July 27, 2021

MPA’s security guard shot a Foodpanda rider

What happened: A security guard of MPA Khawaja Izharul Hassan (MQM) shot Foodpanda rider, Nadeem, for ringing Hassan’s doorbell in Karachi’s Defense. The rider was there to deliver food that the politician’s family had ordered through the Foodpanda app. Details: Nadeem had refused to hand over the food parcel to the guard and rung the […]

July 27, 2021

“The truth will be out infront of everyone very soon”,says Salar Shamas

Fatima Ahmed from Propergaanda’s team approached Salar Shamas, the singer who has been accused by an anonymous page for allegedly harassing and assaulting women. Fatima had a few questions for him regarding the allegations. (F) state the questions asked by Fatima Ahmed, (S) state the answers given by Salar Shamas (F) Did you personally know […]

July 27, 2021

Wearing jeans cost a 17-year-old girl her life in India

What happened: Neha Paswan, a 17-year-old girl, from Uttar Pardesh was allegedy killed at the hands of her relatives’ beating for wearing jeans. Details: She belonged to a village in Deoria district, which is one of the poorest developed district in the state. Her mother reported the incident to BBC Hindi, narrating that her daughter […]

July 26, 2021

Fatima Changezi becomes the first female naval officer from District Gilgit

Who is Fatima: Fatima Changezi belongs to the district Gilgit and has joined Pakistan Navy as a Sub-Lieutenant. She is the first woman to become a Naval Officer from her District. She recently received her rank after completing the 23rd Short-Service Commission. She was exemplary during her training, earning a gold-medal in sports. Growing up: […]

July 26, 2021

Omar Gilani publishes a sci-fi novel set in futuristic Pakistan about street children

Omar Gilani: Omar is a self-taught artist, illustrator, and designer who hails from Peshawar. At university Omar studied engineering and robotics, but decided to make a career out of his passion for arts. His book: Over Eid, Omar published his debut novel, The Lost Children of Paradise : A Pakistani Science Fiction Novel. It is […]

July 26, 2021

‘Save me before I become the next Noor’, pleads woman seeking refuge from husband

What happened: Wishah AbuBakr, wife of Shahzwar Bugti, has been asking for protection from her husband for over three months after he attempted to kill her for running away from his abuse. Shahzwar then proceeded to leak explicit pictures of his wife Wishah. In her pinned post on her Twitter account, Wishah details her account […]

July 26, 2021

Lahore based singer accused of harassment; Shamas says accusations are fabricated and fake chats are being shared

What happened: An account on Instagram, Wall of Shame Pakistan, shared a post detailing reports from multiple women who claimed they have been harassed or assaulted by Lahore based singer, Salar Shamas late on Sunday. What you need to know: The post claimed that Salar had sexually harassed women and used his influence to threaten […]

July 24, 2021

Sheikh Rasheed spends Eid trying recreational activities

This Eid, Sheikh Rasheed has shared on twitter his attempts at horse riding and rowing a boat. He shared a video of himself horse-riding on his official twitter account on the second day of Eid, leaving many viewers amused. He seems to be at an idyllic farmhouse, dressed in sports wear riding a horse at […]

July 24, 2021

Sindh decides to block mobile SIMs of unvaccinated people

What happened: The Sindh health department has proposed to the NCOC to block mobile SIMs of unvaccinated people in efforts to push people to get vaccinated. Details: The department has given a four phase plan to the NCOC for blocking the SIMs. Unvaccinated people will be first issued a warning in the first phase to […]

July 24, 2021

Abid Sher Ali uses crass language in a verbal fight at a restaurant in London

What happened: Abid Sher Ali of PML-N and his family were out at a restaurant in London for a family meal when he was accused of jumping the queue using his political leverage. He was accused by a fellow Pakistani man, who was also at the restaurant with his family. The accusation quickly turned into […]

July 24, 2021

Gandapur shouts violent remarks against Maryam Nawaz while the nation struggles with femicide

What happened: Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, the Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, has made highly problematic violent remarks against Maryam Nawaz at a public rally in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) Tarar Khal area. Details: Gandapur was criticising the PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz when he turned his criticism more personal and violent. […]

July 24, 2021

Noor’s father, Shaukat Mukadam, talks to media

What happened: Shaukat Mukadam spoke to the media alongside PM’s Special Assistant, Shahbaz Gill. Mr. Shaukat has highlighted crucial details regarding his daughter’s brutal murder while demanding definitive justice from the law as a bereaved father and a Pakistani who has served his country well. The points he highlighted The “I” in PTI stands for […]

July 24, 2021

WhatsApp makes group calls even better for iPhone users

What happened: WhatsApp has updated its calling interface and also offered new settings for “archived chats” for iPhone users. Details: The calling screen looks similar to the FaceTime screen which shows everyone who is on the call. Group calls have been also made easier in this update, if somebody was unable to attend the group […]

July 23, 2021

Pakistan calls on UN to investigate PM Imran Khan’s phone hack by India

What happened: Pakistan, on Friday, has asked the UN to look into India’s use of Pegasus Spyware to spy on PM Imran Khan. Pegasus Spyware is an Israeli software that has been reported by The Washington Post, among others, to be spying on over 50, 000 “persons of interest”. Details: PM Imran Khan’s phone was […]

July 23, 2021

Sindh to re-impose COVID restrictions from Monday

What happened: A provincial coronavirus task force meeting was held on Friday to discuss the response to the quickly rising COVID cases in Sindh. Decisions were taken to re-impose certain certain restrictions from July 26, Monday. The task force meeting was chaired by the Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. The restrictions: Indoor and outdoor […]

