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Nine dead, 22 injured in KP road mishaps, rain related incident

PESHAWAR (INP): At least nine people including women and children died while 22 others were injured in separate road mishaps, other rain related incidents across the province and adjacent tribal agency.

Police said that a passenger bus coming from Kurram rammed into a pickup van moving ahead due to failure of brakes near Kohat Friendship Tunnel. Three including Ghulam Hussain and his wife Aaj Bibi and another Abdul Malik hailing from Khyber Agency died in the accident while six women among 13 people were injured.

An over speeding passenger coach coming from Karachi hit a car at Indus Highway in Karak. The motorist Abdul Haleem and his two sons died on the spot in the accident.

One person died and five others were injured when a passenger bus plunged into a gorge in Chaghto area at Indus Highway in Karak district.

Two girls died while two people including a woman were injured when dilapidated roof of a house owned by one Niaz Ali, located in village Samkhel of Mohmand Agency came down after the area was lashed by heavy rain. The deceased included six-year and a 12-year daughter of Niaz Ali.

The bodies and injured of all incidents were shifted to different hospitals of respective cities where some with critical condition were referred to Peshawar.

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CM expresses pleasure over SNGPL dedication, hard work

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR :Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has expressed pleasure and gratitude over the hard work, dedication and interest evinced by the management and staff of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) in the implementation and execution of gas related development schemes in the KP in general and particularly its backward villages in Hangu, Swabi, Karak and Nowshera.

To acknowledge it, the Chief Minister Tuesday night hosted a meeting-cum-dinner to which the top management of SNGPL including Secretary Petroleum, Director General (DG) Gas, Managing Director (MD) SNGPL, General Manager (GM) SNGPL Peshawar were invited.

Besides others Speaker KP Assembly Asad Qaisar, MNA Dr. Imran Khattak and KP Minister for Excise and Taxation Mian Jamshed-Ud-Din also attended.

The Chief Minister on this occasion said that it was for the first time that SNGPL had taken up the provision of gas supply to such far flung and previously ignored villages in hand and executed it so swiftly.

It was revealed at the meeting that SNGPL has almost completed the supply of natural gas to various small villages and hamlets in Mardan Khel, Hangu at a cost of around Rs.510 million.

This included lying of 12”x22 mms, 27 kms main pipeline of which 12 kms has been complete and material for the rest are being transported, thus in progress. The Chief Minister will soon inaugurate it.

In District Swabi the laying of main pipeline to various villages has been completed and connections to individual households are under way. Same is the case with various villages in District Nowshera where a large number of far flung villages have been laid out the main pipeline or its lying is underway and would soon be completed.

The SNGPL management on this occasion also revealed that provision of gas meters will be expedited so that in each of these areas individual households are provided such meters on urgent basis. The Provincial Government had already provided funds for all these schemes.

With regard to various villages in District Karak too, funds had already been arranged and proper gas supply would soon be started to a number of small villages.

The Chief Minister on this occasion also distributed shields and commendation certificates among those having contributed to such a swift and successful execution of these projects.

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Youth wing raise questions over Muqam as president KP

F.P Report
PESHAWAR: Amid rout in NA-4 election and downtrodden graph of party in the province, the Pakistan Muslim League (N) Youth Wing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial President Mian Rashid Ali has raised eye-brows over the recent decisions of incumbent President PML-N KP and advisor to Prime Minister Amir Muqam and termed the recent decisions as dictatorial.
Addressing a news conference at Peshawar press club on Wednesday, the PML-N youth wing president has asked the central leadership to constitute a committee to objective assessment of the party position in the province right after the nomination of Amir Muqam as incumbent president of PML-N.
“Mian Nawaz Sharif should form a committee composed of senior party leaders to assess the performance of Amir Muqam, causes of defeat in NA-4 by-poll, reshuffles in party positions at district level and the party graph during his tenure as incumbent president PML-N”. He said.
Mian Rashid said that Amir Muqam is an honest and loyal party worker of PML-N; however he is surrounded by some self-motivated and priggish clique who is responsible for substantive decline in party popularity in the province.
Flanked by PML-N youth wing party position holders and party workers from Malakand division, Mardan division, and Peshawar division, Mian Rashid said that PML-N youth wing had a lot of expectations from Amir Muqam that the incumbent president will bring a gust of change in the province while consolidating the party position in the province, party reorganization and restoring the lost trust of the Masses but owing to the dwindling party position in the province and clear defeat in the NA-4 by-election the PML-N youth wing accept Amir Muqam as incumbent president not a full-fledged president of PML-N KP.
Meanwhile, the PML-N youth wing president reposed his full confidence on the leadership of Mian Nawaz Sharif, Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz Sharif while criticizing the opponent parties for giving extra air to the re-opened corruption cases against Sharif family and demanded that Anti-Nawaz propaganda and character assassination of Sharif family should be immediately stopped.
Referring to the frequent exodus of dour party worker and notables from PML-N, Mian Rashid has urged the prominent provincial PML-N leaders Iqbal Jhagra, Pir Sabir Shah, Mehtab Abbasi to come forward and take the reign of the party so that preparation for the upcoming general election should be started.

