Here are the headlines from SAMAA TV’s 6pm bulletin:
PIA and the aviation ministry has submitted to Prime Minister Imran Khan the initial report of the investigation into the PIA plane crash in Karachi. The premier directed the authorities concerned to ensure a transparent and impartial investigation. He said a compensation amount should be given to the bereaved families of the martyred passengers and a relief package should be prepared for those whose properties and houses were damaged.
Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan says its a million dollar question on why the plane was lifted when it touched the ground thrice for landing. “Whose fault was this? Did the pilot land with or without permission?” Khan asked in a press conference. He said all angles are being investigated. He said if the plane had a technical fault, it would be on record.
One week after the plane crash, people are still running from pillar to post to identify their loved ones. So far, the bodies of 48 of the 97 deceased have been handed over to the families. Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho says the handing over process could take another week to complete.
In the last 24 hours, Pakistan has reported 2,076 coronavirus cases. Of these, 1,103 are from Sindh. The total tally now stands at 61,227 cases. At least 1,225 deaths have been reported.
The Sindh government will decide on extending the coronavirus lockdown in accordance with the federal government’s decision.
PTI leader Khurram Sher Zaman says the Sindh government is responsible if coronavirus cases increased in the province. He said rush increased because of the timings of shopping malls and markets.
The restaurants in Punjab should be allowed to open up as the province has eased many of its lockdown restrictions, a provincial cabinet committee on coronavirus agreed on Thursday. It has sent a request for this to the federal government.
Nine people working at the neuroradiology department of the Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The patients include five doctors, including the head of the department, and four members of the paramedical staff. Following this, the hospital authorities decided to close its Department of Diagnostics and Interventional Neuroradiology for 10 days.
The PPP demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan and the federal cabinet be held accountable for approving the export of sugar and freight subsidy of Rs2 billion. Adviser to the Chief Minister on Law Murtaza Wahab and Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah held a press conference on Thursday to answer corruption allegations by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar from the previous day.
Pakistan celebrates Youm-e-Takbeer on May 28 every year. The country became an atomic power under PML-N government on this day. “We need to offer special prayers and ask Allah to give us courage,” PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said while addressing a Youm-e-Takbeer event via video link in Lahore. “Together we will strengthen Pakistan’s economy.” He urged people and national institutions to work together to save the country from an economic crisis.