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Look who were availing Pakistan’s income support scheme for women — male govt officers

Evaluation of the scheme has found that over 8 lakh undeserving beneficiaries out of the 5.4 million were fraudulently claiming the handouts.
Imran Khan | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

This is the one thing that Imran Khan, opposition & the religious clerics in Pakistan love

Pakistan’s dictator General Zia-ul-Haq started it. Imran Khan used it to target Nawaz Sharif to win election. Now the PM is under its spell.
Asia Bibi with her children

As Asia Bibi finds refuge in Canada, a look at the Pakistani laws that made her life hell

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy. The Supreme Court overturned it in 2018, but she still faced death threats.
TLP supporters protesting

Pakistan said to be using radical Islamist party to leash 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed

Indian investigators say propping up the TLP, which represents the Barelvis’ to keep in check the Wahhabi-inspired Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
Sikh pilgrims

Wagah border and Kashmir are options under consideration for Kartarpur Corridor route

Here’s what’s happening across the border: TLP chief and far-right leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi arrested; Momina Mustehsan sings Ko Ko Korina again. 
SP Suhai Aziz

Pak woman officer led the security forces in Karachi’s Chinese Consulate terror attack

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Imran Khan all smiles after Malaysia’s First Lady holds his hand for a photo; Pakistan welcomes India’s decision to develop Kartarpur corridor.
Fahmida Riaz

Progressive Pakistani poet, writer Fahmida Riaz passes away

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Extremists launch ‘house to house’ hunt for Asia Bibi’s family, Imran Khan says Pakistan wants to learn from Mahathir's experiences. 
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

Imran Khan says no mention of Jesus Christ in history

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan foreign secretary lodges protest with US official over Trump’s tirade; Bohemian Rhapsody plays to empty theatres in Lahore. Imran Khan draws flak for making wrong claims about Jesus Christ Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was subject to considerable flak from his own country’s netizens after a video clip of him making controversial remarks about Jesus Christ went viral on the internet, reported Pakistan Today. “Moses got some mention but Jesus Christ has no mention in history,” he said at the inauguration ceremony of a conference in Islamabad. After Khan's comment, several people took to Twitter to criticise the prime minister. Gul Bukhari, Lahore-based human rights defender, shared the video captioning it with the word “What?”. https://twitter.com/GulBukhari/status/1064856924074721280 Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader, called the claim a “crazy statement” clarifying that the Quran has several references to Jesus Christ. https://twitter.com/betterpakistan/status/1064879895359221760 Pak foreign secretary raises Donald Trump’s tirade with US official Pakistan’s foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua Tuesday summoned...
Protests being held against Asia Bibi in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Asia Bibi episode shows injecting extremists into politics is a bad idea

Imran Khan government's reluctance to confront clerical power makes its earlier promises ring hollow.
Asia Bibi

Canada offers asylum to Pakistan’s Asia Bibi as her blasphemy acquittal sparks protests

Widespread violent protests have forced the Pakistani Christian woman to seek asylum after Supreme Court acquitted her.

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.