July 23, 2021

This is why Therapy Works has come under question following Noor Mukadam’s murder

What happened on Tuesday: Noor Mukadam, 27, daughter of former diplomat Shaukat Mukadam, was found murdered at a private residence in Islamabad’s upscale Sector F-7/4 on Tuesday night. The brutal murder has gained national interest, with #JusticeforNoor standing at the number one trend on Twitter as people rally against the murder that was allegedly committed […]

July 23, 2021

Zahir Jaffer was “sound and in his senses” at the murder scene, says SSP Ataur Rehman

What happened: Ataur Rehman, the SSP Investigation, has said at the pres conference regarding the Noor Mukadam murder case that the suspect Zahir Jaffer was completely sound and in his senses when he was arrested from the murder scene. Details: SSP Rehman further clarified that Zahir may have a history of drug abuse but at […]

July 23, 2021

Zahir Jaffer, the murderer in the Noor Mukadam case, is still the Chief Brand Strategist for AJCL

What happened: Zahir Jaffer, who murdered and beheaded Noor Mukadam is still the Chief Brand Strategist for AJCL, the company his father owns. AJCL, a giant, has deep and strong roots in Pakistan. The company has given no official comment on the brutal murder at the hands of its own, Zahir Jaffer. Jaffer’s family owns […]

July 23, 2021

Khadija Siddiqi’s stabber has been released early from jail

What happened: Shah Hussain, who stabbed Khadija Siddiqi 23 times in 2016 has been released from jail before the completion of his prison sentence. He was sentenced to 5 years in jail, but has been released just after 3.5 years. Details: Prominent lawyer and activist Jibran Nasir has questioned the early release of the convict […]

July 19, 2021

Doctors urge for COVID health emergency in Karachi as hospitals run out of space

What happened: Doctors and health experts request the government to impose a health emergency in Karachi over rising COVID cases due to which various hospitals have run out of beds to accommodate COVID patients. Details: The Indus Hospital in Karachi says their COVID ward is filled out with no more space. Dr Bari of the […]

July 19, 2021

Increased police and commandoes to be posted on Railway Stations for Eid

What happened: Inspector General (IG) of Pakistan Railways (PR) Police has announced that ahead of and during the Eid-ul-Adha, security and policing across Railway Stations will be heightened. Police personnel, commandoes, and even bomb squad have been installed across Railway premises. Details: The IG has advised security officials to keep an eye out for suspicious […]

July 19, 2021

Aisam Qureshi calls out Abdul Razzak and Nauman Ijaz for making fun of female athletes

What happened: Aisam Qureshi, Pakistan’s star tennis athlete, called out both Abdul Razzak, Pakistani cricketer, and Nauman Ijaz, Pakistani actor, for making fun of female athletes aimed at Nida Dar on a talk-show. Nida Dar is the all-rounder for Pakistan Woman Cricket Team. Details: Aisam Qureshi posted a video on Instagram addressing the sexist remarks […]

July 19, 2021

PPP leader pleads for permission to fly for daughter’s first day of university

What happened: Sharjeel Memon, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker facing charges against him has pleaded to the Sindh High Court (SHC) to have his name removed from the no-fly list so he could travel abroad to attend his daughter’s first day at a foreign university. Details: Memon wishes as a father to drop his […]

July 19, 2021

Modi government “ensured” Pakistan stayed on the FATF grey list, says Indian FM

What happened: Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar credited the Modi government for ensuring that Pakistan stayed on FATF’s grey list while speaking at the training program on the foreign policy of the Modi government. Details: He is reported to have said that “it was due to the Modi government’s efforts” Pakistan was still on the […]

July 19, 2021

Bus collision kills at least 27 people in Dera Ghazi Khan

What happened: A passenger bus collided with a truck in Dera Ghazi Khan on the Indus Highway killing at least 27 people and injuring more than 40. The bus was on a route from Sialkot to Rajanpur, passengers travelling back home for Eid-ul-Adha. The Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid expressed his sorrow and offered condolences to […]

July 17, 2021

Siyani Sahelian’s animated film CoronaVirus and Mental Health is tackling a crucial topic

What is Siyani Sahelian: It is a program under SOC Films that aims to empower the most marginalized adolescent girls in South Punjab through remedial learning, vocational training and life skills. Until now, the Siyani Sahelian programme has helped over 36,000 out-of-school adolescent girls in South Punjab through post-primary opportunities for learning gains, vocational education […]

July 17, 2021

The new Comfort ad has opened up a #LongLiveClothes trend about lawn

Many are lauding Comfort’s new ad that conveys an interesting message about fast-fashion, by encouraging consumers to take care of the clothes they already have instead of buying news ones to replace them. The reactions: Twitter users reacted to the ad with their own concerns regarding the affordability and durability of branded luxurious lawns. Click […]

July 17, 2021

Vaccination centres across Pakistan will remain closed on first day of Eid

What happened: The NCOC has announced that COVID vaccination centres will remain closed nationwide on the first day of Eid-ul-Adha, which will fall on Wednesday (21st July). Details: The COVID vaccination centres will open on the second day of Eid. The decision to close the centres for the first day of Eid was taken due […]

July 17, 2021

12 Indian Delta variant cases confirmed in Lahore

What happened: The Punjab health department confirmed on Saturday that 12 cases of the Indian Delta COVID variant have been detected through random testing via genome sequencing. Details: 28 samples were randomly picked from three hospitals in Lahore, the Services Hospital, Meo Hospital and Jinnah Hospital. Out of these samples, 12 cases were confirmed for […]

