential. Details: The incident took place on July 15, Thursday. Qurat-ul-ain was reportedly tortured for […]

July 19, 2021

Israeli spyware sold to governments to ‘target activists’ gets leaked

What happened: A software called ‘Pegasus’ was sold by the NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance company, to monitor activists, politicians and journalists from around the world. The network was uncovered by an investigation into a massive data leak by The Guardian, the Washington Post and 15 other media outlets. Backstory: Activists, journalists and politicians around […]

July 19, 2021

Airline pilot files a complaint against Careem for calling its drivers ‘captains’

What happened: An airline pilot approached the court complaining to have faced “humiliation and disgrace” over sharing his job title with the Careem’s staff. As a result, a civil court in Rawalpindi has temporarily forbidden Careem from using the word “captain” for its car drivers. Details: The order was issued by Civil Judge Rawalpindi Rao […]

July 19, 2021

World’s richest man Bezos to be launched into space on Tuesday

What happened: Jeff Bezos, the richest man on the planet, is preparing for a rocket-powered, 11-minute 2,300-mph excursion to the edge of space. Details: The world’s richest people are at it again: dedicating large portions of their wealth to rocket development. Blue Origin will launch its first crewed mission on its New Shepard rocket July 20 to […]

July 19, 2021

Scholarships introduced to honor victims of anti-Muslim attack in Canada

What happened: The Wes­tern University of Ontario, Canada, announced two scholarships in honor of Salman Afzaal and Madiha Salman, the couple killed along with two other family members in an attack in Ontario on June 6 in a hate-attack. Details: The awards will help ensure people remember how Madiha Salman and her husband Salman Afzaal […]

July 17, 2021

Netflix show that most cringe-binged just got nominated for an Emmy

What happened: Indian Matchmaking, a Netflix series that aired about a year ago, has just bagged an Emmy Award nomination under the category: Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. And everyone is shocked! Details: Indian Matchmaking was announced as a contender for the Emmy Awards in the ‘Unstructured Reality Show’ category alongside iconic shows like Rupaul’s Drag Race and […]

July 16, 2021

Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui killed covering Taliban near Pak-Afghan border

What happened: Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan, an Afghan commander has said. Details: Siddiqui had been based as a journalist earlier this week with Afghan special forces based in the southern province of Kandahar and had been […]

July 16, 2021

Hyderabad: Police rescue 13-year-old girl abducted by man thrice her age for marriage

What happened: ASP City Hyderabad, Aleena Rajpar, in a tweet reported that they rescued a 13 year old girl from a remote area in Balochistan after she was abducted by a man thrice her age for marriage last month. Details: A thirteen-year old girl named, Anmol, was abducted from a town in Hyderabad called Naseem […]

July 16, 2021

Back to the ‘dark age’: Taliban prohibit women from leaving houses alone in seized territories

What happened: Taliban have distributed leaflets in their controlled territories, ordering locals to follow strict rules that are similar to those they imposed on Afghans. Most of these laws are highly repressive towards women, including prohibiting women to leave their houses alone and ordering locals to marry their daughters off to Taliban. Details: Several residents of Balkh, a […]

July 16, 2021

Top EU court says hijab can be banned at work

What Happened: On Thursday, the European Union’s top court ruled that employers are allowed to forbid the wearing of visible symbols of religious or political belief, such as hijab. This happened in a ruling of two cases brought by women in Germany who were suspended from their jobs for wearing one. Details: In the cases […]

July 16, 2021

Urban flooding as heavy rain strikes in Karachi

What happened: Heavy rain hit Karachi on Thursday night, making the weather pleasant yet inundating roads and low-lying areas. Sharea Faisal and other areas were blocked with commuters stuck in their vehicles. Details: Most roads in the Saddar area and both tracks of the New M.A. Jinnah Road were also flooded with rainwater. Customarily, the […]

July 16, 2021

Eiffel Tower reopens after record 9-month closure – the longest since WWII

What Happened: The Eiffel Tower is to reopen to visitors for the first time in nine months following its longest closure since World War II. Details: Daily capacity is set to be restricted to 13,000 people, however, about half of the normal level, in order to respect social distancing. From Wednesday next week, visitors will […]

July 15, 2021

Qatar announces on-arrival visa for Pakistanis

What Happened: Qatar announced a new immigration policy through which Pakistanis will be able to attain Qatar’s visa on arrival at the airport. Details: According to details, Pakistani citizens would attain a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival at the airport for a fee of QAR 100. The few important conditions to avail the visa include […]

July 15, 2021

Dasu bus blast: Investigations confirm traces of explosives, says Fawad Chaudhry

What happened: In a tweet Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated that initial investigations suggest use of explosives in yesterday’s bus blast, adding that terrorism cannot be ruled out. The blast took place in Upper Kohistan and claimed the lives of twelve staff members, including 9 Chinese nationals, working on the Dasu Hydropower project. Details: Earlier […]

July 15, 2021

Taliban seizes 3 billion Pakistani rupees from Afghan Intelligence officials

What happened: On Wednesday, the Taliban found 3 billion Pakistani rupees from check posts that they captured from Afghan security forces along the Pak-Afghan border crossing. Details: Yesterday, in a statement Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said, “The (Taliban) Mujahideen have captured an important border town called Wesh in Kandahar.” They said that they found about […]

July 15, 2021

Fleet is fleeting away: Twitter to kill the feature starting Aug 3

What happened: In a tweet, Twitter announced that they were going to kill the disappearing stories feature ‘fleet’ starting August 3. Twitter wrote “we’re sorry or you’re welcome,” acknowledging that they were going to receive varying reactions to announcement. Details: Fleets let users post disappearing photos and messages like Instagram and Facebook “stories” and Snapchat’s snaps. […]

July 15, 2021

Gojra: 10-year-old burnt after muezzin throws acid at him in a local mosque

What happened: On Wednesday, a muezzin from a local mosques in Gojra called Masjid-e-Siddiqiya allegedly threw acid on a 10-year-old boy while the boy was sleeping after offering morning prayers. Details: According to report, the 10-year old boy, Mukkaramul Hassan, was staying in the local mosque located in the New Model Town area for religious […]

July 15, 2021

COVID-19 positivity rate jumps to 5.2 percent

What happened: A total of 48,910 tests were conducted during the previous 24 hours, out of which results of 2,545 patients came back positive. The positivity rate of infections was recorded at 5.20 percent. Details: Pakistan recorded 2,545 new cases of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours, pushing the number of confirmed infections to 981,392. According […]

July 15, 2021

Religious affairs minister opposes measures to prevent forced conversions

What Happened: In a meeting of the Senate parliamentary committee on minorities’ rights, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri opposed a proposed restriction on converting religion before the age of 18 years. He stated that a teenager cannot be stopped if they wished to convert to a different religion. Details: To curtail the recent […]

July 14, 2021

Another woman reports being harassed by Usman Mirza, says authorities ignored her complaints

What happened: Another victim reported being harassed and blackmailed by Usman Mirza. She notified that she had filed a complaint with the FIA’s Cyber Crime Cell in Rawalpindi, however, the anti-cybercrime body had ignored her request. Details: The Islamabad police have arrested Mirza and his six accomplices for harassing and beating a young couple in […]

