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LHWs deprived from allowances for the last 18 months in KP

Wisal Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: Lady Health Workers (LHW) criticized provincial government for not releasing their allowances for the last eighteen months and warned that if there allowances were not release immediately they will came out on the street for their demands.

Talking to media persons they said that federal government has allocated budget for LHWs and handed over the funds to provincial government but provincial government is not interested to release their allowances.

They said that lady healthy workers are working day and night to provide health facilities to the common people at their door step and in case of any emergency and polio campaign they are working hard to attend their duty but unfortunately they were not been given their reward timely.

They said that they were not paid a single penny from 2012 to 2015 by the provincial government and despite this that federal government have released funds for their salaries  and other allowances but provincial government was not interested to hand over the amount.

They demanded Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to issue directives for release of their allowances otherwise they will stage sit-in in front of Chief Minister House.

When contacted with LHWs representative on phone but despite several attempts to take the views no one responded.

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Dengue death toll rises to 43 in KP

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Another person died from dengue epidemic in Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar on Wednesday as the death toll reach to 43 from dengue virus in the province.

According to the Dengue Response Unit (DRU) 80-year old Mira Khan son of Ghulam Muhammad resident of Arbab Road Peshawar and was brought to KTH hospital on 30th September and was died today (Wednesday).

The report further said that on Wednesday 1,651 people test were made for dengue in which 312 people were diagnosed for dengue while 115 people were admitted in different hospital of the province.

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Police arrests four members of banned outfit in Peshawar

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: As many as four members of banned outfit were arrested by police in a conducted at Haji camp bus terminal of Peshawar on Thursday.

As per details, the special police unit raided in Haji camp bus terminal area on intelligence report and arrested four members of banned groups and also recovered laptops, pamphlets and two motorcycles from their possession.

The arrested members of banned outfit were identified as Asadullah, Ishfaq, Zafar Ali and Ahmad were detained with pamphlets, laptop, and two motorcycles.

The laptop contained videos and photos of the defunct organization and they were shifted to unknown place for further investigation.

 

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96 % of the FATA TDPs return has been completed

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Apropos an opinion piece appeared in a National Daily on September 25, 2017 it is to clarify that 96 % of the TDPs return has been completed in an informed, voluntary and dignified manner. Rest of the 04 % families with majority of displaced families from North Waziristan Agency, their return process is in the final stage.

All the returned families have been provided with the Transport Grant @ 10,000/- PKR and Return Cash Grant @ 25,000 per family and in this connection, more than 8 Billion PKR have been disbursed. Six months return food ration is also provided to the returnees in their area of origin.

Similarly, immediately upon return, their houses’ damages survey is conducted. According to estimates, around 80,000 Houses are either fully damaged or partially damaged in Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram, North Waziristan and South Waziristan Agency out of which 49,303 Houses has been surveyed by the survey team, 37,592 Houses validated by the respective Agency Steering Committee and 28,730 beneficiaries has been compensated @ PKR 400,000/- for fully damages house and PKR 160,000 for partially damaged house.

Furthermore, an amount of 5.353 billion was earmarked for Immediate Rehabilitation, including the rehabilitation of school, health facilities, water supply schemes with work on these schemes was under way. Only in North Waziristan Agency, a total of 737 Schemes have been identified out of which funds have been released for 498 schemes with majority of the projects on health, education, public health, road and rural development. Similarly, in permanent reconstruction, around 15 billion have been released and work is in progress on various projects to be completed by December, 2018.

Under the return Policy Framework signed by the government and humanitarian community, 96 % of the TDPs have been returned to their area of origin in a dignified manner to which the government provided all the possible facilities. Another program in FATA TDP Emergency Recovery Project funded by the World Bank with a total financial outlay of 114 M USD, whereby each returned family is getting Unconditional Grant of PKR 16,000 in four instalments and Conditional Grant of PKR 7500 in three instalments at the One Stop Shop (OSS) established in each agency.

