President Arif Alvi visits GHQ, lauds the army’s sacrifices

The military wing of ISPR reported that President Arif Alvi visited the general headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. ISPR in its official statement said, "President [Alvi] acknowledged [the] unparalleled contribution and sacrifices rendered by [the] Pakistan Army towards [the] external and internal security of Pakistan". President Arif Alvi commended the services of the army in the field of information technology.

PM Khan to present three-year performance report

Tomorrow, Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the nation and present the three-year performance report of the PTI government. The report will be presented in a ceremony at the federal capital’s convention center. The address will be broadcasted live. In this address, PM Imran Khan will highlight major achievements the PTI government made in its three-year tenure.

Seminary teacher arrested for sexually abusing student

Police arrested a seminary teacher in Rawalpindi’s Pirwadhai for sexually assaulting and torturing a 16-year-old girl. On the complaint of the victim’s father, police registered a first information report (FIR) against Mufti Shahnawaz Ahmed and a female instructor who helped him. It is reported that he sought pre-arrest interim bail from the court to avoid his arrest.   

Pakistan so far evacuated more than 3,000 people: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a press conference announced that Pakistan has so far evacuated 3,234 people out of which 323 were Pakistanis whereas the rest of them were foreigners. He said that after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan perhaps five embassies are functioning in Kabul and "Pakistan’s embassy is one of those".     

Ceremonial washing of Kaaba held in Makkah

The annual ceremony to wash the Holy Kaaba with Zamzam and rose water was held in Makkah. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah led the ceremony. Holy Kaaba was washed with a mixture of Zamzam and rose water. Prince Khalid rubbed the wall of the Holy Kaaba with a piece of wet cloth dipped in the mixture.

Suspect arrested for raping woman, daughter in rickshaw

Inspector-General of Police (IG) Punjab Inam Ghani reported that a suspect has been arrested in the rape case of a woman and her minor daughter in a rickshaw. He reported that the arrested suspect has been identified as Omar while police are still searching and carrying out raids to arrest another suspect in the case. He added, “We have added charges of gang rape, terrorism, and other heinous criminal acts in the FIR filed against the incident.”   

Ahsan Iqbal’s brother approaches IHC for bail

PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal’s brother Mustafa Kamal approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to seek bail as he is fearing of being arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Rawalpindi Metro Bus contract case. Mustafa Kamal stated in his bail petition that he has got to know that NAB has issued a warrant for his arrest. It is reported that Shehbaz Sharif has also been summoned for investigation in the case.  

PM Khan chairs meeting regarding Single Nation Curriculum

Prime minister Imran Khan presided over a meeting regarding the enforcement of the Single Nation Curriculum and instructed authorities to ensure its immediate implementation. Moreover, he said, "Seerat-un Nabi (SAW) is a beacon of light for the young generation" and added that the life and teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) should be taught to the children.

Taliban warns US not to delay troops withdrawal

Taliban spokesperson Dr. Suhail Shaheen warned the US that if President Joe Biden delayed the withdrawal of troops, the US would face serious consequences. In an interview, he said, "It’s a red line. President Biden announced that on August 31 they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that."  

SHC expresses satisfaction over welfare projects

The Sindh High Court expressed satisfaction over welfare projects executed via social development funds of oil and gas exploration and production companies in 27 districts of Sindh. The advocate general Sindh submitted the progress reports to a two-judge bench headed by Justice Muhammad Karim Khan Agha. The provincial energy departments secretary briefed the bench about the projects that are still in progress.                   

Telephonic conversation of FM Qureshi with Saudi counterpart

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had a telephonic conversation with the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal Bin Farhan,  to discuss the current situation of Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. They also discussed bilateral relations and other matters of mutual interest. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “A peaceful Afghanistan will not only benefit Pakistan but the entire region.”   

PM Khan shares “more good news” on economic front

Prime Minister Imran Khan had shared “more good news” with the nation on the economic front of Pakistan as a dramatic rise in business confidence occurred. In his Twitter message he mentioned, “More good news on the economic front. OICCI’s BCI Survey shows Pak standing at a positive score of 9%, an improvement of 59% from the -50% score of May ’20. OICCI members confidence stands at +34% vs -74% in 2020, a turnaround of 108%.”

EU seeks help from PIA in Kabul evacuation

The European Union (EU) has sought help from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for evacuating EU delegation employees in Kabul. The EU’s special envoy to Pakistan wrote a letter to the CEO PIA Arshad Malik in which he mentioned, “At this stage, we would ask for a flight from Kabul airport to Islamabad International Airport for direct further transit to EU through another aircraft made available by EU.”

Syed Emad wins World Youth Scrabble Championship

Pakistan's Syed Emad Ali won the World Youth Scrabble Championship and registered history by becoming the only player to win the title twice. Emad Ali won nine out of thirteen games and defeated his opponent whereas Pakistan's Hisham Hadi Khan was eliminated after winning seven games. Syed Emad Ali had also won the World Youth Scrabble Championship in Dubai in 2018.

