Pakistan reports huge decline in coronavirus deaths

According to the most recent numbers issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Monday morning, the country saw only 3 coronavirus deaths and 322 new cases in the previous 24 hours (Sunday). The overall number of illnesses currently stands at 1,282,194 after the further 322 cases were added. The overall death toll, however, has risen to 28,662. Furthermore, a total of 37,148 tests were conducted across Pakistan yesterday (Sunday), with 322 of them coming back positive for COVID.  

Taliban reveal new rules banning women in TV dramas

Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership has set new laws prohibiting women from acting in television shows. Female journalists and presenters are likewise required to wear headscarves when on camera, albeit the standards do not specify which sort of covering should be worn. Some of the guidelines, according to reporters, are ambiguous and open to interpretation. In mid-August, the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, and many believe that they are gradually imposing harsh restrictions.  

Islamabad’s 75 percent population fully vaccinated

In the federal capital, 1.4 million of the 1.6 million vaccine-eligible inhabitants have been partially or fully vaccinated against Covid-19. According to official data, 90 percent of city residents have been partially vaccinated, while 75 percent have been fully immunised. Dr Zaeem Zia, the DHO of Islamabad, told Dawn that 2.25 million doses of Covid-19 vaccination had been provided. He noted that the city has 1.6 million vaccine-eligible residents, of whom 1.4 million have been partially or fully vaccinated and roughly 1.2 million have been fully vaccinated.  

Petroleum dealers countrywide strike over low profit margins

According to a report, the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) has called a nationwide strike for November 25 over the sale of gasoline “on poor profit margins.” According to a spokeswoman for the group, all gas stations across the country will be closed on Thursday, November 25. “We have no other option but to go on strike as the government has failed to meet the November 17 deadline for the fulfilment of our demands,” the spokesperson said, adding that the petrol pumps in Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan will also remain shut on Thursday.  

Shoaib Malik to miss today’s match due to son’s illness

Shoaib Malik, a Pakistan all-rounder, will miss today’s match and will leave the group to visit his ill son in Dubai. Shoaib Malik will not be available for the third T20I against Bangladesh, according to a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today (Monday). Iftikhar Ahmed will almost certainly take his position in the starting XI. Shahnawaz Dahani, a PSL standout, is also scheduled to make his debut today. At 10:00 a.m. local time, the former Pakistan captain will fly to Dubai.  

Ex-CJ calls audio clip “fabricated”, favouring Sharif

Mian Saqib Nisar, the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, has called an alleged leaked audio clip of his conversation with an unidentified person, in which he supposedly gave instructions to punish former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, “fabricated” and incorrect, according to Baaghi Tv. In a narrative published on a website, a Pakistani journalist alleged that Justice (retd) Nisar, as the country’s top judge, had urged his subordinates to sentence the former premier and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in 2018 at the behest of “institutions.”  

Former CJP Saqib Nisar denies authenticity of audio clip

Justice (retired) Saqib Nisar, Pakistan’s former chief justice, denied the authenticity of an audio tape claimed to him on Sunday. Recently, an audio clip supposedly showing Nisar was leaked, in which the ex-CJP purportedly gave orders that Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz would have to be punished in order to make room for Imran Khan in politics. “Even though there are no cases against Maryam Nawaz, she would still have to be punished,” he allegedly said in the audio clip.  

Pakistan, IMF reach staff-level agreement

After reaching a staff-level agreement, the International Monetary Financial (IMF) has agreed to revive its six-billion-dollar extended fund facility programme with Pakistan. In a statement released by the international money lender Monday, it said “the agreement is subject to approval by the Executive Board, following the implementation of prior actions, notably on fiscal and institutional reforms.”  

Pakistan wants active engagement with the Taliban govt, says Mansoor Ahmed

Pakistan ombudsman to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan upheld the active engagement between Pakistan and the Taliban government in Kabul regarding the issues of “inclusivity, counter-terrorism, human rights and to ward off humanitarian crises”. Khan made the remarks after a high-level Afghan commission paid a three-day visit to Islamabad. He also said, ‘As part of Pakistan’s policy, four working groups were formed during the visit of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to Kabul in October on people’s movement, trade, transit and commerce, air connectivity and cooperation in the fields of security and intelligence’.

