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Qandeel murder case: Mufti Qavi appears before court

F.P. Report

MULTAN: Mufti Abdul Qavi appeared before a court in Qandeel Baloch’s murder case on Tuesday; however the court asked him to appear with the counsel as he appeared in the court without his legal counsel.

Muftir Abdul Qavi appeared before Sessions Judge Chaudhry Ameer Muhammed in Qandeel Baloch murder as he is also one of the accused in the case.

While talking to local journalist outside the court, Qavi said that he appeared before the court as per the orders and will continue to cooperate with the police and courts in the case.

Other accused in the case, Haq Nawaz and Qandeel’s brother Muhammed Waseem were expected to be presented before the judge today.

The court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Mufti Qavi on request of the investigation officer who informed the court that the cleric was not cooperating with the police.

Baloch, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies that polarized Pakistan, was allegedly strangled in July by her brother Muhammad Waseem.

In his confession Waseem claimed she had brought shame on the family and owned up to his crime in a press conference after his arrest.

Before her death, Qandeel Baloch demanded from the interior ministry to provide protection to her as some people were threatening her.


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DHQ civil hospital holds free Hepatitis screening, vaccination camp

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: District Headquarters civil hospital organized a day long free screening and vaccination camp in collaboration with Hepatitis cell Balochistan to prevent the fatal but preventable and treatable disease. Medical staff conducted screening tests of over seven hundred people through Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT kits) and vaccinated around two hundred poor male female patients hailing from for-flung areas of the district.

District Chairman Sheikh Yousaf Mandokhail visited the camp and inspected the facilities. He was flanked by DHO Dr. Muzafar Shah, MS Dr. Akhter Mandokhail, Khateeb Sheikhan masque Maulana Nadir Shah, President Para medical staff association Tahir Hotak, doctors and medical staff.

MS Dr. Akhter Mandokhail on the occasion said that Hepatitis Cell Balochistan provided RDT kits and Engerix-B vaccines to DHQ hospital for the prevention of Hepatitis in the area, adding, around five hundred patients were already getting anti-hepatitis pills free of cost regularly that has shown remarkable results.

He said the disease spreads through exchange of blood, using infected syringes and razor blades. People should take precautionary measures and avoid using other’s blades, razors and disposable syringes more than one time.

“Creating awareness about the lethal infectious disease Hepatitis and its prevention is our collective responsibility,” adding necessary preventive measures should be adopted before blood transfusion and ensure that the blood is screened for hepatitis and HIV. He stressed.

District Chairman Sheikh Yousaf Mandokhail thanked the Provincial Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch for his generous contribution, interest and support with the DHQ hospital. He also praised the services of DHO, MS and his team for the ailing humanity and announced Rs. 50,000 for the camp staff, provision of solar system worth Rs. 1.4 million and water boring at the hospital immediately.

“We always tried our best to equip the state-run hospital with all required facilities and equipments,” Chairman added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner also visited the free camp.

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South Punjab development govt’s top priority: Shehbaz

F.P. Report

MULTAN: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that development of south Punjab and prosperity of its dwellers is a top priority of the PML-N government. He expressed these views during a meeting with Multan Press Club executive body and resident editors of various national dailies.

A participant of the meeting quoted Chief Minister as saying that the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) government has spent billions of rupees on development projects in the region, adding that the government has spent more money on health, education, infrastructure and better facilities of transportation for the people of south Punjab.

Shehbaz said that he would put in all efforts to bring south Punjab on a par with the upper Punjab region as far as development is concerned.

He said that Saafi Pani Project was also being launched in south Punjab. He heaped praise on the media for its role in progress and prosperity of the country and in creating awareness among masses.

President Multan Press Club Shakil Anjum said that Punjab CM Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif believes in doing work round-the-clock. He said that the CM was a strong believer of the saying that our actions should speak louder than our words. Shehbaz Sharif announced two grants of Rs 53 million and 96 million for development of a colony for journalists in Multan. He also announced a sum of Rs 2 million as annual grant for Multan Press Club.

The delegation consisted of Shakil Anjum, Rao Shamim, Shaukat Ashfaq, Dr Amjad Bokhari, Mehr Aziz, Nauman Khan Babar, Mirza Nadeem, Ejaz Tareen and others.

Later, Shakil Anjum announced lifetime membership of Multan Press Club for the Punjab chief minister. Present on the occasion were PML-N MNA Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, provincial additional secretary information, Shahid Iqbal, additional secretary, Raja Jahangir Anwar, Punjab govt spokesperson, Malik Ahmad Khan and others.

