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Petition against Maryam for wearing police uniform
Lahore, April 25: A petition was filed on Thursday in a Pakistani court seeking registration of a criminal case against Punjab’s first woman chief minister Maryam Nawaz for wearing Punjab Police uniform and cap in violation of the law of the land. The petition was filed by Advocate Aftab Ahmad Bajwa in Lahore’s session court following Maryam’s attending the passing out parade at the Police Training College here on Thursday. She inspected the parade while putting on the uniform and cap of Punjab Police. The petitioner said that according to law no citizen can wear the uniform of state institutions like the army or police. He said Maryam has committed an offence under sections 170, 171 and 419 of Pakistan Penal Code by wearing the Punjab Police uniform. (PTI)

Imran Khan, wife barred from issuing statements
Islamabad, April 25: A court in Pakistan on Thursday barred jailed former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi from issuing provocative statements against state institutions, including the army, and officials. During the hearing of a petition seeking a fair trial, Judge Basir Javed Rana of the Accountability Court in Islamabad also said the media should limit its reporting to court proceedings and not report statements of the accused. According to the order, Khan, the founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party made provocative political statements against senior officials of state institutions, including the army, the judiciary and the army chief. (PTI)

Quake hits Pakistan
Karachi, April 25: A 3.2-magnitude low earthquake struck Pakistan’s Karachi city forcing people to rush out of their homes, authorities said. The quake jolted the outskirts of Karachi on Wednesday. According to met department officials, the seismic activity originated from a depth of 12 kilometres and was felt notably in Quaidabad, Malir, Gadap and Saadi town areas all the outskirts where residents came running out of their homes. The tremor lasted for a few seconds and left a minor crack in the wall of a house in Bahria Town, one of the large residential societies. (PTI)

TikTok to sue over potential US ban
New York, April 25: Legislation forcing TikTok’s parent company to sell the video-sharing platform or face a ban in the US received President Joe Biden’s official signoff Wednesday. But the newly minted law could be in for an uphill battle in court. Critics of the sell-or-be-banned ultimatum argue it violates TikTok users’ First Amendment rights. The app’s China-based owner, ByteDance, has already promised to sue, calling the measure unconstitutional. But a court challenge’s success is not is not guaranteed. The law’s opponents, which include advocacy organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union, maintain that the government hasn’t come close to justifying banning TikTok, while others say national-security claims could still prevail. (AP)


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