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Sialkot International Airport closed for 16 days

Sialkot: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed that the Sialkot International Airport will remain closed for sixteen days in December over maintenance. According to the Civil Aviation announcement, the airport will remain closed from December 5 to December 20 due to runway maintenance. While, all flights departing from Sialkot Airport have been temporarily shifted to Lahore Airport, confirmed Spokesperson PIA.

ANF seizes 2kg crystal ice at Karachi airport

Karachi: The anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Monday seized 2.68 kilograms of crystal ice from a Qatar-bound passenger at Karachi airport. According to details, the ANF foiled a smuggling attempt at Jinnah Airport, Karachi. The accused was trying to smuggle the drugs in a jam bottle to Qatar when the ANF arrested him and foiled the smuggling attempt.

CDA seals Centaurus Mall

Islamabad: It is reported that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has sealed Centaurus Mall in an overnight raid. The CDA said the mall has been sealed over ‘illegal use’. Earlier in October, the mall had caught fire for unknown reasons but a spokesperson for the AJK PM blamed the federal government for the fire in Centaurus Shopping Mall, which is owned by AJK PM Sardar Tanveer Ilyas.

Govt shut downs flood response center, announces ‘new format’

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has announced the closure of the National Flood Response and Coordination Centre (NFRCC), saying that a “new format” would be implemented to oversee the rehabilitation and reconstruction of flood-hit areas. Ahsan Iqbal noted that the flood damages could have been much more, however, the collaboration and coordinated efforts among state institutions helped in evading the huge tragedy.

Five terrorists killed during intelligence-based operation: ISPR

On Monday, the Pakistan Army's media wing reported that at least five terrorists were killed and a soldier was martyred during an intelligence-based operation in the Jhallar Algad area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district. According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR): “Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from the killed terrorists.” “The terrorists remained actively involved in terrorist activities against security forces and killing of innocent citizens,” it added.

Sarah Inam murder case: Court indicts Shahnawaz Amir, mother

On Monday, an Islamabad district and sessions court indicted Shahnawaz Amir, the main suspect in the Sarah Inam murder case, and his mother Sameena Shah. Shahnawaz was arrested on September 23 for allegedly killing his Canadian national wife at a farmhouse in Islamabad Shahzad Town, where he lived along with his mother. He was initially remanded to police custody a day after his arrest and the period of his physical remand was extended several times. He was later sent on a judicial remand.

Turner to step down as British envoy next month

On December 5, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Christian Turner would be leaving Pakistan by mid-January 2023 marking the end of his standard three-year diplomatic posting tenure. An announcement regarding the appointment of a new high commissioner is yet to be made. However, Andrew Dalgleish, the deputy high commissioner, will assume the office of the chargé d’affaires to cover the interim period until the arrival of Turner's successor.

Pakistani women lose millions in ‘committee scam’

As per reports, hundreds of Pakistani women lost millions of rupees in an online committee system, led by a woman named Sidra Humaid. Almost a week ago, after years of running an online committee system, Humaid issued a public apology and announced that she had gone bankrupt. She further wrote on her social media account that she had lost count of the money she has to pay back.

MBBS graduate Waleed Malik sets new record

Lahore: MBBS graduate Hafiz Muhammad Waleed Malik from Ameeruddin Medical College Lahore sets a new record by winning 29 gold medals in his academic journey. The previous record was held by a female MBBS student from King Edwards medical college who won 23 gold medals. The criteria to get a gold medal is obtaining more than 85% marks or the highest numbers or a top position in each semester.

4.5-magnitude earthquake hits Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

It is reported on Saturday that an earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale hit parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The National Seismic Monitoring Centre (NSMC) confirmed that tremors were felt in Chitral, Dir and other areas of the province. The depth of the earthquake was 101 kilometres and its epicentre was 73 away from Chitral.

