Learn to take a joke; you’ll live longer.) International journalists’ rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the incarceration of Pakistani journalist Naila Ali. “We demand that the Pakistani government take notice of the matter,” said RSF Director General Christophe Deloire. It is an affront to the idea of journalists’ rights and their security,” said Deloire. “The government must despatch a special forces unit and raid the said area and extract the poor journalist from that location,” added Deloire.

May 24, 2019 10:10 UTC

The film made its way to Netflix this month and our neighbours finally got a chance to watch Abbasi’s masterpiece. A fabulous ensemble headlined by @aaminasheikh @sanammodysaeed @adnanmalik & some very special senior actors. @aaminasheikh @sanammodysaeed @adnanmalik (I hope I got the right one.) — Vinamra Longani (@Vinamralongani) May 21, 2019Pakistani film #Cake by @IllicitusProduc on @NetflixIndia is all heart. @sanammodysaeed, @aaminasheikh @adnanmalik are such fine actors with an immensely strong hold over their craft.

May 24, 2019 10:07 UTC

Fans of the popular cultural icon Imran Khan are expressing their dissatisfaction of Imran Khan. The concluding season of the man has led to a lot of resentment about his devoted fancase that have followed him since the very early seasons. “We remember the early days, with all that swashbuckling adventures and the sex,” said Mudassar Hassan, a diehard fan. “But this final season is horrible.”“Yes, the quality had been faltering since some time,” said Faiza Hassan, another fan. But this final season is where things are getting completely indefensible.

May 24, 2019 10:06 UTC

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against a Lahore High Court (LHC) verdict ordering to remove Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL). The appeal argued that the leader of the opposition was trying to influence the probe undertaken by the anti-graft body. It further outlined that “Shehbaz may have absconded the country” and that the accountability watchdog’s proceedings may come to a halt due to the suspect’s unavailability. Challenging the LHC verdict, authorities urged the apex court to reinstate Shehbaz’s name on the no-fly list. The petition further stated that co-accused Salman Shehbaz had already fled the country.

May 24, 2019 09:57 UTC

(Disclaimer: this is a work of fiction. FAISALABAD – The nation feeling the wrath of economic turmoil amidst currency devaluation and rising inflation has finally found the cause behind its multi-pronged financial crises. After much investigation, and government’s revelations, the root of the economic troubles were found in the three-seat sofa placed inside the living room of a lower middleclass man. Sources within the furniture have revealed that the man, whose name has been concealed for security reasons, and because he exists in multiple human beings across the country, has singlehandedly led to the currency crisis in the country by hiding dollar bills worth $183 inside his sofa cushions. “And it is the previous government that is directly responsible for such sofas,” a leading source revealed before saying the same on a top TV channel.

May 24, 2019 09:50 UTC

JHANG – Setting the example for the rest of the financially troubled nation to follow, Azam Rafique, 30, continued his three-decade long boycott of the US dollar. While leading by example himself, Rafique celebrated the continuation of his boycott of US dollar by convincing a friend to sell his dollars in exchange for Pakistani rupees. “Finally I convinced my friend to sell the dollars and buy Pak rupee… A little contribution for my country…. Digital media analysts have revealed that Rafique’s boycott is further catching on across the country, with many posting messages on social media that they too had convinced their friends to sell US dollars and buy Pakistani rupees. At press time, Azam Rafique revealed to himself that he needed to do something about his years-long boycott of the Pakistani rupee as well.

May 24, 2019 09:47 UTC

LONDON – Continuing his amazing run of form over the past five weeks, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammed Amir celebrated his inclusion in the World Cup squad by successfully betting on the time it would take for fellow fast bowler Junaid Khan to delete his protest tweet. Truth is bitter’, registered protest against his omission from the World Cup squad on Monday. Amir, meanwhile, put £9 at 9/1 odds on ‘today’ a couple of hours after Junaid Khan shared the image on social media, eventually winning £81 in return. The left-arm fast bowler made the most of his absence from the playing field by taking up the sport he is fond of. He now joins the 15-man Pakistan squad for the World Cup having been backed by many experts, including the legendary Wasim Akram who made £810 on Junaid Khan deleting his social media post on Monday.