All the cash transfer projects are controlled electronically with minimum human handling and are disbursed in an informed, transparent and dignified manner at the door step of TDPs. A proper grievance mechanism has also been established in FDMA HQ and various locations. The project has played a vital role in boosting the local economies and livelihood for the return families. Government is committed to initiate more projects so as to sustain these returns and provide livelihood opportunities in their area of origin and in this connection discussions are underway with different developmental and government partners.

The informed reporter has only touched upon the World Bank assistance for TDPs and has ignored various initiatives of the government aimed at rehabilitation and uplift of their socio economic life. Beside TDPs specific interventions, FATA own Annual Development Plan (ADP) and the humanitarian community is also largely targeting the returnee’s area.

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One more dies from dengue

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Another person died from dengue epidemic in Peshawar on Tuesday as the total deaths toll reach to 42 in the province.

According to the Dengue Response Unit (DRU) 50-year old Perveez Khan Son of Mian Khan Resident of Tehkal Payan was brought to Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar on 30th September and was died today at KTH hospital.

The report said that on Tuesday around 1,679 tests were conducted in different hospitals for dengue in which 351 peoples were affected from dengue while 123 people were admitted in different hospitals diagnosed from dengue.

The report further said that still more than 360 patients were admitted in different hospitals, adding that all facilities were available to the patients in public hospitals.

 

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Speakers stress federal govt to implement reforms package in FATA

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Speakers during a grand Jirga asked PML-N led federal government to merge FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and extend Peshawar high court jurisdiction to tribal areas instead of Islamabad high court.

A unanimous announcement was issued during a grand Jirga held under the aegis of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter in Peshawar, asking central government to award the status of Chief Executive to Chief Minister KP. It urged government to abrogate Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR), a colonial oppressive law imposed in tribal areas since 1901.

The announcement said that jurisdiction of high court and Supreme Court to be extended on priority basis along with giving representation to people of tribal belt in 2018 general polls to elect their candidates for provincial assembly. It further said that all basic rights enshrined in constitution of Pakistan should be bestowed to tribespeople.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak, Provincial Minister Shah Farman, JUI-S Central Ameer, Maulana Samiul Haq, ANP leaders Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Sardar Hussain Babak, MNA Alhaj Shahje Gul Afridi, Professor Ibrahim Khan, Haroonur Rasheed of Jamaat-e-Islami and a large number of political supporters were also in attendance.

“An amendment in law was made in an hour to protect the disqualified former PM Nawaz Sharif but unfortunately the same could not take place in decades to provide basic and fundamental rights to tribesmen” said Chief Minister KP while addressing participants on the occasion. He informed his party has asked government to conduct elections to give representation to FATA people in 2018 but the latter was using delaying tactics.

His party and government will patronize representatives of tribal belt in seeking representation in KP assembly if all of you are agree, he asserted. It depends upon the tribesmen that either they want representation in provincial assembly in 2018 or 2023. If someone denies awarding constitutional rights to tribesmen, then they (tribesmen) should stand up against it and snatch the rights at all cost, he advised.

The matters relating to tribes people were shelved since last 70 years and these people have protected and offered sacrifices for safeguarding geographical boundaries of the country, said Maulana Samiul Haq, Central Ameer JUI-S while talking to Jirga. He asked leaders of political and religious parties to get united over FATA issue and build consensus regarding it.

Citing the worsening law and order condition in the country, he explained that owing to poor policies, an alien war was brought to the soil and it firstly targeted tribesmen. Because of uncertainty and terrorism, more than 02 million people were displaced from their hometowns and compelled to reside in safer areas, he stated.

A former parliamentary leader of FATA representatives, Alhaj Shahje Gul Afridi, in his address hoped they would get freedom in coming days and get rid of FCR a black law. Regarding the federal government, he said it was reluctant not interested to bring tribal areas into mainstream due to two political parties.

He categorically said they had put three main demands before the central government including extension of high court and Supreme Court jurisdiction, giving three per cent share in National Finance Commission (NFC) and representation in KP assembly in 2018 polls. He warned they would march towards Islamabad on 9th October if government fails to accept the demands.

