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- Erdogan urges Turks to boycott French goods. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Monday for Turks to boycott French goods and urged European Union leaders to halt French leader Emmanuel Macron’s “anti-Islam” agenda.
- Pakistan summons French envoy to condemn Islamophobic campaign. The French ambassador was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today to convey the deep concerns over the recent systematic resurgence of blasphemous acts of republication of caricatures of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)
- OGRA increases gas price for industries. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has issued a notification for an increase in gas prices for the industries. Domestic consumers will not be subject to the new prices.
- India using Afghan soil to target Pakistan: Imran Khan. India is using Afghanistan’s soil to spread chaos in Pakistan, warned Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing the Pak-Afghan Trade and Investment Forum on Monday.
- Fed Govt Declares 12th Rabi ul Awwal As Public Holiday. The Government has declared 12th Rabi ul Awwal falling on upcoming Friday October 30 as public holiday.
- Govt to install electric vehicle charging stations on motorways. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was working over a plan to convert public transport into electric vehicles in metropolitan cities of Pakistan.
- Sindh govt warns of another locusts attack in province, Balochistan. Sindh government on Monday issued a fresh alert over another locusts attack in the province and coastal areas of Balochistan citing a report of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
- Gold prices continue to fall in domestic market. The per tola gold price witnessed a minimal decline of Rs230 to Rs115,270 in the domestic market on Monday
- Ben Dunk ‘can’t wait’ to make PSL return. Lahore Qalandars’ star batsman Ben Dunk on Monday said that he cannot wait to return to Pakistan for the knockout phase of the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Spotlight by The NewsRun
1. COVID-19 IN PAKISTAN
- Pakistan reported 707 new cases and 3 deaths in the past 24 hours. Pakistan also conducted 26,492 tests in the span of 24 hours (P.S. this data was last updated on October 26 at 7:02am).
2. Return of the missing TV reporter
What’s going on? A reporter working for Geo News TV went missing in Karachi. The police registered the journalist’s disappearance as an abduction. The journalist, Ali Imran Syed, left home on Friday evening to buy biscuits, and told his wife he’d be back in 30 minutes. However, he didn’t return. Syed finally turned up 72 hours later.
The details: Geo Bureau Chief, Fahim Siddiqi, thinks Syed’s disappearance might have something to do with his coverage of recent political events. Even though Syed is considered a non-controversial reporter, he covered the brief arrest of Captain (retired) Muhammad Safdar, son-in-law of former PM Nawaz Sharif. Safdar is also a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) opposition party. Safdar was charged for chanting anti-govt slogans (i.e. sloganeering) at the tomb of Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Tell me more: Syed reported details of a police raid at the hotel where Safdar and his wife, Maryam Nawaz, were staying. Geo also aired CCTV footage of the arrest. Siddiqi claimed the channel faced a lot of ‘pressure’ after showing that footage, but didn’t specify what kind of pressure, or where it was coming from.
The bottom line: Even though police labeled Syed’s disappearance an ‘abduction’ they didn’t name any suspects.Recently, there have been several cases of journalists in Pakistan being detained or abducted before being released. Reporters across the country are demanding protection and security for the journalist community.
3. PM Khan denounced Islamophobia in France
PM Khan accused French President, Emmanuel Macron, of encouraging Islamophobia. PM Khan came down hard on President Macron in a series of tweets. PM Khan was referring to some comments President Macron made a few days ago. While speaking at a memorial service for history professor, Samuel Paty, President Macron said: “France will not give up cartoons,” while referring to caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He also said Paty was killed because “Islamists want our future…they will never have it.”
- Backstory: 47-year-old Paty was beheaded in a Paris suburb on October 16. The suspected assailant, Abdoullakh Anzorov, was an 18-year-old Russian national of Chechen origin. Police shot and killed him after the attack. Anzorov was reportedly angry that Paty showed his students caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during a discussion on the limits of free speech. Paty did ask students who might find the cartoons offensive to look away. The caricatures were from the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which was already targeted in a terrorist attack five years ago.
- In related news: PM Khan wrote a letter to Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, asking him to ban Islamophobia on the social media platform. PM Khan believes there is an ongoing campaign to marginalize and target Muslims on social media, including Facebook. PM Khan said it’s good that Facebook decided to ban any post that criticizes or questions the Holocaust. However, he wants to see similar efforts to crack down on abusive and insulting posts against Muslims as well.
4. When hijabs become mandatory at work
Pakistan’s Faysal Bank is enforcing a new conservative dress code for women employees. Women working at the bank have to wear hijabs and loose-fitting/culturally appropriate dresses, such as shalwar kameez, kurta suits, or any other modest attire. The dress code applies to both regular women employees, and women interns. On top of the dress code, women have to be mindful of their makeup and jewellery selection – meaning, they can’t wear ‘too much.’
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