July 17, 2021

WhatsApp will suspend or delete accounts if your phone has these apps

What happened: If there are certain applications downloaded on your phone, WhatsApp will first suspend your account and then delete it in-case of non-compliance. At first, the account will be suspended temporarily and then deleted permanently if the user does not delete the applications that violate WhatsApp’s rules. Details: The applications that violate the terms-of-use […]

July 17, 2021

Asad Umar advises unvaccinated people to avoid going to the Northern areas

What happened: Asad Umar, the NCOC chief, has advised unvaccinated people to avoid going to the North “so that your entertainment does not become the cause of someone’s death”. He requested everyone to take special care and precaution during the Eid holidays. Details: Asad Umar further explained at the press briefing that un-vaccinated people are […]

July 17, 2021

Islamabad Police’s Gender Protection Unit is a safe-haven for women and children seeking justice and protection

ICT Police’s Gender Protection Unit was created to make it easy for women and children to access justice and protection systems in case of violence and sexual harassment. The Unit can be contacted by dialing “8090”. There is a walk-in facility that is open 24/7 in F-6 and it is managed entirely by women for […]

July 16, 2021

“She Said”, the film about Weinstein and the #MeToo movement is set to premier in 2022

What happened: A film based on the investigation of sexual harassment cases against Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement that followed is expected to premier in cinemas by November 2022. Details: The film stars Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan in the main roles of the New York Times reporters that initially broke the story of […]

July 16, 2021

Oil discovered while drilling for water in Islamabad

What happened: While drilling a water bore, oil was discovered in Islamabad’s H/13 Sector. As residents found out about the accidental discovery, many started drilling for oil. They used suction machines to pump out oil and sell it. As per Islamabad’s Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat, the locals were selling oil to brick kilns before […]

July 16, 2021

McDonald’s is now offering its employees childcare support amongst other benefits

What happened: In attempts to attract employees, McDonald’s in the US is offering emergency childcare support to its employees. There are reports that McDonald’s could also be offering eldercare, wage and benefits workshops, and tuition assistance in order to boost hiring. Details: Fast-food workers have been especially struggling since the start of the pandemic and […]

July 16, 2021

Most populous state in India is proposing a two-child policy

What happened: Uttar Pradesh (UP), the most populous state in India, has proposed a two-child legislation that seeks to restrict couples from having more than two children. The population density in this state is more than double the national average while the per capita income in UP is less than half the national average. As […]

July 16, 2021

Pakistan and Uzbekistan to make film on the first Mughal emperor – PM Imran Khan

What happened: PM Imran Khan has announced that Pakistan and Uzbekistan will be making a film on Zaheer ud din Babar, the first Mughal emperor. The aim of this collaborative effort between Pakistan and Uzbekistan is to create awareness between the young people of both the countries about the historic connection between Pakistan and Uzbekistan. […]

July 16, 2021

An educationist has reviewed the new Science books by SNC and the review is worrying

An educationist’s review of Pakistan’s science books highlights that there is no coherence between the Waqfiyat-i-Aama (WA) science books 1-3 and the Single National Curriculum (SNC) science books 4-5. Chapters in Book 4 jump from plants to animals and then plants again without clear flow of ecosystem or energy. The term “energy” itself is only mentioned […]

July 16, 2021

Karachi fire burns 50 rickshaws and 15 motorbikes to ashes

What happened: Early morning on Friday, a large fire in the parking lot of a building in Zaman Town’s Sector 50-C of Karachi has destroyed 50 rickshaws and 15 motorbikes completely. Investigation into how the fire started is still underway. This is a developing story a of now. Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

July 15, 2021

The historic Mukhi House is now a museum in Hyderabad

What happened: Provincial Minister for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Syed Sardar Ali Shah inaugurated the newly converted Mukhi House Museum in Hyderabad. The house was built in 1920 by a prominent figure of Hyderabad, Mukhi Jethanand. Details: In 2015, it was handed over to the Sindh government to be turned into Hyderabad Museum. It is […]

July 15, 2021

PTI awards ministry to Moonis Elahi of PML-Q in a controversial move

PTI has announced that the PML-Q leader Chaudhry Moonis Elahi is to be the next minister for water resources. This decision is being questioned in the light of the supposed promise by the PTI to their allies, PML-Q, that a federal ministry would be awarded to them in exchange for their alliance with PTI. Twitter […]

July 15, 2021

Zulfi Bukhari cleared in Pindi Ring Road scandal

What happened: Anti-Corruption Punjab Director General Gohar Nafees has said that Zulfi Bukhari and Ghulam Sarwar Khan have both been cleared of any suspicion and charges following the investigation report of the Pindi Ring Road irregularities case. The report has also been shared with PM Imran Khan. However, Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari (Zulfi Bukhari) has handed over […]

July 15, 2021

COVID positive cases in Pakistan jump by 28.5 percent in single day

What happened: The fourth COVID wave is getting stronger in Pakistan as positive cases rise by 28.5 per cent in a single day from 1,980 cases on Wednesday to more than 2,500 on Thursday. Details: The NCOC also states that now the positivity ratio stands at 5.2 per cent whereas a day ago it was […]

July 15, 2021

Filipino woman found “strangled to death” in her Clifton apartment

What happened: 32 year-old Filipino woman, Sheela, was found dead in her Upper Gizri apartment on Wednesday. The woman who lived in the same building, also a Filipino, reported the death to the police. Details: Sheela, the victim was living alone in her apartment for the past seven months and was also a cardiac patient. […]