Haroonur Rasheem of Jamaat-e-Islami, Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Sardar Hussain Babak of ANP, elders of tribal areas and other political parties also delivered their speeches on the occasion and stressed the government to implement the FATA reforms package forthwith.

 

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7 killed in separate incidents

Salman Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: Seven people were killed in separate incidents in the provincial capital in last two days.

In the first incident, a man was killed by mobile snatchers upon his resistance with snatchers in the jurisdiction of Mathra Police Station.

Irfan Ullah, a brother of the deceased, filed a report with police and stated that he along with his 22-year old brother were on way Bazaar when three armed men snatched a cell phone from his brother Sabir Shah. He said that his brother tried to resist with snatchers, “upon resistance, the robbers opened fire on them.” As result of firing his brother died on the spot while he remained unhurt.

Meanwhile, two brothers were killed and two injured during clashes among two rivals over a property dispute in the jurisdiction of Inqilab Police Station.

Local police said that two rivals opened fire on each other at Panj Kath Road. As result of firing Darya Khan and his brother Daraz Khan were shot dead and his uncle Yaqoob Khan received bullets injuries from one group. During cross firing, Sher Ali was also injured from another group.

Police registered cross FIR and started further investigation.

Similarly, a man was killed over a property dispute in Pishtakhara.

Haji Toor Khan filed a report with police and said that his brother Gohar Ali was killed by Farman Ali, Rehman Ali, Farid Ullah, Shahid Khan, Zeshan and Hashmat in Pishtakhara.

Similarly, another man was killed over a property dispute in Daudzai area of Peshawar.

The deceased was identified as Syed Akbar Ali Shah.

In another instance, a young man was killed by unknown individuals in Yakatoot. Ali Jan, a brother of the deceased, filed a report with police and said that his brother was killed by unknown armed men at Ghari Sher Ali Khan area. The complainant added in his statement that they had no enmity.

Meanwhile, a man was mistakenly killed by his own friend. Ghani Khan reported the incident to police and stated that his nephew was shot dead by his friend when he mistakenly fires a bullet and hit his nephew.

In another incident, a five-year-old girl was killed in a road misshape when a speedy car of health department hit her in the jurisdiction of Inqilab Police Station.

Police arrested the driver after the road accident.

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IJT announces kicking off campaign to sensitize students of varsities

Farid Shinwari

PESHAWAR: In order to create awareness among students of various colleges and varsities across the country, the Islami Jamiat-e-Talba, announced to kick off a campaign “Aao Badli Pakistan” (lets change Pakistan) aimed at mobilizing and sensitizing youth.

The announcement was made by Islami Jamiat-e-Talba Central Nazim Sohaibuddin Kakakhel in a news conference held on Monday at Peshawar Press Club. Expressing his viewpoints over various issues, IJT Nazim, said the country is facing corruption, terrorism, extremism, nepotism, favoritism and other serious matters which is because of lack of education.

Sharing his future action of plan, he informed that the campaign will kick off from major cities including Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore and district level and it will also be initiated universities and colleges to create importance of education among the students. He claimed the awareness drive will bring about change among students.

He stated the federal government has allocated only 2.2 per cent budget of the total GDP for education sector while UNESCO has already set the parameter to spend 4 per cent of GDP on education. While referring the allocation of budget of other countries for education sector, he added India is currently spending 3.6 per cent GDP on education, Iran 3.8 per cent while Afghanistan was spending 4.1 per cent on education department.

Regarding the federal and provincial governments, he explained that in the light of article 25-A, it is the constitutional and legal responsibility of governments to provide free and compulsory education to their citizens aging one to sixteen years. Neither federal government nor provincial governments were committed to implement the law in its letter and spirit and provide free education to people, he alleged.

Mr Kakakhel asked relevant authorities to allow holding union elections in colleges and varsities and that the process will create democratic environment among students and will provide an opportunity to become future leaders. However, the senate of Pakistan earlier decided to hold polls for students unions and all political parties expressed satisfaction but to no nail, he argued.

