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Police arrest five terrorists in Charsadda

Rifaqat Ullah Razarwal

CHARSADDA: Police arrested five alleged terrorists on Thursday and recovered 40 kilograms of explosives materials, arms and ammunition from their possession.

District Police Officer (DPO), Zahoor Afridi said that police conducted operation on intelligence base information, wherein police nabbed five terrorist identified as Mohammad Umar alias Bacha, Kalim Ullah alias Mufti, Mohammad Israr, Fazl Ullah and Inayat Ullah from Shabqadar area of Charsadda and recovered explosives, arms and ammunition from them.

DPO added that the raid was conducted in Sro area of Shabqadar, and they recovered 40kg of explosives, which was probably to be used in making of suicide vests and improvised explosive devices.

He added that the explosives were packed in drums adding that the law enforcement personnel also recovered seven rocket propelled grenade shells, 10 hand grenades, arms used in targeted killings, mobile phones, one transmitter, 11 detonators, 100 meter prima cord and several other items.

The DPO further added that law enforcement agencies also conducted search and strike operation on the outskirts of Charsadda after nabbing the outlaw. The arrested terrorist were shifted to unknown place for further investigation.

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Four school teachers fined over absentees

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: Four schoolteachers faced deduction of salaries for absenting from duty on Thursday. The teachers were found missing from schools during surprise visits by district education officer Abdus Salam. The visits were arranged following public complaints about missing of teachers from schools.

The primary schoolteachers facing action included Muhammad Minhaj, Sarwar Jan and Aasim Jan posted at government Primary School located in Warghar locality of Darra Pezu town.

The headmaster of Government Middle School Warghar Pir Sanaullah was also found absent from duty during surprise visit. The District education officer ordered deputy DEO to deduct one day salary of absent school’s boos and initiate disciplinary action against him. He warned that the teachers absenting from duty would face stern departmental action. He reiterated that cent percent attendance of teaching and non teaching staff would be ensured in state run schools.

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Dacoit gangs arrested

Hafiz Muhammad Aziz-ur-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: The police have smashed three inter-district gangs of dacoits, burglars, bike snatchers and cattle-lifters and have arrested fourteen of its members including ring leaders. The police claimed to have recovered 12 bikes, 14 heads of cattle, large number of cell phones, gold ornaments and cash amount of millions of rupees.

One of the gangs (Qaisaroo gangs) was also involved in the murder one of its own accomplice Tasawar in the recent past.

Those arrested of Qaisaroo gang including Qaisar, Shahid and Zahid. The police arrested Muhammad Hussain, Imtiaz, Shahid, Ansar and Zulfiqar of Muhammad Hussain gang. Moreover, the police have arrested Shafqat, Israr, Shahid, Auranzaib, Shahid Hussain and Qaisar of Israroo gang. All the three gang members were involved in dozen of cases in Hafizabad, Gujranwala and other districts of the Punjab.

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National highway blocked in protest against load-shedding, low voltage

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: Unbridled power outages on the arrival of chilly winter, hundreds of people took to the streets in protest against QESCO here on Thursday. The protesters blocked Dera Ismail Khan national highway for several hours by setting tyres ablaze and erecting blockades.

They chanted slogans against prolonged power suspension and low voltage in urban and rural areas. President Awami National Party Muhammad Anwer Mandokhail, President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Dawood Khan Mandokhail, Chairman Awami Tehreek Fazal Amin Mandokhail, Sajid Bangash, Ajmal Awan, Haroon Mandokhail and Syed Afzal Shah condemned the unannounced load-shedding, low voltage, inflated power bills and rampant corruption in the area. They said the chilly weather coupled with prolonged power disconnection that has created numerous problems and multiplied the miseries of people manifold.

“Many localities of the city plunged into darkness, while the rural areas of the district continue suffering over 20-hour power disconnection”, they said.

