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Police arrest 27 suspects during search operation

A.R. Abid Bunery

BUNER: District Police Officer (DPO) Mohammad Irshad Khan Yousafzai on Thursday claimed to have arrested 27 suspected including 13 were facilitators of miscreants and showed heavy cache of arms were recovered from the procession of the arrested persons.

He told media police launched search and strike operation in the jurisdictions of police stations Pir Baba, Daggar, Gagra and Nawagai. The operation was launched as per directives of the inspector general of police KP based on information of militants movement in the hilly areas, DPO added.  DPO told that during search and strike operation those were arrested confessed of being facilitators of the miscreants and also pointed out the hide outs where in the miscreants were buried to dump heavy catchy of arms in the militants first headquarter and entry point Gokand Valley.

He displayed the arms before media consisting of 17 Kalashnikovs, 30 pistols, 6 rifles, 12 guns, one hand grenade, two Kalakov, one stand gun, 15 magazines of Kalashnikovs and 1100 cartridges of different natures.

The DPO in response to questions told peace in the district was restored with the support of locals and militants activities were under strict watch of police personnel while security arrangements for the Shaheeda Sar Cultural Festival scheduled from 13,14 and 15 were finalized and more than five hundred personnel were deployed to make sure security on routs and the spot as well. He claimed army personnel will also help to make security proof foul during Festival and over all.

 

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Two killed, one injured in Dir road mishaps

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA:  Two persons were killed and one injured in two different road accidents occurred at Talash here on Thursday, residents and police said.

They said a truck loaded with bricks was coming from Mardan to Timergara. It went out of the driver’s control at Bandagai Talash and crushed a car coming from the opposite side. Driver of the car identified as Muhammad Zaman son of Gul Zaman, a resident of Kitiari Adenzai was killed on the spot while his friend Sultanat Khan son of Shah Jehan, a resident of Mula Baba Mingora Swat was critically injured. The truck driver escaped from the scene after the incident. The injured was rushed to the DHQ hospital Timergara. The Talash police registered a case and started investigation. The car was badly damaged as the truck rimmed into it and fell upon it.

Similarly a youth identified as Ikramullah, a resident of Pato Talash was killed when a motorcycle he was riding on skidded off the road at Pato and plunged into a deep ravine. The deceased was a teacher at a local private school in Ziarat Talash.

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CM Shahbaz inaugurates Metro Bus service in Multan

F.P. Report

MULTAN: Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif has said that PML-N believed in development of the whole Punjab and we are working for the development of the southern Punjab as the area was neglected by every government in the past.

This he said while addressing to inauguration ceremony of the Metro Bus service in Multan on Thursday. CM Shahbaz said that PML-N wants to provide better transportation facilities to the masses and for this purpose we initiated bus service in province. The clean drinking water project of worth Rs 24 billion will soon be initiated for the Southern Punjab.

While criticizing the PTI chief Imran his harsh comments regarding Metro bus service, Shahbaz added that after criticizing the Metro Bus serve of Lahore no he himself inaugurated the bus service in Peshawar.

 

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Health, education, improving life standard of people; top priorities

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: The bordering district Zhob is small in case of population but large in area with a high poverty and illiteracy rate.

Although the pace of development in remote areas is slow, yet in a neglected and backward hilly area a non-government organization covered series of activities at the community level aimed at improving the standard of life, educating and providing health facilities to poor and marginalized community.

Resultantly, today the destiny of the people has been changed and the area has been put on the path of development and prosperity. Moreover a change is visible and people have aspiration to work with co-operation and co-ordination.

Human Development Foundation has been struggling over a decade for social mobilization, health, education and for the improvement of peoples’ living standard here in the poverty stricken district. The organization with the financial support of Italian Government has initiated PPAF-PPR project focusing social mobilization, health, education and livelihood enhancement – community physical infrastructure.

Two phases of the project have been completed while the project is entered recently into its third phase. According to the Team Leader HDF Ikram Khan, the aims and objectives of the project are to empower the community by its active participation in development process.