July 10, 2021

Usman Mirza might be awarded the death sentence, says IG Islamabad Police

What happened: Qazi Jameel ur Rehman, the IG Islamabad Police, has said that Usman Mirza’s crimes meet the threshold of a life sentence or even a death penalty. The Islamabad Police has been following PM Imran Khan’s direction for this case. The culprits have been charged with 4 different sections of charges. Details: The IG […]

July 10, 2021

Largest fruit forest of Asia being planted in Lahore

The Punjab government has announced that the largest fruit forest of Asia is being planted in Lahore. More than 1.1 million trees have already been planted at more than 51 places in Lahore. Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

July 10, 2021

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine now approved in Saudi Arabia

What happened: On Friday, the Food and Drug Authority of Saudi Arabia approved the use of Moderna vaccine in the Kingdom, making it the fourth vaccine approved there. Soon the import of the two-dose vaccine will start. Details: Earlier, only Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines were approved within the Kingdom. Moderna’s vaccine […]

July 9, 2021

Police SHO and IO suspended for hushing rape of medical student

What happened: Dera Ghazi Khan’s regional police officer (RPO) suspended the Karam Dad Qureshi police station house officer (SHO) and investigation officer (IO) for not mentioning the rape of a medical student at gunpoint in the FIR report of a house robbery. The robbers also made a video clip of the rape. Details: An inquiry […]

July 9, 2021

Usman Khan from Peshawar becomes Charlie Chaplin to lighten up the pandemic gloom

Who is Usman Khan: Usman Khan, a 28 year old, used to be a toy vendor on the streets of Peshawar. Now he is the Charlie Chaplin cheering up Peshawaris. Usman comes from a struggling impoverished family and his role playing Chaplin helps him set aside his own troubles for a while too. Why he […]

July 9, 2021

Asad Umar announces start of fourth COVID-19 wave in the country

What happened: Asad Umar, the Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Head of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), announced on twitter that there are clear signs of the fourth wave starting in the country. He highlighted SOP negligence, the Delta variant, and indoor gatherings without following the vaccine condition. Click here to […]

July 9, 2021

Edhi’s statue unveiled at Hockey Chowk in Quetta

What happened: At a ceremony marking Abdul Sattar Edhi’s fifth death anniversary, his son Faisal Edhi unveiled Edhi’s statue which has been installed at the Hockey Chowk in Quetta. The statue is made by Balochistan’s famous sculptor Ishaq Lehri. Details: The statue of the beloved humanitarian is 17-foot tall and four-foot wide. It took three […]

July 8, 2021

Zardari says Nawaz Sharif’s Punjab domicile is better than his

What happened: Asif Ali Zardari, the former president told the media that he was being treated unfairly by the law due to his ethnicity and domicile. Zardari asserts that he is being forced to appear in court in-person even though his legal counsel pleaded that Zardari’s ill-health is serious concern. “Mian Sahab’s domicile is better […]

July 8, 2021

PM Imran Khan launches first Pakistan-made eco-friendly e-bike

What happened: At the launch ceremony on Thursday in Islamabad, the PM announced the Jolta Electric’s e-bike and stressed the need for environmental protection. The PM explained the importance of electric vehicles in helping lower air pollution levels. Details: The e-bike comes as a first major step towards electrifying the country’s automobile industry. Jolta’s e-bike […]

July 8, 2021

TikTok launches “video resumes” option for users

What happened: TikTok has launched an option to upload video resumes for its users for US-based jobs raging from entry level positions to more experienced positions. The “TikTok Resumes” option will be open between July 7 till July 31. Details: The launch by TikTok comes as a response to labour shortage in the US as […]

July 8, 2021

“Hitler did a lot of good things”, according to Trump

What happened: In an upcoming book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election”, an exchange between Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly is recounted where Trump reportedly said to John that “Hitler did a lot of good things”. This exchange happened when Trump was on a visit to Europe. Trump was then advised by […]

July 8, 2021

First Arab woman to become an astronaut

Who is she: Nora al Matrooshi is a 28-year old mechanical engineer from the UAE who is currently training to become an astronaut. She has dreamt about space since she was a little girl, wanting to explore the space like her ancestors explored oceans. “My mum’s side of the family are sailors. I’d say they […]

July 7, 2021

This Pakistani start-up is helping empower local artists by bringing them online for the first time

What does Vceela do: Akeel Khalid founded the company in 2016 to connect talented artisans with local and international markets. Vceela wanted to support established entrepreneurs and even the upcoming ones. The jobs they created helped not only in terms of employment but also helped save the dying arts and culture. The company has enabled […]

July 7, 2021

Delta, Beta, and Alpha COVID-19 variants detected in Pakistan

What happened: The Natio­nal Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has confirmed that different COVID-19 variants including Delta (Indian), Beta (South African), and Alpha (UK) have been detected in Pakistan. Such variants have been present in the country since May as per their study. Details: The NCOC is monitoring these variants in Pakistan through whole-genome sequen­cing […]

July 7, 2021

Dilip Kumar, a legend against all odds, dies at the age of 98

Dilip Kumar was born at Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar in 1922. He was the fourth of 12 children to Ayesha and Mohammad Sarwar Khan. His parents chose the name, Mohammed Yusuf Khan for him. Dilip Kumar was his chosen stage name when he started his life-long career in the film industry. Dilip dreamt of […]

July 7, 2021

The Economist ranks Pakistan third in “Return to Normalcy Index”

