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KP witnesses decline in terror acts

Salman Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province witnessed a sharp decline in the terrorist incidents and other crimes in the current year compared to the previous 10 years, KP Police annual report revealed.

According to official data, during the current year, 126 terrorist incidents took place compared to 258 in 2016. The report said that the incidents of terrorism decreased 51% in current year. Three major terrorism incidents including targeting Additional Inspector General Ashraf Noor, Major Jamal and Agriculture Training Institute attack, took place in 2017 in KP.

The report said that Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested 428 wanted terrorists, foiled 95 terrorist acts, released 15 people from kidnappers and arrested 1346 suspects due to an effective strategy of KP Police against the miscreants in 2017. CTD also recovered huge caches of explosive material during operations. 27% decline reported in extortions acts.

Under the National Action Plan, 12248 search operations was carried out by police in KP and arrested 76244 suspects and recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition. The report claimed that apart of terrorism incidents, street crimes has also been decreased, adding that 10% decline has reported in kidnapping incidents, 17 % decrease in theft, 34% in dacoity, 26% in car lifting and 36% decrease reported in car snatchings incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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UoP all set out to garner support base for NIC

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: University Of Peshawar is all set out to complement National Incubation Centre, Peshawar efforts for engendering entrepreneurship for promoting innovative ideas.The remarks were made by the vice chancellor, University of Peshawar Prof. Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan after an extensive briefing by the Project Director, NIC, Peshawar Murtaza Zaidi.

The state of art National Incubation Centre, Peshawar is located at PTCL training centre, Jamrud Road. The facility has the capacity of hosting 75 entrepreneurs, with 12-15 start-ups at an area of 13,000 square feet. The incubation centre will have relaxing zones, gaming zone, cafeteria along high bandwidth internet provision.

The inaugural ceremony of the centre is probably, be hosted at the start of the New Year. The NIC is designed and operated by LMKT in collaboration with PTCL along with Microsoft, IBM, and Founder Institute. The centre will boost industry cum academia linkages to strengthen human resources in terms of providing co-founders, mentorships, direction, networking and investors for promising ideas.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan while responding to NIC team call for cooperation has directed ORIC, office of research, Innovation & Commercialization, UoP representative Fazle Mabood to arrange seminars for NIC at the University for talent-scouting and academia linkages. The Vice chancellor appreciated NIC team commitment for five years as sustainable and commendable effort. The NIC team announced on the occasion that NIC will groom university students by rewarding innovative ideas conversion to industrial products.

The Center will focus on promoting Customer centric designing, market analysis & surveys and Governance structuring mechanism. The start-up registration process for the first cohort has already started and the first incubation process will be started from the first week of February.

 

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‘Govt determines in implementation of Fata reforms’

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that the Government is serious in implementation of FATA Reforms which will lead to initiating a new era of development and progress in the area. He further added that the provision of basic facilities to people of FATA is top most priority of the incumbent Government.

He was talking to a delegation of PML-N FATA which called on him in the leadership of Faqir Muhammad here at Governors House, Peshawar on Thursday.

The Governor added that besides the reconstruction of infrastructure various developmental projects are going on in Health and Education sectors. He said that no compromises would be made on quality in the ongoing developmental projects and all projects would be completed on time.

The governor said that the federal government was making all out efforts to strengthen the socio-economic basis of Fata and said that no stone would be left unturned to remove sense of deprivation of tribal people.

Members of the delegation apprised the governor about the problems and difficulties being faced by the people of FATA. Governor assured his full support to resolve grievances of the tribal people.

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GKMCS staff demands HPA and other incentives

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Teaching staffs of Gajju Khan Medical College Swabi have expressed serious concern over the non-provision of health provision of health professional allowance, other incentives and warned to launch protest campaign against the government if demands not met.

Speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club the other day the GKMCS Teachers Association President Dr Amjad Mehboob said that the government had announced health professional allowance (HPA) for general and administration cadres, but the teachers of GKMC Swabi and Saidu Medical College Swat had been kept deprived of the incentives.

