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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.
Imran Khan-Sidhu

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.
Pakistani Army

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

Budget 2020 is now useless. Modi govt must present a new one

Covid has ensured Modi govt won’t meet 20% growth in tax collection target. That would be a terrible assumption to make in a pandemic-hit economy.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.