WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down social media companies after Twitter labeled two of his tweets misleading sets up a fresh challenge for platforms as they struggle to deal with political misinformation during a toxic election campaign. Livingston said he expects Twitter to narrowly enforce its misinformation policies, dealing only with specific issues such as the electoral process and the coronavirus pandemic. The attacks by Trump and his supporters put “so much pressure (on Twitter) and they are blanching at the thought of taking the next step” on curbing political misinformation, Livingston said. “Twitter will face a lot of backlash and whether they can bear up on this remains to be seen,” Woolley said. Amazeen said Twitter’s actions still fall short of establishing the same kinds of standards in force in most news outlets.

May 28, 2020 02:15 UTC

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Jahangir Khan Tareen on Wednesday said that he would be grateful if the government spokespersons acknowledge the farmer compensation figures from 2017-18. Responding to the press conference of Special Assistant for Accountability Shehzad Akbar, Tareen said in a tweet that he was the only sugar mill owner who paid the full price of sugarcane to the farmers during 2017-18 season. Tareen also retweeted Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tweet on October 12, 2017, in which he had said that Jahangir Tareen was the only mill owner who paid full price of sugarcane to farmers while the Shehbaz Sharif government had allowed mill owners to pay whatever they wished to farmers.

May 27, 2020 18:55 UTC

Uzma Khan says that nothing happened between her and Usman and the video ends here. #uzmakhan pic.twitter.com/0QNgBUlTRb — Uzma Khan (@uzmaaaK) May 27, 2020“I have been shamed, blackmailed, harassed, been threatened to kill in the past three days. “I would also like to clarify that my husband Usman Malik has nothing to do with Malik Riaz Hussain, he is not a part of his immediate family. Amna further said that the allegation that she had barged into Uzma Khan’s house was wrong because the house was owned by her husband, Usman Malik. Uzma Khan had stepped into the world of acting with the film Waar released in 2013.

May 27, 2020 18:39 UTC

The revolution was later referred to the ‘Great Terror’ because of the blood and gore which overthrew a corrupt elite order, and established a republic, considered to date as one of the fairest dispensations of the Social Contract to this day. A lot of the fear surrounding this flu is because there is no known silver bullet to kill it. This is the genesis of the great terror around in societies all over the planet, especially in countries with the high numbers of those affected. Be that as it may, the fact is that this country has one of the weakest healthcare systems in the world. Another sector having it great is the mobile networks.

May 27, 2020 18:33 UTC

KARACHI: The Sindh Health Department and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) have ignored several deadly diseases while focusing all their energies combating coronavirus, as more than 15, 000 operations have been postponed in last two months in Karachi, putting thousands of patients at stake. However, only 100 to 150 emergency surgeries are being performed in the megacity now. An official at Civil Hospital Karachi told PPI that about 30 to 40 surgeries are being done in hospital as compared to 150 in normal days. The ratio of cardiac and paediatric related surgeries have also reduced in National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and National Institute of Child Health since March 20. The KMC hospitals were also facing same situation since beginning of Coronavirus emergency in the megacity.

May 27, 2020 16:06 UTC

Supermodel Zara Abid, who was presumed dead in a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash last week, was attacked by online trolls who condemned her profession and lifestyle soon after her demise. The 28-year-old model was on board the ill-fated flight when it crashed in a residential part of Karachi on Friday. Soon after the news of her presence on the ill-fated flight spread, the supermodel was attacked on social media for her profession and clothing choices. Other social media users also condemned the moral policing and urged the people to avoid posting judgmental comments about her. As the hurtful tweets continued to flood social media, Zara’s family reportedly deactivated all her social media accounts.

May 27, 2020 15:22 UTC

KARACHI: In Balochistan, fatal highway accidents have surpassed even terrorism in deadliness as the strategic region prepares to receive $64 billion in investment as a key route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. But to the surprise of many, it is not terrorism but fatal highway accidents that have killed more people in the last decade across the province. The 813 kilometres Quetta-Karachi Highway — also known as the RCD highway — is the epicentre of deadly accidents in the province, which covers 42% land of the country. “Poor road network is one of the key problems Balochistan has been facing for the last 72 years. People die every day due to this [poor road network],” he added.

May 27, 2020 14:37 UTC

KARACHI: The technical team of the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, went to the site of the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) plane crash on Wednesday to investigate the incident. The team, comprising technical experts, had arrived in Karachi a day earlier to conduct an investigation into the PK-8303 plane crash which killed 97 of 99 passengers onboard. Moreover, the team, along with a local investigative group, would focus on finding the cockpit recording, and a flight safety team of PIA would also accompany the Airbus team at the site of the crash, the report had added. On Tuesday, the Airbus team was briefed about the crash by PIA and fire department officials. PIA’s Aircraft Accident and Investigation team was present with the Airbus technical team as well to ascertain the situation.

