Nuggets from the Urdu press

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Nuggets from the Urdu press

Aerial firing at Passport Office opening

Reported in Jang (May 30, 2016) celebrations after the opening of a passport office in Batian Bala included shooting guns in the air. Police and the local administration watched in silence (khamosh tamashai).


Fisticuffs at PPP rally

Workers of the Pakistan People’s Party began fighting each other (hatha pai) before Bilawal Bhutto’s speech at a public rally in Mirpur Azad Kashmir, Nawa-e-Waqt reports (May 31, 2016). They rained punches on each other (mukkon ki barish) and threw chairs (kursiyan chal gayee) as Yousaf Raza Gilani, Rehman Malik, and Shehla Raza watched from the stage.


Online magicians cast spells for mobile phone credit

According to Dunya (June 1, 2016) a large number of fake magicians and holy men have emerged in Shahkot, where they cast online and long-distance spells in return for mobile phone credit.


Traffic warden beats up DSP over attendance

Express reports (June 2, 2016) a traffic warden is on the run after grabbing a DSP Traffic by his collar and breaking the windscreen and windows of his car. He became angry after the DSP marked him absent a couple of days ago.


Khar’s farm hadn’t paid bills in months

Reported in Nawa-e-Waqt (June 2, 106) LESCO officials raided a farm owned by former Punjab chief minister Ghulam Mustafa Khar and found out that he hadn’t paid hundreds of thousands of rupees in past bills. They cut off the electricity connection to the farm.


Boy caught taking exam for town official’s son

Police caught a boy taking an exam in place of the son of a town municipal officer in Shahkot, Dunya reports (June 3, 2016). A case has been registered under the Universities Act.


Hospital sealed after viral video 

Reported in Express (June 3, 2016) health officials raided the hospital where a viral online video had shown a doctor taking a call on his mobile phone during a surgery. They found expired medicine in the dispensary, and sealed the hospital.


Father of 35 wants another wife

A father of 35 children who has three wives is looking for a fourth wife because he wants 100 children, Nawa-e-Waqt reports (June 4, 2016). Jan Muhammad is a medical technician and runs his own clinic. He says he has received several proposals on Facebook.


Man gets Rs 2.17 billion electricity bill

Reported in Dunya (June 5, 2016) a citizen in Karachi has been sent an electricity bill of Rs 2.17 billion. When he contacted the staff, they declined to help him. When K-Electric was contacted, they promised to fix the error.


Robbery victim turns out to be the culprit 

Jang reports (June 5, 2016) a man who had been robbed of Rs 31 million in Lahore turned out the mastermind behind the criminal act. Police seized the money and told reporters he had faked a robbery to implicate his rival.