July 14, 2021

Sindh to ban indoor dining, close schools after surge in Covid cases

What happened: The Sindh government has decided to ban indoor dine-in, close primary schools and amusement sites in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the province . Details: The decision was taken in a meeting of the Provincial Task Force on Coronavirus presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. The ban on […]

July 14, 2021

Man accused of blasphemy shot in Multan

What happened: According to reports, a man accused of blasphemy was injured after the brother of the claimant allegedly opened fire on him while he was going to attend the hearing of the case lodged against him. Details: On Oct 24, 2019, FIR was lodged against the accused, Shakir, under Section 295-B in which the […]

July 14, 2021

Afghan Taliban take over key border crossing with Pakistan

What happened: Today, a spokesman of Afghan Taliban stated that they have captured the strategic border crossing of Spin Boldak along the frontier with Pakistan. The Taliban have launched a widespread offensive across Afghanistan since early May when US-led foreign forces began their final withdrawal of troops. Details: The Taliban have launched a widespread offensive across the countryside since early May […]

July 14, 2021

Blast in Upper Kohistan: 10 killed, including 4 Chinese nationals

What happened: Ten people were killed and over 39 were injured in a vehicle blast near a labor camp in Upper Kohistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The bus was carrying staff working on the Dasu Dam, including 30 Chinese engineers. Details: As per reports, the bus was carrying over 30 Chinese engineers to the site of Dasu […]

July 14, 2021

UAE grants Pakistani doctor golden visa for her contribution during the pandemic

What happened: Dr. Javairia Hassan, a 30-year old Pakistani doctor working in UAE, has been awarded a golden visa for her crucial contribution as a frontline worker in UAE’s fight against the pandemic. Details: Dr Javairia Hassan has been in the medical field for eight years and holds a practicing license from Pakistan, England and the UAE. […]

July 14, 2021

First time in Karachi, women traffic officers deployed on roads

What happened: For the first time, female traffic officers have been deployed female officers in certain areas of Karachi to create awareness among the motorcyclists. Details: Traffic police officials reported that a total of four female officers have been initially deployed at the Sharah-e-Faisal and Clifton areas of the city. All four officers are trained motorcyclists, […]

July 13, 2021

Former hockey Olympian Naveed Alam passes away due to blood cancer

What happened: On Monday, Former hockey World Cup winner, Naveed Alam, passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer. Details: Naveed Alam was a former member of Pakistan’s hockey team that won the World Cup in 1994 in Sydney. He was diagnosed with blood cancer at Shaukat Khanum Hospital Lahore. According to his daughter Hajra […]

July 13, 2021

Usman Mirza extorted Rs1.1m after blackmailing the couple with video

What happened: The court reported that Usman Mirza and his gang blackmailed the couple into giving them Rs1.1 million. As a result, the police added new sections relating to extortion and blackmailing in the case against the suspects. Details: The prime suspect Usman Mirza and other accomplices were presented before the judge at F-8 Katchery. […]

July 13, 2021

Social media controversy erupts after authorities seize book containing Malala’s picture

What happened: On Monday, it was reported that Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) confiscated the social studies book for grade 7 published by the Oxford University Press (OUP). The book included a picture of Malala Yousafzai on a page listing important personalities. PCTB spokesperson claimed that book was confiscated for being published without an […]

July 13, 2021

Dubai opens a 200-foot deep diving pool with a ‘sunken city’

What happened: Deep Dive Dubai opened on July 7 and is named the world’s deepest diving pool by the Guinness World Records. People can dive 60 metres (197 ft) into a sunken city-themed landscape and play arcade games. Details: The pool is nearly 200 feet deep and can hold almost 3.7 million gallons of water. The […]

July 13, 2021

Senate passes bill to prevent torture and deaths in custody

What happened: On Monday, the Senate unanimously passed a bill criminalizing torture and custodial deaths. The bill was moved by Senator Sherry Rehman in the upper house. Amnesty International also acknowledged the passing of bill. Details: The Torture and Custodial Death Prevention and Punishment Bill was raised in the House by the PPP Parliamentary leader Senator […]

July 13, 2021

Blast at the only girls school in North Waziristan tribal district

What happened: On Monday, a blast took place at a girls school in Haider Khel area of North Waziristan tribal district when the students were taking intermediate examination. . Local report that the blast was an attempt to discourage girls from going to school. No one was hurt in the explosion Details: According to reports, […]

July 13, 2021

ACF faces backlash for accepting Rs1m after an agreement in the DHA dog attack case

What happened: ACF received with considerable criticism for accepting Rs1million donation given to the organization as per the settlement in Karachi’s DHA dog attack case. As a result, ACF returned the donation and released a statement rejecting all accusations of their involvement. Details: Earlier, an out-of-court settlement was reached between the victim of a dog attack in […]

July 13, 2021

Around 60 Hindus forcibly converted to Islam in Sindh

What Happened: Mass conversion of Hindus has been reported from Malti area in Sindh where around 60 Hindus were made to recite Kalimas under the former municipal chairperson of Malti area in Sindh Abdul Rauf Nizamani. Details: The converts, including 23 women, all belong to the Bheel community and had been working on the agricultural […]

July 12, 2021

Pakistanis to expect week-long Eid holidays

What happened: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed addressing a press conference shared that there would be week-long holidays but the final announcement would be made by the PMO. Details: It is pertinent to note that Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on July 21 (Wednesday), as per the announcement made by the Central Ruit-e-Hilal Committee (moon sighting […]

July 12, 2021

Police arrest man wielding gun outside Parliament House

What happened: Today, a man outside the Parliament House in Islamabad was arrested after a video of him wielding a gun went viral on social media. Details: Footage showed the man frantically walking on a main road, holding a pistol in one hand and a knife in the other, as several security officials surrounded him […]

July 12, 2021

Major power breakdown in most areas as Karachi welcomes monsoon 2021

What Happened: The first spell of monsoon rain hit Pakistan’s major cities today, including Karachi. As a result most areas in Karachi are experiencing major power breakdowns. Karachi-Electric (KE) stated that it was monitoring the situation. Details: As per reports, there has been heavy rainfall in Malir, Landhi, II Chundrigar Road and its surrounding areas, […]

July 12, 2021

Model Nayab Nadeem strangled to death at her residence in DHA Lahore

What happened: According to her post-mortem report, the 29-year-old model Nayab, was strangled to death with bruises found on her neck. Her step-brother found her body at her house in Phase V DHA Lahore on July 11. Details: The police reported that the 29-year-old model was strangulated and unidentified men had also subjected her to […]

July 12, 2021

Obama’s 2021 summer playlist features Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab

What happened: Pakistani artist Arooj Aftab’s track Mohabbat was featured in the former US president Barack Obama’s summer playlist. Tracks by other iconic artists such as Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Bob Dylan were listed along with her popular track. Mohabbat, based on the poetry by Hafeez Hoshiarpuri, was released in March 2021 under her […]

July 12, 2021

Rise in the spread of ‘brain-eating’ amoeba in Karachi, two deaths reported

What happened:  Naegleria fowleri is a rare but deadly water-borne amoeba that thrives in freshwater sources, reservoirs including poorly chlorinated water networks. Recently, two people succumbed to the disease caused by the amoeba in Karachi. Details: According to reports, Lt Cdr Majid Ismail Chandio, a 30-year-old surgeon from DHA, was admitted to the PNS Shifa […]