They complained that either there was no electricity at all or if it came its voltage was too low to be of any use. But the government failed to overcome the problem of power suspension, adding the hue and cry of people also bore no fruit. The frequent tripping and voltage fluctuation have added to the miseries of consumers marred by outages. They complained that they had moved several complaints with QESCO authorities, but no action had been taken to rectify the situation. They asked the people to reject the elected representatives who had betrayed them and turned deaf ear to solving their problems.

The protesters warned that their line of action would be more severe and the grid station would be besieged if the duration of load-shedding was not minimized and the electricity voltage was not improved.

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CPEC should be top priority for all: Muqam

F.P. Report

HANGU: Advisor to Prime Minister and provincial president PML-N Amir Muqam Thursday said the time demanded implementation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor shunning any difference and ensuring lasting peace in the country.

Addressing a public gathering here at Doaba area in Tehsil Tall, he said the whole nation should stand united for peace and stability so that the economic corridor project could be executed.

He said Imran Khan was mulling to sabotage the new elections’ bill in Senate by resisting it, despite the fact that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province would be the most rewarded, if the bill was passed.

Muqam said that KP province would get five extra seats in the National Assembly and still Imran Khan was resisting the bill in the Upper House of the Parliament.

Referring to Garha Matta incident in district DI Khan he questioned that why Imran Khan did not say any word on the incident. He said the inhuman incident had exposed the real face of PTI and its tall claims of model police and change in KP.

Earlier, he announced 132 KVA grid station for Doaba and setting up of NADRA Centre in the area. He said the people of Hangu has utmost right on the gas which was explored in the area, adding that gas supply would be ensured to Doaba.

On the occasion, Muqam directed PESCO to restore power supply to disconnected areas in Tehsil Tall after consultation with local representatives.

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DC expels 4 polio workers from district

F.P. Report

KOHAT: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohat, Khalid Ilyas Wednesday expelled four employees of health and education department for showing criminal negligence in anti-polio duty.

The expelled government employees were included two teacher’s i.e Zar Mohammad and Miss Humaira of the education department and EPI technician Irfan Danish and medical technician Subhan.

The Deputy Commissioner has warned that polio eradication campaign is a national cause and ruled out any kind of compromise on it, saying the fate of anyone found negligence in this regard would be worst than them.

He said that polio is crippling and deadly disease, whose eradication requires durable efforts. He said that protecting the new generation from disabling is the national duty of all. Therefore, he said that the role of parents in this regard is highly crucial and urged them to extend full cooperation to polio teams and administer polio drops to all children below the age of five years.

Khalid Ilyas said that during the recent years no polio case is reported in Kohat and refusal cases in Kohat are less than other districts of the province. He stressed need for joint efforts to make the war against polio a success.

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JI announces office bearers for Adenzai

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: The Lower Dir chapter of Jamaat-i-Islami on Wednesday announced its tehsil office bearers in Adenzai for the next term. The JI district emir Maulana Asadullah administered oath to the newly elected office bearers during a function held at Gulabad. Party sources said that Prof Abdul Khabir was elected as tehsil emir, Rehman Yousaf as general secretary, Jehan Bahadar and Tufail Ahmad as deputy general secretaries, Dr Zahir Khan and advocate Gul Muhammad as naib emir for 2018-19. Registered party members took part in election held through secret ballets.

Speaking on the occasion Maulana Asadullah asked the party members to expedite their mass contact drive and make efforts to convince more people to join the JI. He said the JI had been struggling for reforming society through peaceful and democratic means.

He said the JI was the most popular party in Dir and heavy responsibilities lied on the shoulders of its workers to maintain this status in future too. The newly elected tehsil emir Prof Abdul Khabir and general secretary Rehman Yousaf also spoke on the occasion.


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Teachers stressed to perform their duties with dedication

Hafiz Aziz-ur-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: DC Saleha Saeed has said that the teachers should perform their duties with dedication and give due attention for the character building of their students.