“On the identification of the Education department repair work at nine schools has been completed besides provision of furniture, uniform, bags, caps and shoes to over four hundred students. Moreover 155 teachers have been trained – enhancing their professional skills,” adding over forty members of Parent Teacher School Management Committee have been delivered Disaster Risk Management and environmental training while the students availed opportunity of exposure and eco visits. Sports and speech competition among the student also held time to time. Over a dozen male and female Community Resource Persons have been trained in the second phase, he explains.

Repair work and renovation have been completed at Alikhanzai & Meena bazaar BHUs besides providing equipments, medicines and training to twenty CRPs. Plants have been installed for hazardous waste disposal at both BHUs. Three medical camps have been set up, three hundred blood donors have been registered while midwives have been trained at nursing school.

He further says, reducing poverty and increasing the income level of the people, assets have been provided to over eighty needy community members, while 25 members have been trained in agriculture and 33 in livestock sectors. Furthermore at least 27 development schemes have been completed including prevision of drinking water, irrigation, water supply, channel, tank and construction of flood protection walls. To promote peace and harmony within the communities football tournaments have also been organized at district level, where free sports kits have been provided to players.

The organization head further says, two enterprise girls’ schools have been established at primary level, while two other have been equipped with digital halls in the mentioned above union councils. He concludes.

Meanwhile, people of the area have appreciated the significant role of HDF and thanked donor agencies for their generous contribution and support to bring improvement in life standard of less-privileged communities.

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National pharmacy conference concluded at Malakand University

F.P Report

TIMERGARA:  Vice Chancellor, University of Malakand Prof Dr Rehmat Ali has said that due to emerging trends and scientific research in the field of Pharmacy life expectancy was increasing because of improved health technology. He was addressing the concluding session of a three day national conference jointly arranged by the department of pharmacy, university of Malakand and Higher Education Commission at the main campus Chakdara here on Wednesday.

Academicians, researchers and pharmacists from all over Pakistan participated in the conference.

Prof Dr Jamshid Iqbal, Prof Dr Mir Azam Khan, Dr Tawous Khan, Dr Wiqar Ahmad and Dr Zafar Iqbal also addressed the conference.

The speakers said that due to modern research and discoveries in the field of pharmacy, fatal diseases were being overcome. They said that improved health technology and research had declined mortality ratio in children and death rate in adults. The speakers said that life expectancy had also increased.

The UoM vice chancellor Prof Dr Rehmat Ali announced that the varsity had planned to host an international pharmacy conference this year.

During the conference posters’ composition competition was also held in which Taseer Ahmad of the COMSAT University Abbotabad got first position, Ashfaq Ahmad of the University of Malakand got second and Naveera Navid of the COMSAT University Abbotabad got third position. The chief guest, vice chancellor UoM Prof Dr Rehmat Ali distributed shields and cash prizes among the position holders on the occasion.

 

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Headmasters demand one step promotion

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: The district chapter of headmasters’ association has demanded of the provincial government to award one step promotion to the headmasters of public sector high schools and expedite the process of their promotion of next higher scales.

The demand was made at a meeting held here in Government Shaheed Muhammad Ghassan Khan Centennial Model High School in Lakki city on Tuesday. The association’s president Saifur Rehman presided over the meeting which was convened to elect new office bearers of the body.

The participants discussed problems faced by the community and decided to bring those into the higher quarters concerned of provincial government. They said that the headmasters of government run high schools were working in BPS-17 since pre-partition era.

“The successive governments failed to pay any heed to fulfilling the genuine demands of high schools bosses”, they maintained, adding that the headmasters always avoided launching agitation for acceptance of their genuine demands therefore they could not get the attention of rulers.

“To get one step promotion is the genuine and justified demand of headmasters and provincial government should accept it”, they added. At the meeting they also unanimously elected new office bearers of the association.

The new office holders included Malik Saifullah Khan as patron in chief, Saifur Rehman as President, Rashid Ahmad as general secretary, Faizullah Khan as senior vice president, Halim Khan and Nasrullah Jan as vice presidents, Kherullah Jan as joint secretary, Khan Muhammad as additional general secretary, Amir Khan as finance secretary, Nawaz Khan as press secretary and Sadullah Jan as coordination secretary.