July 12, 2021

Faizan Ahmad crowned champion of the Sindh Snooker Cup

What happened: Faizan Ahmed, former champion, clinched snooker cup from Sultan Mohammad with a 6-2. He won the Sindh Snooker Cup for the second time in his career on Sunday in Karachi. Details: He had last won the title in 2015, thus he waited for six years to regain his title in the 29th edition […]

July 12, 2021

Billionaire achieves 17-year space dream, calls it ‘the dawn of a new space age’

What happened: On Sunday, British billionaire Richard Branson flew more than 50 miles above the New Mexico desert on his Virgin Galactic rocket plane and safely returned in the vehicle’s first fully crewed test flight to space. Details: The touchdown occurred at around 9:40am Mountain Time (1540 GMT), about an hour after take-off. It reached […]

July 12, 2021

8 injured after roofs collapse due to heavy monsoon rain in Faisalabad

What Happened: According to report, eight people were left injured in Faisalabad after the roofs of different houses collapsed due to heavy rain and wind storm in the city. Details: Meanwhile, several areas of Sargodha city faced power outages for several hours due to the rain. Reports suggest that heavy rainfall will continue in different cities […]

July 10, 2021

Positivity jumps to 7.1pc in Islamabad, Delta variant traced among fresh patients

What happened: According to health officials Covid-19 positivity rate jumped to 7.1pc coronavirus in Islamabad as 113 positive cases reported were reported today in the federal capital. Delta variant was traced among these cases. Details: Additional Deputy Commissioner (East) Babar Sahib Din informed that the Delta variant was traced among positive cases, however, the total […]

July 10, 2021

Dog culling will result in a fine of RS 50,000 or imprisonment upto 3 months

What happened: A fine of RS 50,000 or imprisonment upto 3 months has been declared as punishment for those who are found guilty of shooting, killing or poisoning a dog. Details: Dog culling has become a grave issue in bigger cities, such as Lahore and Karachi. Apparently, people think of it as the only solution […]

July 10, 2021

Dogs given death sentences over owner’s irresponsibility in DHA Karachi

What happened: A pet owner whose dogs attacked a lawyer in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) has reached an out-of-court settlement agreeing to euthanize the animals involved in the episode, besides also accepting other terms. Details: A video clip went viral on social media showing two pet dogs attacking a man as he passed by in DHA phase […]

July 10, 2021

Hundreds protest against ‘murder’of laborer by guards of Engro Mining Company

What happened: A laborer, Dodo Bheel, was allegedly tortured to death by some security guards of the Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company. On Friday, hundreds of activists took out a rally from Islamkot to Mithi, staging a protest in the playground of the High School Mithi to condemn the death of the worker. Details: Family […]

July 10, 2021

Giant pandas are no longer endangered: Chinese conservation officials

What Happened: Chinese conservation officials have announced that Giant Pandas are no longer an endangered species. After years of research and work, their population rose to 1800 and their status has been updated to “vulnerable.” Details: Giant pandas are infamously difficult to breed, with females only able to become pregnant for 24 to 72 hours […]

July 10, 2021

Over 170,000 skill scholarships provided to youth across Pakistan: Minister of State for Information

What happened: On Friday, Minister of State of Information Farrukh Habib addressed to the second batch of KJP’s National Youth Council (NYC). He said the government had so far provided soft loans totaling Rs17 billion to over 14,000 young entrepreneurs under the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) of Kamyab Jawan Programme (KJP). Furthermore, he stated that […]

July 10, 2021

Palestine Action account with over 40K followers disabled by Instagram

What happened: Instagram disabled the Palestine Action account ( @pal_action) which had over 40K followers. Palestine Action is an organization, based mainly in UK, working to end UK’s complicity in Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinians. Details: In an Instagram post, the back up account of Palestine action stated, “We are fighting to get it back […]

July 10, 2021

Vaccination certificate made mandatory for using public transport in Sindh

What happened: On Friday, NCOC and Sindh government prohibited air travel and several other facilities for unvaccinated people from 1st August onwards. People would need to show vaccination certificates to avail facilities such as travel on public transport and get treatment or major surgeries at hospitals. Details: The National Command and Opera­tion Centre (NCOC) and […]

July 9, 2021

PM Imran Khan and IGP meet to discuss the progress in Islamabad couple assault case

What happened: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Islamabad Inspector General of Police Qazi Jamilur Rehman met today to discuss the progress made in the case concerning sexual assault and harassment of the couple by suspect Usman Mirza. Details: According to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, the IGP is personally monitoring the case after […]

July 9, 2021

Womanistan introduces an online safe-place for you to share your stories

What happened: Womanistan introduces an online initiative called “Aurat Anonymous” to provide a safe-place for women to rant their worries, anger and frustrations away. Details: Womanistan offers an online space for women to vent their tension or ‘bharaas‘ away that they scoope due to the constant patriarchal pressures everyday. With frustration at rise pertaining to […]

July 9, 2021

Tourist train service launched in Balochistan

What happened: To promote tourism in Balo­chistan, Pakistan Railw­ays has launched a special train service for tourists. Details: Quetta Divisional Super­intendent Engineer Akhtar Mahmood inaugurated the train service at a ceremony held at Quetta Railways Station. The train will run between Quetta and Bostan as well as Quetta and Kolpur every Saturday and Sunday with […]

July 9, 2021

Former hockey World Cup winner Naveed Alam diagnosed with cancer, requests govt help for treatment

What Happened: Member of the 1994 World Cup winning team, Naveed Alam, has sought financial support from the government after he was diagnosed with blood cancer. Details: Naveed Alam is a former member of Pakistan’s hockey team that won the World Cup in 1994 in Sydney. He was diagnosed with blood cancer at Shaukat Khanum […]

July 9, 2021

No fans will be allowed at Olympic venues as Japan faces new Covid19 emergency

What happened: On Thursday, Olympic organizers notified that spectators will not be allowed to attend most Olympic events. The decision was taken after Tokyo’s declaration of a state of emergency in response to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases. Details: The Japanese government put the capital, Tokyo, under a COVID-19 state of emergency because of […]

July 9, 2021

Islamabad couple gives statement after police offers complete protection

What happened: Islamabad couple sexually assaulted and tortured by the prime suspect Usman Mirza agreed to be part of the investigation, Rawalpindi police have confirmed the development. Details: The police have said both the man and the woman have recorded their statements to police under section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). They added […]

July 9, 2021

School name to be restored after social media backlash

What happened: Sindh Government took notice to restore the original name of the Malala Yousafzai Government Girls Secondary School on Karachi’s Mission Road after social media users demanded the government to protect the city’s history. Malala’s father also responded to the demand and urged the government to take notice of the issue. Details: School was […]

July 9, 2021

UK extends its support to help Pakistan fight new COVID19 variants

What Happened: Under the New Variant Assessment Platform (NVAP) programme, UK will assist Pakistan with its expertise to detect new and potentially more dangerous variants of Covid-19, a British High Commission press release said. Details: The British government has announced a new package of genomic sequencing support to help Pakistan fight new variants of Covid-19. […]

July 8, 2021

People like Usman Mirza don’t deserve concession: PM Imran Khan

What happened: According to reports, Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the Islamabad incident in which Usman Mirza and his aides assaulted a couple. Details: Sources suggest that Khan telephoned IG Police Islamabad and sought details of the incident from him. “The police should use all their energies to bring all the accused to […]

