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Journalists important part of society: DPO

Hafiz Muhammad Aziz-ur-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: The journalists are eyes and ears of the society and the district police always appreciated the positive criticism and coordination of the local press, District Police Officer Dr. Sardar Ghias Gul said here.

While addressing meet the press in the local press club here, he said that due to cooperation of all segment of society particularly media men, the district police bagged first position in the anti-crime campaign in all the 36 districts of the province. He said that hundreds of proclaimed offenders, anti-social elements, drug peddlers, dacoits, cattle lifters, bike and car snatchers have been arrested and stolen articles worth billion of rupees were recovered and handed over to the victims during the past over a year of his posting.

Moreover, hundreds of disruptive elements have been rounded up under the National Action Plan, he added. He said that no one is perfect but positive thinking brought positivity and the police emerged successful in anti-crime campaign launched in the district, which, he said, is still going on in full swing.

He said that the positive coordination of the media was one of the reasons to enable the district police to get first position in the anti-crime roadmap in the whole province. He said that he has taken several steps to purge black sheep from the police department and has been successful in changing the thana culture in this district.

He urged the media to continue their cooperation in weeding out crimes and criminals from this area. Replying to a question regarding traffic mess due to apathetic attitude of traffic police, he said that there are several stake holders involved in the traffic hazards and it is also responsibility of the citizens particularly traders to cooperate in removing traffic mess on the roads. He, however, assured that he will “pull” the traffic police to ensure smooth traffic on the busy roads. Replying to another question, the DPO assured that night patrol would be intensified to check crimes in the city.


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Social media to be utilized for promotion of tourism

F.P. Report

GILGIT: Deputy Commissioner, Nagar, Naved Ahmed here Monday said special focus would be made on publicity of tourism’s potential areas and sites of the district and services of social media would be used for promotion of tourism. The government is endeavouring to promote tourism potential of Nagar keeping in view of its beautifully valleys, lush green meadows and mountainous beauty and social media would be used by the district administration to highlight tourists’ sites of the district.

Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate Nagar, Naveed Ahmed said this while talking to a group of owners of local hotels here today. Matters pertaining to problems of hotels industry and promotion of tourism came under discussion.

The hotel owners said tourism could be promoted through construction of link roads and provision of loans on easy terms and conditions for the construction of hotels and restaurants. The DC said the Government was utilizing all available resources for development of tourism sector in the district and more facilities would be provided to hotel industry.

Promotional sign boards at permanent places would be installed besides construction of links road with cooperation of owners of hotel industries ahead of upcoming summer season, he maintained. Efforts would be made to provide loans on easy terms and conditions to hotel owners from the government and semi government institutions, he explained. Naved Ahmed assured every possible support for uplift of hotel industries in the district.

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Mercury drops to freezing point in city, hilly areas of Zhob

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: Like other parts of the province, Zhob city and hilly areas have been under grip of a cold wave. The residents of Zhob are experiencing chilly weather as mercury dropped to freezing point here.

Already hit by several hours long power outages and low voltage of electricity, the freezing cold aggravated the miseries of the people manifold. They are facing great deal of inconvenience owing to load-shedding that has created numerous problems and multiplied the miseries of people.

On the other hand price of firewood has also increased and the people belonging to middle and lower classes are facing difficulties to purchase firewood for warmth and cooking purposes, as the severity of weather the demand for locally made firewood stoves also increased. The price of the dry firewood has risen to Rs.800 per 40kg and the wet firewood is a little cheaper.

The wood sellers have started charging extra to worsen the situation. They are charging exorbitant rates because there is no mechanism to control prices of wood in the entire area. Following the biting cold forced the people to avoid unnecessary movements and stayed at home enjoying winter special dish ‘Landai’-traditional dried meat.

The people are seen wearing warm clothes like jackets and winter caps because of chilly weather and cold winds. With cold wave winter delights like Gajar Halwa (prepared with carrots and milk), Jalebee, boiled eggs, pakoras, soup and other are on high demand. Moreover, the demand and sale of dry fruits including peanuts, almond, pistachio, walnuts, pine nuts, dates, dried apricot, fig and cashew nuts (Kaju) have also significantly increased.

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Workers of different political parties join PTI

A.R. Abid Bunery

BUNER: Key political figures of the Jamaat-i-Islami Arsadullah Khan and Sahibzada Khan of Kulyari and the PPP key leader Iqbal Khan of Nawagai along with hundreds family members, friends, relatives, colleagues and likeminded have formally joined the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

Provincial Minister for sports, Mehmood Khan along with district chapter leaders Riaz Khan, Bakhrad Khan, Haji Sadiqullah addressed.

