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American bulls’ semen to improve Pakistan’s cow breeding & why this cleric’s a Salman Khan fan

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New Delhi: The Pakistani government has approved a plan to increase milk production in the country and consequently kickstart the country’s economy, by breeding American cows.

To this end, the Imran Khan-led government will distribute the semen of American bulls worth Rs 40 billion (approximately Rs 1,912 crore) to farmers free of cost.

According to the government’s plan, they will provide the semen of the exotic American breed to the farmers for the next three years in a bid to increase milk production from 4 litres to 15 litres per cow.

Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, the newly-appointed special assistant to the PM on food security,  said that Pakistani cows produce 1,100 litres of milk a year, compared to the 11,000 litres that is produced by an American cow.

“Cows will give the biggest jump to the economy through breed improvement,” said Cheema, adding that this will also ensure Imran Khan’s victory in the next election.

“This will inject Rs 300 billion in the rural economy in the next three years with an investment of only Rs 40 billion,” the special assistant noted.

Karachi businessman to be released from Guantanamo Bay after 16 years

Saifullah Paracha, a Pakistani businessman, who has been incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, the US military prison, for the past 16 years is set to be released soon.

Paracha, 73, is the oldest prisoner in Guantanamo Bay and was detained in July 2003 in Bangkok. He was suspected of having contacts with the terror outfit al-Qaeda.

US authorities had accused Paracha, a Karachi-based businessman who owned property in New York, of being an al-Qaeda “facilitator” who helped conspirators with a financial transaction for the 11 September 2001 terror attacks.

After his arrest, he was taken to Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan and later transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2004.

According to Paracha’s lawyer Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, who represented him in his last hearing in November 2020, the 73-year-old prisoner was never charged with a crime and was even cleared by a US prisoners review board along with two other men.

Meanwhile, detailed reasons for his release have not been disclosed and the release notification only said that he is not a “continuing threat” to the US.

TikTok video in SHO’s office lands youth in jail

A Pakistani youth has been arrested for recording a TikTok video inside the Qutubpur Police Station in Multan city. The youth, Hassan Tariq, sat on the Station House Officer’s chair in his absence and added music in the background for the video.

The matter came to light after Tariq uploaded the video on social media and was subsequently arrested.

He has been booked under sections 170 (personating a public servant), 171 (wearing garb or carrying token used by public servant with fraudulent intent), 419 (punishment for cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

TikTok has a checkered history in Pakistan and was banned twice in October 2020 and in March this year for allegedly promoting “obscene content”. The ban in October was reversed after 10 days while the March ban was lifted by a Pakistan court in April.

Salman Khan’s new fan — Maulana Tariq Jameel

Muslim cleric, Maulana Tariq Jameel, a close religious aide of Pakistan PM Imran Khan, was captured praising Bollywood actor Salman Khan in a viral video.

In the four-minute video clip, Jameel addressed Khan’s father, actor and writer Salim Khan, and said: “Salim Khan, you are very lucky to have such an obedient son as Salman Khan. He’s such a huge celebrity yet he serves you as a servant.”

He added that Khan’s generosity and obedience to his parents has made him his fan and also extended Eid wishes to the entire family.

Jameel also narrated what Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar had told him about Khan, which made him the latter’s fan.

“First thing Shoaib told me was how obedient Salman is as a son. Salman doesn’t hesitate when you ask Salman to do something. This is a certain way to paradise. One who pleases his parents would be rewarded immensely. You are an outstanding Muslim,” the cleric said in the video.

Jameel is one of Pakistan’s most popular religious preachers, and is known to be a staunch ally of PM Khan. He is also an influential leader of the Tablighi Jamaat.

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