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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.

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Inter-boards tug of war contest concludes

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: The All Pakistan inter-boards tug of war competitions concluded at Gulabad College here on Thursday.

The Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) Malakand got first position in these contests beating the BISE Lahore in the final match watched by a huge crowd. The BISE Peshawar team bagged third position.

The final and semi final matches were watched by a large crowd. Before the final match the players of Bannu and Peshawar boards presented traditional Khattak dance on drum beats and got applause from the audience.

The PTI woman MPA Nageena Khan was chief guest of the concluding function. She along with chairman Malakand board Prof Shaukat Ali and chairman Bannu board Prof Jehan Dad Marwat distributed shield and trophies among the top three teams and best players of the event. The chairmen boards were also awarded commendation certificates and shields.

Speaking on the occasion Ms Nageena Khan highlighted importance of sports and termed the inter boards’ sports’ competitions a step forward for bringing the nation together. She said the PTI government had pledged to construct sports’ stadiums at tehsil level and the pledge would soon be materialized.

The BISE Malakand chairman Prof Shaukat Ali, BISE Bannu chairman Jehan Dad Marwat and others appreciated the organizers and thanked the players for participating in the event.

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Journalist’s brother kidnapped

Ahmad Nabi

LANDI KOTAL: Brother of local media person was abducted by unknown armed persons here at bypass road of Tehsil Landi Kotal last day.

The family sources said on Thursday that previous day, Shaukat Hussain elder brother of tribal journalist, Ali Shinwari, working as reporter for Dunya TV was on his way to home with his minor son from his warehouse in Landi Kotal Bazaar when undisclosed armed persons intercepted his vehicle, kidnapped him on gunpoint and shifted him to unknown destination. Case was lodged in the office of Assistant Political Agent, Landi Kotal office against unknown kidnappers. According to the relatives of the abductee they had no enmity with any one and so far no one had claimed responsibility for the abduction.


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Three POs among 150 suspects arrested

F.P. Report

KOHAT: At least one hundred and fifty suspected persons including three proclaimed offenders were arrested during search operations in Kohat on Wednesday morning.

Kohat police said search and strike operations were conducted in different localities of Kohat during which 150 suspected persons including proclaimed offenders were arrested. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the arrested people who were shifted to respective police stations for interrogation.


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Muqam visits family of Asma

F.P. Report

MARDAN: Adviser to Prime Minister and President PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Engr. Ameer Muqam Tuesday visited Gujar Garhi, District Mardan and expressed sympathies with the family of Asma. Talking to media persons, Ameer Muqam demanded arrest of culprit and said that exemplary punishment should be awarded to him. He said that punishment compatible to brutality of elements involved would stop happening of these incident in future.

He also announced compensation for the family and said that we fully share their grief in these moments of extreme distress. Criticizing stubbornness of provincial government Muqam said that it is unfortunate that government is reluctant to take action over D.I.Khan and Mardan incidents. He said that it is regrettable that Sirajul Haq, KP CM Pervez Khattak and even Imran Khan has not expressed sympathies with the victim family. Advisor to PM said that it is astonishing that Imran Khan has staged dharna in Lahore with those whom he previously termed as thieves and dacoits. He said that provincial government is delaying the arrest of those involved in callous killing of innocent girl in Mardan adding that ‘Shahrah Khan’ should focus the affairs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province rather staging useless dharnaas to divert attention of people from real issues.


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PIOs asked to play their role efficiently

Sahibzada Afridi

KOHAT: Chief Commissioner Right To Information (RTI) Azmat Hanif Orakzai has said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the first province which had enforced RTI Act 2013 in line with the Article 19-A of the Constitution of the country which truly empowered the citizens and introduced good governance, self accountability and transparency in the government departments and institutions.

This he said while addressing a seminar arranged for local bodies representatives and Public Information Officers (PIOs) in District Council Hall Kohat on Wednesday. The seminar was also addressed by the District Nazim Muhammad Nasim Afridi and Deputy Commissioner Khalid Ilyas and assured their full cooperation on implementation on RTI Act in letter and spirit. They also announced to make the RTI Act part of the Kohat Dost Mohim.

The salient features and achievements of the Commission said that it has so far received 10984 application since 2013 out of which required information was provided to 6845 and decisions were made on 3612 while 449 were in the process, Orakzai added.

Chief Commissioner declared, the Officer concerned of any provincial department and institution is bound to provide information to the citizen in 20 days, if failed, he is summand in the commission and in case of unsatisfactory answer, he has to face fine adding that despite fine, if the same officer again failed to provide information, the commission proceed against him in the Court where he could got imprisonment and fine.