Dr Amjad Mehboob said that the duties of medical staffs had been made essential in far-flung areas of the province under the health policy to ensure best healthcare facilities to poor patients at their doorsteps.

He informed that around 200 teaching and administrative sttaf members of GKMC Swabi had been kept deprived of the unjust policy of the provincial government, which had created serious unrest among them.

Flanked by the association office bearers, Dr Alamgir Khan, Prof Dr Aminul Haq, Prof Dr Ishtiaq, Dr Asif Kamal, Dr Ibrar Khan, Dr Raza, and others, he said that the health professional allowance and special incentive package had been mentioned in the recruitment advertisement in Gajju Khan Medical College Swabi but the promise was not fulfilled.

So, he said that nearly 90 to 95 senior and junior teaching and medical staffs had joined the GKMC by quitting other medical institutions. He said the salary package and other incentives of senior teaching of GKMC was not sufficient as offered to a new medical officer at any health facility in the province.

Therefore, he asked the provincial government and health authorities to stop discrimination with teaching staffs of GKMC and SMC Swat, and bring uniformity in the policy.

Dr Amjid said that despite the assurance of the Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Asad Qaiser and Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai, the provincial government didn’t take any measures to ensure the health professional allowance of the teaching staffs of GKMC and SMC Swat.

He also regretted that a summary had been moved by the health authorities to chief minister pertaining to the health profession allowance, which was rejected twice.

He demanded of the provincial government to accept their legitimate demand, otherwise they would compel to start protest campaign from next week.

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PSF condemns US decision on Jerusalem

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: While condemning the much controversial decision of President of United States Donald Trump for announcing Jerusalem as capital of Israel, the members of Pakhtun Students Federation (PSF) asked Muslim countries to cut off diplomatic relations with America.

In this regard, a protest demonstration was held on Thursday at Shersha Soori Road opposite cantonment area near Peshawar press club and castigated the US President’s decision for announcing Jerusalem as capital of Israel. A number of students of colleges and varsities attended the protest.

Holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against US President and in favor of Palestine. Anwar Kamal Darmangi of PSF district Peshawar chapter headed the demonstrators, saying that the controversial decision worried the Muslim community and it is based on personal well.

Flanked by other members of PSF, he clearly said they were supporting Palestine and would extend their patronage in this regard. Regarding the Muslim countries, he stressed the needs for taking pragmatic steps to suspend all diplomatic relations and boycott their products till withdrawal of decision.

The decision has hurt the Muslim countries and it should be withdrawn by United States as it will cause uncertainty and riots in entire globe. Demonstrators also urged the Muslim countries to get united for the noble cause and stand against the United States like rock.

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CM distributes cheques among heirs of dengue victims

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Thursday gave away cheques of compensation to the legal heirs of 35 dengue affected deceased at Chief Minister House Peshawar.

It may be recalled that Rs.0.5 million has been announced as compensation for heirs of the total 65 persons expired in result of the recent onslaught of fatal dengue syndrome in Peshawar. Payment of the compensation to heirs of the remaining 30 deceased is also in process.

Senior Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarakai, District Nazim Peshawar Mohammad Asim and high ups of the district administration were also present in the compensation cheques giving ceremony.

Addressing the cheque distribution ceremony, the Chief Minister said that eradication of all kinds of epidemics and free treatment of the chronic diseases as well as providing quality healthcare facilities to the poor at their door steps was top most priority of the PTI government.

He said that emergency steps of different nature were taken in wake of the recent outbreak of dengue in Peshawar.

He said that long term measures were also being taken to completely eliminate the dengue, Congo and other such viruses and diseases from the province. He said the present provincial government believed in actions rather than lip service. He said other provincial governments took comparatively long time to control dengue virus in their provinces than Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pervez Khattak said that compensation amount was being given to the heirs of dengue affected people for the first time in history of the province.