PPP’s key leader assassinated

Quetta: According to the details, Mir Muhammad Khan along with three others was killed during an assassination attempt. Some unknown people showered his car with bullets, leaving almost everyone dead. Four guards have been shifted to the nearest hospital immediately. The provincial leadership of PPP Balochistan expressed mourning over the martyrdom of the district leader.

Manchester United sacks Solskjaer, hires Carrick

Manchester United terminated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three-year contract after Saturday’s 4-1 embarrassment at the hands of struggling Watford. Former midfielder Michael Carrick served in Solskjaer’s coaching team, will manage forthcoming games until the club finds a permanent manager by the end of the season.

Indian man found alive in a morgue freezer

It emerged on Sunday that an Indian man who was declared dead by the doctors was found alive later. According to the doctor, the police were informed and the body was placed in the morgue freezer until his kins arrived after six hours. “When a police squad and his family came over to begin the paperwork for the autopsy, he was found alive,” he added.

Poland alleges Belarus of moving migrants

Warsaw/Vilnius: On Nov 21, Poland accused Belarus of continuing to move migrants to its border, despite the clearing camps present near to the frontier. Earlier this week, Polish premier Mateusz Morawiecki visited the Baltic states to aspire support in the crisis.

FIA arrests Afghan citizens for possessing bogus documents

Islamabad: It was reported on Sunday that three Afghan nationals including two women were detained from Islamabad International Airport while trying to travel to Germany on fake documents. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) sources told that Shiba Ameen, Nida Kharoti and Abdul Biyas Kharoti tried to travel to the European country on forged residency permits. Later, the FIA arrested the Afghan nationals and switched them to the anti-human trafficking cell for further investigation.

India charges Amazon’s senior officials for selling Marijuana

Lucknow: According to reports, Indian police had charged senior executives of Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) local department under narcotics laws. The case was registered due to the alleged marijuana smuggling via the online dealer. Madhya Pradesh state police stated that they had arrested two men with 20 KG of marijuana and investigated that they were using the Amazon India website to order and further smuggle the material as stevia leaves, used as a natural sweetener in many Indian states.

Sudan’s military reinstates PM Hamdok

Khartoum: It occurred on Sunday that the deal to reinstate Abdalla Hamdok was agreed upon. Sudan’s military brought back Hamdok on the post of Prime Minister. It also confirmed the release of all political detainees after weeks of pernicious chaos ignited by an uprising. Sudanese Military ousted Hamdok in a coup on Oct. 25. On the other hand, the FCC civilian union did not call off the protest.

Coal miners shot dead in Hernai

It emerged on Sunday that three coal miners were gunned down by unidentified armed men in the Zalawan area in Harnai, Balochistan, an official said. Sohail Hashmi, Deputy Commissioner Harnai district, told that the assailants arrived at the coal mine in the wee hours of Sunday and opened fire on the colliers; three of them belonging to Kandahar and Afghanistan died on the spot.

Ex-PM Abbasi lashes out at NAB

Addressing the Asma Jahangir Conference in Lahore, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday set upon at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and called it a “tool to convert people into turncoats”. He laid bare the details of his grievances against the watchdog and held it blameworthy for a caravan of maladies inflicted on the country. Those who impose taxes on the people of Pakistan should give details of their assets and answer for their lifestyles, he added.

PM Imran Khan all set against land mafia

On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged to take action against the land mafia and their facilitators, relying on data that the government has gathered through the digitization of land records. The premier had in September introduced a cadastral map of Islamabad to monitor land record changing, ensure monitoring of construction through imagery, and provide information about land possession. Moreover, according to the PM, the worth of encroached forest land stood at around Rs1.86tr.

Artificial rain to be carried out next year: PM Khan

On climate change, Prime Minister’s Adviser Malik Amin Asim indicated that artificial rain could be used in Punjab next year to reduce the impact of smog, particularly in Lahore, which is the most smog-affected city. He stated that the employment of technology is critical in dealing with the pollution problem. He went on to say, “We are currently working on this phenomenon.” Transportation-related smoke was responsible for 40% of the pollution. To eliminate the source of smoke, the government is switching from Euro-II to Euro-V fuel.  