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Voters to cast vote in constituency on CNIC in 2018 polls: ECP

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PESHAWAR: While briefing media with regard to Election Act 2017, the Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday clearly said it (ECP) would nullify the poll result in any constituency wherein the vote count remains less than 10 per cent in that constituency
While talking to media persons in connection with a daylong workshop in Peshawar, Additional Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Zafar Iqbal, said that ECP has introduced electoral reforms to avoid mistake in forthcoming general polls to be held in 2018. He categorically said that every voter would cost vote in his/her constituency on the address given in his/her Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) in forthcoming polls.
Apart from government officials, he said all the voters would cast vote in their own constituencies so that irregularities could not take place next time. He said that under the act a formula has been drafted for printing of ballot papers and the returning officer would seal record of tempering in election in an evident bag to keep it preserve for future investigation.
Mr Iqbal said that under the Election Act 2017, all the officials to be deployed on election duty would take oath to ensure transparent casting of vote, adding provincial election commissioners would take oath from all district returning officers while district election officers would take oath from returning officers.
Director General Election Muhammad Yousuf Khattak who spoke on the occasion saying that ECP would declare the election result of any constituency null and void if vote count remains less than 10 per cent in that constituency. He said that after thorough deliberations the Election Act 2017 was approved and now the ECP would draft rules under this act.
He said that ECP remained fully engaged in meeting of parliamentary committee on election reforms and floated various suggestions to ensure transparent election in future. He informed the data of voter lists is now shifted to ECP from NADRA and as per the data the overall vote bank would be over 100 million. He said that any candidate or his agent can obtain a copy of voters’ list from ECP through a formal application.
Mr Khattak said that after May 1st, 2018 the previous voters’ list would stand cancelled and sitting assemblies would complete the terms by June 1st, 2018.
Director MIS Haider Ali said that use of technology in NA-4 Peshawar by-poll proved very helpful in finalizing the election results.
Additional Director General Gender Affairs Nighat Saddiqui told the participants of workshop that ECP is taking steps to ensure participation of all segments of society, adding that district voters’ education committees have been activated at district level. She hoped an increase in turn out in next general elections.
She said that as per the ECP data women voting was less in 79 constituencies of the country where the commission has decided now to arrange mobile vans with the collaboration of NADRA for registration of votes of the women.
The spokesman of Election Commission Haroon Shinwari said that ECP is fully ready for general elections at any time. He said that since the population census has been completed therefore delimitation has become imperative now.
To a question, Additional Secretary told media that the estimated cost for conduct of election process has also been increased.
He said that ECP is going to celebrate national voters’ day on December 7 where awareness and sensitization would be created among media, civil society and general public.
The workshop was attended by media representatives from Peshawar. A total five sessions were held and media persons were briefed about electoral reforms. Provincial Election Commissioner Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pir Maqbool Ahmed also attended the workshop.

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Change now visible in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, says Khattak

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak receiving a tumultuous welcome in the billion tree tsunami celebrations in Convention Centre Islamabad declared that the change was now visible beyond the billion tree tsunami in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. His government was all time on the targets.His team achieved targets in education, health and other social sectors to facilitate the change. He reminded that he and his team were resisted at all stages of governance but his government showed the level of commitment and the matching will to depoliticize the public sector institutions making them efficient to deliver he added.

He was addressing the participants of the celebration of billion tree tsunami at Convention centre Islamabad. Chairman PTI Imran Khan, central secretary general PTI Jehangir Tareen, Advisor to CM Ishtiaq Urmar, Secretary Forests, and others also spoke on the occasion. The Chief Minister appreciated the performance of Ishtiaq Urmar and officials of the Forest Department and announced that Ishtiaq Urmar would be the cabinet member as Minister of the Environment Department.  He also announced promotions to the employees of the department. He announced planting 2 billion trees in the next tenure after winning the elections in 2018.

