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At Lahore ThinkFest, Pakistan science minister Fawad Chaudhry justifies slapping TV anchor

[2020.01.14, Tue 13:03] Some big names attended the fest - Indian-origin biologist and 2009 chemistry Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan, Wall Street Journal columnist Sadanand Dhume, Indian National Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, and well-known journalist Andrew Whitehead. But the ThinkFest did not pass without drama - how could it, when Pakistan's science and technology minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, infamous for constantly being embroiled in controversies, was in attendance. Pakistan has passed over 2,000 ordinances since 1947. A report in the Express Tribune says Pakistan has passed over 2,229 ordinances since it came into existence in 1947. The deadlock could be a security concern, since Lahore could host an international cricket match with Bangladesh, and is also set to host Pakistan Super League T20 games. MQM convener quits cabinet, but will remain ally of Imran Khan's PTI. The convener of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Maqbool Siddiqui, announced he was resigning as federal minister for IT and technology, but would continue to support the Imran Khan-headed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government. Siddiqui's resignation comes weeks after the opposition Pakistan People's Party made an offer to join hands with the MQM in the Sindh province, under the condition that the two would bring down the PTI-led government. Bannu town in northern Pakistan witnessed a massive protest organised by the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement against military brutality, abductions, stereotyping and internal displacement.
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