Hilarity ensues as prankster applies to Peshawar university as wrestler John Cena

This file photo shows WWE wrestlers John Cena, left, and The Undertaker photographed during a match at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans, United States, on April 8, 2018. (Photo courtesy: WWE)
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Updated 16 September 2020

Hilarity ensues as prankster applies to Peshawar university as wrestler John Cena

  • Last week, social media users posted screenshots showing Cena’s name on Islamia College Peshawar’s admission’s list with The Undertaker listed as his father
  • Director admissions says list was not of students admitted but provisional list of applicants who provided basic information and paid a Rs100 online fee

PESHAWAR: Fearing the spread of COVID-19, Islamia College Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan asked applicants earlier this year to use an online admissions portal to apply for next year’s courses.
Hilarity ensued when last week, social media users posted a screenshot on Twitter showing an admission’s list for the university’s bachelor’s in computer science program, with ‘John Cena’, the famed American wrestler, actor, and television presenter, listed as number seven. Under Cena’s father’s name was the name of one of wrestling’s biggest stars, The Undertaker. 

The screenshot triggered memes and jokes on Pakistani social media, with some users using the prank to point out flaws in the online applications system which they said they had been trying to bring to university administrations’ notice for months.

A director admissions at Islamia College Peshawar admitted the incident was a prank but said the list that was doing the rounds was not of students admitted but a provisional list of applicants who had paid a Rs100 online fee and registered to apply by providing basic information such as name, father’s name and grades.
“Now, anyone can register with a name of their choice but he or she needs to go through a physical and in person interview process for final admission,” Muhammad Iqbal Khan, director admissions at Islamia College Peshawar, told Arab News on Monday. “Even if a candidate registers her name as Elizabeth and is verified, we are officially bound to consider her for admission.”
Khan said someone had used the online admissions portal to play a prank: “The form bearing Cena’s name was on a provisional list but we removed his name the moment we noticed that it was a prank.”

“We have no concern whatever the name is,” Khan said. “We would have given admission had a candidate by the name of John Cena fulfilled the admission criteria.”

But social media users continued to have fun.

“Bye Bye America,” one Twitter user wrote with a picture of Cena. “I’m going to Islamia College Peshawar.”

Another posted videos of Cena and the Undertaker dancing with the words: “John Cena and Undertaker after getting admission in Islamia College.”

Students of Islamia College also photoshopped Cena into their on-campus photos:


Pakistan to establish 18 markets on Afghanistan, Iran borders to boost trade, curb smuggling

Updated 18 September 2020

Pakistan to establish 18 markets on Afghanistan, Iran borders to boost trade, curb smuggling

  • Under the plan, the government will set up 12 markets along the border with Afghanistan and six along the Iran frontier
  • Prime minister approves setting up two border markets in Balochistan and one in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by February next year

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government has decided to set up markets along its borders with neighboring Afghanistan and Iran to boost trade opportunities, foster peace and check smuggling, the commerce ministry said on Friday.
Main crossing point into Pakistan for both goods and people from Iran and Afghan also serve as major smuggling routes.
“The border markets will help create job opportunities and establish a peaceful relationship with the neighboring countries,” Aisha Humera Moriani, joint-secretary at the Ministry of Commerce, told Arab News.
Under the plan, the government is establishing 18 markets: 12 along the border with Afghanistan and six along the Iran frontier.
In a meeting on Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan approved setting up two border markets in Balochistan and one in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as a pilot project, to be functional by February next year.
Moriani said the markets would contribute to local development and help the government address “smuggling and boost legal trade across the border.”
Pakistan is fencing its borders with Afghanistan and Iran to check cross-border militancy, illegal movement of people and smuggling, which is a major source of income for people living along border towns and villages.
Sardar Shoukat Popalzai, President Balochistan Economic Forum, said the government should have built “common markets” along the Afghanistan and Iran borders with the mutual consent of the neighboring governments to maximize benefits for people on both sides of the borders.
“The government has not released a feasibility report, if there is any, of these markets as to how are they going to help the local population,” he told Arab News.
Popalzai said Balochistan border areas were sparsely populated and establishment of a few shopping terminals would “hardly make any difference in the lives of the people.”
He said cross-border smuggling was a major source of income for people living in the frontier areas of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, so “this requires a lot more effort than mere setting up of markets to check this undocumented economy.”
Zubair Motiwala, chairman of the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the government should establish cold storages and warehouses in the border markets to boost the export of perishable and other items to the neighboring countries.
“The taxation system on the exports and imports of different items through the land routes should be well defined to encourage businessmen and locals to boost the legal trade with Afghanistan and Iran,” he said.