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Lahore man donates Rs 80 mn worth property to dam fund, Pak CJ orders his medical exam

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Here’s what’s happening across the border: Harvard Law School graduate questions legality of cryptocurrencies in Islamic finance; Pak women’s cricket team gives away 10 runs to India in T20 match.

CJP Nisar orders medical examination of dam fund property donor

Sheikh Shahid recently donated Rs 80 million worth property to the Diamer-Bhasha dam fund set up by the Chief Justice of Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan to help bring water to the country’s water-starved regions, but his family doesn’t like it.

The man’s wife and three sons Sunday went to the top court’s registry in Lahore and informed Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar that Shahid had donated the family’s property without their concurrence, reported Dawn. They then appealed to the CJP saying that Sheikh took the decision as he was suffering from a mental illness.

Nisar then told the woman that the donation of their property would not be accepted because as per the Sharia law their heirs reserved the right to that property. He subsequently ordered Shahid’s medical-check-up be conducted and asked authorities to submit a report to him.

Harvard Law School graduate questions legality of cryptocurrencies in Islamic finance

As cryptocurrencies become a part of daily living worldwide, a Harvard Law School scholar in Pakistan is asking questions about their place and validity in Islamic law.

At the moment, these currencies are illegal, but Syed Imad-ud-Din Asad, who is a counsel for law firm Azam & Rai in Lahore, has talked about the treatment in an article in Dawn of how other Islamic nations deal with them.

The writer notes that some non-Islamic scholars believe that cryptocurrencies do not contradict Islamic financial requirements and might actually be beneficial.

He, however, points out that since there is no consensus on a fixed approach towards Islamic laws, there is, consequently, no unanimity on the legality of cyptocurrencies.

He cites example of Islamic countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc and quotes names of influential leaders who have termed cryptocurrencies as “un-Islamic”.

But he also gives example of countries like Indonesia, South Africa, names of Islamic religious scholars in Germany, the United Kingdom, which have agreed to accord, if not a legal status, an agreeable means of transaction in everyday life.

He implores Islamic scholars to enhance their understanding of cryptocurrencies and then declare whether they can be legalised based on individual cases.

Pak women’s cricket team gives away 10 runs to India in T20 match

Pakistan women cricket team’s batters mistakenly gave away 10 runs to the Indian cricket team Sunday in the ongoing ICC Women’s World T20 championship in West Indies by constantly running down the middle of the pitch, reported Dawn.

Even though Pakistan attempted to put up a good score against India by scoring 133 runs, the team’s batters were penalised on two occasions with 5 runs each for running consistently on the pitch, thus giving 10 runs to the Indian team that won the match by 7 wickets.

Pakistan batter Nida Dar accepting her team’s glaring mistake was quoted as saying, “Look, it’s a silly mistake from us, we shouldn’t do this kind of thing and we should learn from this.”

Wasim Akram says socioeconomic background isn’t important for achieving something in life

Former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram tweeted Saturday saying that he is a living example of how an individual’s socioeconomic background never determines his or her future, reported The News.

Akram wrote, “No I’m not the Chief Minister of Punjab, but I am living proof that it doesn’t matter what background or socioeconomic class you are from, heroes are ones who have walked a mile in many different shoes and who dreamt big not just for themselves but for their country.”

The former Pakistani skipper wrote this in reference to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remark where he compared Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar with Akram and Inzamam Ul Haq.

While laying the foundation of a shelter project in Lahore Saturday, Khan had said, “Buzdar will also be proved my good selection like Wasim Akram and Inzamam.”

First Lady Bushra Maneka visits rehab centre in Islamabad

Bushra Maneka, the First Lady and wife of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Sunday paid a visit to a rehabilitation centre in Islamabad and interacted with the women and children living there who have mental health conditions, reported Dawn.

Maneka, whose friend accompanied her to Fountain House, visited the centre’s wards and was apprised of the medical facilities made available to the patients there. Later, women present there clicked selfies with the First Lady.

This is the second visit of Maneka where she socialised with people — the first was when she visited an orphanage in Lahore in early September.

Correction: This article has been updated to reflect the correct monetary worth of the property donated for the Diamer-Bhasha dam fund as Rs 80 million. The error is regretted.

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