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ANP flays killing of Naqeebullah

Haji Murad Ali

TAKHTBHAI: Local leaders of Awami National Party (ANP) condemned the extra judicial killing of Naqeeb ullah and demanded justice for the arrested alleged police officials in the case.

As per detail, ANP Leaders Lal Gul Yousafzai and Sher Mama told media said that Naqeeb Ullah was abducted by Sindh Police and after one week, he was shot dead in fake encounter. They added that it is very unfortunate that Pakhtuns community were targeted in Karachi and Punjab province with the help of police force which is completely injustice.

They appealed from Chief Justice and other high-ups to play their role in giving justice to Naqeeb ullah family and probe the extra-judicial killing. They further added that everyone is equal before the law and no one is above the law.

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Students observes second anniversary BKU massacre

Rifaqat Ullah Razarwal

CHARSADDA: Students of Bacha Khan University (BKU) observed the second anniversary of the Bacha Khan University massacre, in which militants killed 19 students include staff members, with a somber ceremony at the university by the students on Saturday.

The students of university and workers of ANP arranged the event with the help of themselves to pay tribute to the victims of the carnage. Students and ANP office bearers separately a floral wreath at the monument of BKU martyrs and prayed for the departed souls and Quran Khwani was also arranged.

The students show serious concerns and criticized the provincial government and BKU administration that they have no concerns about the martyrs who give the sacrifice against terrorism and forgot them. They claimed that university administration have gone for tour yesterday and deal the martyrs like the step-mother.

Said Khan Khalil, a spokesperson of BKU, respond to The Frontier Post in a question that why university did not take interest in observing the anniversary? Said that BKU administration decide to commemorate simply the anniversary and for that matter they observed it on Friday softly, “the BKU administration did not any contact with provincial government in this regard”, he added.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants had stormed the university on Dec 20, 2016, killing at least 19 people? most of whom were students. The deadliest attack in Pakistan’s history after the APS, the carnage prompted the government to declare an all-out war against terrorist outfits in the country. In the wake of the attack, military courts were set up for trying terrorists under amendments made to the Constitution and the Army Act. The mastermind of the BKU massacre, Umar Mansour, alias Khalifa Mansour, alias Umar Naray, was killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan last year.

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Public sector schools directed to run ‘Back to School’ drive

F.P. Report

SWABI: Speakers in various gatherings in public sector schools on Saturday said that they recognized the past glory of government-run educational institutions where the incumbent distinguished officials had acquired quality education which helped them to reach into the climax of their exceptional career.

The functions were organized on the directive of Mutasimbillah, Swabi Deputy Commission who directed the public sector schools in the district to run ‘Back to School’ campaign to rejuvenate the past glory and remind the students and people major contribution of the public sector institutions. A main function was held in Government Higher Secondary School Topi which was founded by Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Khan, known as Sir Syed of Sarhad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, founder of famous Islamia College Peshawar.

Sir Sahibzada belonged to Topi city and the 52-kanal land for the school donated by him while establishing this institution during the British colonial period. Saifur Rehman, former district education officer was chief guest on the occasion. The function was attended by alumni of the school and students. It was interesting the old students narrated the past events, linking the same with the present and advising the students to concentrate on their study which was considered by them the only panacea of all our ills. All the speakers paid rich tributes to Sir Sahibzada and said that o one could match him in the province when the question of education came.

Addressing the students Mr. Rehman said that various factors contribute to the education of the students. The teacher role, environment in the society, discipline, his/her financial position and inclination towards education acquiring, government adopted policy, society and encouragement by both parents and teachers are the factors which contribute to the education of the children.

“Lack in any one of these factors might cause derailing of the students and depriving him/her from receiving quality education,” he said. Mutasimbillah said that the government had introduced result-oriented reforms in education sectors and much more were expected to be followed.

Dr Liaqat Ali, who passed metric examination from Topi school four decades back said character building was quite vital for moulding the life of the students. Once they were on track of good character then no one could stop them to reach the peak of their life and achieve economic prosperity, he said. Dr Muhammad Jamshid who teaches at Gajju Medical College Swabi said that the best thing for the students was to utilize time and don’t waste it. He recalled that when he was student their teachers and headmaster told them in their farewell party: “If you (students) even going to fail in SCC examination please don’t try to cheat. Cheating is a curse.”

Dr Mukamil Khan said that if students really concentrate on their study they could achieve their objectives even in difficult situation. He recalled that when they stayed at hostel 40 years back, they could only use electricity for lighting purpose and no one could play the fan but despite that they had excelled.

Muhammad Jamil advocate said that the parents, teachers, parents and the society should coordinate their efforts; only then the contemporary education could be imparted to the youngsters.

Earlier, principal of the Topi school Hanifullah welcomed the guests and vowed that the programme initiated by government to invite the old students would be maintained by them in future. “I pledged that this precedence would be kept alive,” he said.