July 8, 2021

Officials in Balochistan report two Congo virus cases

What happened: With Eidul Azha less than two weeks away, officials in Balochistan reported two Congo virus cases on Thursday. Details: The cases were confirmed by Dr Sadiq Baloch, additional medical superintendent at Quetta’s Fatima Jinnah Chest and General Hospital. She stated that both patients reported fever and bleeding from the mouth until they were […]

July 8, 2021

The first transgender school opens up in Multan

What Happened: Murad Raas, the Provincial Education Minister of Punjab, announced that the first transgender school opened up in Multan today. Details: Murad Raas had earlier announced to open separate schools for the transgender community in selected cities of the province and the first of its kind was to established in Multan. The Minister had […]

July 8, 2021

K-IV project will supply 650 MGD of clean water to Karachi by 2023: WAPDA chairman

What happened: Chairman Wapda announced that the Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply Scheme, otherwise known as K-IV, would be completed by 2023. The projecy, would provide additional supply of 650 million gallons per day to bridge the deficit of water supply in Karachi. Details: Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Lt. Gen. (retd)  Muzammil […]

July 8, 2021

14 rockets hit base hosting US troops in Iraq

What Happened: Fourteen rockets were fired on Wednesday at the Ain al-Assad air base which hosts American troops in western Iraq, a spokesman for the US-led coalition said. Details: At least two US soldiers in Iraq were injured Wednesday after over a dozen rockets hit a military base which houses US soldiers, officials said. The information about […]

July 8, 2021

Samsung plans to manufacture smartphones in Pakistan

What happened: Samsung is in dialogue with three investors to establish a mobile manufacturing unit in Pakistan. Details: Sources said out of three parties, one has a franchise from Korea which has already set up vehicle assembling plants in Pakistan under Auto Development Policy (ADP) 2016-21, while other two are different parties. Market sources said […]

July 8, 2021

‘Angel of Mercy’: Remembering Abdul Sattar Edhi on his 5th death Anniversary

What Happened: Today marks the 5th death anniversary of Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistan’s best known humanitarian and the late founder of the Edhi Foundation. Despite having limited resources, he served humanity selflessly and was acknowledged for his work worldwide. Edhi was born on February 28, 1928, in Bantva in India’s Gujarat. He migrated to Pakistan […]

July 8, 2021

Peshawar: Police baton charge Islamia University students protesting against fee hike

What Happened: On Wednesday, Islamia College student staged a protest against a hike in fees, blocking the city’s University Road. According to the protesting students, 12 students were injured in the process. Details: To clear the road for traffic, the police used batons and tear gas on students due to which several of them were […]

July 8, 2021

Ex-PPP MPA shot dead in Attock

What Happend:  Former Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) from Attock and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Malik Shahan Hakmeen Khan was shot dead in Attock on Wednesday. Details: Malik Shahan Hakmeen Khan, the former PPP MPA, arrived at Sheebagh area to offer funeral prayers of his supporter Iqbal Hussain Shah. A man shot him […]

July 7, 2021

Imran Khan commends NCOC after Pakistan ranked among top countries for handling Covid-19

What Happened: Prime Minister Imran Khan commended the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the team of the Ehsaas Programme, and the State Bank of Pakistan after Pakistan was ranked among the best performing countries for handling the pandemic. Details: The Economist’s normalcy index tracked the progress of 50 countries’ return to pre-pandemic life on the basis […]

July 7, 2021

Construction of Kacchi canal extension to irrigate over 30,000 acres of land in Balochistan

What happened: The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has innitiated construction work on the extension of Kachhi Canal after signing the contract and ensuring mobilization of the contractors to the sites. Details: The extension of Kachhi Canal is being carried out through three different contracts at a cumulative cost of Rs19.504 billion. Under […]

July 7, 2021

Amid the rising threat of Delta variant, only 3.5% of Pakistan’s population vaccinated so far

What Happened: Only 3.5% of the population in the country has been inoculated so far, while NCOC recently confirmed the presence of the deadlier Covid19 Delta variant in Pakistan. Details: According to NCOC report, so far, only 3.5% of the 100 million people eligible for the anti-coronavirus vaccine have been fully vaccinated. According to data […]

July 7, 2021

Rail traffic halted after coaches detach from a freight train near Ghotki

What Happened: Two coaches of a freight train detached from the engine near Dad Laghari railway crossing in Sindh’s district of Ghotki on Wednesday. No casualty has been reported in the incident. Details: The freight train was on its way to Karachi from Lahore, when the incident happened near Dad Laghari railway crossing. The train’s […]

July 7, 2021

Second biggest Indian terrorist network involved in the Lahore Blast, says govt

What Happened: Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, addressed a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday. Details: He stated that the second biggest Indian-sponsored terrorist network was involved in the recent Lahore blast. As a result, Pakistan government decided to hold negotiation talks with the Baloch tribals who had never sided with India […]

July 7, 2021

Foodpanda riders protest over company’s exploitative practices

What Happened: On Monday, Foodpanda workers staged a protest in Lahore over the inhumane and overly exploitative practices of the company. They demanded fairer wages and better working conditions from the company. Details: The delivery riders claimed they were receiving less in their payments per delivery due to the company’s supposed unfair grading system. Furthermore, […]

July 7, 2021

86% of Iceland’s workforce opts for lesser work hours after 4-day workweek’s success

What happened: Trials of a four-day week in Iceland were an “overwhelming success” and led to many workers moving to shorter hours, researchers have said. Details: The trials run by Reykjavík City Council Iceland and the Iceland government had 2500 participants, which almost accounts for 1% of Iceland’s working population. They had two trials, from 2015 […]

July 7, 2021

Govt announces to construct international airport in Skardu to promote tourism

What happened: Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, announced that federal government has decided to construct a new international standard airport in Skardu. The airport will promote tourism and meet the requirements of international tourists. Details: Skardu is a major tourism, trekking and expedition hub in Gilgit-Baltistan. Talking to media, Fawad Chaudhry said that […]

July 7, 2021

Usman Mirza Case: Man rapes woman at gunpoint in Islamabad, video causes outrage

What Happened: Usman Mirza tortured and raped a woman at gun-point in Islamabad. The culprit beat both the woman and her partner, while getting the entire incident video-tapped. Last night, the video of the incident went viral, seething outrage over the internet. DC ISB said that the video is from May.  Details: Sources reported that […]

July 6, 2021

Where did the ‘style’ in HUM Style Awards go?

