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ANP leadership blamed for distribution of gas connections on political grounds in Dir

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA:  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Women wing Lower Dir president and member of district council Ms Saira Shamsul Qamar on Wednesday announced her party would launch a protest campaign in the district if distribution of gas connections on political ground were not stopped.

Speaking at a news conference at the Timergara press club, she complained that gas connections in the area were being distributed among blue eyed people by the Awami national Party leadership. The PTI tehsil councillor Kashif Kamal, yoth councillor Timergara Tauseef Shah and youth wing secretary information Amjad Hussain were also present on the occasion.

Ms Saira said the SNGPL authorities had been providing gas connections to people on the recommendation of ANP central spokesman and former senator Zahid Khan. She said the ANP leadership was asking people to hoist its flag on their houses.

“Several houses around my residence having ANP flags have got gas connections,” she said, adding that she was too asked to join the ANP and get gas connection.

The PTI woman worker said she had applied for gas connection as per requisites but was constantly denied. “I am being mentally tortured for getting gas connection that is immoral and illegal,” she said. She demanded of the SNGPL high ups to take notice of the matter and provide gas connections to consumers without any discrimination. Ms Saira said she would never join the ANP for gas connection but would fight for the right of poor people in the area.

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Fake female Pir killed her elder son in Sheikhupura

F.P. Report

SHEIKHUPURA: A brutal and self proclaimed female pir killed her elder son namely Zeeshan in Sheikhupura here on Wednesday.

As per details, Tanvir Fatima, residents of Ferozwala with the help of her younger son identified as Rizwan, tied her elder son and killed him with sticks.

Police reached the crime scene after getting information regarding the incident and arrested both the suspect’s mother and son.

During the interrogation, the arrested confess her crime and said that an elderly man told here in dream for the sacrifice of her son and adding that with the help of younger she killed Zeeshan on the promise that the elderly man will make him alive.

Police told that the woman is also accused of dacoity in the area and killing and she had also killed her husband six year ago.


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Measles-outbreak, 7 children suffering from the disease in Sherani

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: At least seven cases of measles have been reported in far-flung mountainous areas Lagharai Bayanzai and Zharbazhai Sherani – lacking health facilities. Hajra, Rehmatullah, Asia, Abida, Abdul Khaliq and Bibi are suffering from the disease for few days.

The area people alleged that the entire focus of the government and Health department was on the anti-polio campaign, while no measures were being taken to prevent other viral diseases.

“The poor quality and ailing routine vaccination program are the factors in the surge of measles cases. The recent cases indicate that the measles surveillance system is not up to the mark”, said an official who wished not be named.

Meanwhile, District Health Officer Dr. Arif Shah has told reporters that medical teams have been dispatched to the affected areas on emergency basis and all necessary measures would take place to cope with the situation and immunize the children.

“Anti-measles vaccination drive has been completed in Shin Ghar, Kapip, Ahmedi Darga, Mughal Kot and Dhana Sar areas”, DHO said, adding routine immunization for children was highly effective in preventing measles.

“Despite the scattered population, we leave no stone unturned to immunize children against the infectious disease” he added.

The bordering districts have been witnessing a significant increase in the number of children affected by measles in recent months. In December, nine children suffering from measles in different areas of Murgha Kibzai Zhob had lost their lives.

It is worth mentioning that measles is a respiratory infection caused by a virus that can spread through contact with droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of an infected person. Sneezing and coughing can release contaminated droplets into the air. Children who suffer from measles may experience complications including pneumonia, blindness, deafness, ear infection and diarrhea.


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Teacher’s community to resist westernization of school syllabus and privatization of education

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: Speakers of a two day educational conference have urged teachers’ community to strongly resist privatization and westernization of education in Pakistan and prepare the coming generation to serve the nation in a better way.

The two day divisional education conference which concluded at the Ahya ul Uloom Balambat here on Monday was organized by the Tanzeem e Asateza Lower Dir chapter, a teachers’ wing affiliated with Jamaat-i-Islami.

The organization central general secretary Hamid ul Haq, provincial president Khairullah Hawari, KP finance minister Muzafar Syed, MPA Izaz ul Mulk Afkari, Tanzeem e Asateza Pakistan former president Syed Jehan Badshah and others addressed the conference. Teachers from Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Chitral and Bajaur Agency participated.

The speakers said that some hidden powers wanted to change schools’ syllabus and privatize the education sector. They termed it an attack on education. They said the Tanzeem e Asateza was keenly observing the situation and it would not allow anyone to bring changes or westernize schools’ syllabus. The speakers said that class room was a post for teacher and he should use it for producing good Muslim citizen. They asked the participants to get the knowledge of the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah and prepare the nation in the light of that knowledge.

