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- COAS General Bajwa Calls on PM Imran Khan. Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad today (Monday).
- Japan To Provide Grant For Installation of Weather Radar System in Sukkur. Japan committed to provide financial assistance for installation of Weather Surveillance Radar system in Sukkur to expend the Jurisdiction meteorological services.
- FM Qureshi, Afghan counterpart discuss establishment of border market. In a bid to increase bilateral trade volume, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said that the government was determined to establish a market along the Pak-Afghan border
- 1,556 illegal petrol pumps sealed across Pakistan. Following the directives of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan, as many as 1,556 illegal fuel stations were sealed during an ongoing countrywide crackdown against sale of smuggled petroleum products
- 5.2 magnitude earthquake jolts Mansehra, other KP areas. A 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted several parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the wee hours of Monday morning
- Punjab Govt Takes Big Decision For Lahore’s Beautification. The Punjab government has approved the establishment of Lahore Central Business District (CBD) Development Authority under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, said sources.
- LUMS student protesters want campus reopened for everyone. Students of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) want the varsity to reopen its campus for all students as Pakistan has instructed all universities to resume physical classes from February 1.
- Rupee weakens against dollar. The Pakistani rupee weakened against the United States (US) dollar as it depreciated by five paisa on the first trading day of week (Monday).
- Faisalabad: Six children, two teachers test positive for coronavirus. Six children and two teachers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to the Punjab health department.
- ‘Confident’ Babar Azam eyes winning start against South Africa. Pakistan Test captain Babar Azam has revealed that he is ‘confident’ about the team’s preparation ahead of the Test series against South Africa.
Spotlight by The NewsRun
1. COVID-19 IN PAKISTAN
- 24-hour count: Pakistan reported 1,629 new cases and 23 deaths in the past 24 hours. Pakistan also conducted 36,607 tests in the span of 24 hours (P.S. this data was last updated on January 25 at 7:48am).
- Another vaccine approved for emergency use: Pakistan’s govt gave emergency use authorization to the Russian-developed Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. This is the third vaccine to be approved for emergency use in the country, following the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine, and Chinese-made SinoPharm vaccine.
2. Authorities allegedly disrupt Baloch activist’s burial
What’s going on? Local mainstream media outlets are not actively covering this story. The information we have gathered so far is from social media, which is why we can’t officially confirm these events. However, since this subject is trending on Twitter, we wanted to shed light on what is driving the conversation online at the moment.
The details: Last month, prominent political activist, Karima Baloch, was found dead in Toronto. She often campaigned
Tell me more: Activist Gulalai Ismail shared a tweet, which claimed that Pakistani officials are refusing to hand over Baloch’s body to her family. Nida Kirmani, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), wrote a similar tweet about the Pakistani state “snatching” Baloch’s body from her family. Activist Ammar Ali Jan wrote, “the disgraceful behavior witnessed today will only deepen our wounds.” Lawyer and activist, Jibran Nasir, criticized what he believes is “a shameful display of State power” by ” denying a citizen, human, and activist her last rights in the manner her friends, family and followers had wished.”
The context: Baloch left Pakistan in 2015 and applied for political asylum in Canada after facing threats due to her political views. Canadian police said her death appears to be “non-criminal,” meaning, they don’t suspect “foul play.” However, rights groups are demanding a more thorough investigation.
The bottom line: Twitter users are accusing Pakistani authorities of illegally and forcefully escorting Baloch’s body. Some people claim the Pakistani state isn’t letting people pay their respects to the deceased activist. So far, we have not come across any comment from govt or army officials. This is still a developing story, which is mostly being discussed on social media.
3. Pakistan orders US-based site to shut down
Pakistan ordered a US-based website called TrueIslam.com to shut down for allegedly sharing blasphemous content. The site provides information about the Ahmadi community, which is why Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority (PTA) sent a legal notice to the site’s managers, accusing them of violating Pakistani laws. The site’s co-managers, Harris Zafar and Amjad Mahmood Khan, live and work in the US. They were born in the US. The site’s content isn’t based in Pakistan, and there’s reportedly nothing about Pakistan on the site. Therefore, it’s still unclear why the PTA is trying to extend its reach all the way to the US.
- Backstory: Pakistan’s parliament declared Ahmadis non-Muslim in 1974. Since then, Islamic extremists have reportedly targeted them in Pakistan. An Ahmadi can receive a 10-year prison sentence for claiming to be a Muslim.
4. Fun fact: A town named Lahore in the US
According to a recent Twitter post by the US Embassy in Islamabad, there’s a town named Lahore in Orange County, Virginia. The town was named after the city of Lahore in Punjab, Pakistan. A couple that lived in Lahore named the town before the 1947 partition, when the British left the subcontinent, and India was split into two independent nations – Hindu majority India and Muslim majority Pakistan. No one really knew about the town until 2007, when Noor Naghmi, the son of a Pakistani broadcaster, started telling people about it. Naghmi bought 235 acres of the town from the owner. He wanted to turn Lahore, Virginia into a tourist attraction for South Asians and other communities in the US.