Navjot Singh Sidhu arrives in Kartarpur

Navjot Singh Sidhu, a former Indian cricketer turned politician, arrived at Kartarpur on Saturday to commemorate Sikhism’s founder Baba Guru Nanak’s 552nd birthday. Kartarpur Corridor was the route he took to get here. Navjot Singh Sidhu told the reporters that he was excited to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. “I’ve come to Baba Guru Nanak’s door to ask for peace,” he explained.  

PM Khan: Govt. determined to protect children’s rights

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday that his government was committed to protecting the rights, dignity, and safety of all children. The premier’s statements came in a statement on Globe Children’s Day, in which he expressed his delight that Pakistan has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the day. The theme for this year’s World Children’s Day, A Better Future for Every Child, reiterated Prime Minister Imran’s government’s pledges to Pakistan’s children, according to PM Imran.  

Saudi Arabia sets age restriction for international Umrah pilgrims

Visitors aged 18 to 50 will be granted visas to undertake the Umrah, according to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. The pilgrims must also be properly vaccinated against the coronavirus using vaccinations approved in Saudi Arabia, according to the ministry. To get an electronic entry visa through the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s online platform, they will need to provide a vaccination certificate. According to the Saudi Gazette, the Saudi Ministry of Health added SinoVac and Sinopharm to the list of approved COVID-19 vaccines in August of this year.  

Sixth consecutive increase in Weekly Inflation

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) issued data on Friday showing that inflation, as measured by the Sensitive Price Index (SPI), increased by 1.07 percent for the week ended November 18, owing to a substantial spike in the cost of key food products. According to PBS data, inflation has increased for the sixth week in a row. The highest weekly inflation rate of 1.81 percent was reported in November    

Families bury martyred civilian, widespread shutdown in IIOJK

Thousands of Kashmiris braved the bitter cold to attend the funerals of two civilians killed in a security operation on Friday, signalling the start of a widespread shutdown in the illegally occupied Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Authorities had hurriedly interred the pair at a remote graveyard. Their family insisted they had no ties to the extremists, accusing security forces of murdering them in “cold blood,” and asking their bodies be returned for an appropriate Islamic burial.  

Dr. Mubashir Husain remains atop among world’s top researchers

It emerged on Friday, Dr. Mubashir Husain Rehmani from Munster Technological University (MTU), Irelandp, remained on top for the second consecutive year on the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2021. According to the details, his work is about wireless networks, blockchain, cognitive radio networks, smart grids, and software defined networks. He has written over 132 peer-reviewed articles, of which 11 are among the highly cited articles by Clarivate.

Karachi court orders to block PTI MNA’s CNIC

On November 19, A Karachi court ruled the National Database and Registration Authority’s (Nadra) Sindh director to block the national identity card of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MPA Malik Shehzad Awan and all other suspects fleeing in a case of alleged torture of a citizen. Asif Raza Meer, Judicial magistrate issued the decree and instructed the Nadra officer to submit a compliance report at the next hearing. He also instructed the police to imprison the suspects as soon as possible.

Joe Biden’s medical leave, Kamala Harris holds Presidency briefly

According to US Press Secretary Jen Psaki, President Joe Biden will switch power to Vice President Kamala Harris during for “brief” time. On Friday the president is under anesthesia for a colonoscopy as part of a regular health check, the White House said. “President Biden will transfer power to the vice-president for the brief period when he is under anesthesia. The vice president will work from her office in the West Wing during this time,” Psaki stated.

Pakistan beats Bangladesh in first T20

Dhaka: Pakistan restored from a top-order collapse in starting overs to beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first Twenty20 international of their three-match series on Friday. The Greens limited Bangladesh to a nominal 127-7 with Hassan Ali’s massive bowling spell. Pakistan gained the target in 19.2 overs with massive strokes from Shadab to make a 36 runs partnership with M Rizwan at 15 balls.

SBP increases interest rate by 150 bps to 8.75 %

On Friday, The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) raised its benchmark interest rate by 150 basis points to 8.75 % as it controls surging inflation and uncertainty over the stalled International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan facility. The SBP said in a statement, “The MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) was of the view that there is now a need to proceed faster to normalize monetary policy to counter inflationary pressures and preserve stability with growth”.