What happened: The 5th Hum Style Awards took place on 4th July in Lahore. While the pandemic had deescalated the fashion industry this past year with only a few virtual fashion shows taking place, Hum style awards was expected to bring back the spirit of Fashion and Cinema. Yet did it? The Red Carpet It […]

July 6, 2021

Imran Khan placed on the Press Freedom Predators list by RSF

What Happened: Reporters Without Borders, a press watchdog group, listed 37 world leaders as media “predators” who “crack down massively” on press freedom, including Imran Khan and Narendra Modi. Details: Reporters Without Borders, also known as Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF), on its official website has published “a gallery of grim portraits, those of 37 heads of state […]

July 6, 2021

Indian woman claims she regained eyesight after being vaccinated

What Happened: 70-year-old woman Mathurabai Bidve, from Maharashtra India, claims that she regained her sight after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. Details: Some side effects like fever or body pain are pretty normal after getting a COVID19 jab. However, one 70-year-old lady has claimed to have experienced something miraculous after getting the vaccine jab. According to […]

July 6, 2021

Plane with dozens of passengers goes missing in Russia’s far east

What Happened: Local media reported the loss of contact with Russian AN-26 plane with at least 28 people on board. The plane has gone missing in Kamchatka Peninsula. Details: The An-26 was flying from Kamchatka’s main city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the town of Palana when it disappeared and failed to land as scheduled, Valentina Glazova, […]

July 6, 2021

Jeff Bezos retires as Amazon CEO with $197 billion

What Happened: Jeff Bezos stepped down from Amazon on Monday exactly 27 years after he founded the company. Details: He will be retiring from the role of CEO at the age of 57 with an estimated $199 billion in wealth, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire’s Index. The fortune largely consists of his Amazon holdings and other assets. […]

July 6, 2021

Pakistan to export 160,000 metric tons mangoes exports worth $500 million in 2021

What Happened: On Friday, the Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, said that Pakistan, Abdul Razak Dawood, is a major potential producer of mangoes and predicted that up to 160,000 Metric Tons (MT) of mangoes will be exported in the year of 2021. Details: “We can earn millions of dollars in foreign exchange especially through […]

July 5, 2021

Govt rejected projects to develop sacred Hindu temple visited by millions annually

What Happened: Senator Danesh Kumar of the ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) has criticized federal government for rejecting all schemes for the development of Hinglaj Mata Temple that is visited by thousands of devotees every year from across the world. Details: Shrouded in a mountain cave, Hinglaj Mata Temple is on the bank of cascading […]

July 5, 2021

This guy bought his first car and has a beautiful message that’s went viral!

What Happened: Twitter User shares a beautiful message with everyone after he fulfills his goal for the year to buy his first ever car. Details: New year comes packaged with long lists of goals and resolutions that everyone promises to fulfill the following year. However, something always happens and most find themselves super deviated from […]

July 5, 2021

Expected events of terrorism in major cities, says Sheikh Rasheed

What Happened: In an interview with Geo News show “Naya Pakistan“, Sheikh Rashid, the interior minister, said that there was an international scheme to carry out events of terrorism in major cities such as Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. Detail: Sheikh Rashid was questioned regarding the details and involvement of India Lahore’s Johar Town blast and he said, “I […]

July 5, 2021

Inauguration of Gwadar Free Zone likely to create over 30,000 jobs

What Happened: Prime Minister Imran Khan will his undertake ‘historic’ visit to Gwadar today. He will inaugurate Gwadar Free Zone, the Expo Center and Agricultural Industrial Park three factories in Gwadar with the specific aim to boost economic activity, especially in Balochistan. Details: PM Imran Khan will inaugurate Gwadar Free Zone, the Expo Center and Agricultural Industrial […]

July 5, 2021

Residents extremely distressed after 183 buildings declared dangerous to live in

What Happened: Amidst the monsoon season, 183 buildings in Rawalpindi have been declared dangerous for living by civic agencies. Residents are extremely concerned and worried as they can neither leave the residence nor get them reconstructed. Details: The Rawalpindi Metropolitan Corporation (RMC) proclaimed 83 buildings dangerous. Additionally, the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) declared 100 buildings […]

July 5, 2021

Ulemas reject Domestic Violence Bill 2021, calling it ‘un-Islamic’

What Happened: Shireen Mazari, the Minister for Human Rights, introduced “The Domestic Violence (Preventation and Protection) Bill, 2021,” in the Senate sitting held on 27th May 2021.  The Upper House unanimously passed the landmark Bill on 21st June 2021. However, it met with a great deal of criticism, especially from the clergy front which led […]

July 3, 2021

Ocean on fire in the Gulf of Mexico: Another tale of capitalism:

What happened: According to Mexico’s state-owned Pemex petrol company, a gas leak from an underwater pipeline sparked a massive fire on the ocean surface in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. Details: Ocean surface in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire early on Friday. The apparent cause of fire was a gas leak from an underwater pipeline. State oil […]

July 3, 2021

DI Khan Blast: Four security personnel injured

What Happened: Four security personnel were injured after their patrol vehicle was bombed on Friday in Dera Ismael Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Details: According to police, a vehicle of security forces was targeted in the attack through a remote-controlled bomb in Kulachi tehsil of the district. The four injured were rushed to the Combined Military […]

July 3, 2021

Minorities are concerned about the Single National Curriculum; here’s why

What happened: Minorities report heavy inclusion of religious content in non-religious textbooks introduced by the Government in Single National Curriculum (SNC). Details: The PTI government launched textbooks for 1-5th graders that they compiled under the Single National Curriculum (SNC). The curriculum is to be implemented in the public and private educational institutions as well as […]

July 3, 2021

Lahore: Vaccinators caught taking bribes to administer AstraZeneca vaccine

What Happened: Three staffers of Lahore’s Expo Centre vaccination facility were reported of charging people for administering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Details: A case was registered at the Nawab Town police station over the complaint of a shift in-charge of the mass vaccination centre at Lahore’s Expo Centre. The case was lodged against three vaccinators for […]

July 3, 2021

CCA directs foreign airlines to fully accommodate passengers affected by flight cancellation

What happened: On Friday, Civil Aviation Authority (CCA) asked five foreign airlines to accommodate passengers affected by flight cancellations in recent weeks with the “earliest possible flights”. Details: CAA issued notices to five foreign airlines for the cancellation of flights to Pakistan which caused a great deal of inconvenience and unrest. “Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority […]

July 2, 2021

Woman reports verbal harassment at the hands of a Careem driver in Lahore

What Happened: In a twitter thread, woman describes her horrific Careem experience with a male captain who passed extremely sexists and uncomfortable statements. The Thread: She concluded by saying, “All I can say after this experience is that being a woman in this country absolutely sucks!!” Like always, Careem responded to the thread, ensuring to […]

July 2, 2021

Lahore-based photographer loses equipment in a massive house fire. Here’s how you can support:

What Happened: On 18th June, house of a Lahore-based photographer, Nad e Ali, caught fire due an electrical short circuit. As the house burst into flames, it took with it everything, including Mr. Ali’s photography gear. Details: The photographer posted a gofundme link on his Instagram blog reporting the incident and requesting his followers to […]

July 2, 2021

Israeli air raids on Gaza continue despite the ceasefire

What Happened: The military said early on Friday that Israeli fighter jets attacked Gaza over night in response to apparent incendiary balloons launched into Israel by Gaza. Details: According to reports, Israeli fighter jets struck a weapons manufacturing site in the Gaza Strip overnight on Friday. This is the third air raid after the ceasefire […]

July 2, 2021

LWMC places 6000 new waste containers to efficiently clean-up Lahore

What happened: Dr. Yasmin Rahid in her tweet revealed that The Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has procured 6000 new waste containers to place across the city. The first consignment of 950 containers were delivered to Data Gunj Bakhsh Town (DGBT). Details: Dr. Yasmin Rashid appreciated LWMC for providing 6000 garbage containers to the nine towns of the Lahore city. She […]

July 2, 2021

Foreign exchange: State Bank of Pakistan reserves rise $13m to $16.1b

What Happened: The foreign exchange reserves held by the central bank rose 0.08% on a weekly basis, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday. Details: Data released on June 25 showed that the foreign reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) were at $16,119.4 million. This reflected […]

