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GCU Lahore names new media dept after Arshad Sharif; PTI takes credit

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  • GCU to have Arshad Sharif School of Journalism.
  • VC makes announcement after meeting Imran Khan.
  • Endowment fund for the institution being established.

Government College University (GCU) Lahore has named its new media studies department after late senior journalist Arshad Sharif, which according to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) official Twitter handle was a manifestation of Imran Khan’s similar pledge.

“@ImranKhanPTI’s announcement that he will make Arshad Sharif School of Journalism is now implemented as [Vice-Chancellor] GCU Asghar Zaidi announces that new department of media studies name will be Arshad Sharif School of Journalism,” the PTI said in a tweet.

“An endowment fund is also being set up for a new building of this school in GCU’s new campus,” the PTI said in another Twitter post in the same thread.

GCU Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi made it official after holding a meeting with former prime minister Imran Khan at his Zaman Park residence.

Earlier, on October 29, Khan, during one of his long-march addresses, had declared the PTI would establish a school of media studies named after the investigative journalist who was killed in Kenya on October 23 under mysterious circumstances.

The party had blamed the government for the journalist’s murder in Kenya while the authorities had formed a body to investigate the matter and ascertain facts in this regard.

The PTI chief appreciated the announcement made by Dr Zaidi, advising him to prepare guidelines for the restoration of student unions in Punjab. 

The former prime minister said the future of nations belonged to the students studying at universities and therefore, “we should take every possible step to educate them on the campuses”. 

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Maryam Nawaz honours ASP Shehr Bano For His Extraordinary Courage

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Maryam Nawaz, the PML-N’s nominee for chief minister of Punjab, honours young police officer Shehr Bano for displaying extraordinary bravery, insight, and courage.

According to Maryam Nawaz, if the female police officer hadn’t arrived in time, a catastrophe may have happened.

The country is proud of you, she said as she praised Shehr Bano.

According to Maryam Nawaz, Shehr Bano maintained humanity and the law in the face of pressure, numbers, and circumstances.

She stated that it is required of every police officer to contribute to the defence of individuals’ lives and property.

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The BISP WhatsApp channel has been launched.

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In order to assist both its recipients and regular residents, the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has opened a WhatsApp channel where it posts information about all of its programmes and dispels false statements.

To acquire all the information about the scheme, the BISP advised current and potential beneficiaries to follow the official WhatsApp channel.

The following web URL allows individuals to follow the BISP WhatsApp channel.

The channel number on WhatsApp is 0029VaL06DJ9Bb602I388U2l.

Earlier, the National Telecommunication Corporation and the BISP established a state-of-the-art call centre to offer genuine information about the plan and the issues.

The individuals can contact the call centre at 080026477 to register complaints or seek information about the programme.

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Bushra Bibi challenges the Nikah case’s verdict in court.

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According to specifics, Bushra Bibi’s attorney, Khalid Yousaf Chaudhry, entered a plea on her behalf, requesting that the trial court’s decision from February 3 be deemed invalid.

Salman Akram Raja, Salman Safdar, and other individuals will also be parties in this action, while Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka and the federal government have been named respondents in the plea.

According to the plea, the former first lady went to her mother’s house in August 2017 after divorcing in April.

Furthermore, the ruling is unlawful, immoral, and un-Islamic because the matter pertaining to Bushra Bibi and Khan’s nikah was outside the court’s jurisdiction.

In a case concerning their marriage during the latter’s Iddat era, a court in Islamabad earlier this year condemned former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi to seven years in prison apiece.

The decision on the lawsuit submitted by Bushra’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka in a temporary court at Adiala jail was announced by senior civil judge Qudratullah. The pair was also fined Rs 500,000 apiece by the court.

Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan’s marriage
In February 2018, the former prime minister married Bushra Bibi in Lahore.

Only the bride’s mother and other close relatives and friends were present for the ceremony. The sisters of the PTI founder, however, were not present.

Former SAPM Zulfi Bukhari and Awn Chaudhary, leaders of the Pakitan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), were present when Mufti Saeed conducted the nikah.

Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka had petitioned the court last year, arguing that the marriage was unlawful and in violation of Sharia law.

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