What happened: Out of 50 countries Pakistan has ranked 3rd in The Economist’s Global Normalcy Index. This index shows which countries are returning to the pre-pandemic levels of normal life. Pakistan’s normalcy score out of 100 is at 84.4 making it third after Hong Kong (first) and New Zealand (second). Details: The index uses eight […]

July 7, 2021

PM Imran Khan vows to end colonial legacy of protocol and security

In a series of tweets, PM Imran Khan announced that he will forgo protocol and security for any private function in order to save taxpayer money and avoid inconvenience to the public. There will also be a review of protocol and security for other government officials. He linked the use of protocol and security to […]

July 7, 2021

Schools for transgenders to be set up in Punjab

What happened: Education Minister Dr Murad Raas, announced on Tuesday that separate schoold for the transgender community will be set up in Punjab very soon. The first such school will be established in Multan. Details: The announcement was made at the ceremony of the Insaf Afternoon School Programme in Lahore. The Minister further clarified that […]

July 6, 2021

Muslim women in India put for sale on website

What happened: A Senior Correspondent for The Print India, Fatima Khan, tweeted something disturbing about a website offering “Sulli Deals”. Muslims in India are often referred to as Sulla or Sulli in a derogatory manner. The reactions on Twitter were that of anger, disgust, and surprise: Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

July 6, 2021

Woman tries to blow-out Olympic Torch using water-gun

What happened: A 54-year old woman was arrested in Japan for protesting against the Tokyo Games by using a water-gun to spray down the Olympic Torch. She was protesting against holding the games amidst a global pandemic. Details: Her video has gone viral on social media, she is seen trying to blow out the torch […]

July 6, 2021

US troops flee Afghanistan without informing Afghan officials

What happened: Late last night, American troops left the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan quietly without informing Afghan military officials. The Afghan military officials found out about the US departure two hours after they had left the airfield. Details: Looters took advantage of the quiet departure of US and ransacked the airfield as there was a […]

July 6, 2021

RSF puts PM Imran Khan on the Press Freedom Predators list

What happened: Reporters without Borders (RSF) published a new report for 2021 which details predators of press freedom across the world. This report lists heads of state or governments that restrict press freedom and impose severe censorship. Details: The report justified the listing with alleged cases of interrupted newspaper distribution, control of media outlets and […]

July 6, 2021

Saudi prince is being investigated for “modern-day slavery” charges

What happened: French prosecutors are investigating claims against a Saudi prince for keeping seven women as slaves in his apartment outside of Paris. Most of the women were from Philippines and filed complains of “modern-day slavery” against the prince. Details: The maids were recruited in Saudi Arabia but fled from Paris when they were working […]

July 6, 2021

Students can now intern at Punjab Police

What happened: The Punjab police has announced a four-week long internship program for students. Students from various degree programs can participate in the internship program at police offices. Details: The internship launch is in efforts to promote awareness and offer practical insight into police-work. The Inspector General of Punjab Police Inam Ghani said the aim […]

July 5, 2021

10-year “Golden Residency” for outstanding students and their families by the UAE

What happened: The UAE government has announced a 10-year “Golden Residency” visa to outstanding students in efforts to attract talented people to the country. The students need an average of at least 95 percent in high school certificate from public or private schools to be able to apply for the visa. University students of specific […]

July 5, 2021

Expired Indian-made cosmetics worth Rs320 million seized in Lahore

What happened: In a successful operation, Pakistan Customs, seized millions worth expired Indian-made cosmetics from a warehouse in Lahore and a case against the warehouse owner has been registered. The truck carrying the cosmetics was followed by Customs Intelligence from Faisalabad. Backstory: Recently, there were also raids on fake hair color-producing factory in Lahore which […]

July 5, 2021

“Indian Cyber Troops” hacked Sindh High Court’s website

What happened: Sindh High Court’s official website, (www.sindhhighcourt.gov.pk), was hacked by Indian hacker group by the name of “Indian Cyber Troops” over the weekend. Details: The hackers also shared some pictures on the hacked website. There has been no official statement on the matter by the Sindh High Court yet. It is also not the […]

July 5, 2021

Expatriate Pakistanis can now get Moderna vaccine in KPK

What happened: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KPK), provincial health department has announced that Pakistani expatriate workers who are stuck in Pakistan and unable to travel abroad to their duty stations can now be given Moderna COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday. Many have been unable to get back to their country of work because of shortage of acceptable vaccines […]

July 5, 2021

Most Hindus believe, to be Indian one has to be a Hindu

What happened: The Pew Research Center in Washington conducted a survey through nearly 30,000 face-to-face interviews in India from 2019-2020. The results of the survey concluded that majority of Hindus in India believe that one must be a Hindu and speak Hindi to be truly Indian. Details: Also the report includes data on how more […]

July 5, 2021

Matric Physics paper is leaked as exams began in Karachi

What happened: The Matric Physics paper was leaked just minutes after the exam started in an examination centre in Karachi. There were also reports of the exam starting late and causing inconvenience for students and parents alike. Annual Examinations 2021 for Secondary School Certificate start today across Sindh. Details: As per the board, special teams […]

July 5, 2021

Balochistan sets up digital libraries under Rs500 million fund for women’s empowerment

What happened: Mahjabeen Sheeran, the Parliamentary Secretary for Women Development, announced that the 2021-22 budget of Balochistan allocates Rs500 million for the economic empowerment of women. She further stated that this was in-line with Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alayani’s vision for women playing a vital role in the uplift of Balochistan. Details: There are plans […]

