Nuggets from the Urdu press

Nuggets from the Urdu press

Mob justice for street harasser 

Reported in Jang (March 7, 2016) after two women accused a man in Gujranwala of street harassment (chairr-khani, jumlay kassay) the people of the neighborhood beat him up (dhunai), put a garland of shoes in his neck, and paraded him around the area on a donkey.


‘Imran Khan would’ve worn a GPS bracelet if the law had come sooner’

Quoted in Nawa-e-Waqt (March 7, 2016) Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah says if the Women’s Protection Bill had been passed sooner, Imran Khan would have had to wear a bracelet with a GPS tracker. One or two of Reham Khan’s interviews revealed that Imran Khan’s domestic life was disturbed, he says.


Dead chickens for Lahoris 

Express reports (March 8, 2016) food officials seized a truck full of 1,800 kilograms of dead chickens that were to be sold to various restaurants in Lahore. It had a fake number plate.


Cameraman arrested for trying to shake hands with chief minister

Reported in Jang (March 9, 2016) a cameraman who tried to shake hands with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif after an event was arrested and locked up in a police station. He was released after the chief minister’s house.


PIA fires 333 over fake university degrees 

According to Jang (March 10, 2016) PIA has fired 333 of its employees because their university degrees were fake. After employees began to protest against the airline’s privatization, the administration ordered a probe to determine the legitimacy of the degrees of 2700 of them.


What’s missing in PIA menu

Quoted in Dunya (March 11, 2016) Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah said during a committee hearing on PIA that the airline’s menu only includes Aalu ki Bujhiya, Dal Chawal, and a glass of water. Other airlines offer wine, whiskey, champagne and Irish coffee. People reach the skies when they drink them.


Cops beat up shopkeeper over discount 

According to Nawa-e-Waqt (March 11, 2016) when a shopkeeper at an apparel store declined to give a discount to a policeman who wanted to buy a shirt, several cops broke the showcases and mirrors in the shop, and thrashed the shopkeeper, threatening to kill him. Salesman from nearby shops intervened to stop them. A case was registered after intervention from the local MPA.


How not to fight a case 

Nawa-e-Waqt reports (March 12, 2016) a fight broke out between several lawyers and an Egyptian woman who had arrived at a sessions court in Lahore for a hearing of her fraud case against a Pakistani man. She hid in a judge’s chamber, while her husband and the lawyers punched each other freely (ghoonson ka azadana istamaal). Both the parties submitted complaints to the police against each other.


Spanish woman in Gujrat to marry Facebook sweetheart 

Reported in Dunya (March 13, 2016) a 40-year-old woman from Spain arrived in Gujrat to meet her 24-year-old Facebook sweetheart. The two married in court. She said Pakistan was peaceful and she loved the combined family system in the country. She has left for Spain where she will apply to invite her husband.


90 percent emergency calls to police were pranks

According to Nai Baat (March 13, 2016) of the 432,683 calls to the police emergency number 15 in Lahore in the first two months of this year, 388,611 were bogus. An officer vowed to deal sternly with pranksters in the future.