Endorsing the Fata’s merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, IJT Nazim, said the students of colleges and varsities have agreed over brining tribesmen to the mainstream and this is the time, the people should be bestowed their legal, constitutional, political and economical rights enshrined in constitution of Pakistan. The tribesmen have been deprived of their basic rights since the establishment of Pakistan, he informed.

After the worsening law and order condition improved in tribal areas, he urged central government to announce construction of medical colleges, engineering and university for students of tribal belt and the work on these projects should be completed on emergency basis.

He announced to hold a convention on 2nd November, 2017 in which students from across the country will participate. On the occasion Zakir Ahmad Secretary Information Islami Jamiat-e-Talba and other members were also in attendance.

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Dengue outbreak: Death toll rises to 40 in Peshawar

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Two more women succumbed to Dengue virus in Peshawar as the death toll rises to 40 from the dengue outbreak in the province.

Dengue Response Unit informed the media that two more women died of dengue fever and both the patients were residents of Safed Dheri area of Peshawar.

One of the patients was under treatment at Hayatabad Medical complex and the other was admitted at Khyber Teaching Hospital.

 

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9th Muharram procession end peacefully in Peshawar, KP

Salman Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: Peshawar police and security forces locked down provincial capital for all kind of vehicular traffic, shut down telecommunications and closed main markets in order to provide security to 9th Muharram rallies in Peshawar.

In Peshawar, the central procession begins from Imambargah Hussainia in Saddar and concluded at the same place after passing traditional routes in Saddar.

Processions honoring Imam Hussain (RA) and the martyrs of Karbala are being taken out across various cities in Pakistan on Saturday.

Participants of the mourning rallies and processions paid rich tributes to Imam Hussain (RA) and the martyrs who laid down their lives in the battle of Karbala. Nohas were recited and ‘Zanjeer Zani’ was conducted to mourn the sacrifices of Imam Hussain (RA).

The processions and rallies are being taken out under stringent security measures, Peshawar Police high-ups patrolling on different routes to avoid any untoward incidents.

“To avoid any untoward incidents on Yaum-e-Asur 10,000 policemen deployed in Peshawar.  Pakistan Army, Frontier Core and Frontier Constabulary assisted police in duty.

A part of manpower, pillion riding was banned, cellular service suspended across the major cities of Pakistan suffered hundreds of commuters. Major markets in Peshawar were closed.

Mobile services are suspended every year during Ashura as part of the security measures since Pakistan People Party government.

Some people also presented suggestions on social media that everyone has the right to observe their rituals but other people shouldn’t be suffering. “Rather than locking down the whole city a separate space need to be designated for processions”.

The main Grant Trunk road in Peshawar was blocked by law enforcement agencies for all traffic despite the central procession was in Saddar, says Behram Khan a resident of Peshawar. 

Meanwhile, the Media Matters for Democracy (MMD) on Saturday slammed the government for shutting down telecommunication networks across the country and urged it devise a more comprehensive plan to maintain law and order, says a statement issued MMD.

“MMD express grave concerns over these shutdowns and maintain that access to Internet and telecommunication services should be treated as a basic human right and under no circumstance should be interrupted, or controlled in any way or manner,” read a statement by the body.

“There is no empirical evidence available that network shutdowns prevent or otherwise obstruct terrorist activities. On the contrary, not being able to contact or communicate can potentially disrupt the lives of the citizens.”

“Shutdowns negatively impact a range of fundamental rights and can prove to be extremely dangerous, especially during the time when the threats are high, or in public processions, when the ability to communicate is crucial for personal safety.”

Cellular services across the country were disrupted by the government on Friday and Saturday due to security in the light of Muharram 9 and 10 processions.

Political Administration has sealed off Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency as part of security measures for Muharram-ul-Haram.

The administration has also banned pillion riding while security check posts have been established at all entry and exit points of the city.

In Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla has directed that all liquor shops will remain closed from 8 to 10th of Muharram in veneration for the holy month.