Pakistan reports huge decline in coronavirus deaths

According to the most recent numbers issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Monday morning, the country saw only 3 coronavirus deaths and 322 new cases in the previous 24 hours (Sunday). The overall number of illnesses currently stands at 1,282,194 after the further 322 cases were added. The overall death toll, however, has risen to 28,662. Furthermore, a total of 37,148 tests were conducted across Pakistan yesterday (Sunday), with 322 of them coming back positive for COVID.  

Taliban reveal new rules banning women in TV dramas

Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership has set new laws prohibiting women from acting in television shows. Female journalists and presenters are likewise required to wear headscarves when on camera, albeit the standards do not specify which sort of covering should be worn. Some of the guidelines, according to reporters, are ambiguous and open to interpretation. In mid-August, the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, and many believe that they are gradually imposing harsh restrictions.  

Islamabad’s 75 percent population fully vaccinated

In the federal capital, 1.4 million of the 1.6 million vaccine-eligible inhabitants have been partially or fully vaccinated against Covid-19. According to official data, 90 percent of city residents have been partially vaccinated, while 75 percent have been fully immunised. Dr Zaeem Zia, the DHO of Islamabad, told Dawn that 2.25 million doses of Covid-19 vaccination had been provided. He noted that the city has 1.6 million vaccine-eligible residents, of whom 1.4 million have been partially or fully vaccinated and roughly 1.2 million have been fully vaccinated.  

Petroleum dealers countrywide strike over low profit margins

According to a report, the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) has called a nationwide strike for November 25 over the sale of gasoline “on poor profit margins.” According to a spokeswoman for the group, all gas stations across the country will be closed on Thursday, November 25. “We have no other option but to go on strike as the government has failed to meet the November 17 deadline for the fulfilment of our demands,” the spokesperson said, adding that the petrol pumps in Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan will also remain shut on Thursday.  

Shoaib Malik to miss today’s match due to son’s illness

Shoaib Malik, a Pakistan all-rounder, will miss today’s match and will leave the group to visit his ill son in Dubai. Shoaib Malik will not be available for the third T20I against Bangladesh, according to a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today (Monday). Iftikhar Ahmed will almost certainly take his position in the starting XI. Shahnawaz Dahani, a PSL standout, is also scheduled to make his debut today. At 10:00 a.m. local time, the former Pakistan captain will fly to Dubai.  

Ex-CJ calls audio clip “fabricated”, favouring Sharif

Mian Saqib Nisar, the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, has called an alleged leaked audio clip of his conversation with an unidentified person, in which he supposedly gave instructions to punish former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, “fabricated” and incorrect, according to Baaghi Tv. In a narrative published on a website, a Pakistani journalist alleged that Justice (retd) Nisar, as the country’s top judge, had urged his subordinates to sentence the former premier and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in 2018 at the behest of “institutions.”  

Former CJP Saqib Nisar denies authenticity of audio clip

Justice (retired) Saqib Nisar, Pakistan’s former chief justice, denied the authenticity of an audio tape claimed to him on Sunday. Recently, an audio clip supposedly showing Nisar was leaked, in which the ex-CJP purportedly gave orders that Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz would have to be punished in order to make room for Imran Khan in politics. “Even though there are no cases against Maryam Nawaz, she would still have to be punished,” he allegedly said in the audio clip.  

Pakistan, IMF reach staff-level agreement

After reaching a staff-level agreement, the International Monetary Financial (IMF) has agreed to revive its six-billion-dollar extended fund facility programme with Pakistan. In a statement released by the international money lender Monday, it said “the agreement is subject to approval by the Executive Board, following the implementation of prior actions, notably on fiscal and institutional reforms.”  

Pakistan wants active engagement with the Taliban govt, says Mansoor Ahmed

Pakistan ombudsman to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan upheld the active engagement between Pakistan and the Taliban government in Kabul regarding the issues of “inclusivity, counter-terrorism, human rights and to ward off humanitarian crises”. Khan made the remarks after a high-level Afghan commission paid a three-day visit to Islamabad. He also said, ‘As part of Pakistan’s policy, four working groups were formed during the visit of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to Kabul in October on people’s movement, trade, transit and commerce, air connectivity and cooperation in the fields of security and intelligence’.