He said this virus has affected different countries of the world including Pakistan. He said he ordered for the mobilization of the all government machinery and departments soon after reporting of the first dengue case.

He said that health monitoring teams comprising lady health workers, polio workers, water supply, sanitation and town officials were constituted who started door to door visits, conducted anti dengue fog spray rounds to check the spread of dangerous mosquitoes, mechanical cleanliness of roads and streets was ensured, dengue awareness campaign was started, broachers and pamphlets as well as mosquito lotion and aqua chlorine tablets were distributed among the people. Similarly, actions were also taken against careless tyre-shop owners involved in causing spread of the mosquitoes.

Chief Minister said that a comprehensive plan was being embarked upon right from 2017 to March 2018 for uprooting the dengue virus from the province. He expressed the confidence that provincial government would soon emerge successful to wipe out dengue larva from Peshawar.

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All Political parties wants merger of Fata into KP: CM

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak has said that the merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was advocated by all political forces with the exception of a few who had their own interest to the existing system in FATA.

It will be injustice if the merger was delayed; he was addressing different Jirgas and delegations at Chief Minister House Peshawar Wednesday.

Pervez Khattak said that the past rulers pushed the country to the quagmire because they had nothing to do with the problems of poor.  In view of the growing popularity of PTI, the traditional political forces on the basis of their poor performance in the past were struggling for their survival in the political arena.

Chief Minister was against the three  layers of education that included English medium, Urdu medium and  Madrasa education advocating uniformity upgrading the Urdu system of  education and mainstreaming the madrasa education so that all  should  have an equal playing field  in the future scheme of things.

His government was about to start stipend to Paish Imam of mosques making them independent to look after their families and they could not be exploited by religio-political forces on one pretext or other. The KP government introduced Nazira Quran, right from primary level to the 6th class and translation of Quran compulsory up to 12th class. He enumerated a number of steps for the promotion of Islamic values that included banishing Jahez, and other un-Islamic traditions.

He had already appealed to the Ulema to guide his government in the promotion of Islamic values and introduction of Islamic teachings.

Pervez Khattak assured that rapid bus transit Peshawar would be completed within the stipulated period. The government machinery had already been sensitized.

The reforms of his government sent a streak of lightening to all the opposition forces and now they are fighting to misguide the people. Now there was no room for corruption and irregularities in the province. The merit based decision making would bring absolute transparency adding that his government introduced E tendering and E bidding for all public sector projects.

Pervez Khattak enumerated about his government mega projects said the billion tree tsunami would bring greenery as previously this province suffered mass scale deforestation by the timber mafia.

Swat Motorway which was the first ever motorway being constructed by a province would open up the entire Malakand to tourists and different mega road communication projects would integrate the whole of the province. However, his government mega projects were reforms in public sector institutions, improved services in health, education and other social sectors, domesticating Thana and Patwar system and mitigating the sufferings of the poor, he added.

He said his government set up universities on need driven, spent Rs. 24 billion on school improvements and another matching spending on higher secondary education. Sehat Insaf Card was another mega project giving 70% population of the province free medical cover.

Chief Minister compared his governance with others adding that when he took over, there were problems everywhere in the province which his government identified and then resolved them. He talked about his efforts against the unnecessary political intervention in public sector institutions that started delivery in consonance with the people’s aspirations.

Pervez Khattak said that it was Imran Khan who gave vision for the facilitation of agenda of change and those who were the real beneficiaries and the poor segment of the society are seeing the change.

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Issue of FATA reforms to be resolved soon: Jhagra

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Zafar Iqbal Jhagra Wednesday said that the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government was committed on FATA reforms and its merger and the matter would be resolved soon in this regard.

The PML-N government had taken initiated of FATA reforms and worked with dedication on it as the PML-N wanted to give FATA people their due rights, he said talking to a private news channel. He said former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif gave special instructions to develop consensus on the matter with all stake holders. Meetings were also held on reforms with members of the Parliament from FATA, he added. The governor dispelled the impression that the government was trying to delay the FATA reforms bill. He said those political parties who were making noise on the subject, never raised it in the past.   Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said if any political party wanted to cooperate the government on the matter, that would be welcomed.

