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Taliban denies involvement in Kabul suicide attack

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The Taliban militants group denied any involvement of the group in Kabul suicide attack on Thursday in which 19 people were killed and dozen other were injured.

Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesman of Taliban group told Afghan media that Taliban group has no links with the explosion which was occurred in Khair Khana area of the Afghanistan capital on Thursday.

As per the security official, the suicide bomber detonated his explosives when the people were coming out of the hotel after attending a political gathering and adding that the gathering was organized in support of Balkh Governor, Ata Muhammad Noor.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

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Turbat: Key commander of terrorist group killed in search operation

F.P. Report

TURBAT:  A key commander of banned organization was killed and three other terrorists were arrested in a search operation conducted by security forces in hilly areas of Turbat on Thursday.

Private news channel reported that security forces conducted search operation in Gorok area of Buleda near Turbat where 15 young men killed by terrorists on Wednesday.

The terrorists were hiding in the area and they opened fire at the security forces and in returned the security forces retaliate and killed top commander of the banned group the fire as a result a top commander identified as Younas Baloch of of banned organization and three others were arrested in the crackdown.

The security forces also recovered weapons from the possession of the arrested terrorists and as per the news reports the operation was going on in the area.

 

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Around 2 million women without CNIC in KP

Wisal Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: Female members of different political parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has said that around 2.0 million women have no Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC).

This was said in a meeting attended by women parliamentarians with FAFEN on Thursday.

While talking to Media Qaumi Watan Party MPA Miraj Hamayun Khan said that around two million women were without CNIC in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to which they were unable to cast their vote as were not registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan.

She said that as 2018 general elections were just around the corner the NADRA and Election Commission of Pakistan should work to provide CNICs to the women who did not have the cards.

In the meeting members KP Assembly Uzma Khan, Fauzia Bibi, Maliha were also present and demanded to provide ID card to the women of KP that they can also use the power of vote in the next general election in the country as it was their rights.

Meanwhile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa women parliamentary leader also submitted a resolution in KP assembly about the lack of CNIC card of two million women in KP.

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Khattak chairs meeting to review development progress

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR : The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak directed to finalize the beautification plan in Peshawar, Mardan and Nowshera. He directed to hand over Pir Zakori Flyover on the Ring Road/GT Road Intersection Peshawar to the overall Bus Rapid Transit project.

He was presiding over a meeting to review the progress on the developmental schemes as a part of the beautification plan of District Peshawar, Mardan and Nowshera at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Provincial Minister for Education Muhammad Atif, Secretary Local Government Jamaluddin Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Shahab Ali Shah and others attended the meeting.

The meeting informed about different developmental packages in Peshawar, Mardan and Nowshera that included, Service Roads at Ring Road, Pir Zakori Flyover Peshawar, Pabbi and Nowsehra, the drain and sanitation system improvement at Sheikh Maltoon, construction of Jawad Chowk, Charsadda and Katlang Chowk in Mardan.

The meeting further informed about the completion of 18 KM long service road, streetlights and uplifting of shops on the southern part of the Ring road Peshawar while relocation of 19 poles of WAPDA, flyover at Charsadda road and the overall drain design at the northern side.

The Chief Minister directed to complete the master plan having different projects and road communication, beautification, Hayatabad and University roads etc. He directed to open the roads for smooth vehicular traffic in the entire city of Peshawar.

The face lifting of Peshawar should be visible and the overall beautification plan should be completed. He directed to remove all the irritants hindering the whole process of development as the government was spending major share of its resources and hoped that all the projects should stand completed towards the end of December.

However, the participants of the meeting were informed that the completion of service roads of the Peshawar ring road would take another month and would stand completed in January.

Pervez Khattak directed the NLC and PDA to sit together and undertake the handing and taking over of different projects adding that the hindrances in shape of incomplete drain and sanitation systems should be removed at the earliest.

Chief Minister was also briefed about the uplifting of Sheikh Maltoon Township in Mardan, the construction of different roads and replacing the existing sewerage system and the construction of another part in Mardan.