July 3, 2021

Pakistani bird watcher captures stunning photos of birds in the wild

Zahran, who is a hobbyist bird-watcher and photographer, is using his talent to promote the birds in Pakistan. These are some of our favourite photos and captions from Zahran’s twitter. Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

July 3, 2021

The loadshedding in Lahore is so bad that author Muhammad Hanif misses K-Electric

Needless to say, we are all pretty frustrated with the loadshedding that follows us anywhere we go in Pakistan. Muhammad Hanif seemed to be in the same boat when he went to Lahore. While him tagging K-Electric is no surprise and just a reminder of the inefficiency of our power management, it was K-Electric’s reply […]

July 3, 2021

The Queens come crashing down as Canadians confront their colonial history

What happened: Unmarked graves of hundreds of indigenous children have been discovered in Canada at the sites of controversial former “Residential Schools”. This discovery has reopened painful wounds for indigenous and other communities in Canada. The anger Canadians feel over this horrific past has led to burning of Catholic Churches and toppling statues of Queen […]

July 3, 2021

At 23, Aruba Faridi becomes the youngest female aerospace engineer in Pakistan

Who is Aruba: Aruba is 23 years old and comes from a family of seven in Karachi. Her father and brother both work in the field of engineering, and this encouraged Aruba to get into engineering herself too. Growing up she didn’t play with dolls but with tools and electronic devices. She loved working with […]

July 3, 2021

Pakistanis travelling abroad will now be able to get Moderna Vaccine

What happened: Asad Umar, The Federal Minister for Planning, has announced that Pakistanis who have to travel abroad especially for work or studies will now be able to get the two-dose Moderna Vaccine. Some countries have not yet accepted the Chinese vaccines, and Moderna is now the third non-Chinese vaccine available in Pakistan. Details: 2.5 […]

July 2, 2021

India’s tribal skating legend claims Netflix’s new movie is her stolen story

What happened: Skater Girl on Netflix is directed by an Indian filmmaker Manjari Makijany but it does not credit the Indian girl, Asha Gond, the film is based on. The 21 year old Asha says the film is about her and her Indian village. She even wrote an email to the filmmakers after watching the […]

July 2, 2021

Influencers legally required to label their edited photos due to “body pressure” in Norway

What happened: There are new regulations on influencers in Norway to help combat “body pressure in society”. Youth groups and Norway’s Ministry of Children and Family Affairs have advocated for strict measures over concerns around body image and mental health. The new legislation will compel influencers to label and disclose any images of themselves that […]

July 2, 2021

Record-breaking heatwave kills hundreds in Canada

What happened: Over the past week extreme heatwave has killed about 500 people in Canada. British Columbia in Canada has experienced the worst of the temperatures with hundreds of “sudden deaths” reports. Canada’s highest ever temperature of 49.6C was recorded in British Columbia on Wednesday, causing a wildfire and evacuation of a town. A resident […]

July 2, 2021

Officer Sana rides her bike to work everyday, breaking societal stereotypes while saving cost and time

What happened: Our favourite police-woman Amna Baig tweeted about a police officer, named Sana, who rides her bike to work so she can save time and cost. While riding a motorbike is a norm in Pakistan, it is a norm for mainly Pakistani men. Recently we have seen women breaking this silly stereotype and using […]

July 2, 2021

Aaminah Qadir is offering her legal services free of charge for females, children, and minority groups

What happened: Aaminah Qadir, a young lawyer based in Lahore, has offered her legal services pro-bono over the next few months for females, children, and minority groups. She can be reached at aaminahq@gmail.com What was the reaction: Twitter users reacted positively, appreciating her gesture, giving suggestions, and reaching out to her regarding their issues. Click […]

July 2, 2021

Convoy of army vehicles was bombed on Quetta’s Airport Road

What happened: More than 3 kilograms of explosives were used on a motorbike to attack a convoy of six Pakistani army vehicles on Quetta’s Airport Road last night. The bomb has injured six people and left one in critical condition. The explosion also damaged nearby buildings. Emergency was declared at the city’s Civil Hospital where […]

July 1, 2021

Kashmiri man found innocent after 12 years in Indian jail

What happened: Bashir Ahmed Baba is from Srinagar and was jailed in an Indian jail in 2010. The charges against him by the police were proven false after 12 years. He was cleared of all charges against him including the controversial Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Under this law several activists and journalists have been […]

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“We actually accept the Chinese version”, says PM Imran Khan about Uighur situation

What happened: At the centenary of the ruling Communist Party, PM Imran Khan spoke to Chinese journalists to praise the Communist Party. Imran Khan also questioned the version of the Uighur situation that was being given by the Western media saying that “because of our extreme proximity and relationship with China, we actually accept the […]

July 1, 2021

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KPK) Mashal Aamir wins 2021 Diana Award for her services to humanity

What happened: Mashal Aamir won the Diana Award on 28th June for her services to humanity and welfare marking a great honour for Pakistan and for KPK. She has participated in Welfare activities throughout Pakistan, Korea, and the USA. Her work focuses on racial and socioeconomic barriers and she has taken up many roles to […]

July 1, 2021

China has the worst electricity shortage and that’s a big problem

What happened: Due to extreme weather in China, the high demand for power has hit the nation’s electricity grid. There are strict limits on coal usage for power forcing the country to rely on power rationing. This problem could last for months and impact China’s manufacturing and in turn the global trade. Details: This is […]

July 1, 2021

Hindu man in India paints calligraphy on mosques without “haddiya” out of spiritual connection

