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

Stubborn service

Daily Nawa-i-Waqt (05 September 2017) quoted Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif as saying that the PTI did not want him to serve the people, but that he would go on serving the people like a servant (khadim).

Yunani Science and purdah

The Secretary General of the Council of Herbal Physicians and Yunani Medical Officer Hakeem Qazi M. A. Khalid expressed his view that the latest research proved that purdah (veiling) protected women from skin cancer. Daily Nawa-i-Waqt (05 September 2017) reported that addressing a gathering on World Hijab Day, he went on to say that wearing hijab prevented a woman from contracting ailments through the mouth and the nose, for instance dust allergy, flu and other viral diseases.

“Glad we didn’t get that government!”

According to Daily Jang (06 September 2017), PTI chief Imran Khan stated that he was thankful that the PTI had not been given the federal government in 2013, otherwise there too, a situation similar to that in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa would have prevailed. He further observed that due to a lack of experience, for the first year, the PTI provincial government in KP did not understand what was to be done.

On tonga-carts

The leader of the opposition in the Punjab Assembly, PTI’s Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, expressed his view that the country was being run as though it were a tonga. Daily Nawa-i-Waqt (06 September 2017) quoted him as saying that on the one hand there was corruption and on the other hand, disqualified people were jeopardizing the future of 21 crore (210 million) people. He further expressed his view that under the guise of democracy, a civilian dictatorship had been imposed on the country.

Watch out, Donald and NaMo!

The Jamaat-e-Islami’s Siraj-ul-Haq, according to Daily Jang (07 September 2017), warned Donald Trump and Narendra Modi that Pakistan was the definition of enthusiasm for holy war and martyrdom – and that anyone who looked at Pakistan in a bad way would have their eyes taken out.

Governance in KP

According to Daily Jang (07 September 2017), the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister’s Secretariat, in Peshawar, built a swimming pool costing 1 crore 85 lakhs (18.5 million rupees) instead of spending that money on development and welfare work. The spokesperson for the provincial government explained that the swimming pool was being built for the benefit of foreign visitors.

“Yemen? It wasn’t us!”

The Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said that the boycott of Qatar could last another 2 years, and that diplomatic relations with Iran would not be restored until the end of terrorism. According to Daily Nawa-i-Waqt (07 September 2017), he stated that the war in Yemen had not been started by Saudi Arabia.

Ahsan Iqbal on governance and dengue

It was reported by Daily Express (08 September 2017) that the Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal expressed his view that if Imran Khan had been in government, we would have been in the position of patients suffering from dengue.

Lahore’s finest?

Daily Jang (08 September 2017) reported that the Lahore High Court summoned an SHO from Shad Bagh police station in Lahore, for demanding Rs. 5.2 million from a trader in extortion.

Safer streets?

According to Daily Express (09 September 2017), police in Lahore arrested two kite-sellers.

Imran Khan on losers and winners in NA-120

Imran Khan was quoted by Daily Express (10 September 2017) as saying that bandits (daku) would be defeated in the constituency NA-120 elections, and that this would be the victory of the judiciary.