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- COVID-19 Claims 76 More Lives. Seventy-six more deaths due to Coronavirus infection and 1303 new positive cases have been reported in the country.
- Pakistan’s federal board announces inter, matric exams from July 10. Exams for matriculation and intermediate classes will start July 10, the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education announced Wednesday.
- Punjab considers blocking SIM cards of people not getting vaccinated. The Punjab government is considering various options to compel people to get vaccinated against coronavirus, it emerged Thursday.
- Pfizer vaccine only for people with weak immunity: health ministry. The Pakistan government has changed its guidelines for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It will now only be used to inoculate people with weak immune systems.
- Sindh inter exams to start on July 26. Exams of intermediate students will start in Sindh on July 26, the government said Thursday.
- AJK elections to be held on July 25. The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Election Commission has announced the schedule of the next general elections.
- Punjab changes government, private school timings. The Punjab government has issued a new order regarding the changes in government and private school timings from 7:00 am to 11:30 am
- Solar Eclipse 2021: ‘Ring of Fire’ Sweeps Across the World. A solar eclipse is visible over the Earth’s northern hemisphere with parts of Canada and Siberia privy to the best view of the celestial event.
- Rupee weakens against US dollar. The Pakistani rupee depreciated 23 paisas against the United States (US) dollar in the inter-bank currency market on Thursday.
Spotlight by The NewsRun
1. COVID-19 IN PAKISTAN
- 24-hour recap: Pakistan reported 1,118 cases and 77 deaths in 24 hours. Pakistan also conducted 43,900 tests in the span of 24 hours (P.S. this data was last updated on June 9 at 7:10 am).
- Mandatory COVID vaccines for public, private sector employees: The National Command and Operation Center announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be mandatory for all public and private sector employees. Also, government employees have to be fully vaccinated by June 30. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, chaired the meeting. During the meeting, they talked about incentives that various sectors can introduce to encourage vaccinations.
- Relaxed COVID restrictions: The number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan is reportedly declining, which is why the National Command and Operation Center decided to ease some COVID-19 related restrictions, such as allowing 100% office attendance instead of just 50%, non-contact sports, and the partial opening of indoor gyms for vaccinated members only. So far, 10 million people in Pakistan have been vaccinated, and the government aims to vaccinate 70 million people by the end of the year.
2. Controversial Sindh marriage bill for 18 year olds dismissed in Sindh Assembly
What’s going on? The Sindh Compulsory Marriage Act 2021 bill was rejected by the Sindh Assembly Tuesday June 8. Proposed by MPA Syed Abdul Rasheed last month, the bill sought to make marriage compulsory for all those in the province 18 years or older. Parents who failed to justify their child’s delayed marriage were subject to a Rs. 500 fine per child.
The details: Rasheed, who belongs to Jamaat-e-Islami (which is a part of the Muttahida Maljis-e-Amal alliance of religious political parties) blamed the rising number of rape and sexual assault cases in the country on unmarried people. Social activists and politicians alike condemned the proposal. Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari vowed that the bill “will be bulldozed by PPP,” although there is no evidence of PPP having a hand in rejecting this bill.
Tell me more: This bill was one of nine private bills rejected by the Sindh Assembly in Tuesday’s session. All were rejected by the house with majority votes.
The bottom line: Even whenRasheed proposed the bill in the Sindh Assembly, there was uncertainty about whether the bill would pass.
3. Senior journalist Hamid Mir apologizes for remarks in recent speech
Geo News’ Capital Talk host Hamid Mir said he apologizes if a recent speech he made “hurt the feelings of any person.” He was referring to his speech at a May 28 protest against attacks on journalists. He said he had no intention to defame the Pakistan army and had high regard for its sacrifices. Geo News took Mir off air after his speech, with the Geo/Jang group issuing a statement on the matter shortly afterward. In their public statement, the Geo/Jang group acknowledged the frustration that Mir and other journalists feel when colleagues are attacked, but cited that there are “better ways … to channel that energy for productive gains for the safety of journalism and journalists.”
- Backstory: Mir was protesting outside the National Press Club following an attack on journalist Asad Ali Toor at his home in Islamabad. Toor has been critical of Pakistan’s government and military. According to an Al-Jazeera article, Mir implied in his speech that the Pakistani military and army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had a hand in recent attacks on journalists in Pakistan.
4. Man arrested in Mayra Zulfiqar’s murder case
Lahore police arrested a man named Zahir Jadoon in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Mayra Zulfiqar. Zulfiqar’s uncle, Mohammad Nazeer, alleged that Jadoon and another man threatened his niece after she turned down marriage proposals. Jadoon’s lawyer denied that his client had any involvement in her murder. The second man who Nazeer named in the case hasn’t been arrested yet, but is reportedly cooperating with the investigation. In a police report filed on April 20, Zulfiqar accused a man of abducting her at gunpoint and trying to sexually assault her. Back then, she said she managed to escape but the man threatened her. Zulfiqar asked the police for protection.
- Backstory: Zulfiqar was a Belgian national of Pakistani origin living in London. She was also a law graduate. She arrived in Pakistan with her parents two months before she was killed to attend a family wedding. She stayed on while her parents went back to the UK. On a Monday morning in May this year, a maid discovered Zulfiqar’s body and called the emergency services. Zulfiqar had been shot twice, and police believe she might have been strangled as well.