Who is Anil Kumar Chowhan: Anil Kumar Chowhan is a self-taught calligraphy artist from Hyderabad, India. His career in painting started over 30 years ago, with him getting into first painting signboards for shops and then moving onto painting temples, dargaahs, and mosques. Coming from a very poor family, Chowhan had to give up his […]

June 30, 2021

Plots to be allotted to those affected by anti-encroachment drive in Karachi

What happened: The Sindh government will allot alternate plots, measuring 80-yards, to people affected by the anti-encroachment drive, including residents of Nullahs and Nasla Tower in Karachi. The commission which will manage the allotment is to be headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court. Backstory: On June 26, the United Nations High Commissioner […]

June 30, 2021

Influencer Susan Khan used a lion as party prop and that is not okay

Last week videos of Susan Khan’s birthday party went viral in which a chained lion being used as a prop can be seen. The advocacy page Project Save Animals picked up on the event and used its platform to highlight how wrong it is to use animals as decoration pieces to show-off wealth and status. […]

June 30, 2021

Fawad Chaudhry says his ‘head is spinning’ after latest ban on TikTok

What happened: Fawad Chaudhry the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting tweeted about the need for judicial reforms after recent high court decision to ban TikTok. He further linked judicial reforms to economic crisis, saying that the economic situation of the country won’t improve without judicial reforms. He also pointed out that the country had […]

June 30, 2021

Quarantine before COVID-19: ancient isolation rooms found in caves

What happened: 81 ancient isolation chambers that are carved in caves have been discovered in Oman. They are said to be used to isolate patients of plague and smallpox in the olden days. “The aim of these quarries was to reduce the spread of disease among the population,” said the Omani Ministry of Heritage and […]

June 30, 2021

Karachi ranks one of 10 most stressful cities in the world, just above Baghdad

What happened: According to the listing by German company VAAY, Karachi is one of the 10 most stressful cities in the world to live in 2021. The list is created by analysing 15 major stress indicators which include governance, environment, finance and security. Details: Cities with the most stressful conditions are at the bottom of […]

June 30, 2021

Loadshedding trends at No. 1 on Twitter as cities experience shutdowns

What happened: Pakistanis have had to face increased hours of loadshedding since Tuesday. Areas across Pakistan have had varying hours of loadshedding, some even reporting 6 to 8 hrs of no power. During the peak of summers with avg. temperature in 40 Celsius citizens are finding it exceptionally difficult to get through the days and […]

June 29, 2021

People are pretty pissed at Storm Fiber today and here’s why

What happened: @omar_quraishi tweeted the fiber optic internet service provider Storm Fiber questioning their lack of service even after paying over Rs 6, 500 per month. Mr. Quraishi was unable to watch an intense Euro 2021 match between Netherlands and Czech Republic. How did people react: His tweet mentioning Storm Fiber was met with many […]

June 29, 2021

Karachi Bachao Tehreek calls for “end to illegal and inhuman attempts to grab land from working class communities”

What happened: Karachi Bachao Tehreek conducted 80 surveys within 3 settlements along the Gujjar Nullah. The objective of the research was to determine the human cost of the anti-encroachment drive that the vulnerable community will have to bear. Details: The anti-encroachment drive is being conducted based on a survey by NED University that only takes […]

June 29, 2021

Why is Bilal from Baby Planet reaching out to everyone in Lahore?

What happened: najeebz18 at twitter had an urgent request for Bilal. She tweeted last night asking Bilal from Baby Planet to stop messaging and emailing her to market their products, especially as she didn’t even have kids. How did people react: The key takeaway from the engagement over this tweet was that Bilal from Baby […]

June 29, 2021

The Cantonment Board has started mandatory registration of pet dogs in Karachi

What happened: CBC has notified that under section 119 and the Cantonment Act 1924 pet owners must register their dogs. The form is available for Rs 250, while the registration fee is Rs 2,000 per dog. Details: This decision was taken after a man was severely attacked by a pair of pet dogs. The form […]

June 29, 2021

Biden administration is sending Pakistan 1.5m doses of the Moderna vaccine

What happened White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Monday that the Biden administration is sending 1.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Pakistan. It will also be sending two million doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine to Peru. Theses doses are part of the 75 per cent of unused Covid-19 vaccines which […]

June 29, 2021

Ehsaas Kafalat programme will now allow transgender persons under its welfare scheme

What happened: The social welfare programme by the government, Ehsaas Kafalat, announced on Monday that it will now include all transgender persons with valid CNIC in the country under its scheme. Details: The programme will provide a stipend of Rs 2,000 to each beneficiary along with a savings bank account. As transgender people live as […]

June 28, 2021

Wasfa Kamal honours exceptional Pakistanis through her illustrations

Wasfa Kamal is a young artist who is challenging cultural and societal stereotypes through her art. On 1st June, Wasfa shared an illustration of Arfa Kareem on her Instagram account announcing a 30-day challenge of her celebrating exceptional Pakistanis through her illustrations. Day 01: Arfa Kareem Day 02: Sadequian Day 03: Muniba Mazari Day 04: […]

June 28, 2021

NCOC is expected to gradually normalise inbound flights from July 1

What happened: National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has released a document stating that from July 1 inbound flights from United Kingdom (UK), Europe, Canada, China and Malaysia will be increased from 20pc to 40pc. Details: COVID-19 situation in most of the world seems to be improving, and as masses continue to get vaccinated air […]

June 28, 2021

Parliamentary meeting on 1st July to decide whether US bases inside Pakistan to be permitted