He directed for accelerated work adding that the resources should not drain. The entire developmental activities should shape up within the time tag of one year and should be completed before January 12.

He was also informed about the two flyovers and one park being established in Mardan. He directed to move a summary after the approval from the Rate Advisory Committee and PDWP. He also directed for the safety nets in the Sheikh Maltoon Township.

He also directed to compensate the victims of the drain system. Pervez Khattak directed to replicate the Hayatabad Model of safe city in Sheikh Maltoon to have it a safe and secure township.

He directed to ensure that the employees were on their respective duties. These employees, he added were public servants and should not work as servants of the officers.

He would not take any pressure and directed to remove all the irritants hindering the smooth construction works of different projects. He directed to arrange drinking water in eight parks, install benches and streets signs on the pattern of DHA in Sheikh Maltoon Township.

Later addressing another presentation regarding new projects in Mardan, the Chief Minister directed to complete Jawad Chowk flyover within the time period of six months. The slip roads on both sides and the redesigning of chowks should be completed.

The meeting was briefed about the pace of progress and he directed to relocate the utilities. The Jawad chowk flyover would cost Rs. 385 million, Charsadda chowk flyover Rs. 405 million.

 

The Chief Minister directed for the greenery and beautification of Mardan with focus on completion of design for all the projects.  The meeting was assured of land acquisition for the Katlang chowk.

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Training program for KP, Fata journalists kicks off

F.P Report

PESHAWAR: Journalists Welfare, Safety and Development Foundation (JWSDF) on Thursday launched a capacity training program for journalists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

Secretary Information, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Qaiser Alam Khan was chief guest in the launching ceremony held here. Besides, Director General Information, Amir Hussain Shah, JWSDF foundation patron in chief, Syed Bukhar Shah, chairman Ali Hazrat Bacha, office bearers, relevant officials were present at the opening event.

Ali Hazrat Bacha in his opening remarks briefed the participants about the main objectives of the foundation. He said JWSDF had embarked its journey some three years back and conducted different capacity building training for working journalists. Besides, he said the foundation has planned to launch vocational training and self-employment programs for widow and orphans children of martyred journalists.

On the occasion, he presented number of demands and recommendations before the provincial government, including allocation annual grant in Aid for JWSDF, foundation representation in board of directors.

Besides, he urged the information department to issue directives to its regional offices to cooperate with the foundation during arranging activities in various districts of the province.

Qaiser Alam while speaking on the occasion said that the skilled development of working journalists is essential for perform their professional obligations in more responsible and authentic manner.

He stressed the need for initiating of joint venture between relevant government department, academic, and the foundation to build up the capacity of budding journalists bring more fairness, clarity, especially promotion of the ethical journalism.

The official said the journalism is the fourth pillar of the state, which had played important role in highlighting the public issues for amicable their readdressal by the authorities concerned. He said the dynamics of journalism rapidly changing with invention of new tools and methods. He emphasized that the journalists should ensure their safety and security first during discharging their professional duties.

He said the working journalists are being faced with host challenges, which would be addressed with proper patronage of the government and other welfare bodies.

He said there was no special training program for the working journalists to build up their capacity as per current requirements, while newspapers institutions were not taken such initiative for their employees in this regard.

So, he informed that the provincial information department, journalism and mass communication department of the university of Peshawar, in collaboration with JWSDF will soon launch a comprehensive training program for working journalists.

The official has agreed with the recommedantions of the JWSDF and assured that the department would make all out efforts to fulfill all demands of the foundation.

Earlier, the speakers on the occasion underscored the need of proper skilled training of working journalists to bring more clarity, fairness and objectivity in the practical journalism. They urged the representatives of media to ensure their safety first while performaing the professional duties.

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Australia recall Tim Paine for Ashes

Monitoring Desk

SYDNEY: Australia recalled on Friday wicketkeeper, Tim Paine after a seven-year Test absence, for the first two Ashes tests against England.

Time Paine, was not selected for Tasmania in their opening three Sheffield Shield matches as the incumbent Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, and comes into the 13-man squad along with batsmen Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh.