July 2, 2021

9-year-old murdered for dropping a Kulfi in Faisalabad

 What happened: A 14-year-old boy hit a 9-year old boy with a brick, after the 9-year-old dropped the former’s kulfi. The incident took place yesterday in Faisalabad. Details: According to the police, the 9-year-old got severely injured after being hit with a brick in the chest by the 14-yea-old, Ali Hassan. He succumbed to his […]

July 2, 2021

Bilawal Bhutto faces a defamation notice of 200 million pounds from Zulfi Bukhari

What happened: PTI leader Sayed Zulfi Bukhari serves a 200 million pound defamation notice to PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari over his apparent irresponsible remarks against him. Details: Bukhari served the notice after the PPP chairman raised objections over reports of the former aide’s alleged visit to Israel. On June 28, Bilawal said that the […]

July 2, 2021

112-year-old Puerto Rican sets world record for being the oldest man alive

What happened: The Guinness World Records announced that Puerto Rico’s Emilio Flores Marquez is as the world’s oldest living man at the age of 112 years and 326 days old. Details: He was born in Carolina, east of the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan on on August 8, 1908. Marquez is the second oldest […]

July 1, 2021

Meet EdMatrix, your personalized ticket to acing exams

Are you tired of flipping through monotonous pages without learning anything? Does studying seem like a never-ending job? Are you looking for a place to help you ace exams in a way that you actually like it? Good news, Edmatrix is here to save you. WHAT IS EDMATRIX? Edmatrix is an educational organization that aims […]

July 1, 2021

Over a 1000 infected by the virus for the first time in a week

What happened: Pakistan’s daily coronavirus caseload over the 1,000 cases for the first time in a week. Details: Data issued by the National Command and Operation Centre Thursday morning shows that 46,145 tests were conducted on June 30, out of which, 1,037 people tested positive. The daily case count had been under 1,000 since a […]

July 1, 2021

Bilawal Bhutto and Shah Mehmood Qureshi head-on in a series of punchlines in NA

What Happened: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Shah Mehmood Qureshi exchanged sidesplitting personal digs in the National Assembly on Wednesday. The debate escalated into an outburst after Bilawal Bhutto alleged Shah Mehmood Qureshi of collaborating and campaigning to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan instead of Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani. Bilawal’s sneering accustion: Bilawal Bhutto accused […]

July 1, 2021

Wedding photobombed by a whale at the most comical moment inspiring a meme battle

What happened: A couple getting married in an Aquarium got photobombed by the cutest whale. However, it swam by in the most comical moment. Details: It all started when Reddit user FishMcBite posted a picture on Reddit, asking people to Photoshop it as they please.  The picture shows a couple ready to tie the knot […]

July 1, 2021

Mix-and-Pair Covid vaccines for better immunity, study reveals

What happened: Using different brands of vaccines for first and second doses appears to give better efficacy against the Covid virus, a study by Oxford University revealed. Details: A study by Oxford University has revealed the potential benefits of pairing doses from two different COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Researchers tested the efficacy of the […]

June 30, 2021

PTM activist reports blast in Khyber that killed seven people of single family

What happened: AlamZaib Khan Mahsud, a political and social activist, reported in his tweet that a blast by explosives killed seven people of single family in Khyber today. The deceased included two women and five children. Details: Khan claims that the cause of blast was due to undiffused landmines in Lawargi Khyber District. In his […]

June 30, 2021

12-year-old Mountain Princess sets out to climb 12th highest peak, setting world record

What happened: 12-year-old Selena Khawaja, the mountain princess of Pakistan, is set to embark another summit of the world’s 12th highest peak with her father, Yousef Khawaja. Detail: Broad summit, an 8047-meter-high mountain, is located on the border of Pakistan and China. It is considered to be a very challenging summit due to the steep […]

June 30, 2021

Pakistani migrant dad in Britain sells car after son makes online purchases in game

What happened: A man was forced to sell his car after his 7-year-old son bought an online game called Dragons: Rise of Berk for about £109. Foreign media reported that the child had no idea it was a paid game.  Backstory: After receiving several surprising emails, Father Muhammad Murtaza was notified that a transaction of […]

June 30, 2021

If you’re vaccinated, you can go to the cinema after 1st July

What happened: Punjab government announces re-opening of cinemas, indoor dine-in, parks, and pools from July 1st. As per the NOCC guidelines, only vaccinated people can avail the facilities. Details: Cinema houses, indoor dine-in and several other facilities across the country were ordered to close down in March last year. However, an ease in restrictions has […]

June 30, 2021

‘Never give up:’ Youth overcomes his rare incurable bone disease through body building

What happened: Furqan Butt, a 21-year old from Karachi, was diagnosed with Pycnodysostosis, a rare skeletal abnormality that made him get inexplicable fractures. Although, he was told that his disease was was incurable, Furqan did give up. With unwavering hope, Furqan decided to fight it and succeeded. From 2016 till 2021, Furqan followed a diligent […]

June 30, 2021

Only two-week summer vacation for students in FDE schools

What happened: FDE notified that summer vacations for students this year have been reduced to two weeks starting from July 18 to Aug 1. Details: “Summer vacation will be observed in all educational institutions working under the ambit of Federal Directorate of Education w.e.f 18-07-2021 to 01-08-2021,” the notification read by FDE stated. Federal Directorate […]

June 29, 2021

Athletics at Sindh Assembly: PTI MPAs jump gate after being denied entry

What happened: PTI MPAs climbed the Sindh Assembly gate to enter the premises after guards denied them entry on directions of the speaker yesterday. What you need to know: Yesterday, PTI legislators had interrupted the assembly session when the opposition leader, Haleem Adil Sheikh, was denied the right to address the assembly before his turn. […]

June 29, 2021

Involvement of India’s underworld suspected in Johar Town Blast

What Happened: Sources disclosed the suspected involvement of India’s underworld in the bomb blast that happened in Johar Town Lahore last week. In a breakthrough in the investigations, it was revealed that the same underworld had earlier helped secure the release of Peter Paul David, the suspect of the blast, from a prison in a […]

June 29, 2021

7 ways to identify a fake note according to this Twitter thread

What happened: Twitter user, @smqasimahsan, shares his appalling experience of receiving a counterfeit note of 1000 Rupees in a tweet. People in replies claim to have gone through the same startling incidents. Recently, there has been a recent surge in reports of circulation of counterfeit currency in Pakistan. Earlier this year, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) […]

June 29, 2021

ASP, Amna Baig, commends the injured Police Officers for their bravery in the cross-fire of G-11 Islamabad

What happened: ASP Islamabad Police, Amna Baig, in a tweet reported the injury of “two brave Jawans” who were received several bullets in a cross-fire with armed-dacoits attempting to rob a house in G-11, Islamabad. She requested everyone to pray for their speedy recovery. Details: On June 26th, a cross-fire opened up between Islamabad Police […]

June 29, 2021

Declawed lion rescued from Cambodian home after TikTok video of the animal went viral

What Happened: Authorities raided a house in a district of Phnom Penh in Cambodia to salvage an 18-month-old lion that had been defanged, declawed and illegally kept as a pet. Details: It was reported that the animal was tracked down after videos of it went viral on TikTok. The officers found the male lion padding […]

June 29, 2021

UN Secretary-General urges India to end use of pellets against children in occupied Kashmir

