Farrukhi was the professor of practice at the Habib University's Arzu Programme for Languages and Literature. Geo.tv/Files KARACHI: Renowned write and critic Asif Farrukhi departed from this world on Monday due to a heart attack, his family confirmed. He was 60. Known for his short stories and essays, he was also a founding member of the famed Karachi Literature Festival (KLF).

LAHORE: A senior leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl Imtiaz Qamar has died of coronavirus, confirmed JUI-F spokesperson on Monday. The spokesperson said that Imtiaz Qamar quarantined himself at a private hospital since 15 days after tested positive for COVID-19. However, he failed the fight for his life after his condition worsened at the hospital.

File photo The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global community has been immeasurable. Large numbers of businesses around the world are faced with the risk or the reality of liquidation, receivership, examinership and similar mechanisms. In turn, courts around the world are operating with a limited capacity, with hearings often dealt with by way of videoconferencing and telephone conference calls.

RAWALPINDI: Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police on Monday apprehended two alleged terrorists from Rawalpindi, ARY NEWS reported. According to the CTD spokesman, the militants have been identified as Fareed Khan and Kaleem Ullah and a case was registered against them. The official said that the accused were arrested from Fatehjang Road of the city while the police personnel also recovered explosive material from their custody.

Photo: File KARACHI: A technical team of Airbus left for France on Monday after completing its investigation into the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 plane crash that took place in Karachi on May 22. PIA flight PK-8303 suffered a tragic air crash in Karachi last month, killing 97 people on board while two passengers survived miraculously.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to investigate the medical test reports of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif that prepared in Pakistan. ?Nawaz Sharif?s picture from Britain shows that his health is good,? said the minister, referring to a recent picture of the former premier that went viral on social media, in a letter to PM Imran.

Photo: File ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) will finalise the strategy for tackling the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown restrictions imposed in the country on Monday. The meeting will be attended by all four chief ministers, federal ministers, chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the provincial health ministers.

Senator Murtaza Wahab. Photo: Geo.Tv/File Sindh chief minister's law adviser, Senator Murtaza Wahab, on Sunday assured the availability of essential items during the coronavirus lockdown, if extended, and urged masses to refrain from paying heed to rumours about an extension. "A large number of citizens flocked to the markets after rumours about an extension of lockdown surfaced on social media," Wahab said in a statement, adding that the rush in markets and non-implementation of precautionary measures can be more hazardous in the days ahead.

KARACHI: In the wake of All Sindh Private Schools Association?s announcement to reopen schools from June 15, the Sindh government has declared that no private school in the province will be allowed to resume the teaching process until a ban on opening of education institutes remains in place. The provincial government warned private schools of action over violation of the government-defined standard operating procedures (SOPs).

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Monday put off a case pertaining to alleged embezzlement in the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) until June 19, ARY News reported. The reference was put off due to Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir being on leave. Read More: 16 female govt employees confess to benefit from BISP The accountability court directed former BISP chairperson Farzana Raja and other accused persons nominated in the reference by the National Accountability Burea (NAB) to show up on the next hearing.