They welcomed the new joiners and claimed the PTI was gradually moving towards its destination of new Pakistan where in the womenfolk, youth, elders and employees will have due respect.

They claimed much were changed during this first time rule in KP adding police, Patwar, officers were visibly changed their attitude with public while education sectors and health sectors were improved with provision of on merit recruited employees with all of requirements so as to best deliver services to masses.

They were proud to claim that NTS recruited teachers were regularized and more teachers will be recruited through NTS soon. They accused the rival political parties for looting masses during their rules. They repeated the PTI was a ray of hope for those were ignored in the successive rules adding most of poor students were got jobs in the KP and promised rest of the positions will be filled up on merit based recruitments soon.

They were happy over key figures were joining the PTI and asked masses to realize the fact that only PTI was the last hope for change in all of sectors in the country for living with satisfaction in the new Pakistan.

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Police arrest drug seller, recover 4 kg hashish

Shafi Ullah

MINGORA: Police arrested a drug seller and recovered four kilograms hashish in raid conducted in the jurisdiction of Raheemabad police station on Monday.

As per details, Station House Officer (SHO) Raheemabad Police Station, Iqbal Naseem Khan along with officials raided on the house situated in the Tahir Bagh area of Mingora and arrested one drug seller Ajmal son of Omer Dher and recovered four kilograms of hashish. Police registered case against the arrested person and started investigation in this regard.

Meanwhile, workers of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) from Kabal area protested against the Khursheed Khan advisor of party MNA Murad Saeed and demanded from the party high commands to expel them from the party.

The protestors chanted slogans in favor of MNA Murad Saeed and Muhibullah Khan. Alamgir Khan, Mian Gul Bacha, Shahi Muhammad, Talahmand, Rehmat Gul, Shah Wali and others were present in the protest.

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PSF an important wing of ANP: Mayar

Haji Murad Ali

TAKHTBHAI: District Nazim, Himayatullah Mayar said that Awami National Party (ANP) is a democratic party and all its decisions were taken according to the manifesto of the party.

This he said while addressing to the Pakhtun Students Federation (PSF) convention on Monday at Government Degree College Takhtbhai.

He said that PSF are important wing of ANP and it always played vital role in party discipline.

Nazim added that PSF are doing great job for spreading the party message to the masses and will clean sweep in the upcoming election.

ANP is doing politics for the rights of the Pakhtun nation and when it was in power ANP established records education institutions including universities, colleges and schools because education is the only way that Pakhtun can progress in the world, he added.

On the occasion former MPA Sher Afghan Khan, PSF chairman Haq Nawaz Khan Khattak, Muhammad Ayub Yousafzai, Sadam Khan and Sheraz Khan also addressed the gathering.

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Women protest against SNGPL operation in Karak

Shafiuddin Shafqi

KARAK: The women of old bazaar organized a protest demonstration against the operation of the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) which was carried out action against the illegal gas connections in Karak city and blocked the Karak-Sabirabad road for several hours against it here on Monday.

On the direction of Deputy Commissioner, Shafiullah Khan the assistant commissioner Karak launched operation with the personnel of SNGPL against the illegal gas connection the women of old bazaar started protest and they blocked the Karak-Sabirabad road for all kinds of traffic.

They demanded that the gas pressure was already very low in winter season and in this weather the disconnection of gas connections was tantamount to cruelty. They claimed that the SNGPL was not providing legal gas connections to the consumers and they were forced to get the gas facility through illegal way. They demanded that the company should provide legal gas connections to the consumers then they should carry out operation against the illegal gas connections.

They resolved until they were not given legal gas connections they would not let the company to disconnect it. Later the police negotiated with the protestors by suspending the operation and the protestors opened the road for traffic.

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Five killed, 20 injured in Kohat firing, road accidents

F.P. Report

KOHAT: At least five people were killed and about 20 others injured in separate incidents of firing and road accidents in different areas of Kohat on Monday. The police arrested eight culprits.

Police said that accused Amir Syed Uddin over personal grudge gunned down a man identified as Naveed s/o Nazir Shah in Pirkhel area of Jungle Khel in Kohat district.

In another incident of firing in Malang Khel area of Jungle Khal, unknown armed men gunned down a man identified as Dawood Jan outside his residence. An Afghan national Anwar s/o Siffat Khan was killed in firing of two unidentified miscreants in Ghamghol Afghan Refugees Camp No. 2.

