Today’s outlook: Dense fog engulfs Punjab and KP, doctors go on strike in Quetta

These are just some of the developing stories we are expecting to follow today, Tuesday, in news from Pakistan and across the world.

  • Dense fog engulfed parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tuesday morning. Due to the fog, major roads were closed in these cities, including the motorway. M1 Motorway, which connects Rawalpindi-Islamabad to Peshawar, has been closed temporarily. In Bahawalpur, the visibility is less than 50 feet. People have been advised to not leave their houses. Drivers have been told to use fog lights. Fog is expected to continue for a few more days.
  • Pakistan’s northern areas continue to freeze. Temperature as low as -12°C was recorded in Skardu, while -6°C in Quetta. Cold winds were recorded in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. Winters are expected to continue till January.
  • Doctors Action Committee has called for a doctors’ protest in Quetta for the recovery of kidnapped neurosurgeon Dr Ibrahim Khalil. The doctors are going on a strike and won’t be on duty at private and public hospitals.
  • Flagship Investment reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has reached its last phase. The defence lawyer completed his concluding arguments on Monday and the NAB prosecutor will start giving final arguments from today (Tuesday).
  • SAMAA TV cameraman Wajid Ali received three stitches on his face after being beaten up by Nawaz Sharif’s guards outside parliament. The police have arrested two guards and a case has been registered at Secretariat police station.
  • In UK, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May give MPs the opportunity to vote on whether or not they have confidence in her after she postponed the showdown on her Brexit deal to January. He tabled a motion of no confidence against her. She left for her chamber immediately after Corbyn concluded his remarks.