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Senior leader of JUI-F in Lakki quits party

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) faced a major setback on Sunday as its key leader Barrister Sher Afzal Khan Marwat announced to quit the party after a grand jirga of thousands of people accorded their consent in favour of his decision.

A meeting of grand jirga was convened by Sher Afzal Khan to seek approval of area elders and people for important decisions like parting ways with JUI-F, joining another political party or local group and contest next general elections for provincial assembly seat. Elders from different union councils of PK-76 and other areas attended the meeting.

Thousands of people raised and clapped their hands in favour of  severing ties with religious party when Sher Afzal asked whether he should remain in JUI-F or quit it. People also authorized him to decide at his own about joining other political party or forging an alliance with local groups for coming general elections.

On the occasion, district councilor advocate Salahuddin said that the leaders of JUI-F did not fulfill promises they made with the residents of Lakki Marwat district in general and voters of PK-76 in particular.

“In last general elections we supported JUI-F candidate for PK-76 Munawar Khan and campaigned for his victory”, he claimed, saying that Mr Munawar totally ignored the areas of Achukhel and Begu tribes in uplift works and did not spend a single penny for the betterment of rural population.

He said that the family of Munawar Khan entered the politics for personal and business gains instead serving people.

Another elder Haji Shamal Khan said that the residents of district tried the religious party several times but their hopes of seeing development in their areas dashed and crashed. “We should expect any work of betterment and masses’ welfare from JUI-F in future”, he maintained.

Waheed Aslam Khan, a district councilor from Begukhel ward said that JUI-F leaders had deceived Sher Afzal Khan group in local bodies’ polls in 2015 when advocate Salahuddin was fielded as candidate of JUI-F for the post of district nazim. “We cannot keep continue our affiliations with a party the leader of which are not sincere to us and people of the district”, he added.

A nazim of Samandi village council Malik Abdul Waheed Khan assured that the local government representatives of Kurrum Par Area would support Mr Sher Afzal Khan in his decisions to quit JUI-F and contest next general elections. He asked Mr Khan to join hands with influential Saifullahs and contest elections from PK-76 in independent capacity.

Sanaullah Khan, councilor said that local residents could not trust JUI-F and PTI anymore as both parties were equally responsible to keep the district far from development.

A former nazim Ameer Khan called upon the political elite to stop leg pulling and launch coordinated efforts for the uplift of backward district. He accused the lawmakers of negligence in nsuring use of quality construction material in uplift works including road projects in Kurrum Par Area.

Raees of Eesakhel Haji Muhammad Aslam Khan stressed the need for constituting a committee of elders to take decisions in accordance with future political scenario and help Sher Afzal Khan to join a political party or contest elections in as independent candidate.

Speaking at the jirga meeting, Mr Sher Afzal said that after joining JUI-F in 2008, his family, well wishers and supporters left no stone unturned to strengthen and enabled the religious party to clean sweep 2013 general elections in the district.

“Besides making all sorts of sacrifices I, my family members and supporters spent their own resources to ensure victory of JUI-F candidates including Munawar Khan “, he maintained, regretting that in response his supporters and voters faced deprivations and lacking of basic amenities of life.

He said that he brought the miseries, problems and deprivations of his people matter into the notice of Maulana Fazalur Rehman several times but to no avail. “I need not to remain in a party where I get no respect at all and where the leaders have no time to address the problems of people of my area”, he added.

Mr Khan said that he could not tolerate excesses with the residents of PK-76 anymore at the hands of JUI-F leaders and lawmakers and that was why he decided to part ways with religious party.

He said that he was determined to contest next general elections and that he would throw the heavyweights from poll arena if people supported him.

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No change in khatam e Nabowat law acceptable, declare religious scholars

F.P Report

TIMERGARA:  Speakers of a conference held here at Timergara on Sunday demanded of the federal and provincial government to include contents about finality of the Prophet hood in school curriculum in order to inform the new generation of the basic belief of ‘khatam e Nabowat’.  The first ‘khatam e Naowat’ conference was arranged by Aalami Majlas Tahaffuz e Khatam e Nabowat (AMTKN) Lower Dir chapter at the Timergara rest house ground. Hundreds od social and political activists besides area elders attended the conference. The AMTKN Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief Mufti Shahab ud Din Popalzai, prominent religious scholar Maulana Qazi Ihsanullah, district emir Maulana Imran Khan, press secretary Muhsin Mehmood Mubarakzai, Maulana Fazal Wahab and others addressed the gathering. The speakers said the nation would never accept any change in the ‘khatam e Nabowat’ law in the country.

