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.

Nuggets from the Urdu press

On Malala’s choice of clothing

Daily Dunya (16 October 2017) informed its readers that the world’s youngest Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has started to adopt a European colour (Europi rang mein rangna shurooh kar diya). The report quoted foreign media and stated that Malala began to wear Western clothing as soon as she went to Oxford University (Oxford University jaatay hee) and that this was evident also from pictures on social media. The report went on to say that the social media reaction to the images was mixed.

The personal and the political

The ANP’s Asfandyar Wali was quoted by Daily Jang (16 October Jang) as expressing his opinion that Imran Khan couldn’t save his household twice – so how could he be expected to save the country?

The case of the disappearing phones

Daily Dunya (17 October 2017) reported on the unexplained disappearance of Rs. 1 crore (10 million) worth of mobile phones from a warehouse of the Customs Anti-Smuggling Office. The report went on to state that the department had decided on an in-house investigation to protect those responsible for this episode, and that one explanation being offered by them was that the phones were given to a party at an auction by mistake (even though the auction of these items was expressly forbidden).

Mass brawl

According to Daily Jang (17 October 2017), police in Lahore had to intervene to break up an alcohol-fueled fight amongst friends – which had resulted in five people being injured by the time authorities took action.

Not amused

According to Daily Jang (17 October 2017), a retired police official has petition the Lahore High Court that local stage drama performers be forbidden from playing parts while wearing police uniforms. It was reported that he took the position that since such a portrayal mocks the uniform and police officials, it creates an inappropriate (na-munasib) perception about law enforcement.

On blots

It was reported by Daily Jang (17 October 2017) that the BJP’s controversial member of Assembly from Uttar Pradesh, Sangeet Som, took the position that the Taj Mahal was constructed by ‘traitors’ and that it represented a blot on Indian culture.

Lahore’s finest

Daily Jang (16 October 2017) reported that a police official in Lahore was relieved of his duties after it became known that he was selling alcohol. The report also mentioned revelations that police officials had been setting up unauthorized check-posts to extort money from vehicles leaving hotels on Davis Road.

A provincial government’s activities

Daily Jang (18 October 2017) quoted PTI chief Imran Khan as saying that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government had lost a year to the dharna protests and another to the Panama case.


It was reported by Daily Express (21 October 2017) that as part of a crackdown on non-standard registration plates for cars, a traffic warden stopped and fined a motorist. The number plate for his car deviated from the standard since it had the phrase “Mujhe kyoon nikala?” (Why was I removed?) According to the report, an interesting situation developed when a crowd gathered at the scene and began to raise slogans of “Mujhe kyoon nikala?”

Alternatives for tomatoes

Daily Express (21 October 2017) quoted provincial minister from the PML-N Sheikh Allauddin as saying that when nations go through difficult times, they eat even cats and dogs, so why was it such a big problem if tomatoes were not easily available? This was in response to the opposition raising the issue of a lack of tomatoes in the market. The minister recommended that those without tomatoes ought to resort to eating cats and dogs.