Supermodel Zara Abid, who was presumed dead in a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash last week, was attacked by online trolls who condemned her profession and lifestyle soon after her demise. The 28-year-old model was on board the ill-fated flight when it crashed in a residential part of Karachi on Friday. Soon after the news of her presence on the ill-fated flight spread, the supermodel was attacked on social media for her profession and clothing choices. Other social media users also condemned the moral policing and urged the people to avoid posting judgmental comments about her. As the hurtful tweets continued to flood social media, Zara’s family reportedly deactivated all her social media accounts.
May 27, 2020 15:22 UTC
KARACHI: In Balochistan, fatal highway accidents have surpassed even terrorism in deadliness as the strategic region prepares to receive $64 billion in investment as a key route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. But to the surprise of many, it is not terrorism but fatal highway accidents that have killed more people in the last decade across the province. The 813 kilometres Quetta-Karachi Highway — also known as the RCD highway — is the epicentre of deadly accidents in the province, which covers 42% land of the country. “Poor road network is one of the key problems Balochistan has been facing for the last 72 years. People die every day due to this [poor road network],” he added.
May 27, 2020 14:37 UTC
KARACHI: The technical team of the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, went to the site of the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) plane crash on Wednesday to investigate the incident. The team, comprising technical experts, had arrived in Karachi a day earlier to conduct an investigation into the PK-8303 plane crash which killed 97 of 99 passengers onboard. Moreover, the team, along with a local investigative group, would focus on finding the cockpit recording, and a flight safety team of PIA would also accompany the Airbus team at the site of the crash, the report had added. On Tuesday, the Airbus team was briefed about the crash by PIA and fire department officials. PIA’s Aircraft Accident and Investigation team was present with the Airbus technical team as well to ascertain the situation.
May 27, 2020 10:51 UTC
ASI Zafar had arrested an armed man shortly before the attackISLAMABAD: Two officers of the Islamabad Police, including an ASI, were killed when unidentified armed suspects allegedly attacked a picket within the remits of the Tarnol police station. Police officials told The Express Tribune that the 27-year-old ASI Mohsin Zafar and Head Constable Muhammad Sajjad were deployed at the Chungi 26 picket. On Tuesday evening, two unidentified armed suspects approached the picket. Soon after the incident, senior officers of Islamabad Police rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. The report of the attack came only a short while after sources said that ASI Zafar had arrested an armed suspect during snap checking at the picket.
May 27, 2020 05:48 UTC
Global creditors need to waive both official bilateral and commercial debt for low-income countriesPakistan has a debt problem. As is the case with many other developing nations, Pakistan will be seriously hurt by the way the global economy is impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Always looking for somebody to take the blame, he holds the Geneva-based organisation for his administration’s poor management of the coronavirus pandemic. There was some international action on helping the developing world to deal with the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Quick disbursements will necessarily include tackling with the debt problem that so many developing countries including Pakistan have to deal with.
May 27, 2020 04:07 UTC
This can disrupt the production of banknotes with specific security features in the country. Sources told The Express Tribune that the board of directors of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) recommended the suspension of varnishing of high-denomination banknotes of Rs500, Rs1,000 and Rs5,000 for two months. However, the government argued that discontinuation of one of the security features would possibly lead to counterfeiting of banknotes. The SBP is currently issuing banknotes of Rs10, Rs20, Rs50, Rs100, Rs500, Rs1,000 and Rs5,000. The varnishing of banknotes enhances the life of currency, as confirmed by the PSPC lab.
May 27, 2020 03:45 UTC
“In addition to taking human lives, the coronavirus has eaten away our Eid earnings as well,” remarked All Karachi Tajir Ittehad Chairman Atiq Mir while talking to The Express Tribune. He added that the buyers, who somehow managed to shop during the pandemic, were harassed by government authorities. He, however, cherished that sales of locally produced goods soared this year as compared to imported goods, which could not be arranged due to the global lockdown. Online shopping also rose before Eid as evidence showed that even elderly people resorted to goods buying via online platforms this year. “Online shopping almost doubled on our app and increased further in Ramazan,” said Hysab Kytab CEO Veqar Islam.
May 27, 2020 03:33 UTC
PDMA identifies first plane crash victim using forensic odontology at Edhi morgueKARACHI: The families of 19 plane crash victims have “forcefully” taken away as many bodies from an Edhi mortuary, without waiting for the DNA testing of the corpses to be carried out, said Edhi Foundation head Faisal Edhi on Tuesday. He further claimed that while the families took the bodies, police did not help Edhi workers in stopping them. Edhi also claimed that while the families “forcefully” the bodies away, police did not help Edhi workers in stopping them. Forensic odontology beginsThe Provincial Disaster Management Authority identified one of the victims of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash using forensic odontology. Forensic odontology – or dental examination – relies on the shape and treatment of the victim’s teeth as well as their dental records.