“Ahmadis under a planned conspiracy are destabilizing the state but we will not make them succeed,” Mufti Popalzai said, adding that Ahmadis had become security risk in Pakistan.

The other speakers said that Ahmadis had been declared non-Muslims in the country due to their refusal of finality of Prophet hood. They demanded of the government to take notice of negative activities of Ahmadis. They said that all Pakistanis would fight for safeguarding the ‘khatam e Nabowat’ law in the country and would never bow against any world power in that connection.

The speakers also demanded of the government to pin point the person involved in changing the oath wording for members of the assemblies. The district political leadership from the JUI-F, JI, PPP, ANP, PTI and PML-N also participated in the conference.

Power Meters: The Jamaat-i-Islami Balambat chapter on Sunday complained that the Pesco authorities have replaced the old functional power meters installed at homes due to which the consumers were unable to pay their bills according to the newly installed meters.

The JI Balambat emir Majidullah, Zahoor Ahmad, Maulana Zakirullah and Maulana Abu Kaleem while speaking at a news conference here demanded of the government and concerned authorities of Pesco to stop replacing the old electricity meters in the area. They said the new meters run very fast and it had been charging consumers even on recharging their mobile phone sets.

They said that majority of the consumers belonged to poor families and they were unable to afford inflated bills. They threatened to come on the roads if their demand was not met.

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JUI-F to form govt in Balochistan: Haideri

F.P. Report

PISHIN: Central leader Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) and Deputy Chairman Senate, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri has claimed that JUI-F is the largest, most popular party of Balochistan and will form government in province provided free and fair elections were held.

Talking to media person in Pishin on Sunday, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said that people of Balochistan disappointed with the political forces deceiving them since long have attached their all hopes with JUI-F and it will let no stone unturned to full aspirations of the people.

He hoped that JUI-F will be the next ruling party of the province if free and transparent elections were held.

The JUI-F central leader said that the deceivers attempted to exclude Khatme Nabuwwat oath but JUI-F exposed the conspiracy and through joint efforts with others forced the government to restore it.

To a question about nomination of next Chief Minister in Balochistan province, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said that one could not stop any to dream for the slot.

He said that as the general election would draw nearer, the JUI-F will constitute a team for dialogues for all political forces of the province and will also consider electoral alliance where needed.

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Four security personnel martyred in Kurram Agency

F.P. Report

PARACHINAR: At least four officials of Frontier Corps (FC) including a captain were killed in three landmine explosion Kharlachi area of Kurram Agency

Political administration told media that security officials were on the routine patrolling in Kharlachi area of Kurram when the landmine incident occurred and killed three security personnel.

Bodies of the martyred officials and the injured were shifted to hospital and security officials started search operation in the area after the incident.

Kurram Agency borders three provinces of Afghanistan and witnesses several cross-border attacks.

Last month on September 27, four security personnel were injured also injured ina two roadside bombs explosions at the Afghan border in Kurram Agency.





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Yet another labourer killed at Sargodha’s stone crushing site

SARGODHA (Monitoring Desk): Yet another labourer lost his life while working at a stone crushing site on Saturday, taking the death toll due to similar incidents to 16 over a span of 23 days.

According to rescue sources, 33-year-old Gulzar was working, along with other labourers, up a hill at the stone crushing site in 120 South when a boulder took him down. The labourer died on the spot. He was a resident of Sargodha’s village 48 South.

A similar incident took place on September 27 that killed six on-duty labourers on the spot.

The market where the incident took place in said to be the largest stone crushing site of Punjab, where building material of various sorts is prepared.

The deaths usually take place when labourers climb the hills to place explosive material for blasting. They rush down to hide in a safe spot — usually a nearby cave — within a certain time period. But miscalculation on the direction of falling rocks claims their lives.

Although offices of the mines, social welfare and security departments are present in Sargodha, they have not yet taken any step to put in place safety measures for the labourers, around 20,000 of which work at the stone crushing site daily.

It is also said that families of over 60 labourers — who died in similar incidents earlier — have not yet got money under their death claims.


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BISP taking lead in war against stunting: Marvi

F.P. Report

RAHIM YAR KHAN: Minister of State and Chairperson BISP MNA Marvi Memon visited Rahim Yar Khan Saturday where she was briefed on research on the effectiveness of a nutrition programme.

The programme involving Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNF), Cash Based Transfers and Behavior Change Communication (BCC) to prevent stunting among children in district Rahim Yar Khan being carried out by World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with BISP, Integrated Reproductive Mother Neonatal Child Health (IRMNCH) Programme Punjab and Agha Khan University.

