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COVID-19 screening at the India-Pakistan border in Attari, Punjab (representational image) | Photo: ANI

How zakat, the traditional charity tax, is helping Pakistan fight its coronavirus battle

Several people in Pakistan offering zakat, usually given around Ramzan, early to help poor and needy who are especially vulnerable to the pandemic.
File photo of Fashion designer Maria Butt | Screengrab

Pakistani designer panned after her husband sends Covid-19 positive cook back to village

Pakistani fashion designer Maria Butt’s husband was arrested Tuesday for sending their cook, a coronavirus patient, back to his village without alerting authorities.
Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman | GeoTV

Pakistan media mogul’s ‘illegal’ arrest sparks protests, even in UK

Journalists have been protesting against the arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, the Editor-in-Chief of Jang-Geo Group, calling it an attack on press freedom.
Aurat march

Pakistan prepares for Aurat Azadi March but Lal Masjid clerics call it obscene

A group of goons and clerics vandalised a mural painted by a few women on the walls of a house in Islamabad, claiming it was 'obscene'.
Shaista Hakim, the first woman journalist in the city of Swat, Pakistan

First woman journalist in Pakistan’s Swat says press club denied membership due to gender

Shaista Hakim alleges that her journalistic credentials of 9 years were never acknowledged by the local journalistic community in Swat because she is a woman.
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Sidhu, Saudi Crown Prince or Erdoğan — Imran Khan says anyone can be Pakistan PM

Pakistan's PM Imran Khan has the same joke for visiting world leaders, and there's a montage to prove it.
Ehsanullah Ehsan

Peshawar school massacre victims’ parents move court over mastermind Taliban leader’s escape

Ehsanullah Ehsan, a former spokesperson of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, had masterminded the attack on Peshawar Army Public School and shot at Malala Yousafzai.
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Foreign investors in Pakistan ‘cautious’ but optimistic about its future growth potential

A survey conducted among leading foreign investors of Pakistan showed 75% of respondents indicated willingness to recommend new FDI in the country to their parent companies.
Poster of superheroes | Twitter | @teelipk

Superheroes: Four-part web series on trials of urban Pakistani women to release soon

The series is produced by Teeli, a YouTube channel that calls itself an "alternative source" of entertainment in Pakistan.
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Pakistan saw a spike in militancy in the New Year, but an 85% drop over the last decade

An Islamabad think-tank has found 27 people were killed in 15 instances of militancy last month following a ‘historical pattern of a rise in violence at the beginning of the year’.

On Camera

What’s Pakistan without Saudi loan, oil and free royal jet rides for Imran Khan?

Pakistan was asked to repay $1bn of the Saudi loan, which it did by borrowing from China, but Qureshi called it an economic favour to the Arab nation in Covid-19.
RBI has given the Kamath committee no deadline to submit its suggestions on loan restructuring plan, while two of its five members are yet to join.

Delays feared in RBI’s debt recast plan as Kamath panel seeks clarity on members, deadline

RBI has given the Kamath committee no deadline to submit its suggestions on loan restructuring plan, while two of its five members are yet to join.

Defence

Army convoy moving towards eastern Ladakh from Leh on 30 June 2020 (representational image) | ANI

30,000 additional troops in Eastern Ladakh, Army faces stiff task housing them for winter

There is an infrastructure shortage in Eastern Ladakh, stemming from the fact that such large-scale movement of troops was unheard of in the region, and due to the challenging terrain.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.