Nuggets from the Urdu press

Nuggets from the Urdu press

Good cheer

It was reported by Daily Express (18 February 2019) that the Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Department of the Government of Punjab had still not been able to deliver Christmas grant cheques to needy families belonging to the Christian community, except in Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Sialkot. Meanwhile, the department has already requested Rs. 2 crore (20 million) to provide such a grant to needy families from the Hindu community on the occasion of Holi.


The PML-N’s Rana Sanaullah, according to Daily Express (18 February 2019), claimed that agreements for investments amounting to US $ 20 billion from Saudi Arabia had been reached during the tenure of his party’s government, but that the PTI government was now trying to claim credit for this and for various development projects completed by the previous administration.

Hi-tech Chapa

Daily Express (18 February 2019) reported that the Lahore police had been using drones to find people who were violating the ban on flying kites. In the recent past, the police have arrested a total of some 1,853 individuals.

Nominee from Japan?

According to Daily Jang (18 February 2019), Donald Trump stated in a press conference at the White House that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had written a 5-page piece making the case for the US president to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Maulana’s advance

Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman was quoted by Daily Jang (18 February 2019) as saying that the next stage of his political campaign would be in Sindh and Balochistan. He further stated that by the time he decided to move towards Islamabad, those following him would be filled with the spirit of sacrifice (eesar aur qurbani ke jazbay se sarshar ho kar jaein ge). Moreover, according to the Maualana, when this happens, the people will see the rulers fleeing.

Asian Elephants

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to Daily Express (19 February 2019), stated that the MoUs signed during his visit to Pakistan were only the beginning of Saudi investment in the country. The Crown Prince went on to predict that by 2030, Pakistan would be the world’s third biggest economy after China and India.

Not happy with her choices

It was reported by Daily Jang (20 February 2019) that local BJP leader Raja Singh asked the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Telangana to withdraw the status of honourary ambassador for the state. Singh stated that there was “no need” to retain a Pakistani daughter-in-law (Pakistani bahu) as the face of the state.

Top 5, soon

Finance Minister Asad Umar was quoted by Daily Jang (22 February 2019) as saying that by the end of this century, Pakistan would be among the five largest economies of the world.

No more in public

Daily Dunya (24 February 2019) reported that the Islamabad High Court had decided upon an indefinite ban on the celebration of Valentine’s Day (hamesha ke liay pabandi ayid kar di).

Smart return

Former President and strongman Gen (r.) Pervez Musharraf, according to Daily Dunya (24 February 2019), claimed that he would definitely go to Pakistan but that he would not jump in like a fool (Pakistan zaroor jaoon ga leykin bey-waqoofon ki tarah chalang nahin lagaoon ga).

Names and rage

It was reported by Daily Dunya (24 February 2019) that an angrily protesting mob in the Indian city of Bangalore forced “Karachi Bakery” to cover up the part of its name that referred to a Pakistani city.