The critics and fans were surprised by the stunning selection of 32-year-old Paine, who was once thinking for retirement because of serious finger fracture.

The other young player, Bancroft, a 24-year-old right-hander is also in line for his Test debut after a prolific series in this domestics Sheffield Shield competitions.

The Australian picked only five players from Australia last Test against Bangladesh in September. The first Ashes Test is in Brisbane next week, with the second — a day-night match — in Adelaide from December 2.

The selections were described as “bombshells” in Australian press, while former Test bowler Stuart MacGill lashed the selectors as “morons”.

National selector Trevor Hohns said Paine has been in the sights of selectors despite being overlooked by Tasmania to play behind the stumps this season.

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Senate approves Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2017

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Senate of Pakistan passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2017 on Friday after the National Assembly did the same on Thursday.

Law Minister Zahid Hamid presented the bill in the Senate. He said on the floor that we are Muslims and it is our faith that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the last prophet. He said this while referring to the passing of the seconds bill of Elections Act 2017 in the National Assembly on Thursday which is related to Khatam-e-Nabowat. The senate also passed that bill too and restored the actual form for candidates.

Deputy Chairman Senate, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, who belongs to Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), said the Ahmadis’ status is the same as it was in the 1973 Constitution.

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Anil, Madhuri may reunite in upcoming movie ‘Total Dhamaal’

Monitoring Desk

MUMBAI: The news was spread in the bolloywood town that Ajay Devgan replaced Sanjay Dutt in the Indra Kumar’s Total Dhamaal has excited the fans but now it has been rumored that Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit have been cast opposite each other in the movie which will be starting from next month.

Sources told that Ajay Devgn will be seen portraying a character similar to what Sanjay Dutt had played in Dhamaal and Double Dhamaal.

The Indian newspaper also rejected the rumors that Ajay recommended Ileana for his opposite. It is true that the original script had scope for another actress besides Madhuri. But on second thoughts, the makers felt that it would be interesting to see Ajay without a love interest. The shooting of the movie will start in Lucknow from 15 December.

 

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Iran must stop interfering in Middle East: Adel Jubair

Monitoring Desk

RIYADH: Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel Jubeir has said that Riyadh actions in Middle East were the response to Iranian aggression and hinted a strict action against the Iran backed Hezbollah of Lebanon.

This he said while giving interview to international news agency on Friday. Jubeir said that Iranian is continuing their aggression in the region and Riyadh is only reacting to their actions.

He warned the Iranian to stop their aggressive behavior and approach in the region because the Riyadh will not tolerate it anymore and enough is enough Riyadh will not let Tehran to do this anymore.

Long-standing arch-rivals Riyadh and Tehran are waging a contest for power on several fronts across the region, notably in Yemen and Lebanon.

He added that we are consulting our allies about what tactics to use against Lebanese group Hezbollah to end its aggression in the country and in the region as it was only playing a puppet role in the region. Hezbollah dancing on the directions of the Tehran and they are only obeying and working for the Iranian benefits in the region.

Last week Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon for declaring war against it because of Hezbollah actions, which is both a militant and political organization represented in Lebanon parliament and government.

Jubeir further added that Tehran must stop its interfering tactics in the region and asked them to act like a good neighbor and if don’t stop your aggression than you will have to deal with kingdom retaliation.

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Rocket attacks: Karzai asks Pakistan to stop cross border attacks

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai has asked Pakistan to stop cross border attacks in Afghanistan and blamed Pakistan for attacking the Afghanistan land.

Karzai said this while talking to media persons on Thursday. He added that the presence and treatment of United State has imposed the recent circumstances and adding that the recent situation of the country will not demoralize the Afghan but it will further awakened and sensitive in such situation.

He added that Pakistan and other neighbors of Afghanistan should behave like a good neighbor and assist in the rebuilding of Afghanistan rather to create problems and forwarding their own agenda in Afghanistan with different tactics.

Earlier Afghan officials claimed that Pakistani security forces have been firing heavy artillery shells and rockets into the bordering areas of Kunar province over the past few days. Over 200 families have left their homes in these areas to avoid casualties.