Here’s what’s happening across the border: Interior minister survives a bullet through his arm, and a transgender person was tortured by an assailant in Peshawar
Bullet recovered from passenger’s bag at Islambad airport
Less than a week after the new Islamabad International Airport started operations, a bullet of a 30 bore pistol was recovered from a Spanish passenger’s bag during inspections.
Aman Masood, a Spanish citizen, was travelling to Barcelona from Pakistan when he was stopped by the airport security force for interrogation. After recovering the bullet, Masood was taken into custody and an investigation has been initiated.
Since its opening on 3 May, the airport has faced a number of logistical problems. Passengers have complained about lack of assistance from airport authorities as well. Some passengers also claimed that they were told to sit on the floor of the international lounge due to a lack of sitting space.
Transgender tortured in Peshawar
Arman, who identifies himself as a transgender person, was allegedly tortured by assailants in Peshawar Sunday.
The Banamarhi police, under whose jurisdiction the crime took place, has registered a case and initiated an investigation into the matter. According to Taimar Kalam, a transgender rights activist, Arman was returning home with four other people after attending a wedding and was stopped by three assailants – namely Zeeshan, Nisar, Shakil – who extorted Rs 2,000 from them at gunpoint.
“Zeeshan has been booked in at least three police reports in different police stations across the city for attacking members of the marginalised community,” Kamal was quoted saying to the Express Tribune.
“Since 2015, there have been more than 57 reported killings of members of the community in the province and many more have been killed which haven’t been reported,” added Kamal.
PML-N’s new education policy is facing hurdles again
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government is facing multiple barriers launching its national education policy before its tenure comes to an end.
The ministry of federal education and professional training was all set to launch its education policy in 2009 but faced several bureaucratic glitches. Then in 2014, a 26-member advisory council was set up consisting of education experts and policymakers to revamp the policy and implement it.
A rough draft of the policy was prepared and finalised by October 2016 but could not pass the feedback process due to bureaucratic hurdles again.
The PML-N government now only has three weeks left in power, with only three cabinet meetings left to discuss and implement their policy.
“I am optimistic that we will do it by the end of our tenure,” Baligh-ur-Rehman, the minister of state for education told the Express Tribune.
Interior minister survives an assassination attempt
Ahsan Iqbal, federal minister for interior, survived an assassination attempt Sunday evening. The police said that the minister received two bullet shots in his arm.
The attacker, who was identified as Abid Hussain, shot Iqbal when he was leaving a meeting at an MPA’s house. Iqbal was immediately driven to a District Headquarters Hospital and then airlifted to Lahore’s Services Hospital on a Punjab government helicopter.
Hussain was arrested and shifted to an undisclosed location and is said to be recovering.
The attack comes at a time when the ruling party is struggling ahead of the general elections and many top leaders have faced a series of blows.