Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan to convert Kapoor family’s ancestral house in Peshawar into museum, and Pak author’s novel to be adapted into Indian TV series.
Imran Khan thanks wife Bushra Bibi for his 100 days’ success
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has thanked his wife Bushra Bibi for keeping up with his busy schedule. He said the credit of his 100 days’ success should go to her, reports The News International.
Addressing the nation Thursday, Khan expressed gratitude to Bushra Bibi for her constant support and upholding domestic commitments while he remained absorbed with his prime ministerial duties.
He also said that when he comes across content on television which is showing violence, his wife reminds him that he is the Prime Minister after all who holds power and authority to act against the atrocities happening around.
Khan in his speech allotted some time to outlining what his government had achieved or implemented in its first 100 days. These include strengthening the Federal Investigation Agency to tackle money laundering, agreements signed with 26 countries to share information and recover assets and recovery of Rs 350 billion worth of land as part of the anti-encroachment drive launched in a few cities across the country, reports Dawn.
He also spoke about his government plans such as to provide nutrition to 4 million children to reduce their stunted growth, expand the Benazir Income Support Programme, equip farmers with modern agricultural technology, deal with water crisis by implementing “low-cost and quick solution”, broaden the tax net, among others.
Pakistan to convert Kapoor family’s house in Peshawar into museum
Pakistan government has accepted the request of Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor to convert his family’s ancestral house in Peshawar into a museum, reports Daily Times.
Foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while addressing a few Indian journalists Thursday, confirmed the news. He was quoted as saying: “There was a call from Rishi Kapoor. He requested that his family’s home in Peshawar should be made into a museum or some sort of institution. We have accepted his request”.
Pakistan’s minister for interior Shehryar Khan Afridi shared that Kapoor had called him to convey that his house in Peshawar be preserved to which the government has responded “positively to his request”. He also said that the central and the provincial governments “are working on this and will transform the house into a museum soon”.
The Kapoor Haveli in Peshawar’s Qissa Khwani Bazar was built by Rishi Kapoor’s great grandfather, the late Basheswarnath Kapoor.
China gives Rs 6 million to families of slain policemen
China’s Consul General Wang Yu Thursday donated a sum of Rs 6 million to the families of assistant sub-inspector Ashraf Dawood and constable Amir Khan, who were killed during a terror attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi last week.
The ceremony, held at the Central Police Office, was attended by Sindh Inspector General Police Syed Kaleem Imam and other senior police officers, reports Dawn.
A sum of Rs 3 million each was distributed among the two families. The Chinese diplomat said that Rs 6 million had already been donated to the families at an earlier occasion.
Pak author’s novel to be adapted into Indian TV series
Pakistani novelist Shazaf Fatima Haider Thursday said that her novel A Firefly in the Dark will be adapted into an Indian TV series.
The author took to Twitter to express how she was feeling. She described it as “sleep deprivation and some amount of nervousness in my smile while I sign the contract here”.
Very excited to announce that ‘A Firefly in the Dark’ is becoming a TV series. I still balk at the ‘for the entire universe and for all perpetuity’ but. Sleep deprivation and some amount of nervousness in my smile while I sign the contract here. pic.twitter.com/GRCZQAoTid
— Shazaf Fatima (@Shazaffatima) November 27, 2018
Haider disclosed that the rights to her novel have been bought by a production company that was launched this year in July by the Indian telecom giant Relaince Jio, reports Dawn.
The novel, which was released in April, will be adapted into short web series and will be available only to Indian viewers.
The plot of the novel revolves around a young girl who lives with her grandmother, after her father’s accident, and mother who was suffering from depression. The novel has a supernatural element to it as the grandmother’s fantastical stories turn out to be true.