What happened: A meeting of the parliamentary committee has been summoned by National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on 1st July to discuss national security matters, including the matter of US bases inside Pakistan. Details: COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa and DG ISI Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed are expected to attend the meeting as well. The […]

June 28, 2021

Teenager in Karachi has died due to allegedly “poisoned” cold coffee from a juice center

What happened: On Sunday night, a 19 year old boy died in Gulshan-e-Iqbal (Karachi) after having a cold coffee from a juice center. There is still not an autopsy report, but rescue officials say it could be a case of poisoning. Details: The 19 year old was with his wife when they both bought cold […]

June 28, 2021

Islamabad COVID-19 vaccination center has reopened after vandalisation and strike

What happened: The f-9 vaccination center in Islamabad has reopened following vandalisation. The staff at the center had announced to go on strike after the center was vandalised. “We have sought more doses of Astra Zeneca as F-9 mass vaccination center is currently being overcrowded owing to the arrival of people from other districts also”, […]

June 28, 2021

PM Imran Khan asks youth to prepare for the ‘biggest tree plantation campaign in Pakistan’s history’

What happened: The PM has asked all Pakistanis, especially the youth, to help execute the nation’s biggest plantation drive. Details: The plantation drive is part of Imran Khan’s government’s “green Pakistan” campaign. The aim is to achieve plantation of 1 billion trees by June 2021. The government has also tried to motivate students to plant […]

June 26, 2021

All COVID-19 vaccination centers in Lahore will remain closed on Sunday (tomorrow)

What happened: The provincial capital’s deputy commissioner has said that vaccination centers across Lahore will remain closed on 27 June 2020 (Sunday). Citizens are advised not to visit any center tomorrow. Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

June 26, 2021

Human Rights Watch says UAE is “forcibly disappearing and deporting” Pakistani Shia Muslims

What happened: Human Rights Watch (HRW) says four Pakistani men had disappeared in October 2020 and at least six others had been deported by UAE authorities because of their Shia faith. The HRW report furthers details that the ten men had “mostly lived and worked in the UAE, a Sunni Muslim Gulf monarchy, for many […]

June 26, 2021

Owner to be arrested for pet dogs attacking a passer-by on charges of “criminal negligence”

What happened: Humayun Ali Khan, the owner of the pet dogs, and the two handlers who were walking the dogs have been given an arrest order by the court. Khan had submitted a bail application which was dismissed by the court. As per the judge, the suspect was guilty of “criminal negligence” which put the […]

June 26, 2021

UN asks Pakistan to halt forced eviction of around 100,000 Pakistanis from Karachi’s nullahs

What happened: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has given a statement saying Pakistan needs to stop force evicting it’s citizens living along two of Karachi’s narrow watercourses, locally known as nullahs – Gujjar nullah and Orangi nullah through the anti-encroachment drive by city authorities. Details: The statement by the […]

June 26, 2021

“My son is a good man”, says murderer’s mother in George Floyd’s case

What happened: Before the Judge passed the sentence against Derek Chauvin, his mother defended him by pleading leniency and telling the judge that her son was a good man and innocent. Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison for murdering George Floyd while on duty by kneeling on his neck for […]

June 25, 2021

650 US troops to stay in Afghanistan to assist Turkish troops

What happened: 650 US troops are expected to stay back in Afghanistan after the American military withdrawal to provide security cover to US diplomats and assist Turkish troops at Kabul Airport. Details: A Turkey-led security operation for Kabul Airport is expected to be formalised by September. Until then, US soldiers will provide security cover alongside […]

June 25, 2021

Federal Finance Minister clarifies there would be no tax on internet usage and SMS

What happened: Federal Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin informs on Friday that there would be no tax on internet usage and SMS, however a tax of 75 paisa would be collected for every phone call that exceeds five minutes. Tarin also announced that visually impaired persons will not have to pay taxes on hansets. Backstory: These changes […]

June 25, 2021

Hamza Shahbaz tells FIA he is unaware of who kept depositing money in his personal bank accounts

What happened: Hamza Shahbaz told FIA officials that due to his involvement in politics from 2008 – 2018 he did not know who kept transferring money in his personal bank accounts. Backstory: On Thursday, Hamza Shahbaz answered questions at the FIA office regarding Rs25 billion money laundering charges against him. The meeting between the investigation […]

June 25, 2021

Charges of “kidnapping for ransom” registered against 3 police constables

What happened: Three police constables have been booked for being involved in the kidnapping of three people for ransom. The police was able to recover the abducted persons from the Chontra area on Thursday. Backstory: The persons were abducted for a ransom of Rs2 million. A resident of Gujranwala, Muhammad Kashif’s brother was one of […]

June 25, 2021

Sajid Ali Sadpara will be climbing the K2 to search for missing climbers

What happened: Sajid Ali Sadpara and a filmmaker Elia Saikaly announced on Thursday that they will be climbing the K2 for a ground search of 3 missing climbers. Backstory: The three missing climbers are the Pakistani Mohammad Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and JP Moer. They went missing in the February of 2021. Pakistani authorities announced […]

In this file photo, candidates appear in the entry test for MBBS/BDS session 2020 conducted by National University of Medical Sciences in Rawalpindi. — APP
June 25, 2021

New rules for MDCAT mean no rechecking and no right to object test questions

What happened: The MDCAT 2021 is expected to be held from August to September this year. New regulations have been passed regarding the exam which have worried prospective candidates. Details: Students can appear in the MDCAT exam before the announcement of their intermediate results due to COVID-19 delays and this means over 500,000 students will […]

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