A woman died while two people were injured in collision between an over speeding trailer bearing registration number GL-1603 and car UY-066 at Kohat Indus Highway in jurisdiction of Lachi police station.

In collision between two over speeding motorcycles at Shadikhel Road in jurisdiction of Billitang police station, one person Walimat Khan died while four others including Khalida Bibi, child Shahab, Muhammad Tahir and Muhammad Khan were injured.

Five people identified as Umer Nawaz, Adam Khan, Piayo Taj, Naseem and Himat Khan were injured when a car MNW-345 hit a rickshaw at Kohat-Pindi Road near PSO Pump. Culprits Ayub and his son Haroon shot injured a local person Shahid Mehmood over financial dispute in Garhi Rauf Khan area of the city.

Armed culprits Noor Zeb and Naeem Gul shot injured Asad s/o Dost Muhammad over old enmity in Muhammad Zai area at Kohat-Hangu Road.

The bodies and injured of all incidents were shifted to different hospitals of respective areas for medico-legal formalities.

The police arrested eight culprits involved in various crimes and after registering separate cases against them at concerned police stations started the investigation.

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FC holds free medical camp in Qamar Din Karez

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: On the special directives of Inspector General of Frontier Corps Major General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, supervised by Commandant Col. Rehan Satti, Zhob Militia set up a day-long free medical camp in bordering area Qamar Din Karez where hundreds of deserving patients including 270 men, 285 women and 325 children suffering from various diseases were treated.

Moreover, food items were also distributed among the area people. Medical team, comprising specialist doctors with paramedic staff examined over eight hundred patients including women, children and aged persons, providing them free medicines. Para medical staff carried out clinical examination of patients free of cost.

The medical camp was organized by Zhob Militia in the remote and backward area of the district. Talking to media persons Wing Commander said that Qamar Din Karez is a backward area, having neither agriculture nor livestock. “As gesture of solidarity and to provide health services to marginalized community at doorstep in the backward areas of the province all possible measures are being taken for the purpose”. He said.

He further said that FC holds free medical camps in various parts of the province periodically, where thousands of patients are being provided medicines free of cost. FC doctors are extending their expertise in free medical camps set up for the poor and needy patients in rural areas. He added.

Meanwhile, residents of the area highly appreciated endeavors of FC to mitigate sufferings of patients living in the distant areas and suggested more camps in future.

Labourer burnt: Saddam – a labourer of a construction company on D.I Khan highway burnt badly when he fell a victim to flames in a construction camp near Toryan area here. To keep himself warm the labourer tried to light fire and sprinkled oil. The victim has been moved to hospital for treatment.

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Steps for betterment of special persons urged

F.P Report

TIMERGARA: Speakers at a function on the eve of international day of persons with disabilities demanded of the government to take practical steps to facilitate special persons in Pakistan. The function was arranged by the Helping Hands and Relief Development (HHRD) at Government College of commerce and management sciences Talash here on Sunday to mark the World Disability Day. Special persons including women and children, their parents and area elders attended the function.

Addressing the participants, district coordinator Pakistan Red Crescent Society Muhammad Islam, Falah e Insaniat Foundation (FIF) Timergara chief Qari Rehmatullah, Milli Muslim League district general secretary Amjad Ali, PTI woman district councilor Saira Shamsul Qamar, HHRD regional coordinator Muhammad Bilal, Al-Khidmat Foundation Lower Dir president Yaqub ur Rehman and former tehsil councilor Inayat ur Rehman said that marking of this day was aimed at motivating communities to take care of PWDs. They said neither the government nor the social welfare department had been fulfilling its responsibility regarding special persons.

The speakers said that PWDs needed extra care from families, society and state. They appreciated the efforts of the HHRD, a social welfare organization working for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Dir. They said that all concerned people should help special persons to stand on their own feet so that the society could not consider them a burden. The organization also distributed wheel chairs, books, school bags and other tools among persons with disabilities. The HHRD coordinator Bilal said his organization had registered 360 PWDs in the district. He said that the PWDs were being imparted skills and education. He said that special children were also being provided with scholarship to enable them useful citizen of the state.

The PTI woman district councilor Saira Shams, who is also included in PWDs said that mere observing the World Disable Day was not enough. She said that ground realities were totally different from what the government and rights’ organizations claimed. She demanded of the government to reserve seats for PWDs in all tiers of the government including national and provincial assemblies and senate.