Pakistan to Phase Out 2-Year BA, BSc, MA, MSc Degrees: HEC

Higher Education Commission (HEC) today announced that Pakistan will be phasing out 2-year BA/BSc and 2-year MA/MSc programmes from academic years 2018 and 2020, respectively. HEC, in a circular sent to all universities across Pakistan, a copy of which is pasted below, said that decision was made after thorough deliberation and that no university will offer 2 years-duration degree for BA, BSc, MA and MSc. HEC said that a committee of experts

Ethiopian Airline Makes an Emergency Landing in Lahore After an In-Flight Fight

Ethiopian Airline ET604, en-route to Beijing, China, made an emergency landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Saturday morning after two passengers got into a severe in-flight fight, we have checked. Flying from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Beijing, China, the ET604 operating through a Boeing 777-260 with registration number ET-ANN was forced to divert to Lahore to make an emergency landing. Flight path of ET604 – Source: FlightRadar24 Pilot was quoted as saying that

MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar demands withdrawal of Aug 22 cases after brief detention

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar has demanded an end to cases against his party workers related to Altaf Hussain’s anti-Pakistan speech on August 22 last year. The senior MQM-Pakistan leader said this while talking to newsmen after his release following a brief detention by police personnel in Karachi. ‘I can’t say if it was an arrest or a visit to the police station,’ he said. Farooq Sattar did not

Burewala: Man kills children, commits suicide after wife demands divorce

A man allegedly committed suicide after killing his two children following a domestic dispute with his wife in Burewala, a rural area of Punjab. According to police, Muhammad Khalid allegedly slaughtered his innocent children aged nine and seven with a sharp object and then committed suicide. In their statement to the police, the family stated that they knocked Khalid’s door on Saturday morning for breakfast but he did not open the door.

Woman dies in unprovoked Indian firing across LoC: ISPR Pakistan

Indian Forces opened unprovoked firing at Line of Control (LoC) in Kot Kehtera sector killing an elderly woman, the Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement on Saturday saying  a 60-year-old woman in village Thandi Kassi died when the Indian forced opened fire. Pakistani troops, however, responded befittingly to the unprovoked fire and silenced the enemy guns, the statement added. This is the third

Indian delegation due today for PIC meet Pakistan

A 10-member Indian delegation on Sunday (today) will reach Lahore through the Wagah border to take part in the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) meeting, beginning March 20 in Islamabad. “The team will take part in the two-day meeting, comprises India’s Indus Water Commissioner PK Saxena, MEA officials and technical experts”, reported Geo TV. According to experts, India has violated the Indus Water Treaty by constructing five large dams. The country

Zevar-e-Taleem Program Raises Monthly Stipend to Encourage Girls to Study

Punjab Government’s new program, called “Zevar-e-Taleem”, wants to tackle the lack of girls in secondary schools. The total worth of scholarships to be distributed under this program is Rs. 6 billion. This was announced by Chief Minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal Lahore. He said: I advise the girl students who will get the scholarship to move forward with energy and vigor, and break the status quo to change

Sartaj reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to not transfer weapons of mass destruction to state or non-state actors

Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to not transfer weapons of mass destruction to state or non-state actors. Delivering a keynote address on the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1540 in Islamabad, Aziz said as a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan will continue to partner with international community to prevent non-state actors from acquiring these weapons, APP reported. The Adviser

Raheel Sharif, wife issued visas by Saudi Arabia as former COAS likely to assume charge as Islamic Military Alliance commander

The government of Saudi Arabia has issued former Pakistan Army chief Gen. (r) Raheel Sharif and his wife a three-year multiple visa for Saudi Arabia, it has been learnt. According to a report by The News, this important development hints towards the possibility that Gen. (r) Raheel Sharif may have accepted the offer to head the Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) coalition force. Although the former military head has kept his

PM Nawaz orders blockage of blasphemous content on social media

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday ordered ministry of interior to take measures for immediate blockage of blasphemous content on social media. The premier in his statement categorically remarked that any kind of insult to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was unforgivable. Nawaz Sharif said the feelings of Muslims, when it comes to the honour of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), must be respected. ‘The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is