They said that Pakistan had been an ideological state that came into being on the name of Islam. “We will strongly resist westernization of our school curriculum and privatization of education sector,” Khairullah Hawari said, adding the teachers’ community had rejected the proposed education act 2017 of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

The teachers also demanded unconditional approval of their time scale promotion, regularization of ad hoc teachers and up-gradation of various posts.

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JI chief vows to continue struggle for corruption free state

F.P. Report

CHITRAL: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj ul Haq on Monday said that the party’s struggle to make the country a corruption-free state would continue until the goal is achieved.

Addressing a public gathering in the border town of Drosh, some 45-kilometres from here, the JI chief said that his party’s endeavors are a mafia, ruling the country for last seven decades, rather than Sharif family.

“Our party has prepared a list of as many as 6,000 corrupt figures including politicians and bureaucrats,” he said, adding that the menace of corruption would be rooted out from the country if action is taken against them.

On General Elections 2018, Haq said his party would form an alliance with the religious-political parties across the country.

“The grievances of Chitrali people over lack of infrastructure and other development schemes would only be addressed through adequate representation in the assemblies,” Haq remarked.

Later, former Member National Assembly Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali addressed the gathering.

Laying emphasis on development projects, the former MNA urged the government to resume Arando road construction project.

“The unfinished road has significant importance for multiple reasons,” he opined, adding the completion of the unfinished project would benefit the security agencies from a security point of view.

He further said that the government should resume the construction work which was once undertaken by Frontier Works Organization (FWO) and left incomplete in 2013.

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Panama case has weakened federal govt: Khuhro

LARKANA (PPI): Sindh Minister for Food Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said that Nawaz Sharif is not an accused now but he has become a culprit as he has failed to clear himself during last one and half year.

He said: “If PML-Nawaz appointed disqualified person as its party chief then such law can also be challenged in the court. Khuhro advised PML-Nawaz to also look into the moral factors while appointing new party head.

He said Panama case had weakened the federal government and was why issue of Rangers deployment surfaced in accountability court today (Monday). He said Rangers could only be called by the judge through interior ministry and if it had not been done, then it meant our institutions were not yet independent.

He said interior minister also said that he did not called rangers that was why it should be known how they arrived. Khuhro was talking to journalists at local press club here .

PPP provincial chief said that demand of early elections by Imran Khan was disgrace of the people’s mandate and until & unless advice of the prime minister was not received, assemblies could not be dissolved.

Khuhro said those who were supporting Khan had now taken off their hands and now only failure was written in his fate. Khuhro said that there was no chance of martial law in the country, adding PPP believed in democracy and we remained successful in the elections in the past and will contest again solely.

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One killed, two injured in Swat blast

F.P. Report

MINGORA: At least one person was killed and two others were injured in a blast in Swat on Monday.

As per the initial reports the blast was occurred in the rugged area of the Swat valley and the rescue worker were finding it difficult to shift the injured persons to the hospitals.

However, the intensity and nature of the blast are still unknown.










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RPO shows satisfaction over security arrangements

Hafiz Muhammad Aziz-ur-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: Regional Police Officer Dr. Sultan Ahmad Taimoori and Commissioner Gujranwala Capt. (R) Muhammad Asif have expressed their satisfaction over the foolproof security arrangements made by the district administration on the eve of Ashura-i- Muharram to ensure peace in the district.

Both the Officers reviewed the arrangements made by the police to prevent any untoward incident in the District.

The Acting DC and DPO told them that 1300 security personnel besides four teams of Elite Force and large number of Police Qoumi Razzakars are being deputed to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the district. They further told them that on ninth and tenth Muharram- ul- Haram,64 Alam, Zuljinnah and Tazia processions would be taken out from different places in Hafizabad, Pindi Bhattian and other towns and 160 CCTV cameras are being installed for strict  monitoring of the Majalis and processions.

Moreover, two control rooms have been established in Hafizabad and Pindi Bhattian.

Meanwhile, pillion riding and perching atop the buildings en route the processions and places of majalis have been prohibited Under Section 144 Cr.P.C. Besides, strict pickets have been established to search all the vehicles in the entry points of the district. In addition to this, all the streets and roads leading to places of Majalis are being blocked by parking big trollies and barbed wires in the evening since the start of this month.

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Two killed, four injured in different firing incidents

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT:  Two people were killed and four others including two passersby sustained bullet wounds in separate firing incidents, said police on Saturday.

They said that the first shooting incident occurred in Pezu city in the limits of Shaheed Haibat Ali Khan of Darra Pezu town. They said that Himayatullah was in Pezu bazaar when his rival Yousaf Khan armed with weapons came there and opened fire on him over enmity.