Meanwhile, Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested a woman three hours after she shot and wounded a man in Mohallah Totiabad locality of Lakki city.

Police said that one Ameer Shah was seriously wounded when he came under firing attack by a woman accessed Ms Gul Nara Bibi over a domestic dispute.

The injured Ameer Shah later told police in government city hospital that he was walking in the street in Mohallah Totiabad. He said that he confronted a woman Gul Nara Bibi who sprayed him with bullets and escaped in a motorcar. “The female attacker is the mother of my son in law Samiullah”, he added.

Soon after the incident two separate police parties headed by SHO Javed Khan and ASI Saboor Khan chased the female attacker and apprehended her along with two facilitators near Manjiwala chowk.

Police also impounded the motorcar she used for escape and registered a case against her and her facilitators including Nazir Khan and Gul Shah Jehan under relevant section of law in Lakki Marwat police station.

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Chilghoza production; poverty stricken people of hilly areas earn ‘bread n butter’

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: Chilghoza (Pine-nut) – the dry fruit grown naturally in hilly areas, arrived here in the local market. Soon after the arrival of the fruit, traders thronged the market to purchase the pine-nuts from the local traders and transport to other parts of the country for selling on exorbitant prices.

The production of pine-nuts plays a vital role as local people earn handsome revenue every year. Rates of the fruit in Zhob market this year ranges between Rs 60.000 to Rs 80,000 per 40kg. People belonging to Toor ghar, Manna, Usei, Shin ghar (Otozai, Malezai Hariphal) sell the fruit in the local market to earn bread and butter.

Chilghoza is an important non-timber forest product, grown in hilly areas of Zhob (Gustoi Mandokhail) and Sherani, from where it is exported to Lahore and Bannu markets. Both historically and geographically, Zhob is an area of lush green mountainous range and great diversity of forest wealth. Pine-nuts of this remote and poverty stricken areas are widely known across the country. The Asian variety of pine-nuts found up in the Suleman mountains – an extension of the Hindu Kush mountains.

Zaro Khan Sherani of Killi Shna Kazha Qaisa ghar says, the pine cones reach at maturity in August and the collection continues until the start of October. Local people harvest pine cones from the trees during the harvesting season in mountainous areas.

“The young men in groups move onto the slopes to pluck the pine cones (called in Pashto Oshkay). The mature pine cones containing pine-nuts are ready to harvest ten days before the green cones begin to open. It takes around three weeks from that time until the cones fully open,” Zaro Khan adds that once it is fully opened the pine-nuts can be easily extracted. For plucking the cones a sharp hook attached to the end of a long stick is used, which knocks the cones down.” He explains.

The precious forests of pine nuts and olive play an important role, besides being a credible source of income to local people. But unfortunately, the area people are very callously cutting such valuable trees. Resultantly, Chilghoza forests have shrunk rapidly in the region. In recent past thousands of nut-producing trees have been chopped down for firewood use by the local residents of the cold hilly areas. If timely and concrete steps were not taken immediately, the remaining forests will disappear in near future.

 

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Two killed, two injured in different road mishaps

Hafiz Muhammad Aziz-u-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: A villager and a minor student were killed while two women seriously inured in two different road mishaps at two different places.

A fifth class student of Muslim High School Hafizabad was crushed under the wheels of a tractor-trolley in Qatal Garrha Chowk Hafizabad this morning.

According to police source, 12-year-old student Ali Hassan of Cheenay village was proceeding to his school on his cycle and when reached near the chowk a recklessly driven tractor-trolley coming from opposite direction hit him as a result of which he died on-the-spot. The tractor driver sped away after the mishap. The city police have registered a case against the driver and are investigating. The students and teachers of the school protested against the inhuman attitude of the tractor driver and demanded his immediate arrest

Similarly, Amanat Ali of Kot Hassan Khan alongwith his daughter Kishwar Bibi and niece Farzana Bibi was on way to Hafizabad and when reached near Jurian a speeding van No. HZK-4900 hit his bike as a result of which Amanat Ali died before any medical aid could be made available to him while Kishwar and Farzana sustained critical injuries. The police have registered a case against the van driver who managed his good escape after the incident. The police have shifted the dead body and injured to the DHQ Hafizabad.

