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. Illustrations by Saadia Gardezi

Nuggets from the Urdu press

Angry parents beat up polio worker’s husband


Reported in Jang (February 18, 2015) angered by the vaccination of his children, a man in Ferozewala beat up an anti-polio health worker’s husband and injured him.

Chaos at Mao Hospital


According to Nai Baat (February 18, 2015) a bomb threat created chaos in the children’s ward of Lahore’s Mao Hospital (afra tafree much gayee). An anonymous caller said the bomb would go off in 15 minutes.

PTI took away my car: Javed Hashmi 


Quoted in Express (February 19, 2015) Javed Hashmi says Tehrik-e-Insaf has taken away his car. It was a gift from his dear friend late Imtiaz Dar. When he left PTI, Imran Khan pressured Mr Dar’s children to take it back. When he had left PML-N, Shahbaz Sharif had told Waheed Arain to take over his land.

Pakistani shortlisted to go to Mars


Nawa-e-Waqt reports (February 19, 2015) a Pakistani man Reginald Foulds is among the 1,000 people who have been selected to go on a one-way trip to Mars. He is a retired Air Force helicopter pilot now settled in Canada.

School sealed with children inside


Reported in Nai Baat (February 20, 2015) LDA officials sealed a school with the children inside for not paying commercialization fee. The parents had to break the seal to get their children out.

Ahmed Shahzad quarrels with coach 


According to Dunya (February 20, 2015) cricketer Ahmed Shahzad had a quarrel (talkh kalami) with coach Waqar Younis during net practice. When Waqar Younis asked him to play a shot in a different way, he became angry (seekh pa ho gaye) and there was a dispute (ulajh parray).

Ahmed Shahzad yells at wrong journalist 


According to Express (February 21, 2015) cricketer Ahmed Shahzad got into a row with a Pakistani journalist (ulajh parray) in Christchurch. He found out later that the tweets he was angry about were someone else’s, and he got his anger out on the wrong person (dil ki bharraas nikali). He apologized to the journalist.

Naseeruddin Shah tricks reporters 


Nai Baat says (February 21, 2015) Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah tricked reporters at the Lahore Literature Festival (chakma day kar nikal gaye). He promised them he would talk to them after his event was over, but he left using a different door.

Sirajul Haq’s pocket picked at a wedding


Reported in Dunya (February 22, 2015) someone picked Jamaat-e-Islami emir Sirajul Haq’s pocket at a wedding in Lahore (haath saaf kar gya). He laughed as he told his party officials about it, and was thankful he did not lose his identity card and his Senate candidacy receipt.

Cops will climb skyscrapers with binoculars to monitor kite flying


Jang reports (February 23, 2015) policemen will be deployed on tall buildings with binoculars to ensure a ban on kite flying in Lahore.

Cleric threatens himself to close down girls school 


An imam of a mosque in Multan who had received letters and phone calls that threatened to blow up a nearby girls school turned out to have written those letters himself, Jang reports (February 23, 2015). Police says he wanted the school closed down.

Maryam Aurangzaib’s car stolen in Rawalpindi 


Reported in Express (February 23, 2015) parliamentary secretary for interior ministry Maryam Aurangzaib’s car was stolen from Rawalpindi. The police began a search (dorrain lag gayee) but their lack of vigilance was exposed (pol khul gya).