PPP’s key leader assassinated

Quetta: According to the details, Mir Muhammad Khan along with three others was killed during an assassination attempt. Some unknown people showered his car with bullets, leaving almost everyone dead. Four guards have been shifted to the nearest hospital immediately. The provincial leadership of PPP Balochistan expressed mourning over the martyrdom of the district leader.

Manchester United sacks Solskjaer, hires Carrick

Manchester United terminated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three-year contract after Saturday’s 4-1 embarrassment at the hands of struggling Watford. Former midfielder Michael Carrick served in Solskjaer’s coaching team, will manage forthcoming games until the club finds a permanent manager by the end of the season.

Indian man found alive in a morgue freezer

It emerged on Sunday that an Indian man who was declared dead by the doctors was found alive later. According to the doctor, the police were informed and the body was placed in the morgue freezer until his kins arrived after six hours. “When a police squad and his family came over to begin the paperwork for the autopsy, he was found alive,” he added.

Poland alleges Belarus of moving migrants

Warsaw/Vilnius: On Nov 21, Poland accused Belarus of continuing to move migrants to its border, despite the clearing camps present near to the frontier. Earlier this week, Polish premier Mateusz Morawiecki visited the Baltic states to aspire support in the crisis.

FIA arrests Afghan citizens for possessing bogus documents

Islamabad: It was reported on Sunday that three Afghan nationals including two women were detained from Islamabad International Airport while trying to travel to Germany on fake documents. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) sources told that Shiba Ameen, Nida Kharoti and Abdul Biyas Kharoti tried to travel to the European country on forged residency permits. Later, the FIA arrested the Afghan nationals and switched them to the anti-human trafficking cell for further investigation.

India charges Amazon’s senior officials for selling Marijuana

Lucknow: According to reports, Indian police had charged senior executives of Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) local department under narcotics laws. The case was registered due to the alleged marijuana smuggling via the online dealer. Madhya Pradesh state police stated that they had arrested two men with 20 KG of marijuana and investigated that they were using the Amazon India website to order and further smuggle the material as stevia leaves, used as a natural sweetener in many Indian states.

Sudan’s military reinstates PM Hamdok

Khartoum: It occurred on Sunday that the deal to reinstate Abdalla Hamdok was agreed upon. Sudan’s military brought back Hamdok on the post of Prime Minister. It also confirmed the release of all political detainees after weeks of pernicious chaos ignited by an uprising. Sudanese Military ousted Hamdok in a coup on Oct. 25. On the other hand, the FCC civilian union did not call off the protest.

Coal miners shot dead in Hernai

It emerged on Sunday that three coal miners were gunned down by unidentified armed men in the Zalawan area in Harnai, Balochistan, an official said. Sohail Hashmi, Deputy Commissioner Harnai district, told that the assailants arrived at the coal mine in the wee hours of Sunday and opened fire on the colliers; three of them belonging to Kandahar and Afghanistan died on the spot.

Ex-PM Abbasi lashes out at NAB

Addressing the Asma Jahangir Conference in Lahore, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday set upon at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and called it a “tool to convert people into turncoats”. He laid bare the details of his grievances against the watchdog and held it blameworthy for a caravan of maladies inflicted on the country. Those who impose taxes on the people of Pakistan should give details of their assets and answer for their lifestyles, he added.

PM Imran Khan all set against land mafia

On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged to take action against the land mafia and their facilitators, relying on data that the government has gathered through the digitization of land records. The premier had in September introduced a cadastral map of Islamabad to monitor land record changing, ensure monitoring of construction through imagery, and provide information about land possession. Moreover, according to the PM, the worth of encroached forest land stood at around Rs1.86tr.

Artificial rain to be carried out next year: PM Khan

On climate change, Prime Minister’s Adviser Malik Amin Asim indicated that artificial rain could be used in Punjab next year to reduce the impact of smog, particularly in Lahore, which is the most smog-affected city. He stated that the employment of technology is critical in dealing with the pollution problem. He went on to say, “We are currently working on this phenomenon.” Transportation-related smoke was responsible for 40% of the pollution. To eliminate the source of smoke, the government is switching from Euro-II to Euro-V fuel.  

