Top Twitter trends of the week

April 21, 2017
By: Muhammad Farooq
Published in Blogs, Social Pulse

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1.#PanamaCase

Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday announced the verdict of the high profile Panama Case against Sharif. Here are some salient features of the judgment.

  • Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to appear before a joint investigation team which will be formed to probe the Panama Papers scandal.
  • The bench has ordered the authorities to form a joint investigation team within seven days to investigate the accusations mentioned in the Panama Papers against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
  • Officials from the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), National Accountability Bureau (NAB) along with other state institutions.
  • Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Gulzar Ahmad, in their dissenting notes, wrote that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was not eligible to be premier as he was not Sadiq and Ameen. The rest of the bench called for additional investigation of the accusations.
  • The Qatari prince’s letter, presented as evidence by the Sharif family in the case, was rejected by the Supreme Court.
  • The bench remarked whether Hassan and Hussain Nawaz were in the position to buy flats in London at such a young age.
  • The bench also remarked that the authorities should investigate how money was laundered to Qatar.
  • The bench has ordered the investigation team to submit its report within 60 days.

2.#MaryamLightChaliGaye

The best that could have ever happened on Pakistani Social Media was the trend “#MaryamLightChaliGaye” that was Knocking PM’s daughter about massive load shedding, which PMLN failed to deliver promises.

 

3.#MashalKhan

Mashal Khan, a student of Mass Commutation at Abdul Wali Khan University, was beaten, stripped and shot to death, and his body was mutilated by a mob comprising his classmates, students and university’s employees on Thursday afternoon.
However, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has taken suo motu notice of lynching of a student of Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, by mob over alleged blasphemy charges on Saturday.

 

4.#FIA

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of torture on Norwegian ladies at Islamabad Airport.

According to a press release, the notice was taken on a news item published in a section of media highlighting that two Norwegian national, expatriate ladies were allegedly beaten and tortured by Immigration (FIA) staff over a petty issue at Islamabad Airport.

“Later on, the lady staff with the help of two other officials dragged Norwegian National lady Fouzia to a room where they allegedly tortured her while her mother was beaten publicly,” the release read.

The apex judge, taking notice of the matter, has called a report from Secretary, Interior and Secretary, Aviation within three days.

After this notice a new video has gone viral on social media in which a female passenger can be seen misbehaving with a female staffer of the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA).

The first video showed a Norwegian woman of Pakistani origin being manhandled and assaulted by the FIA officials at Benazir Bhutto International Airport following a verbal spat. The video prompted Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali to take notice and asked for a report.

In the latest video it can be seen clearly that the woman passenger misbehaved with  the FIA staffer. The woman crossed a security point and snatched the mobile phone of the FIA official.

On the other hand, the FIA official kept asking her to leave the area.
“Ab mein hashar kia karungi apka”, she threatened the FIA official.

She then went mad and started screaming when asked to go through security check. “Learn your English first”, she shouted

 

5.#AhsanKhan

The shocking murder of Mardan university student Mashal Khan has moved people from all walks of life.

Pakistani showbiz star Ashan Khan, who won the Best Actor award, spoke up about the gristly act in his speech at the 16h Lux Style Award..

“Television is such an effective medium and there is so much happening around you that you have to make socially aware content. Take the Mashal Khan incident for that matter”.

He was of the view that, this incident happens because society is not educated. Ahsan Khan further emphasized that television is the best medium to educate people.

“I have a special request for everybody in the industry .. we can sort this out. A lot of incidents which we hear everyday, like Mashal Khan’s, it’s because our society is not educated and television is the best medium we can [use to] educated people and it is our moral duty to educate people,” he added

 

6.#RaheelSharif

The government of Pakistan issued No Objection Certificate (NOC) to General (rted.) Raheel Sharif to command the military alliance of Islamic countries.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the NOC for the retired general to take over the command of the military alliance of Muslim countries.

Soon after the go-ahead was given to General Sharif, a specially chartered airplane sent by Saudi Arab flew from old airport of Lahore today carrying him to Saudi Arab.

 

7.#Chitral

A man accused of blasphemy was beaten up inside a mosque by a charged-up mob after Friday prayers before the imam saved his life and handed him over to the police.

According to reports, a man allegedly made ‘blasphemous remarks’ inside a mosque after Friday prayers. This enraged the people gathered for prayer who started beating him up.

Fearing for the man’s life, the prayer leader came to the man’s rescue and saved him from the angry worshippers. The imam of the mosque handed him over to authorities at a local police station.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered against the man for committing blasphemy. According to a report, the police were ascertaining the man’s mental health. The mob reached the police station and demanded from authorities that they hand over the suspect.

A clash broke out between the police and the charged-up mob. Police resorted to aerial firing and tear-gas shelling in a bid to disperse the crowd.

The report further claimed Frontier Constabulary arrived at the police station to assist the police in quelling the situation, as an estimated 3,000-4,000 had gathered outside the police station.

#Chitral became the number one trend on Twitter following the incident. Last week, a student from Abdul Wali Khan University in Multan was lynched by fellow students after he was accused of committing blasphemy.

That incident had drawn widespread condemnation from political parties and prominent personalities.

 

8.#AllamaIQBAL

The 79th death anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed today.

Allama Iqbal promoted Two-Nation Theory and gave concept of a separate Muslim state in Indian Subcontinent where they can independently live in accordance with their religion and cultural traditions.

Various literary and cultural organizations have chalked out special programmes across the country and abroad to pay homage to the national poet. Radio Pakistan will also broadcast special programmes befitting the occasion.

Born on 9 November 1877 in Sialkot, he breathed his last on 21 April 1938 in Lahore.

 

9.#PAKvWI

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and put the West Indies in to bat on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Friday.

West Indies are giving Test debuts to a pair of Guyanese batsmen, Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh, with middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood and medium-pacer Miguel Cummins omitted from the final XI.

Pakistan have resisted the temptation of including the uncapped Shadab Khan in their team as a second spinner in support of Yasir Shah, choosing instead to introduce Mohammad Abbas for his debut Test as a third pacer alongside Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Aamir.

This is the 50th Test between the two nations and also the 50th Test match to be played at Sabina Park in Kingston.

 

10.#GodFather

The Supreme Court of Pakistan’s judgment on the Panama Leaks case began with a popular quote from the 1969 novel ‘The Godfather’ by Mario Puzo.

Who would have thought the judgment, which was claimed by some as a landmark one, would open with a quote from Mario Puzo’s crime novel The Godfather? This was the famous quote from the novel stated right at the beginning of the judgment:-

“Behind every great fortune there is a crime”.-Balzac

The Godfather was among a series of novel penned by Mario Puzo which rose to critical acclaim from around the wold. The series focuses on an Italian crime family and its nefarious activities as well as tiffs with the law.

The Godfather is a cult classic and has a dedicated fan following from around the globe. The novel inspired a series of Hollywood movies which went on to become box office hits, starring celebrated Hollywood actors such as Al-Pacino, Robert De Niro and Andi Garcia (among others).


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