NEW DELHI: Clear early signs of the fourth Covid wave are already visible in Pakistan, a top government official said; Lahore High Court directs judges to keep away from social media, and other important news from Pakistan from the past week.
Here’s what made headlines in Pakistan over the past week
Clear early signs of Covid 4th wave, govt official says
There are clear early signs of the fourth wave starting in Pakistan due to poor compliance with SOPs, chief of the National Command and Operation Centre said. He also blamed the delta variant for the rapid spread of infections.
His warning came after the country reported a positivity rate of over 3% for three consecutive days.
PM Khan launches various mega projects in Gwadar
Prime Minister Imran Khan last week performed the ground-breaking of several mega projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the coastal city of Gwadar.
Khan inaugurated the North Gwadar Free Zone 2, Gwadar Expo Centre and Henan Agricultural Industrial Park as well as the opening of three factories including Gwadar Fertilizer Plant and Gwadar Animal Vaccine Plant.
The CPEC connects Gwadar Port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province with China’s Xinjiang province, and will give China an opening to the Arabian Sea.
Lahore HC directs judges to avoid using social media
The Lahore High Court has issued a code of conduct for judicial officers across the province, directing them to avoid using social media.
The directives are addressed to all district and sessions judges in Punjab as well as judicial officers posted on ex-cadre.
“A judicial officer is supposed to lead a reserved social life, therefore, he should avoid using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and such other social media applications,” the statement said.
PM Khan to shun security, protocols on private visits
Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that he would no longer be going to any private function with protocol and security in order “to save taxpayer money and avoid inconvenience to the public”.
In a tweet, he said he was also reviewing the protocol and security available to ministers, governors and chief ministers belonging to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
“We will put an end to the colonial legacy of pomp and glory used to overwhelm the people,” he wrote.
Pakistan says will settle Afghan refugees in special camps
Minister for information Fawad Chaudhary said that Pakistan was expecting an influx of Afghan refugees amidst the current unrest in the neighbouring country.
He said efforts will be made to build camps along the border to keep the displaced Afghans from entering into Pakistan.
Nearly 3-million Afghan refugees have been living in Pakistan, almost half of them illegally.
Pak rejects naming of PM Khan as ‘press freedom predator’
Pakistan has vehemently rejected an international media watchdog’s report that lists PM Imran Khan on a list of the world’s 37 worst rulers when it comes to press freedom.
The report titled “Press freedom predators gallery- old tyrants, two women and a European,” was released by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders.
It said during Khan’s rule, the distribution of newspapers was interrupted, media outlets were threatened with withdrawal of advertising and TV channel signals were jammed.