Navjot Singh Sidhu arrives in Kartarpur

Navjot Singh Sidhu, a former Indian cricketer turned politician, arrived at Kartarpur on Saturday to commemorate Sikhism’s founder Baba Guru Nanak’s 552nd birthday. Kartarpur Corridor was the route he took to get here. Navjot Singh Sidhu told the reporters that he was excited to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib. “I’ve come to Baba Guru Nanak’s door to ask for peace,” he explained.  

PM Khan: Govt. determined to protect children’s rights

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday that his government was committed to protecting the rights, dignity, and safety of all children. The premier’s statements came in a statement on Globe Children’s Day, in which he expressed his delight that Pakistan has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the day. The theme for this year’s World Children’s Day, A Better Future for Every Child, reiterated Prime Minister Imran’s government’s pledges to Pakistan’s children, according to PM Imran.  

Saudi Arabia sets age restriction for international Umrah pilgrims

Visitors aged 18 to 50 will be granted visas to undertake the Umrah, according to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. The pilgrims must also be properly vaccinated against the coronavirus using vaccinations approved in Saudi Arabia, according to the ministry. To get an electronic entry visa through the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s online platform, they will need to provide a vaccination certificate. According to the Saudi Gazette, the Saudi Ministry of Health added SinoVac and Sinopharm to the list of approved COVID-19 vaccines in August of this year.  

Sixth consecutive increase in Weekly Inflation

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) issued data on Friday showing that inflation, as measured by the Sensitive Price Index (SPI), increased by 1.07 percent for the week ended November 18, owing to a substantial spike in the cost of key food products. According to PBS data, inflation has increased for the sixth week in a row. The highest weekly inflation rate of 1.81 percent was reported in November    

Families bury martyred civilian, widespread shutdown in IIOJK

Thousands of Kashmiris braved the bitter cold to attend the funerals of two civilians killed in a security operation on Friday, signalling the start of a widespread shutdown in the illegally occupied Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Authorities had hurriedly interred the pair at a remote graveyard. Their family insisted they had no ties to the extremists, accusing security forces of murdering them in “cold blood,” and asking their bodies be returned for an appropriate Islamic burial.  

Dr. Mubashir Husain remains atop among world’s top researchers

It emerged on Friday, Dr. Mubashir Husain Rehmani from Munster Technological University (MTU), Irelandp, remained on top for the second consecutive year on the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2021. According to the details, his work is about wireless networks, blockchain, cognitive radio networks, smart grids, and software defined networks. He has written over 132 peer-reviewed articles, of which 11 are among the highly cited articles by Clarivate.

Karachi court orders to block PTI MNA’s CNIC

On November 19, A Karachi court ruled the National Database and Registration Authority’s (Nadra) Sindh director to block the national identity card of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MPA Malik Shehzad Awan and all other suspects fleeing in a case of alleged torture of a citizen. Asif Raza Meer, Judicial magistrate issued the decree and instructed the Nadra officer to submit a compliance report at the next hearing. He also instructed the police to imprison the suspects as soon as possible.

Joe Biden’s medical leave, Kamala Harris holds Presidency briefly

According to US Press Secretary Jen Psaki, President Joe Biden will switch power to Vice President Kamala Harris during for “brief” time. On Friday the president is under anesthesia for a colonoscopy as part of a regular health check, the White House said. “President Biden will transfer power to the vice-president for the brief period when he is under anesthesia. The vice president will work from her office in the West Wing during this time,” Psaki stated.

Pakistan beats Bangladesh in first T20

Dhaka: Pakistan restored from a top-order collapse in starting overs to beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first Twenty20 international of their three-match series on Friday. The Greens limited Bangladesh to a nominal 127-7 with Hassan Ali’s massive bowling spell. Pakistan gained the target in 19.2 overs with massive strokes from Shadab to make a 36 runs partnership with M Rizwan at 15 balls.

SBP increases interest rate by 150 bps to 8.75 %

On Friday, The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) raised its benchmark interest rate by 150 basis points to 8.75 % as it controls surging inflation and uncertainty over the stalled International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan facility. The SBP said in a statement, “The MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) was of the view that there is now a need to proceed faster to normalize monetary policy to counter inflationary pressures and preserve stability with growth”.