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Naqeeb’s killing flayed, PTI holds protest demo

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf held a protest demonstration in front of press club against the brutal killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in an allegedly staged encounter by Karachi police. The participants holding placards inscribed with messages ‘justice for Naqeebullah Mehsud, stop Pashtoon genocide, sham on Rao Anwer’ and calling for punishment of the policemen involved in a ‘fake’ encounter.

President PTI Dawood Khan Mandokhail, Akther Shah Kakar and Sajid Bangash said that Naqeebullah Mehsud, who belonged to Waziristan, was innocent and had no link with any banned militant organization. The speakers demanded of the Chief Justice of Supreme Court, Army Chief, Federal Interior Minister, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Provincial Home Minister Suhail Anwer Sial and Inspector General Police A.D Khwaja to immediately order judicial probe into the killing and an exemplary punishment to the culpable police officer.

It is worth mentioning, that the family members of Mehsud claim that 27-year-old, Naqeebullah hailed from Waziristan and he was interested in modeling, having no links with any militant organization. He was picked up by plain-clothes officials earlier this month from a restaurant in Sohrab Goth and then murdered last week in an alleged police encounter led by SSP Anwer in Usman Khaskheli Goth

Pashtoon Action Committee Zhob and civil society members in a large number also staged a protest demonstration to condemn the killing of Naqeeb Mehsud. Abdul Rehman Sherani, Fazal Amin Mandokhail, Ubaidullah Mandokhail, Hussain Alam, Abdul Khan Mandokhail and others spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken suo moto notice of the alleged extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud during an encounter inKarachi. He directed Inspector General of Police Sindh to submit a report in a week.


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APC gives deadline for arrest of Asma killer

F.P. Report

MARDAN: All Parties Conference (Mardan Chapter) gave January 26 as deadline to provincial government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and police high-ups to arrest the real culprits who murdered a four-year old baby girl after assault in Gujar Gari area on last Saturday evening.

The district government Mardan organized an all parties conference regarding the killing and rap incident of minor girl named Asma. District Nazim Himayatullah president over the all parties conference.

The political parties which attended the APC meeting were included Awami National Party, Pakistan People Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazal, Jamaat-i-Islami, Quami Watan Party and political parties.

On the occasion, district nazim Himayatullah Mayar advocate announced Rs.0.5 million for the ill-fated family of slain Asma as compensation money. Besides, he also assured that the district government would not only provide legal assistance to the affected family but would also bear all kind of expenses in the connection. Himayatlullah Mayar advocate called meeting of district council Mardan to debate on the issue of minor victim Asma and to take necessary steps in this regard.

At the meeting, political leaders demanded of the relevant authorities to include sections of sexual assault and terrorism in the FIR of murder of baby girl. A joint statement issued after the APC meeting, stated that the government should financial assist family of the victim. It also stated that all types of hurdles should be removed in way of interrogation system of police.

Participants of the meeting demanded that the real perpetrators involved should be publicly hanged so that such type of inhuman incident could be stopped in the future. The APC meeting had called a grant-jirga on January 27 at the district secretariat building if police officials failed to arrest the real accused by January 26 in order to devise next line action in this connection.

Also in the day, Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer senator Siraj-ul-Haq visited house of the minor victim in Gujar Gari area to offer fateha and to express solidarity and sympathies with her family members. Speaking on the occasion, the JI chief held the incident as a national tragedy. He lamented that police officials had failed so far to arrest the real perpetrators of the incident despite of having modern technology. He stressed that it was their collective responsibility to take steps for stoppage of such un-Islamic and inhuman acts. He also said that imparting of general education and information to their generation, reformative and moral education were much needed. The JI chief asked the rulers that they should admit their failure if they could not protect lives and dignity of citizens.

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Police arrest 340 suspects in Kohat

Sahibzada Afridi

KOHAT: Police arrested 340 suspected including 13 proclaimed offenders in a search and strike operations conducted in different parts of the district on Saturday. Police conducted operation on the directives of District Police Officer (DPO) Abbas Majeed Khan Marwat.

Police conducted seven operations on Saturday in different areas of the Kohat district.  Superintendent of Police (SP) operations, Jameel Akhtar supervised the crackdown and arrested 340 suspected persons including 13 proclaimed offenders during the operations. Police also recovered five Kalashnikov, three Kalashankov, Seven repeater guns, 12 guns, Six rifles, 30 pistols, hundreds of bullets, 20 kilograms hashish, 500 grams opium, 400 grams heroin and five bottles of liquors. The cases were registered against the arrested persons.

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Provision of justice to Asma demanded

F.P. Report

MARDAN: Various political leaders and social workers here on Wednesday visited the house of four-year-old girl Asma, whose body was found on Sunday evening and was assaulted before her murder.

The political leaders who visited the house of the minor victim were included Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial president Ameer Muqam Khan and Tehmena Dolatana, Pakistan People Party Senator Robina Khalid along with Nihgat Aurakzai, Shazia Tamash and other party leaders.

Similarly Reham Khan, the social worker and ex-wife of PTI chief Imran Khan also visited the house of the sail girl. On the occasion, those prominent figures who arrived the murdered girl’s home, offered fateha and expressed solidarity with her family members.

