NEW DELHI: Afghanistan withdraws diplomats from Pakistan following abduction of ambassador’s daughter, Chinese firm to launch 5G phones and other news from the neighbouring country in our weekly Pakistan round-up.
Here’s what made headlines in Pakistan over the past week
Ex-ambassador’s daughter killed in Islamabad
The daughter of Pakistan’s former ambassador to South Korea has been killed in Islamabad, police said.
The deceased — identified as Noor Mukadam — was the daughter of former diplomat Shaukat Mukadam. She was hit with a sharp object which led to her death.
The accused involved in the murder has been arrested. He has been identified as Zahir Jaffer, son of a business tycoon. Islamabad police on Saturday also arrested his parents and household staff for “hiding evidence and being complicit in the crime”.
Afghanistan recalls ambassador, diplomats from Pakistan
Afghanistan has withdrawn its ambassador and diplomats from Pakistan’s capital following the kidnapping of the ambassador’s daughter.
The daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan was seized last week and held for several hours by unknown assailants who left her with injuries and rope mark.
“The Afghan government recalled the ambassador and senior diplomats to Kabul until the complete elimination of the security threats, including the arrest and punishment of the perpetrators,” the Afghan foreign ministry said.
Vaccination certificate mandatory for domestic air travel
Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday declared COVID-19 vaccination certificates mandatory for domestic air travel.
It stated that this restriction applies to all individuals aged 18 and above.
Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity ratio now stands at 4.89%.
Uproar after Nawaz meets Afghan officials in London
Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on Saturday met Afghan national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib and state minister for peace Sayed Sadat Naderi in London, where he is now based.
Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry said Sharif’s meeting with the Afghan delegation “damaged Islamabad’s security doctrine” as the man had earlier issued anti-Pakistan remarks.
In a public speech two months back, Mohib had called Pakistan a “brothel house.”
TikTok blocked in Pakistan, again
Video-sharing platform TikTok has been blocked yet again in Pakistan over “inappropriate content”, the Telecommunication Authority announced Wednesday.
This is the fourth time that the government has interrupted — blocked or suspended — TikTok’s services in the country due to the content shared on the platform.
The development comes nearly three weeks after the Sindh High Court (SHC) had withdrawn the suspension on TikTok services.
Chinese firm Realme to launch 5G phones in Pakistan
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Realme has shared plans to launch 5G-enabled phones in Pakistan at affordable prices.
Realme official Sherry Dong said that the brand received an excellent reception in Pakistan, hence the company was now prioritising the country to introduce 5G mobile phones.
She announced that the company was planning to set up a local assembly line for its products.
Renowned journalist Arif Nizami passes away
Renowned journalist and editor of Pakistan Today Arif Nizami passed away on Wednesday at the age of 74.
He had suffered from a heart attack around three weeks ago and was admitted to a private hospital in Lahore.
Nizami had served as the former caretaker minister for information and broadcasting in 2013 and had also worked for The Nation before starting his own newspaper Pakistan Today.