Chief Minister said that he right from the day one worked on governance for improved delivery in all sectors. He reminded that a billion tree tsunami was not an easy task to do. The provincial government had to fight against the strong timber mafia and forced them a defeat. Unfortunately, the mafia had cut down 200 billion rupees in the province having protection behind the windfall law. His government not only planted billion trees but protected 2 billion from the timber mafia which used to cut down trees and destroy the forests in the province before his government. Their merciless cutting down of the trees also destroyed the natural growth but now nobody could dare indulging in deforestation. He enumerated the hardships in achieving the targets under the billion tree tsunami and added that he kept on raising nurseries, involving community and youth because he had a commitment to the nation to achieve the targets under the  green growth initiatives.

Pervez Khattak also enumerated the steps his government took for the revamping of institutions adding that when he took over the public institutions were in total disarray. There was rampant corruption. His government kept  targets in all public sector  institutions to ensure efficient delivery.

He talked about education, health and other sectors and made legislations to achieve all targets in these sectors. Adding that the previous undeliverable system was replaced by a deliverable system. Police was depoliticized and tasked to deliver in consonance with the aspirations of the people adding that simultaneously he worked on multifaceted areas of governance. He compared his governance with others and challenged to bring a system of governance like the governance of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that the change was visible everywhere in all sectors throughout the province but those who was self centric could not see the positive change in governance, he added.

Talking about the background of billion tree tsunami its importance, the Chief Minister shared achievements of his  government in the environmental conservations and afforestation at large scale in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He reminded that when he announced the billion tree tsunami in the province, the political opponents ridiculed his commitment, making fun of his government endeavor  but his government’s made the all time big drive for afforestation, a complete success story adding environmental conservation was one of his government  priority areas because Global warming and climate change were biggest challenges that the humanity was faced with. Pakistan has been ranked as the seventh most vulnerable country.

He said unfortunately  forestry was the lowest priority in the past and it’s development budget in KP never exceeded Rs. 300 million per annum. The grim reality is t that   annually 15.532 million cubic meter fuel wood is used alone in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, that exceeds the annual regenerative capacity of KP forests.  Consequently 78% of our forests were under-stocked and 74% had no regeneration, when we took over.

Pervez Khattak said his Government in KP in the first go; decided to promote Governance and introduced Green Growth Economy in the Province. In this context Forestry was on top of our Agenda: therefore we adopted a three pronged strategy that included,  Conservation and rehabilitation of existing degraded Forests,    Development of new forests over 2% additional area to bridge gap between demand and supply, retrieval of encroached state land and establishment of forests over it , added.

He said his government decided to plant, sow and regenerate One Billion seedlings and achieved it. He said The Federal Government having been induced by the project, started Green Pakistan Program, which will plant 100 million plants in entire country in next five years adding that there was no match between billion tree tsunami and green Pakistan programme  leaving it to the gathering to calculate the share of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the whole green Pakistan programme. He eulogized the sacrifices of the employees of the forest department who laid down their lives in fighting with the timber mafia.

He appreciated the efforts of Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Department for making the billion trees project, a success story.

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YDA gives one month to take action against quacks

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Young Doctors Association has given one month deadline to the government to take action against quacks in the province otherwise they will soon start agitation against quackery.

This was said by Dr. Siraj representative of YDA here at Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday flanked by other civil society members, lawyers and non-government organization.

Dr. Siraj said and condemned the incident happened in Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar some days ago, adding that doctors community always raised voice against the fake doctors but the administration always protect him.

He further said and condemned that the government were supporting the culprits as the inquiry committee and report of the inquiry were made hidden and no action was taken against the culprits.

Dr. Alamgir Yousafzai former president of YDA said that HMC hospital administration not did any cooperation with the inquiry committee and the hospital authorities want to back up the culprits including the ward in- charge.

He further added that fake doctor work in the hospital for more than two years but the hospital administration were silent over this crime and the culprits were playing with the lives of innocent people.

He said that YDA give one month dead line to the government and health department to take quack action against all quackery doctors in hospitals as well across the province otherwise YDA will take agitation against quackery in the province.

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World diabetes Day observed in KTH

F.P. Report
PESHAWAR: Department of Medicine, Khyber Teaching Hospital marked World Diabetes Day to create awareness among general public. The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and Diabetes.
There was public awareness interactive session on diabetes for nurses, paramedics and general public in KTH. Prof Dr Shahid Jamil and Dr Inam Ullah gave a detailed presentation on “diabetes and women” and “diabetes, its management”.
The event was grace by Chairman Medicine Department Prof Dr Humayun Khan, Prof Dr Hashim Uddin Azam Khan, Prof Dr Ghulam Shabir and large number of faculty staff, managerial staff, TMOs’, HOs’, nursing and paramedics staff, health professionals and general public.
A week long free medical camp at Medical OPD KTH for general public awareness about diabetes and screening test for HBA1C and blood sugar was done in the camp.
According to World Diabetes Day Organization there are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year.