While paying supervise visit to Government Girls Higher Secondary School and Government Girls High School Jalalpur Bhattian, she said that Punjab Government were providing all sorts of facilities and up-gradation package to the teachers and it was, therefore, imperative for the teachers to show best possible results of their students so as to enable them to pass their lives successfully. She directed to improve the science laboratory in the high school and directed the contractors to accelerate the construction work in the higher secondary school without further delay.

Citizen’s protest against increase of prices of meat: Local citizens have protested against the exorbitant prices of beef and mutton and have called upon the administration to ensure sale of hygienic meat at fixed price. No doubt, the Special Price Magistrate are imposing heavy fines on the grocers for not selling the commodities at fixed rates but they never bothered to prevent the sale of unhygienic meat and to stop them from fleecing the consumers.

Moreover, the milk and yogurt sellers have also increased the rates and also supplying chemical and water-mixed milk and yogurt but the administration failed to ensure supply of hygienic milk and yogurt at reasonable prices.

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Environment dept fines private banks, brick kilns

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: In order to keep the environment clean and curb the rising level of dust and pollution, the Environment department Zhob – following several complaints from the citizens sprang into action and imposed fines on private banks and brick kilns, closed down poultry farms and issued notices to a construction company.

Assistant Director Environment department Sheikh Khaliq Dad Mandokhail said that on the directives of DG Environment and Chairman Environmental Tribunal the action has been taken against those violating the environmental laws. He said the department had issued notices to private banks to remove their heavy generators installed on the roadside.

The heavy generators emitting smoke and noise, creating problems for motorists and pedestrians and causing serious threat to their health, he added.

Moreover he said, poultry farms in populated Sheikh town area have also been closed down as they were also affecting public health. “The department has fined banks and brick kilns Rs.130, 000 collectively for violation,” adding removal of bus stand from the main bazaar and action against pressure horn will also be started soon.

The official further said that the commuters and motorists had long been complaining that the dust emission from the under construction portion of Zhob-D.I Khan highway has marred visibility and made the lives of passersby miserable. But after issuing notices, now the construction company has been agreed to sprinkle water on under-construction road on daily basis plantation of trees and installation of sign boards alongside in near future.

The official added that the dust is not only destroying the environment but also depriving the human beings of fresh air. The vehicular emissions, dust from construction work and crushing stones and the thick black smoke discharged from brick kilns are contributing to air pollution that causes respiratory diseases. “The department cannot stop mal-practice alone; it requires the help of the administration and local community as well” he added.

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DRC resolves 962 cases in Charsadda

Rifaqat Ullah Razarwal

CHARSADDA: The Dispute Resolution Council (DRC) in the district Charsadda have resolved as many as 962 disputes of different natures while eight cases referred for legal action in the last three years.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Zahoor Afridi said that DRC is a reformed shape of Jirga, and it has been doing an excellent job in resolving disputes and bringing end to enmity, it has also reduced burden of police department and we will further improve their capacity. SSP Afridi added that the district DRC’s received a total of 1074 complaints, which shows the trust of people on these bodies.

He further that they mull for DRC awareness campaigning with the help of local community about these bodies, he directed to the policemen to respect the general public and resolve their issues. The community member acts as a jury, chosen from the civil society, they voluntarily to hear the dispute parties in the present of two assistant officials from the police department including retired lawyers, a women member hearing the women disputes of family nature. The PRO of police, Safi Jan responded to a question that, how people would apply for submitting the case? The applicant or defendants needs to submit a application on a plane paper to DPO or concern DRC and it is free of cost.

Meanwhile, Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU), suddenly raided on Tehsil Head Quarter Shabqadar where no basic facilities were provided to the patients at all. IMU report said that powerful generators are available at the hospital but these were lying nonfunctional. They alleged that the management was misappropriating the funds allocated for fuel of generators.

Sources said there are lots of lack of even basic items like bandages, gloves and sterilizers, which are usually used in providing first aid to patients. They added that the hospital also lacked facilities for carrying out tests for various diseases. IMU reports stated that the hospital house is occupied by outsiders while DHO has not visited in previous four months.