PIA flight leaves behind passengers’ luggage at Dubai airport

Islamabad: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on Thursday night brought back passengers but left their luggage at Dubai airport. According to details, the PIA flight, P-212, which reached Karachi from Islamabad, had left behind the luggage of 20 passengers back at the city’s airport. The troubled passengers protested against the PIA authority over their mismanagement and irresponsibility. The protestors appealed to the higher authorities to take notice of the incident.

Two abductees recovered by police after gunfight with bandits

Shikarpur: On Thursday, two persons who had been abducted by bandits 15 days ago were recovered by Shikarpur police after a gunfight. Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Shikarpur told the media that two abducted citizens were recovered from bandits after a gunfight in the vicinity of the Napar Kot police station. He said that the bandits were transporting the abductees to another location when police raided on a tip-off.

Hyderabad court sends former DC Matiari to jail

On Thursday, a Hyderabad anti-corruption court remanded former Matiari deputy commissioner Adnan Rasheed to judicial custody till December 7. The decision is related to an investigation into a scam concerning land acquisition for the M6 (Hyderabad-Sukkur) motorway. Rasheed was arrested by Hyderabad’s Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on November 17. Former Saeedabad assistant commissioner Mansoor Abbasi was also involved in the scandal as well as the Saeedabad branch of Sindh Bank.

9 killed, 4 injured in Orakzai coal mine explosion

On Wednesday, officials stated that Nine laborers were killed while four others were injured in an explosion at a coal mine in Orakzai tribal region’s Doli area. Orakzai Deputy Commissioner Adnan Farid said that 13 laborers were working in the mine when the incident took place and were subsequently trapped. He added that rescue officials, local volunteers, and the police rushed to the scene and managed to recover nine bodies.

First female referee is a ‘positive step’: Costa Rica coach

Al Rayyan: On Nov 30, according to Costa Rica manager Luis Fernando Suarez, Stephanie Frappart's appointment as match referee for Thursday's crunch World Cup clash between Germany and Costa Rica would be a step forward for women in a "sexist sport". She stated: "This is another step forward. This speaks volumes for this woman, her commitment, especially in this sport which is a very sexist one. It's very difficult to reach the point that she has reached, I think it's good for football and a positive step for football, to show that it's opening up for everyone."

Security forces kill ten terrorists in Hoshab IBO: ISPR

Rawalpindi: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported that the security forces have gunned down ten terrorists during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Balochistan’s Hoshab area. According to military’s media wing, the forces conducted an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Hoshab area of Balochistan to clear a hideout of terrorists linked to firing incidents targeting security forces and civilians. “During the intense exchange of fire, ten terrorists were killed while another was apprehended in injured condition. Two terrorists managed to escape,” the military’s media wing added.  

Karachi: Street vendor ‘tortured, arrested’ for not giving ‘channa chaat’ to cops

On Tuesday, a Karachi cop allegedly tortured and arrested a street vendor who refused to give free-of-cost ‘channa chaat’ to him. The incident took place in the Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Karachi. A street vendor dared to refuse to give free-of-cost channa chat to a policeman. The cop vented anger on the street vendor and sent him behind bars. The locals lodged a complaint to the Senior Superintendent Police.

Two killed, 20 injured in suicide attack on police truck in Quetta

Quetta: At least two people, including a policeman, died while 20 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack near a Balochistan Constabulary truck in Quetta’s Baleli area on Wednesday, police said. DIG Quetta Ghulam Azfar Maisar told media that at least 20 people sustained injuries in the attack, including 16 policemen and four civilians. A total of three vehicles were hit in the blast including the police truck, he said, adding that 25 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.

General Asim Munir assumes charge as 17th COAS

Rawalpindi: On Tuesday, General Asim Munir took over the command of the Pakistan Army from General Qamar Javed Bajwa in an eminent ceremony held at the General Headquarters (GHQ). Gen Bajwa is all set to retire today (November 29) after completing his six-year stint as the COAS. The outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa handed over the baton of command to the newly appointed 17th Army Chief General Asim Munir.

