Today’s top Pakistan current affairs July 30, 2020. These are the latest breaking news about Pakistan which will be helpful for aspirants in test preparation of current affairs, Pakistan affairs, General knowledge for NTS, PPSC, CSS, FPSC, KPPSC, SPSC, BPSC, AJKPSC, OTS, PTS, and other Govt Jobs, exams & MDCAT, ECAT Entry test preparation.
- Two women hit by Eid special train near Tarnol: spokesperson
- Petrol crisis: LHC orders federal govt to submit commission’s probe report on August 20
- PIA announces to partially restore flight operations for UK. According to details, the national flag carrier has hired planes from European companies along with foreign pilots to facilitate the passengers.
- Pakistan Army summoned in Karachi to deal with urban flooding situation: ISPR
- SBP foreign reserves decline by US$146 mn after successive increase
- British Airways announces to resume flight operations for Pakistan.
- US provides 100 ventilators to Pakistan to combat virus.
- PTA Decides to Unban PUBG in Pakistan.
Spotlight by The NewsRun
1. COVID-19 IN PAKISTAN
- Pakistan reported 1,063 new cases and 27 deaths in the past 24 hours. Pakistan also conducted 21,256 tests in the span of 24 hours.
2. Man shot dead in court
The details: Naseem was shot dead in Peshawar’s district court. Police arrested the attacker at the scene, who admitted to killing Naseem for committing blasphemy. Naseem has been in police custody since 2018, when a madrassa student from Peshawar filed a blasphemy case against him. Naseem was Ahm
The bottom line: Pakistan’s blasphemy laws punish anyone who insults Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Even though blasphemy is legally punishable by death, the state hasn’t formally executed anyone under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. However, people accused of blasphemy have been killed during extrajudicial murders and angry mob violence.
3. Dear boss, I quit
Two of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan’s special assistants (SAPMs) resigned yesterday. Special Assistant to the PM on Digital Pakistan, Tania Aidrus, and Special Assistant to the PM on Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza, announced their resignations on Twitter. PM Khan has reportedly accepted their resignations.
- Tania Aidrus: In a tweet, she said the outcry against her dual nationality is overshadowing the purpose of Digital Pakistan. She cited the greater public interest as her reason for resigning. Aidrus left a swanky job at Google to spearhead PM Khan’s Digital Pakistan initiative. However, according to Profit by Pakistan Today, Aidrus was told to resign. Profit claimed there is more to her resignation, such as rumored difficulties between Aidrus and Shabahat Ali Shah, CEO of the National Information Technology Board. Profit also mentioned her board membership at the Digital Pakistan Foundation (DPF), a company registered as a separate entity. Profit said her role in DPF raised concerns about a conflict of interest with the govt’s Digital Pakistan initiative.
- Dr. Zafar Mirza: In a tweet, Dr. Mirza said he left the World Health Organization (WHO) and came to Pakistan on a personal invitation from PM Khan. He was leading Pakistan’s COVID-19 response, and is happy about the declining number of cases. Dr. Mirza said he resigned due to criticism against SAPMs and the govt. The Supreme Court gave Dr. Mirza flak for allegedly botching Pakistan’s COVID-19 strategy.
4. Pretty please with sugar on top
Pakistan is importing 300,000 metric tonnes of sugar in order to address a shortage in production. The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) gave the final go-ahead to importers. Pakistan, which was previously exporting sugar, started facing a shortage when production fell below demand in 2019/20. Sugar prices have also gone up in the last few months, touching PKR 90 per KG. According to an investigation report, which PM Khan’s govt made public, some sugar mill owners made a hefty profit after allegedly falsifying production costs to claim subsidies, under-reporting stocks, and exploiting farmers.
The benchmark KSE-100 index closed at 38,836.27 after rising 209.00 points as of July 29, 2020.