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We are not against merger of FATA into KP: Fazl

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: Jamiat Ulema Islam Fazl chief Maulana Fazal Rehman has said America wished to change geo-political structure of Pakistan under its planned conspiracy and for this purpose it was dividing the Muslim ummah.

He was talking to local journalists after condoling on the death of Malik Hasham Khan at Ouch Lower Dir here the other day. Malik Ajab Khan, a leader of the JUI-F and former MPA Malik Hasham Khan was killed along with his uncle Malik Ajab Khan and friend Bakht Zarin by unknown assailants on Sep, 14.

The JUI-F chief visited the hujra of Malik Hasham Khan and offered fateha for the departed souls. The JUI-F provincial chief Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan, Malik Sanaullah and other area elders were also present. Maulana Fazal Rehman termed the death of Hasham Khan a great loss for the party and said he was severely aggrieved on hearing about it.

The Maulana said his party had been following a national agenda and wished political leadership to realize the situation sensibly. “It is high time for political leadership to think seriously and work for national interests,” he said, adding all the parties should think about Pakistan’s future. “We are not against the merger of Fata and KP but want tribal people to be taken on board before deciding their future,” the Maulana added.

Employees protest: The class IV employees working in different government hospitals in Lower Dir on Monday observed a token strike by wearing black arms’ bands in protest against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for not accepting their demands.

The protesting employees were demanding health professional allowance. Speaking on the occasion leaders of the protesters Noorullah, Peer Zada, Mujib ur Rehman and others said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had approved health professional allowance for doctors and paramedics but ignored the poor class IV employees performing duties at hospitals.

They said the Sindh government had announced Rs 10,000 as professional allowance for class IV. They said the JI chief Siraj ul Haq and provincial minister for finance Muzafar Syed had promised them to announce the allowance but to no avail. The speakers said that all class IV employees would start protest campaign, boycotting their duties at hospital if the government failed to accept their demand.

Pharmacy conference: A three day national conference on “Emerging Trends in Pharmaceutical Science” arranged by pharmacy department began at the University of Malakand on Monday.

Academicians, researchers and pharmacist from throughout Pakistan are participating in the conference. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the chief guest Prof Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, Vice Chancellor Abbot Abad University of science and Technology (AUST) stressed on the goals oriented research and called upon the participants to train their students so they can cater the upcoming challanges .

The Vice chancellor University of Malakand Dr Rehmat Ali said would prove a way forward to deal with contemporary patterns and challenges in the field of pharmacy
The main objective of this conference is to provide a platform where young researchers can present their research work and also interact with senior researchers. Chief organizer Dr Waqar praised the role and contribution of young professional in the field.

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Mardan lawyers boycott courts

F.P. Report

MARDAN: Legal Fraternity of District Bar Association Mardan (DBA) here on Monday boycotted courts and observed a complete strike against the misstatement of District and Session Judge Mardan regarding the construction of new building of Judicial Complex near Mardan Jail building.

President of District Bar Association Mardan Islam Khan Wardag advocate and General Secretary Zar Bacha Khan advocate told that few weeks back, the District and Session Judge Mardan Subhan Khan Sher had held a meeting with office-bearers of District Bar Association Mardan and some other senior lawyers over construction of new judicial complex building near the area located in front of the new jail building.

They said that the district and session judge tried to convince them over the construction of judicial complex building near the new jail building. They said that the lawyers representatives unanimous rejected the government plan of constructing the judicial complex near the new jail building and apprised the district and session judge of the views.

They, however, said that later the district and session judge Subhan Khan Sher had sent minutes of the meeting to chief justice of Peshawar High Court and misguided him by giving misstatement regarding views of the legal fraternity of district Mardan and told him that they had agreed upon the government plan to construct the building of judicial complex near the new jail building.

They reminded , earlier, there was a dispute between the provincial government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and lawyers of Mardan district over location of construction of judicial complex building.

However, the Mardan’ lawyers wanted that the new judicial complex building should be built over the old jail and court area while the provincial government wanted it to be built over the area located in front of the new jail building in Mardan, they added.