Ben Stokes to donate match fee to flood victims

On Monday, England Test captain Ben Stokes announced that he would donate his entire match fee for the upcoming series against Pakistan to the victims of the flood and rebuild the affected areas. “Hopefully this donation can go towards the rebuilding of areas of Pakistan most affected by the flooding,” Stokes said. “It was sad to see how floods had devastated Pakistan earlier this year that had a significant impact on the country and the people,” he added.

Monkeypox to be renamed ‘mpox’: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Monday that Monkeypox was to be renamed ‘mpox’. Monkeypox received its name because the virus was originally identified in monkeys kept for research in Denmark in 1958, but the disease is found in a number of animals, most frequently in rodents. “When the outbreak of monkeypox expanded earlier this year, racist and stigmatizing language online, in other settings, and in some communities was observed and reported to WHO,” the UN health agency said in a statement.

Nationwide polio vaccination campaign kicks off today

The third Sub-National Immunisation Days (SNIDs) campaign of 2022 has been kicked off to vaccinate 13.5 million children under the age of five in 36 districts across the country. The anti-polio campaign has been kicked off in 9 districts of Punjab, 8 districts of Sindh, and 6 districts of Balochistan and in Islamabad. While in Khyber Pakhutnkhwa, the campaign will be launched on Dec 5 in high risk nine districts of the province.

Fire breaks out in Korangi’s marriage hall

Karachi: A fire broke out in a local marriage hall near the coast guard square of Korangi Karachi. According to details, no one was injured and people were evacuated safely. Fire Brigade sources say that a wedding ceremony was ongoing in the hall when the fire broke out. The fire brigade reached the spot timely and evacuated the premises, they added.

Heavy casualties reported as jeep plunges into nullah in AJK

A jeep carrying voters fell into a nullah in Neelum Valley in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Sunday, killing six women and injuring eight people, according to local police. The incident occurred in the Chhari locality of Dudhnial at around 12:30 pm when the jeep fell into a 300ft-deep dry nullah, District Disaster Management Officer Akhtar Ayoub said. He said the passengers were residents of Thanda Pani village located beside the Neelum River and had come to the nearby polling stations in Beesanwali.

Angry mob lynches suspected muggers in Surjani: Police

On Sunday, two suspected muggers were lynched by an angry mob for allegedly killing a man and injuring his two sons over resistance in Surjani Town, Karachi. Surjani Station House Officer (SHO) Yasin Gujjar said that two armed men snatched mobile phones and cash from a pair of brothers from outside their home. While the mugging was taking place, their father came out of their residence and was shot at by the suspects. The SHO said that the brothers were also shot at and injured as they put up resistance. Later, both suspects were stoned and lynched to death by the public, the SHO added.

Canada launches new Indo-Pacific strategy

On Sunday, Canada launched its long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy. It vowed more resources to deal with a “disruptive” China while working with the world’s second-biggest economy on climate change and trade issues. The document outlined C$2.6 billion ($1.9 billion) spending, including boosting Canada’s military presence and cyber security in the region and tightening foreign investment rules to protect intellectual property.

General Sahir Shamshad Mirza takes charge as CJCSC

On Sunday, General Sahir Shamshad Mirza took charge as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) in an impressive ceremony held at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi, said the military’s media wing. As per the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a smartly turned-out joint services guard presented a salute to Gen Mirza after he arrived at the venue. He also reviewed the guard of honor and march-past.

Lt Gen Faiz Hamid decides early retirement

On Saturday, it emerged that Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid, who is one of the top military officers of Pakistan, decided on early retirement. News of Lt General Hamid's retirement comes a day after family sources said that Pakistan Army’s Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt General Azhar Abbas had sought early retirement as well. The two army men were listed among the six army officers nominated by the General Headquarters for the army chief's post.

Taiwanese president quits as party head

Taipei: On Nov 26, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The decision came after her strategy to frame local elections as showing defiance to China's rising bellicosity failed to pay off and win public support. "The results failed our expectations. We humbly accept the results and accept the Taiwanese people's decision," Tsai told reporters at party headquarters.