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Ex-MNA among 14 booked by KP Ehtesab Commission

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Ex-MNA of PML-N Sardar Mushtaq alongwith 14 others are booked in a Reference filed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission on the charges of corruption and corrupt practices involving more than Rs 130 million in the acquisition of land for Worker Welfare Board (WWB) for the construction of Labour Complex Haripur.

It is worth mentioning here that the case was once investigated by the NAB authorities but due to conspiracies of the accused requisite evidence was not received to them resultantly the matter was closed by NAB.

Director General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission taking cognizance of alleged huge embezzlement by the public office holders of Revenue Department and WWB in active connivance of the Private Land Owners caused huge loss of over Rs 130 million to nation kitty.

All the accused while in league with one another have changed the status of the land by tampering the revenue record on the basis of which the land owners have claimed higher amount on exorbitant rates.

Public office holders were found involved in the commission of offence by illegal determination of the price of the land with the active connivance of the land owners who have illegally enhanced the price of the acquired land in order to benefit the private land owners (co-accused).

According to investigation conducted by KPEC different modus operandies were adopted to fulfill their plan of determination of price of land on exorbitant rates. For this purpose the revenue record was either replaced, torn or altered and in some other cases it was tempered, concealed or removed.

Ex-Chaiman Worker Welfare Board Tariq Awan, Ex DOR Haripur Latif-ur-Rehman, Ex-Tehsildar Haider Zaman and Ex- Patwari, Amjid Shehzad and others while hand in gloves with one another have dishonestly and fraudulently allowed the private persons to gain benefit which could have been prevented by lawful exercise of authority.

All the accused aiding, assisting, abetting and conspiring with each another have caused a total loss of over Rs 130 million to the government exchequer.

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15000 breast cancer patients registered every year in KP

Wisal Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: According to World Health Organization (WHO) one in 8 women develop breast cancer across the Globe while in Pakistan every year around 100,000 new cases of breast cancer were registered in which 15,000 cases were registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

This was share in an inauguration ceremony of the first ever “One Stop Breast Care Unit” at Rehman Medical Institute (RMI) here on Wednesday.

Assistant Professor  & Consultant Oncologist & Reconstructive Breast & General Surgeon Dr. Amjad Ali said that the concept of “one-stop Breast Care Unit” where a patient is received, screened, diagnosed, operated upon and reconstruction performed in a one unit

He further added Breast Cancer patients usually suffer in seeking treatment as different phases of the treatment are located in different locations. A patient usually has to get Mammography done from one place, ultra sound from another and diagnosis from another. RMIs Breast Care Unit offers all of these services and more (such as reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries) within the same department.

Dr. Amjad Ali  added that the management protocols are all according to International guidelines and RMI will offer the same global standards for treatment and the same surgical procedures to our patients as are offered to patients who choose to have their treatment abroad.

CEO of RMI Mr. Shafique-ur-Rehman announced free of cost Mammography in Breast Care Unit for one month. He further added that RMI is committed to continuously improving the range of healthcare facilities and quality of services that we provide to our patients.

He added that stress was exerted on the need of annual screening for women who are aged 40 years and above as they are more susceptible to develop this fatal disease. Annual screening helps detects any developing tumor on time and significantly increases the chances of successful and on-time treatment.

The chief guest, Mr. Shahram Khan Tarakai gave an invigorating speech where he stressed the importance of such units and also lauded RMIs efforts to be a pioneering private sector institute which tries to provide a diverse and quality based treatment to the masses.

He also made a major announcement on the occasion by allotting a sum within the existing Sehat Card holders for Breast Cancer patients which will be in addition to the treatment amount which already is present in the Sehat Card. This announcement was received by the audience with a major roar of delight.