May 26, 2020 20:15 UTC
Many did not wear masks during Eid prayers, greeted others with hugs and handshakesKARACHI: While Karachi witnessed low-key Eid celebration, with many grieving the plane crash and feeling sombre amid the coronavirus pandemic, precaution was largely thrown to wind during Eid prayers. Arrangements for Eid prayers were made on roads, Eidgah ground, imambargahs and mosques, where people were witnessed hugging, shaking hands and ignoring the government’s health advisory by and large. Many did not even wear facemasks and completely disregarded social distancing. Citizens also ordered food from eateries, with no fear of contracting the virus. However, no arrangements for Eid prayers were made in the polo ground this time around.
May 26, 2020 20:03 UTC
But with the number of new coronavirus cases declining steadily in Russia, Putin told Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to reschedule the parade for June 24. “According to experts, the peak can be considered passed,” Putin told Shoigu in a televised video link-up. Global coronavirus cases cross 5.5 million markPutin was forced to announce its delay in mid-April as coronavirus infections surged and officials ordered lockdowns across the country. After peaking in mid-May at more than 11,000 new cases per day, the number of daily infections has dropped below 9,000. Putin has made clear in recent days that he believes Russia has overcome the worst of the pandemic.
May 26, 2020 18:45 UTC
DAKHAN: Three people were killed over an old enmity over a karo kari issue near Dakhan within the limits of Bido police station on Tuesday. According to the details, a group of Chandia clan people opened fire on its rival people of the same clan when they were working in the crop field in village Nabi Shah Wagan near Dakhan town. As a result, Gulbahar Chandio, Zameer Chandio and Arbab Chandio were killed on the spot. The cause behind the incident was stated to be an old karo kari issue whereas the incident has created panic in the locality. The police rushed to the scene and have started a search for the culprits.
May 26, 2020 17:15 UTC
This was stated by Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah in a statement issued from CM House on Tuesday. The chief minister said that 542 patients were cured during the last 24 hours and so far 8,515 patients had recovered. Giving district-wise breakup, the chief minister said that out of 573 new cases, 467 belonged to Karachi. Hyderabad has 24 cases, Shikarpur 12, Jacobabad 11, Kashmore five, Larkana four, Sukkur three, Umerkot three, Kambar two, Khairpur two, Dadu two and Sanghar one. The chief minister once again urged people of Sindh to stay home, observe volunteer lockdown, avoid handshaking and crowding.
May 26, 2020 17:03 UTC
Tribune Fact Check: The PK-8303 plane crashThe image below has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter here, here and here claiming to show Indian troops holding up a banner asking Beijing to “please go back” on May 26. A screengrab at 45 seconds into the video shows the same image being used in the bulletin published on May 2o. Another video that has gone viral purportedly shows a Chinese soldier kicking an Indian trooper which sends him flying onto the ground at a distance. The video is from the standoff from 2017 with footage of the incident available on a local Chinese website. Several Indian news outlets reported last week that an Indian patrol party was detained and later released by Chinese forces after a scuffle between the two sides in Ladakh.
May 26, 2020 16:41 UTC
Speaking about the locust attack, Gen Afzal said it should not be politicised. NDMA had also ordered to procure 1,00,000 liters each of these pesticides to undertake spray against locust, he added. Gen Afzal said NDMA also arranged nine planes for aerial spray in different parts of the country, including Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Spray kits were also imported to be fixed on army helicopters for carrying aerial spray against locust, he added. The army has placed services of 5000 personnel on NDMA disposal to counter locust attack, he added.
May 26, 2020 14:33 UTC
Lt-Gen Afzal said around 1,350 ventilators are being used for corona patients, which is less than half of the total capacity. Covid-19 patients, who are denied beds in hospitals from any part of the country, can register their complaint on 111-157-157. Lt-Gen Afzal said China has provided 100,000 liters of Malathion, and 75,000 liters Lambda, while 50,000 liters of latter will come from Japan. He said NDMA too has ordered to procure 100,000 liters each of these pesticides to undertake spray against locust. “We have also prepared plans to meet any flood situation in coming days,” said the NDMA chief.
May 26, 2020 14:15 UTC