The research which will be concluded in 2019 would be showcased to the world for best practices and is thus the focus of much international attention.

This research is being done under the Letter of Understanding (LOU) signed between WFP, BISP and Punjab Health Department to build evidence base of different nutrition sensitive mechanisms that can contribute to the reduction of chronic malnutrition amongst under 2 years of age children in Pakistan. The study is being conducted within BISP beneficiaries having pregnant and lactating women and 6-23 months old children in BISP households.

Speaking to the officials of WFP, Punjab Health Department, Agha Khan University and BISP beneficiaries, Chairperson BISP stated that food insecurity is matter of high concern as 44% of children in Pakistan, 39% in Punjab and 42% in Rahim Yar Khan less than 5 years of age are stunted. This alarming situation needs to be tackled at the earliest. She added that BISP is taking lead in war against stunting as this research would provide a scalable sustainable model for integrating nutrition specific and sensitive approaches to BISP, the premier national social safety net of the country, thus furthering the gains in curbing malnutrition.

The Chairperson added that as these children belong to the poorest segment of society being facilitated by BISP through its Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), BISP’s role is pivotal in this fight against malnutrition. She said that financial assistance through BISP is effectively helping the downtrodden in meeting their basic needs particularly food and health. BISP Impact Evaluation Studies highlight the positive impact of BISP in reducing malnutrition rates as BISP stipend has increased the monthly food consumption driven by high protein intake in BISP families.

Shahzada Rashid WFP Head Punjab and Salma Yaqub Programme Officer WFP briefed that that the project is being implemented through IRMNCH programme Punjab in coordination with Department of Health at district level and in close coordination with Agha Khan University.

“Wawamum” and “Maamta” are being provided to children between 6-24 months and pregnant and lactating mothers respectively. The identified BISP beneficiaries would also be provided with behavior change communication. The research would follow three pathways that include cash transfer within a national social protection programme, women empowerment design and implementation of well structured behavioral change communication interventions to come up with an innovative model to prevent malnutrition.

Chairperson BISP held meetings with all the four groups of BISP beneficiaries enrolled in this research, where she was briefed by the field team on process of identification of beneficiaries for research.

The beneficiaries have been divided into four groups. The first group receives cash grant only, the second is provided with cash grant along with SNF, the third one is getting cash assistance along with enhanced BCC and the fourth group is being provided cash assistance, SNF and Enhanced BCC . She also visited the homes of enrolled BISP beneficiaries where she inspected the follow up and data recording mechanism.

Chairperson BISP reiterated that the results of this research would highlight the best nutrition sensitive approach that can then be replicated all across Pakistan and eventually the world to address malnutrition, stunting and low IQs. Better nutrition would improve IQ levels and thus guarantee a better future for Pakistan.

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Army chief has right to comment on economy: Khurshid Shah

F.P. Report

SUKKUR: Opposition leader in National Assembly (NA) Khurshid Shah has said army chief has right to comment on economy and if Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has any misperception on this count then government should give him briefing.

“army chief has every right to comment on national economy. If he is stopped then army will be weakened. A common man has right to comment on economy.

However if Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has any misconception then government should give him briefing. We will have to avert clash. I will advise PML-N and all those who want clash that they should avoid clash”, he said this while talking to media men in Rohri .

“I don’t agree with interior minister Ahsan Iqbal for stopping army from commenting on economy. Every one has right to comment on economy. Army chief is commander in chief of armed forces. If national economy is better then LoC will be secure and we will get strength from within us. Army chief should not be stopped from commenting on economy”, he held.

He went on to say that if army chief has any misperception then the concerned minister should give him briefing to allay his reservations. “If nation is strong then we will get help. A weak nation and a weak economy will weaken our strong army”, he remarked.

“ I am foreseeing a lot in the country. The incident took place in Islamabad court is not an ordinary incident. This incident is eye opener for those who understand politics”, he observed. Clash between institutions is dangerous for the state, he warned. PPP is trying to bring to end this situation, he added. If democracy continues then country will become prosperous within 20 years.

We are fully endeavoring the clash is averted. I want to say to PML-N, other politicians and institutions which become happy over clash that the clash is not in the interest of democracy and the country, he underlined.

He held that Khatm-e-Nubawwat issue came to fore in the backdrop of Halafnama and parliament resolved this matter But Capt (Retd) Safdar complicated this settled matter by taking up it in the parliament, he remarked.

To a question he said that every man is brother of other man and the onus rests on the shoulder of majority to protect the rights of minority. It is our constitutional and Islamic responsibility to provide protection to Qadianis who are in minority.