What happened: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his concern over the “grave violations” against children in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK). He insisted the Indian government to take preventive measures to safeguard children, by ending the use of pellets against them. Details: The secretary-general stated in the in the annual report on Children and Armed Conflict: […]

June 29, 2021

Lowest number of COVID19 cases reported in Pakistan today since October 25

What happened: According to reports by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported the lowest coronavirus cases in a single day since October 25. The positivity rate stands at 1.78%.  Backstory: Pakistan continued to report fewer cases of coronavirus today with 735 people contracting the infection. These are the lowest coronavirus cases in […]

June 29, 2021

UAE extends the suspension of flights from Pakistan till July 21

What happened: The United Arab Emirates has extended the ban on flights from Pakistan and 13 other countries till July 21. Backstory: According to report by the Gulf News, Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to prolong the ban on flights from Pakistan and thirteen other countries till July 21. Other countries include India, Nigeria, South Africa, […]

June 29, 2021

SHC orders suspension of TikTok for ‘spreading immorality’

What happened: On Monday, The Sindh High Court Monday ordered the Pakistan Telecommu­nica­tion Authority (PTA) to suspend access to TikTok, the popular video-sharing app, in Pakistan until July 8. Backstory: Earlier, a citizen filed a petition against the “immorality and obscenity” spread by content on the mobile app. As a result, a court order was […]

June 28, 2021

Man appeals the release of his Ahmadi bestfriend jailed over charges of Blasphemy

What Happened: Usman, a resident of Rabwah, was arrested by Pakistani police and FIA authorities in October 2020 on charges of blasphemy and cyber-terrorism under Anti-Ahmadi laws. In a letter to repeal2ndamendtpak, a person claiming to be Usman’s bestfriend calls on for his release. Backstory: A person claiming to be Usman’s bestfriend, in a letter […]

June 28, 2021

Minority organization claims Hindu woman was abducted and forcibly converted in Sindh

What happened: Voice of Pakistan Minority, a non-profit organization committed to protect minority rights in Pakistan, recently reported the possible forced conversion and abduction of a Hindu woman Savari. They revealed in a tweet that the incident took place on 26th June when 4 unknown men in Rahuki, a region in Sindh, abducted the already […]

June 28, 2021

CM Punjab announces involvement of “Hostile intelligence agency” in Lahore blast

What happened: Usman Buzdar, Punjab Chief Minister, revealed in a press conference that a “hostile intelligence agency” was involved in the blast in Lahore’s Johar Town last week. The blast killed three people and injured 24 others. Details: Chief Minister, addressing a press conference in Lahore, said terrorists involved in the blast were arrested in raids that […]

June 28, 2021

Cardi B discloses her pregnancy wearing a sculpture by Pakistani Artist Misha Japanwala

What happened: The Grammy-winning rapper, Cardi shared a ravishing image on Instagram dressed in a divine sculptural breastplate designed by a Pakistani artist Misha Japanwala. The sculpture was custom-made for the occasion.  Speaking directly to Cardi B, Japanwala wrote, “An amazing honour to mold you and create this piece to memorialize such an incredible moment for […]

June 28, 2021

From Palestine to Mars: Read about the Engineer who helped build the first helicopter to fly on Mars.

What Happened: Loay Elbasyouni, a Palestinian from Gaza, is one of engineers that designed NASA’s mini Mars helicopter Ingenuity. NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter was attached to the Perseverance rover that landed on the red planet on Feb. 18 and became “the first aircraft flying on another planet.” On April 19, Ingenuity performed its first flight that […]

June 28, 2021

At least four drown as Karachiites storm the beach amidst the upcoming fourth wave

What happened: At least four picnickers drowned on Sunday as hundreds of Karachiites streamed to the beach to beat the intense heatwave. Backstory: Amidst the excruciating weather and the upcoming fourth wave, people in big crowds are flocking towards the beach and recreational places after the government eased COVID-19 restrictions earlier this month. Although the […]

June 26, 2021

Authorities demolish Aladin Park in Karachi causing an uproar on Twitter

What happened: As per Supreme Court’s order under anti-encroachment operation, authorities are bulldozing the Aladin Park and Pavilion End Club. Around 400 shops built on Aladin Park are being demolished and the occupants of the shops had been asked to vacate. More than 2000 people will lose their livelihoods due to the demolishment. As a […]

June 26, 2021

Muslim woman knocked unconscious in a hate-motived attack: Edmonton, Canada

What happened: A Muslim woman in hijab was knocked unconscious on a St. Albert pathway Wednesday after she and her sister were attacked by a knife-wielding man uttering racial slurs, police say. Backstory: At 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a white man attacked two young Muslim sisters in their 20s. The suspect approached them wielding a […]

June 26, 2021

Transgender runner CeCe Telfer ruled ineligible for US Olympic trials

What happened: CeCe Telfer will not be allowed to compete in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at U.S. Olympic trials because Telfer has not met the conditions World Athletics established in its eligibility regulations for certain women’s events. Backstory: Telfer entered this week’s trials yet was not allowed to compete because of guidelines World Athletics released […]

June 26, 2021

Vaccination certificate mandatory to travel on BRT Peshawar

What Happened: The Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) declares it mandatory to show Covid-19 vaccination certificate for all BRT travel. Backstory: In a statement, the Peshawar BRT spokesman said that the people using the Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will have to show their Covid-19 vaccination certificate from August 1, 2021. He urged the citizens […]

June 26, 2021

Culprit who snatched the purse of a schoolteacher arrested after footage went viral

What Happened: The culprit who snatched the purse of a schoolteacher was arrested after the footage of the incident went viral on Twitter. The stolen items were recovered. Backstory: Early Friday morning, a schoolteacher from Dhoke Chaudhrian was heading to her school when a motorcycle rider violently snatched her purse and the victim fell on the […]

June 25, 2021

Owner of car used in Lahore blast arrested

What Happened: In a breakthrough in the investigation into, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) arrested a suspect of Wednesday’s bomb blast case from the Lahore airport. Backstory: The suspect, identified as Peter Paul David, is said to be a foreign national. He is allegedly the owner of the car used in yesterday’s blast near the residence of Hafiz […]

June 25, 2021

Prediction of fourth COVID-19 wave in Pakistan in July: Asad Umar

What happened: Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning, warns of an emerging fourth COVID-19 wave in Pakistan in July. He urges the nation to follow SOPs to stay safe during the pandemic.  Backstory: According to data analyzed by National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), another wave of the pandemic can hit Pakistan if safety protocols […]

June 25, 2021

Pakistan will soon develop its own vaccine, UVAS Professor

What Happened: Pakistan will soon be able to produce its own coronavirus vaccine, said Dr Tahir Yaqub, a professor at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS). Backstory: The UVAS had launched the initiative to formulate Pakistan’s own coronavirus vaccine, as per a report by The Nation. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar agreed to allocate a […]

June 25, 2021

Five FC soldiers martyred in Balochistan terrorist attack: ISPR

What Happpened: At least five soldiers of Frontier Corps (FC) were martyred in Balochistan Terrorist Attack in Sibi district on Friday. Backstory: According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) terrorists attacked a patrol of the security forces. “During the exchange of fire heavy losses were inflicted on to the terrorists in men […]

June 25, 2021

Facebook introduces financial education platform for women-led businesses in Pakistan

