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

People and power

Reported in Nawa-e-Waqt (June 13, 2016) when the people of a neighborhood in Bhakkar complained about a power breakdown, a Wapda official asked them for a bribe to fix it. They agreed to pay, but when he climbed the pole to resolve the problem, they removed the ladder behind him.


Affordable education

According to Dunya (June 13, 2016) the Sindh government has set aside Rs 1.5 million in the next year’s budget for an Information Technology University in Khairpur, the hometown of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. The sum is less than it takes to set up a primary school.


30 donkeys stolen for meat 

More than 30 donkeys disappeared from various farms in Daska in a single night, Jang reports (June 14, 2016). The thieves threw the hides in a drain and fled with the meat.


Samosa party in Lahore police station

Several cops raided a samosa shop for selling food during the day in Ramzan. They tried some of the samosas, and when they liked it, they seized the food and detained the vendor. The samosas were taken to the police station, where they had a ‘samosa party’ and ate all of them. (Nawa-e-Waqt – June 15, 2016).

tft-24-vImported milk and men’s rights

Quoted in Nawa-e-Waqt (June 16, 2016) treasury member of the National Assembly Rana Muhammad Hayat called for a ban on imported packaged milk for infants. He said it was too expensive and only the affluent could afford it. Middle-class and poor men would have to wear wrist monitors in line with the Women’s Protection Act if they do not obey their wives and buy them packaged milk for infants.


Brawl in Sindh Assembly

Express reports (June 17, 2016) members of the Sindh Assembly belonging to the PPP and the MQM began to fight (gutham gutha) during a session. PPP minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla and MQM leader Azeem Farooqi wrestled (hatha pai) until other members intervened.


Gullu Butt’s brother shows up at Tahirul Qadri’s protest 

According to Dunya (June 18, 2016) Billu Butt – the brother of famous PML-N supporter Gullu Butt who was seen damaging private property during the 2014 Model Town incident in Lahore – showed up at Tahirul Qadri’s sit in on The Mall. When some members of Qadri’s organization became aggressive, he had to leave.


The copycat professor

Express reports (June 18, 2016) the chairman of the National Testing Service, who is also the pro-rector of a university, was found out to have 72 percent plagiarism in his PhD thesis. His degree has been cancelled and he has been removed from the university.


Cleaning up after Qadri 

Reported in Dunya (June 19, 2016) protestors belonging to Tahirul Qadri’s Awami Tehrik left 15 tons of garbage during their one-night sit in at The Mall in Lahore. The managing director of Lahore Waste Management Company supervised the cleaning of the site.

Cops steal from own police station

Two policemen were arrested for stealing gold and other items worth hundreds of thousands of rupees from the store rooms of their own police station, Express reports (June 19, 2016). They have been locked up and a case has been registered.