Resultantly, Himayatullah died instantly while two passersby including Mumtaz Khan a resident of Gul Imam (Tank) and Noor Muhammad of Warghar Pezu were injured in the attack. The wounded men were taken to a nearby hospital.

The killer escaped after the incident but local police gave him a chase and overpowered him in the mountainous area after brief exchange of firing. Police said that they seized a repeater gun, a pistol and bullets from the arrested man and registered a case against him.

Separately, a man was killed and two others sustained bullet wounds in an armed attack in Naurang town.

Police said that an auto rickshaw driver Mir Dar Ali Shah was on way to Naurang bazaar in a three wheeler when he came under attack by his rivals on FTM road.  They said that the rickshaw’s driver received several bullets and killed on the spot while the attackers riding a bike made good escape.

Two passengers sitting in the three wheeler vehicle also received bullet injuries and were shifted to a local hospital in Naurang town. According to local police, a domestic dispute is behind the occurrence of murder incident.

They said that they registered a case against the attackers including Rafidullah and Taj Ali residents of Bannu on the compliant of deceased Mir Dar Ali’s brother Ismail Shah in Shaheed Asmatullah Khan Khattak police station and began investigation.

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Disgruntled PTI activists in Maidan join PPP

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA:  Disappointed of the Pakistan Tehrek Insaf policies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its leg pulling politics in Dir, several activists in Bishgram Maidan here on Saturday announced to quit the party and join the Pakistan People Party.

A function in this regard was held at the residence of one Muhammad Hazrat in Takht Bihgram village during which the PTI activists including Muhammad Hazrat, Dawa Khan, Samiullah, Ihsanullah, Inam Khan, Ismail Khan and others announced to join the PPP along with their families and friends.

The PPP Malakand divisional vice president and former MPA Muhammad Zamin Khan while addressing the function said both the PTI and Jamaat-i-Islami had badly failed to fulfil their pledges and implement their election manifestoes. He said the people had voted to the PTI for its call claim of bringing changes in politics.

The PPP former lawmaker said there had been no development project in his PK 96 constituency in Maidan. “The KP government should have announced special development package for Maidan as it was the worst affected area of militancy in the near past,” Muhammad Zamin said, adding the majority of people in Maidan voted to the PTI candidates in general election 2013 and LG election 2015.

He said now the PTI voters were disappointed and they were joining other parties including the PPP. He promised to ensure gas supply to Bishgram area of Maidan if he was elected as MPA in 2018 general election. He said the previous government had initiated several development projects in his PK-96 constituency on which the JI lawmaker from the area had been fixing his own sign boards.

The PPP leader said his party would win majority of seats in Dir in next election and would form coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The PTI disgruntled workers Muhammad Hazrat and Dawa Khan while speaking on the occasion alleged that the PTI leadership in the province had been following failed policies. They said the claims of changes in police, education and health were mere media hype and there was nothing on the ground. They said that they would convince other PTI workers soon to join the PPP.

Also in the day the PPP Lower Dir chapter inaugurated its party office at Chakdara where former provincial minister Mehmood Zeb Khan was chief guest on the occasion. The function in this regard was attended by PPP Lower dir general secretary Ashfaq ur Rehman, information secretary Alam Zeb, former minister of state Malik Azmat Khan, Khurshid Ali Khan, Qaisar Ali Khan, Bakhtiar Khan and others.

The PPP leaders on the occasion pledged to end internal differences and contest the next elections united so that it could gain its past glory in the area. s

DPO Kul-i-Katcheri: The Lower Dir police department arranged an open ‘kutcheri’ at the Zaimdara Maidan police station the other day which was attended by local government representatives and area elders. The district police officer Nowsher Khan chaired the event which was also attended by DSP circle Sher Wali Khan, Lower Dir traffic in-charge Shad Muhammad, SHO Zaimdara Wazir Zada and other police officials.

Speaking on the occasion local government representatives from the area, nazim Haidar Ali, councillor Arshad Ali, councillor Ahmad Shah, village chairman Subhanullah and area elders demanded role of dispute resolution council (DRC) in resolving a decades’ old dispute of hilly area, deployment of traffic police at Ziamdara bazaar, permission of bringing fuel wood from nearby forest and police beats at night.

The DPO directed police officers on the spot to take practical steps regarding the demands. He said that it was the sole responsibility of police and civil administration to maintain peace and order in society. The DPO said that police needed public support for fulfilling that duty. He asked local elders and political activists to cooperate with police department in curbing lawlessness and ending crimes. He said there would be no compromise on challenging government writ and disturbing peace in the area.