NADRA introduces online CNIC renewal system

The Nat­ional Database and Regis­tration Authority (Nadra) has introduced an online system for the verification of family tree and for the renewal of CNICs. The authority’s chairman Tariq Malik said, “If any information is incorrect or the name of a stranger or unrelated person is included in the family, write 1 and send the SMS to inform Nadra, or go to any Nadra Registration Centre to unregister that name.”

Foreign Office rejects speculations about FM’s visit to Kabul

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri dispelled speculations about Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s visit to Kabul. FO spokesperson confirmed that there is no scheduled visit of Shah Mehmood Qureshi to Kabul and said that any speculation in this regard is baseless. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was likely to visit the neighboring countries to discuss the situation of Afghanistan.

OIC meeting confers upon Afghanistan situation

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a meeting to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and in this meeting OIC Secretary-General, Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen urged the Taliban to respect and follow international humanitarian law and the right to life and security. OIC said that it would seek help to maintain peace in Afghanistan and to evacuate people from the country. 

China’s Ambassador calls on Sheikh Rashid

Sheikh Rashid met China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong and diplomatic staff to discuss the overall regional situation. Sheikh Rashid during the discussion said that Pakistan will not let Sino-Pak bilateral cooperation and progress become hostage to terrorists. He said that the region had gained more significance than before and added that stability in Afghanistan was important for regional progress and security.

Taliban fire in air to control chaos at Airport

It is reported that the Taliban fired in the air and used batons to line up people in orderly queues and to prevent chaos at Kabul airport. No major injuries occurred and gunmen beat back the crowd. Britain’s defense ministry reported that a day before seven people were crushed at the gates of the airport as thousands of people desperately tried to get a flight out.

Hekmatyar warns India of using Afghanistan against Pakistan

Former Prime Minister of Afghanistan and Hezb-e-Islami Chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar warned India to refrain from using the land of Afghanistan to perpetrate anti-Pakistan terrorism. He said that some hostile spy agencies were instigating the people of Afghanistan to revolt against the Taliban and added, “Some foes of peace do not want a stable and a strong central government in Afghanistan”. Moreover, he said India should focus on its internal issues instead of speculating the future of Afghanistan. 

Pakistan Army Captain martyred in IED attack

ISPR reported that Pakistan Army’s Captain Kashif embraced martyrdom in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the Gichik area of Balochistan. According to details, a security forces vehicle struck an IED planted by terrorists in Tobo. Two other soldiers were also seriously injured in this attack and have been shifted to a medical facility in Khuzdar.

Blast at Gawadar kills 2, several injured

According to reports, two children were killed, and several others were injured in a recent blast in Gwadar. Sources revealed that the blast took place near Baloch Ward Gwadar Expressway. The blast was heard far away. According to Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shawani, it was a suicide attack on a Chinese National Vehicle in Gawadar. The injured were shifted to GDA hospital in Gwadar.

Intermediate exams to continue as scheduled

Chairman Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi, Prof Dr. Saeeduddin, announced that the examinations of intermediate part-1 will take place as scheduled. He mentioned that examinations will start on 23rd August and end on 13th September and added that more than 136,000 students are expected to appear. The development came after CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah had announced that the schools will remain closed for another week.

Iftikhar Ahmad appointed as FO spokesperson

Ambassador Asim Iftikhar Ahmad has replaced Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri as the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the details available at the foreign office portal, Asim Iftikhar has served at various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in Pakistan missions abroad. FO Said that Zahid Chaudhry has been appointed as high commissioner to Australia, and he will leave the country soon to assume his new position.

Asad Umar clarifies possibility of complete lockdown

Addressing a press conference, the head of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Asad Umar has ruled out any possibility of the imposition of a complete lockdown amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the country. He said that the smart lockdown will be imposed across the country and added that the smart lockdown policy introduced by PM Khan was lauded across the world.

Doctor slits baby’s throat during birth

It is reported that at a private hospital in Rawalpindi, a lady doctor slitted the throat of a baby during his birth. A woman named Azra Bibi was brought to the health facility located at the city’s Chandni Chowk. Doctor Naila reportedly attended to the patient. The father of the woman registered a case against doctor Naila in the New Town police.  

Harassment on the rise, video goes viral

After the Lahore incident, another shameless harassment case occurred. Video has gone viral on social media. A man can be seen jumping onto a nearby rickshaw and forcibly kissing the female. She screamed but no one intervened. Motorcyclist companions of the man hooted and began to move toward the rickshaw. It is reported that another woman passenger took off her chappal to keep the hooligans at bay.

Tesla to develop humanoid robot?

During the automaker’s AI Day event Elon Musk revealed that Tesla is developing a humanoid robot named the Tesla Bot which will be able to do dangerous and monotonous activities for people. Describing its certain features, Elon Musk said that the Tesla Bot will be designed to be nice as well as sluggish. Moreover, he said that it will be so weak that it can be outrun or overpowered in case robot uprising occurs in the future.

China approves three-child policy

The Government of China has approved a three-child policy and allowed couples to have up to three children. The Government of China approved this law to boost the birth rate and reduce the burden of raising a child. A recent census in the country showed that China was facing a sharp decline in the birth rate. Now a “social maintenance fee” will not be charged to the couples having kids beyond the limit.