Nuggets from the Urdu press

These nuggets are culled from the Urdu press. They are summarised here without comment. Absurd or ridiculous, tft takes no responsibility for them. Illustrations by Saadia Gardezi

Nuggets from the Urdu press

Reham Khan likes burqa


Quoted in Nawa-e-Waqt (January 7, 2015) Reham Khan says she likes the Pathan burqa because it is a tradition of our Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Ayla Malik’s sad tweets


According to Jang (January 7, 2015) PTI leader Ayla Malik wrote sad tweets after Imran Khan promised he would announce good news about his marriage in a week.

Saad Rafique stages dharna at Lahore Airport 


Reported in Express (January 8, 2015) when Railways Minister Saad Rafique arrived in Lahore with his family after an Umrah, his luggage disappeared. He staged a sit-in (dharna) at the airport until he was assured his bag would be found and returned to him. He said the stolen luggage was worth hundreds of thousands of rupees, and included the gifts he received in Saudi Arabia.

Woman tries to bomb mother-in-law


Dunya reports (January 8, 2015) after a domestic dispute in Nowshera, a woman allegedly tried to blow her mother-in-law up with a bomb. She was injured. The woman has been arrested.

Bomb scare at Lahore’s computer market


Reported in Dunya (January 9, 2015) hundreds of people ran out of Lahore’s famous market Hafeez Center shouting ‘Bomb! Bomb!’. The scare began when someone called traders and told them of the presence of a suicide attack vest and explosives at the plaza. The bomb disposal team searched the premises but found no explosives. Police carried out a search operation in Gulberg and arrested four foreigners, who traders said had threatened to bomb the place.

Maid’s husband poses as ISIS operative for ransom 


According to Jang (January 9, 2015) a man who had been threatening to abduct the children of late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer’s daughter Sanam Taseer, and asking for a Rs 20 million ransom in the name of ISIS, turned out to be her maid’s husband. Police traced the phone calls and arrested the man.

Imran Khan’s wedding scares Javed Hashmi’s wife 


Quoted in Express (January 10, 2015) veteran politician Javed Hashmi says Imran Khan’s marriage has scared his wife into serving him better (pehlay say ziada khidmat kar rahi hai).

Police busts gang of burqa-clad women 


Nawa-e-Waqt says (January 10, 2015) police busted a gang of four burqa-wearing women, known as the Guddi Gang, who robbed houses in Lahore. They have seized weapons, stolen cash and expensive cloth from them.

Sheikh Rashid told to leave terror-hit neighborhood


According to Express (January 11, 2015) when Sheikh Rashid arrived at the locality in Rawalpindi where a suicide attack had taken place, the families of the victims and the people of the neighborhood did not let him condole with them and made him leave.

Broke hockey team pulls out of two tours


Reported in Nawa-e-Waqt (January 11, 2015) Pakistan hockey team has withdrawn from a series in China and the Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia. The hockey federation says they do not have enough money to send the team on these tours.

Fake army captain arrested


Intelligence agencies arrested a fake army captain and seized military uniforms, a CMH card, an army driving license and other documents from him, Jang reports (January 12, 2015). He used to attend events including the recent Ideas 2014 exhibition posing as a captain.

Meera suffering from mental trauma after Imran Khan’s wedding


Quoted in Nai Baat (January 12, 2015) Meera says she is suffering from mental trauma (zehni takleef) after Imran Khan declined her proposal and married someone else. She is trying hard to return to normal life, but it will take time for her wounds to heal.