What Happened: Facebook expands its initiative ‘SheMeansBusiness’ through another initiative called ‘Business Resilience through Financial Education (BRFE)’. The platform aims to bolster women-empowerment in Pakistan by encouraging financial inclusion and growth of women-led businesses.  Backstory: ‘SheMeansBusiness’ is operating in 21 countries around the world and more than 1 million women have been trained in digital […]

June 25, 2021

Three killed in clash as police tries to stop the Protest against Janikhel Killing Spree

What Happened: On Wednesday, three people were killed and 12 others, including policemen, were injured after police clashed with protesters from Janikhel while they were marching peacefully towards Islamabad against the targeted killings and abduction in their town. Backstory: Janikhel is a town and union council in the Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Janikhel residents had […]

June 25, 2021

Multan crowned Sultans of Pakistan Super League

What Happened: Multan Sultans triumphed over Peshawar Zalmi in the final to win their maiden Pakistan Super League (PSL) title in the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Zalmi fans disheartened for the third time in four seasons as Multan Sultans thrashed them by 47 runs in the exhilarating final. Sohaib Maqsood […]

June 24, 2021

Haider Ali and Umaid Asif, the Zalmi duo, suspended ahead of PSL final

What happened: Haider Ali and Umaid Asif, the Peshawar Zalmi duo, have been suspended from the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) against Multan Sultans happening Thursday (today). The suspension happened after they admitted to violating health and safety protocols. Backstory: According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that, on Wednesday, the players met  outside […]

June 24, 2021

Punjab Police close to arresting those responsible for Lahore Blast, says Sheikh Rashid

What Happened: Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Interior Minister, states that Punjab police are close to arresting those responsible for yesterday’s blast in Lahore’s Johar Town. The blast claimed the lives of three citizens and injured several. Backstory: According to his tweet, police has achieved “great success” during the investigation process. “Punjab police will soon arrest the suspects and […]

June 24, 2021

Pakistani Nuclear Scientists win International Awards from IAE-FAO

What Happened: Pakistan’s Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB) and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has received outstanding achievement award from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Backstory: A press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that The International Atomic Energy […]

June 24, 2021

Britney Spears speaks out against ‘abusive’ conservatorship: ‘I am traumatized’

What Happened: Britney Spears wants to regain control of her finances and life decisions after 13-year ‘abusive’ conservatorship . Backstory: Speaking in open court for the first time in the case, Spears told the Los Angeles judge overseeing the arrangement of her conservatorship that she wanted it to end. “I am traumatised,” she said, speaking […]

June 24, 2021

World’s largest aircraft lands in Karachi

What happened: The world’s largest cargo aircraft, known as Antonov An-225 Mriya, landed at Karachi airport on Wednesday. Background: The Russian-made aircraft is said to be the longest and heaviest plane ever built. It is powered by six turbofan engines and has a maximum take-off weight of 700 tonnes, It also has the largest wingspan […]

June 24, 2021

Education Minister Balochistan Rind resigns

Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, Balochistan Education Minister and parliamentary party leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, announ­ced his resignation on Wednesday. Ex Minister further indicated that he would take the decision to leave the PTI after consultation with his political friends and people of his constituency. He announced his decision on Friday in Balochistan Assembly while […]

June 24, 2021

US warns to discontinue assistance as Taliban seizes Kabul

What happened: US has warned the Taliban that they will not assist a government imposed by force in Afghanistan and will only continue financial assistance if a recognized government is in charge. Taliban has expanded control over Afghanistan to more than 50 districts since President Joe Biden announced his plan to withdraw all US forces […]

June 23, 2021

No need for nuclear weapons once Kashmir issue is resolved, says Imran Khan

What happened: Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his recent controversial interview on Axios, said that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is “simply a deterrent” to protect the country. Pakistan won’t require it once the Kashmir issue is resolved. “The moment there is a settlement on Kashmir, the two neighbours would live as civilised people. We will not […]

June 23, 2021

Republican Senator continues to withhold $75m funds meant for Palestine

What Happened: Republican Senator Jim Risch continues to support the withholding of the $75m economic funding that the US Congress had already approved for Palestine assistant. Using procedures under a 2018 US law, he said that he would ensure the funds don’t go to the Palestinian Authority or Hamas. Congressman Jamie Raskin seeks to press […]

June 23, 2021

At least 12 injured in Johar Town blast

What Happened: At least 12 people, including women and children, have reported been injured according to Lahore Deputy Commissioner Mudassir Riaz Malik. TV footage showed that the blast took place in a residential area and also caused damage to nearby houses. He says that the cause of the blast is still unclear, however it has […]

June 23, 2021

Pakistan: Massive Increase in Tropical Cyclones due to Climate Change

What Happened: Due to the continuous rise in the sea-surface temperature, the formation of tropical cyclones in the Arabian sea has increased 10 times during the last 20 years. In the years to come, the occurrence of even more frequent and intense tropical cyclone is predicted that may have a drastic impact on the coastal […]

June 23, 2021

“No change was made in the biology textbooks,” says Education Ministry

What happened: Due to the recent outburst on the apparent ‘banning’ of human figures in biology textbooks, the Ministry of Education has released statements claiming that it was “factually inaccurate”. Background: Implementation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Single National Curriculum has started in Islamabad’s schools and for student. The SNC Committee has appointed Religious clerics as members […]

June 22, 2021

Joanne Linville, ‘Star Trek’ Romulan commander, passes at 93

What happened: Joanne Linville, who made a memorable appearance as a Romulan commander in ‘Star Trek’ died Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 93. Her agent confirmed the news of her passing. According to the statement released by her family, “Linville lived a full life. One whose spirit, passion for art and life was an inspiration to all […]

June 22, 2021

Younis Khan and PCB to part ways.

What happened: According to a statement released by the PCB, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Pakistan men’s national cricket team batting coach, Younis Khan, mutually agreed to path ways. Backstory: Younis Khan was appointed as Pakistan men’s national cricket team batting coach in November 2020 on a two-year contract until the ICC Men’s T20 […]

June 22, 2021

13m Pfizer doses to arrive Pakistan

What happened: Resulting an agreement signed with Pfizer, Pakistan will receive 13 million doses of the American vaccine. Backstory: The agreement was signed by Pfizer Pakistan and the National Disaster Manage­ment Authority (NDMA) to supply 13 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (BNT162b2). Doses will arrive in segments over the course of 2021. Sean Marett, […]

June 22, 2021

‘Pakistan will not host any US bases,’ says Imran Khan

What happened: Prime Minister, Imran Khan, stated Pakistan’s priorities in Afghanistan in Washington Post’s op-ed. He wrote that Pakistan is willing to play a diplomatic role to ensure peace in Afghanistan, yet will not host US bases to avoid risking further destruction. Backstory: Amid the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, US has been talking to […]

June 21, 2021

Shehbaz accuses government of ‘criminal negligence’ over shortage of vaccines

What happened: “The unavailability of the vaccine is another proof of the government’s criminal negligence and incompetence,” the PML-N president, Shehbaz Sharif, said in a statement after Pakistan received another shipment of over 1.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China. Backstory: Mr Sharif purported that the “opportunists in this corrupt government” who had already […]

June 21, 2021

Durand Line to be fenced completely by June 30

What happened: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced that Pakistan would complete its fencing of Durand line by 30th June. The minister informed the house that 88 percent of the border with Afghanistan has already been fenced and the rest would be completed by the end of June.  Backstory: Pakistan shares a long porous […]

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