May 24, 2019 09:41 UTC

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Friday expressed sorrow over the demises of federal minister Sardar Ali Mohammad Khan Mahar, 10-year-old girl Farishta who was murdered after being raped and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira‘s son Usama Kaira. A resolution was moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan to recognize the services of Mahar for the people and strengthening democracy in the country. Ali Mohammad Khan Mahar remained Sindh chief minister from 2002 to 2004. Parliamentarian observed the late MNA always worked for the people of Ghotki and Sindh. Later, the chair adjourned the House till 2 PM on Monday without taking up the agenda of the day.

May 24, 2019 09:39 UTC

MUMBAI – Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, in the news for his status as one of India’s most eligible bachelors, has revealed his marital desires. “I want children, but if I have children, they would have me as their father. I don’t want them to have me as a parent, but they would need parents,” Salman said. Salman categorically stated that marriage was not on his mind right now, but children were. But as much as I want children, I definitely won’t want my children to have me,” he concluded.

May 24, 2019 09:38 UTC

MUMBAI – Confirming himself as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ticket giver in states ranging from Punjab to Assam, Republic TV’s Editor and Prime Time Anchor Arnab Goswami has announced that he has printed out a customised ticket of the ruling party for himself. The announcement comes after Goswami confirmed the seat of Bollywood actor Sunny Leone in Gurdaspur, prompting experts to reiterate that both the tickets announced are for the 2024 elections in India, which the BJP is expected to win as well. “We now know that BJP will be putting forth Sunny Leone as their Gurdaspur candidate in 2024, taking over from Sunny Deol, as the ruling party maintains its stranglehold. “Some would say these are spoilers for the 2024 General Elections, but what else has Mr Goswami been doing since the 2014 General Elections?” Rao asked. Meanwhile, Bollywood star Sunny Leone took to Twitter to respond to Arnab Goswami’s revelation in the ongoing heat of 2019 Lok Sabha election counting day on his channel, demanding exactly how many votes she is expected to win in Gurdaspur.

May 24, 2019 09:35 UTC

Tiger, the son of veteran actor Jackie Shroff, agrees. I am so insecure but I am driven by my insecurities to constantly seek approval and appreciation. “Throughout the world, the biggest and most iconic stars are action heroes… Similarly, through my action films, I want to express my vision and entertain audiences not just in one part of the country but throughout the globe. Tiger, whose last big screen outing was Student of the Year 2, has often been photographed with his rumoured girlfriend Disha Patani. Asked about the constant scrutiny on his private life, Tiger said, “It is a part and parcel.

May 24, 2019 09:32 UTC

ISLAMABAD – Investment scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani said on Tuesday that purchasing dollars to hoard for the sake of profit after the exchange rate had already crossed 150 is a ‘grave sin’ and disloyalty to the very basics of investment economics. Talking to The Dependent, Mufti Usmani said that those involved in the act of hoarding after the American currency had already made immense gains are economically cursed. “Purchasing dollars to hoard and earn profit by the increase in its price is a grave investment sin henceforth,” Mufti Usmani said. After 140 it’s okay, and after 150 it’s a sin!” he added. “The rupee has been falling since December 2017, have you been sleeping since then?” Mufti Usmani asked.

May 24, 2019 09:32 UTC

ISLAMABAD – There is no longer any impediment en route to peace between the two nuclear armed South Asian states following the victory of the rabid anti-Pakistan Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Indian general elections. That BJP winning in India would ensure peace with Pakistan. “Okay, so BJP wins, Kashmir resolved and peace with Pakistan. But how will Pakistan get peace with such an anti-Pakistan party in India? And now you, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, will get it because the rabid anti-Pakistan party has won in India.”

May 24, 2019 09:30 UTC

The resign­ation comes after a Conser­vative Party mutiny over her remain­ing in powerBeleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Friday that she will resign on June 7. “It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort. The resignation comes after a Conservative Party mutiny over her remaining in power. The humiliating spectacle of the prime minister detailing her departure date follows a toxic response to her latest Brexit plan this week from cabinet colleagues and Tory MPs. In her resignation letter Leadsom told the prime minister she no longer believed that her approach would deliver on the 2016 referendum result to leave the EU.

May 24, 2019 09:30 UTC

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation in an emotional address on Friday, ending a dramatic three-year tenure of near-constant crisis over Brexit. May, 62, said she would step down as Conservative Party leader on June 7. She would remain as prime minister in a caretaker role until a replacement is elected by the party. MPs have overwhelmingly rejected the withdrawal agreement she struck with European Union leaders last year three times, brutally weakening May on each occasion. With her resignation, the manner of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union appears more uncertain than ever.

May 24, 2019 09:27 UTC