They strongly condemned the brutal killing and rapid of four-year old Asma and declared the act as absolutely inhuman. They criticized the provincial’s government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They alleged that the PTI-led provincial regime had completely failed to provide protection to its citizens.

They also criticized police administration of Mardan district for its failure to arrest real perpetrators of the rape with the innocent four-year baby girl. They stressed the KP provincial government to take the real culprits to task forthwith and provide justice to the said family members.

Meanwhile, Awami National Party held a protest rally from Par Hoti Kalpani to Mardan Press Club building where it was converted into a two hours along protest demonstration. ANP protesting activists led by district nazim Himayatullah Mayar adovcate blocked the Shams road for all kind of traffic. The party workers had holds play cards inscribes with slogans of condemnation of the brutal killing of the innocent minor girl and with different other demands. They also chanted slogans against the PTI-led provincial government and against the PTI lawmakers.

Addressing on the occasion, Mr. Himayatullah Mayar demanded of the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaz Khan Khattak to resign from his post. He also stressed the KPK government and police high-ups to arrest the real perpetrators of the incident forthwith. He alleged that those PTI provincial rulers had been claiming that they had model police system in PK province but unfortunately the police official had failed to arrest the culprits even after passing of four-days of the occurrence of raped incident of minor girl.

He blamed that Mardan police had wasted its energy and time on hiding the postmortem report of the minor victim and was presenting another story to media which had created confusion and complication in this connection. He lamented that neither the chief minister KP nor any provincial minister had visited house of the baby girl to express sympathies the family members.

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Rescue 1122 launched in Kohat

Sahibzada Afridi

KOHAT: Chairman, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Public Relations, Ziaullah Bangash MPA Thursday formally inaugurated Rescue 1122 Service in Kohat.

An impressive ceremony held in this connection in the Municipal Town Hall, Kohat was also attended by Tehsil Nazim Kohat, Malik Taimur and Deputy Commissioner (DC), Khalid Ilyas. On this occasion, a fleet comprising of ambulances, fire-brigades and water bores was handed over to the concerned authorities. The launching of the Rescue 1122 was announced by the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak during his visit to Kohat.


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Police arrest scores of criminals in Lakki Marwat

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: Police claimed to have arrested score of criminals including kidnappers and seized arms, ammunition, explosives and narcotics from them during search and strike operation in different parts of the district.

“The operation was launched on the special instructions of DPO Arif Shebaz Khan wherein Elite Force commandos assisted local police”, said an official. He said that a police party of Shaheed Haibat Ali Khan police station raided a hideout in Azerkhel village and arrested two wanted men including Zahid and Javed.

“The arrested criminals belong to Gul Imam Town of Tank district and that they were wanted by Tank police in kidnapping cases”, he maintained, adding that the law enforcers also captured a man identified as Zameer for sheltering outlaws in rural localities. He said that the same police party also arrested Rehman for his involvement in a case of aerial firing. The official added that another police party of Dadiwala police station raided a hideout in Wanda Muzaffari in Kurrum Par area and arrested two hardened criminals wanted in several cases of heinous nature.

He said that the cops seized two AK-47 assault rifles, spare magazines and a good number of bullets from them and registered a case under relevant section of law. “In separate action the same police party raided a narcotics den in Wanda Aurangzeb village and recovered 550 gram hashish, an RPG shell and three projectiles from the place”, maintained the official, saying that the drug trafficker identified as made good escape sensing the presence of police and a case has been registered against him.

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GIKI, SF sign MoU to scholarship to girls students

F.P. Report

SWABI: Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology and Speaks Foundation on Thursday have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide scholarship to the female students belong to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The scholarship is for four years undergraduate program and only those students would be entitled who qualify the GIK Institute entry test but due to financial constrains could not pay the fee to acquire higher education.

The Speaks Foundation is a United Kingdom-based Charity organization provides scholarships in medical and engineering fields to KP female students, who do not have the financial resources to afford expenditures of university education, but demonstrated high academic capability, intellectual curiosity and passion for learning.

Ms. Ana Castro, founder trustee of the Foundation expressed confidence that the number of scholarships and interaction with GIK Institute will increase in future. She said that the Foundation stands committed not only to support the students financially but also in any other aspect that become relevant to their academic and professional performance.

She expressed interest in bringing professionals in touch with female students through webinars. She opined that the Foundation and Sarmayacar, a venture capital fund launched by one of trustees of the Foundation, could have a joint venture to sponsor GIK Institute scholars in launching productive ideas in the start-up world.

Mr. Jehangir Bashar, Rector GIK Institute lauded the Foundation noble initiative and briefed the visiting team about various scholarships and loan schemes available for the Institute students. About 30 percent students of the GIK Institute are recipients of financial support for their studies.

He said that about 12 percent of GIK Institute revenue is distributed amongst the needy students under financial assistance program. The provincial governments, GIK Institute Alumni Association, private organizations and philanthropists have also provided scholarships to a number of GIK Institute students.” We are proud over the scholarship culture of GIK Institute,” he said.