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KP govt initiates 2nd generation reforms

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has initiated second generation reforms envisaged with a string of initiatives to remove bottlenecks from local government system to make it more efficient for improved service delivery.

These reforms initiatives will guide the course correction process in local government system, which was established in 2015 under the Local Government Act 2013.

“KP government is keen to continuously work on the improvement of the system in order to streamline the business processes in the system for better and transparent utilisation of funds”, said Senior Minister for Local Government, Election and Rural Development (LGE&RD) InayatUllah Khan while speaking at a workshop here Monday.

The minister said the provincial government is committed for tracking of the development funds so that the funds reach to the citizens in time and on equitable basis. “This is good time to look back and see what is working and what is not working and have a fair assessment of the situation on ground for designing a futuristic road map”, the minister remarked.

Mr. Inayat hoped the workshop on institutional assessment of LG system will guide the course of second generation reforms to deepen devolution reforms and accelerate service delivery for communities and citizen.

The workshop was jointly organised by LGE&RD department and DFID funded Sub National Governance (SNG) Programme. It was attended by District Nazmeen, Deputy Commissioners as well as senior officers of provincial government departments.

Two reports on the performance of the local government system were released which were discussed in details in the workshop. Both the reports focusing on institutional assessment: one on District Governments and the other on Village and Neighbourhood Councils (VCNCs) identified a number of reform areas in the system to improve efficiency and transparency in the system.

Titled as second-generation reforms, these recommendations are being implemented by the provincial governments for which the district governments and VCNCs were taken on board during the workshop and their inputs were solicited.

A series of recommendations were made to improve performance in terms of compliance with the rules and regulations. It was suggested to create a district planning cadre, strengthen the office of district officer finance and planning. To establish a robust mechanism for increasing coordination among local government, finance and planning departments for compliance with P&D guidelines and budget rules.

Several recommendations were made for strengthening the financial system within the local government system.  Currently, the financial system in LG system is facing challenges from budget preparation to allocation and utilisation of funds.

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Health dept and MTI hospitals fail to ban tobacco

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department and all the Medical Teaching Institution Hospitals in the province still failed to ban tobacco selling and use in the healthcare system, The Frontier Post observed on Monday.

The Frontier Post conduct a survey on the usage of tobacco in public hospitals including Khyber Teaching Hospital , Hayatabad Medical Complex and Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar and found that still patients attendant were openly using snuff and smoking which create problem for the patients.

Most of the people while visiting to the patients openly throw snuff on the floor of the hospital which not only create the environment of the hospital bad but as well as increase the risks of slippery for the patients as well as for other people.

The government had already directed all the education institution and ban on tobacco of selling and using in the education institution but in hospitals there was no such ban seem as there was openly people smoking and using tobacco in the public sector hospitals.

An initiative taken by the Peshawar Judicial Courts that anyone who enter the premise of the court were searching of body and if found any tobacco items the security guard taken the tobacco items from the person and the initiative not appreciated by the public but it also make the environment free of tobacco.

Although the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has introduce The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prohibition of Tobacco and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Bill, 2016 which was send to the committee and is still pending to be passed from the floor of the house which shows the government efforts to create a healthy society.

According to the report, in Pakistan, 19 per cent of adults aged 18 and above smoke tobacco each year, approximately 60,000 people die of tobacco-related diseases in the country. Among youth of age group 13 to 15 years, around 34 per cent report being exposed to second-hand smoke in public places and 27 per cent report exposure at home.

According to a study on average Pakistani consume 180 million cigarettes each day which cost around 550 million rupees (200 billion rupees/year). The side effects of smoking are enormous and there are around 100,000 deaths (cancer, cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases etc.) each year due to smoking in Pakistan .Smoking is putting a huge economic and disease burden in Pakistan.

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KP youth must join Imran’s fight against corrupt mafia: CM

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR :  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Pervaiz Khattak on Sunday said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been asking everyone “why he was disqualified” after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan started his struggle against corruption.

Addressing a ceremony after laying foundation stone of the Marooba Dam in Naushera, he said that the country’s youth should also join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman in his fighting against the corrupt mafia.

Taking a jibe at former KP CM Ameer Haider Hoti, Pervaiz Khattak said that the former provincial government led by Awami National Party had done nothing for the province.

More than Rs1.5 billion would be spent to complete the project.