May 27, 2020 10:51 UTC

ASI Zafar had arrest­ed an armed man shortl­y before the attack­ISLAMABAD: Two officers of the Islamabad Police, including an ASI, were killed when unidentified armed suspects allegedly attacked a picket within the remits of the Tarnol police station. Police officials told The Express Tribune that the 27-year-old ASI Mohsin Zafar and Head Constable Muhammad Sajjad were deployed at the Chungi 26 picket. On Tuesday evening, two unidentified armed suspects approached the picket. Soon after the incident, senior officers of Islamabad Police rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. The report of the attack came only a short while after sources said that ASI Zafar had arrested an armed suspect during snap checking at the picket.

May 27, 2020 05:48 UTC

Global credit­ors need to waive both offici­al bilate­ral and commer­cial debt for low-income countr­iesPakistan has a debt problem. As is the case with many other developing nations, Pakistan will be seriously hurt by the way the global economy is impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Always looking for somebody to take the blame, he holds the Geneva-based organisation for his administration’s poor management of the coronavirus pandemic. There was some international action on helping the developing world to deal with the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Quick disbursements will necessarily include tackling with the debt problem that so many developing countries including Pakistan have to deal with.

May 27, 2020 04:07 UTC

This can disrupt the production of banknotes with specific security features in the country. Sources told The Express Tribune that the board of directors of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) recommended the suspension of varnishing of high-denomination banknotes of Rs500, Rs1,000 and Rs5,000 for two months. However, the government argued that discontinuation of one of the security features would possibly lead to counterfeiting of banknotes. The SBP is currently issuing banknotes of Rs10, Rs20, Rs50, Rs100, Rs500, Rs1,000 and Rs5,000. The varnishing of banknotes enhances the life of currency, as confirmed by the PSPC lab.

May 27, 2020 03:45 UTC

“In addition to taking human lives, the coronavirus has eaten away our Eid earnings as well,” remarked All Karachi Tajir Ittehad Chairman Atiq Mir while talking to The Express Tribune. He added that the buyers, who somehow managed to shop during the pandemic, were harassed by government authorities. He, however, cherished that sales of locally produced goods soared this year as compared to imported goods, which could not be arranged due to the global lockdown. Online shopping also rose before Eid as evidence showed that even elderly people resorted to goods buying via online platforms this year. “Online shopping almost doubled on our app and increased further in Ramazan,” said Hysab Kytab CEO Veqar Islam.

May 27, 2020 03:33 UTC

PDMA identi­fies first plane crash victim using forens­ic odonto­logy at Edhi morgue­KARACHI: The families of 19 plane crash victims have “forcefully” taken away as many bodies from an Edhi mortuary, without waiting for the DNA testing of the corpses to be carried out, said Edhi Foundation head Faisal Edhi on Tuesday. He further claimed that while the families took the bodies, police did not help Edhi workers in stopping them. Edhi also claimed that while the families “forcefully” the bodies away, police did not help Edhi workers in stopping them. Forensic odontology beginsThe Provincial Disaster Management Authority identified one of the victims of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash using forensic odontology. Forensic odontology – or dental examination – relies on the shape and treatment of the victim’s teeth as well as their dental records.

May 26, 2020 20:15 UTC

Many did not wear masks during Eid prayer­s, greete­d others with hugs and handsh­akesKARACHI: While Karachi witnessed low-key Eid celebration, with many grieving the plane crash and feeling sombre amid the coronavirus pandemic, precaution was largely thrown to wind during Eid prayers. Arrangements for Eid prayers were made on roads, Eidgah ground, imambargahs and mosques, where people were witnessed hugging, shaking hands and ignoring the government’s health advisory by and large. Many did not even wear facemasks and completely disregarded social distancing. Citizens also ordered food from eateries, with no fear of contracting the virus. However, no arrangements for Eid prayers were made in the polo ground this time around.

May 26, 2020 20:03 UTC

But with the number of new coronavirus cases declining steadily in Russia, Putin told Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to reschedule the parade for June 24. “According to experts, the peak can be considered passed,” Putin told Shoigu in a televised video link-up. Global coronavirus cases cross 5.5 million markPutin was forced to announce its delay in mid-April as coronavirus infections surged and officials ordered lockdowns across the country. After peaking in mid-May at more than 11,000 new cases per day, the number of daily infections has dropped below 9,000. Putin has made clear in recent days that he believes Russia has overcome the worst of the pandemic.

May 26, 2020 18:45 UTC