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Protesting students threaten to go on hunger strike at University of Peshawar

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Raising their voice against the rise in tuition fee, students of the University of Peshawar have continued their protest on second day against the administration.

The protesting students, who are a part of Mutahida Talba Mahaz (MTM) and are affiliated with different political parties, are protesting against the rise in tuition fee as well as the lack of facilities at the university hostel, including the lack of transportation facilities.

The protestors have now threatened the authorities to launch a hunger strike too.

The students are protesting against the rise in tuition fee as well as the lack of facilities at the university hostel, including the lack of transportation facilities.

Protesting for their rights at the University of Peshawar, the students gathered in front of the administration block and raised slogans against the Vice Chancellor as well as the university’s administration.

The protestors accompanied by a large number of female students, also threatened to bar the authorities from holding the annual elections of the Peshawar University Professors’ Association in case their demands are not met.

The students of MTM have said that the protests will continue till the authorities address their demands.

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UoP students continued sit-in against hike in fees

Salman Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: University of Peshawar’s students continued sit-in for the second day against varsity administration and hike in fees at Administration block and demanded the resignation of Vice Chancellor.

University students including male and female gathered in front of VC office at Administration block and chanted slogan against University Administration and demanded of government for bad management.

The students demanded that the university take back the increased in tuition fee. The protesters said the university administration is increasing the tuition 10 percent every year, which is not affordable for all especially the students from middle-class.

Moreover, they also demanded that scholarship should be provided to the deserving students, the government should announce an endowment fund and Ph.D. students should be provided with a research grant.

They also demanded to be provided with important facilities including hostels for day scholars, along with transport facilities for students living in hostels.

“We will continue the protest till our demands are met,” said a male student.

It was the second day of students protest and they camped outside the VC’s office. The students remarked that they will go on a hunger strike if necessary.

Meanwhile, the UoP issued a statement that varsity administration is fully committed to providing good educational environment to the students and would take every step towards its accomplishment.

The spokesman of the University in a statement categorically reiterated that students are the main stakeholders of this institution and their genuine demands will be met, and steps in the right directions being taken accordingly.

He opined that 14 demands were put forth by the protesting students including 10% rise in tuition fee, improvement of facilities in the hostel, transport facility, problems of drop out students and a plea for a research grant.

Towards the solution of the same, the spokesman said that transport facility would be provided to the day scholar students forthwith and the Vice Chancellor has directed the transport officer to allocate two buses for them. As far as the allocation for the research grant for scholars, the matter is to be taken up vigorously with the Higher Education Commission.

The matter of drop out students would be looked into by a committee and dealt with as per rules on compassionate grounds.

As regards the demand of 10% increase in fee notified on the directions of the Syndicate of the University, the matter is to be presented before the Syndicate in its meeting to be held on December 7, 2017 with a special request to the concerned authority to decide the matter sympathetically, In the meanwhile any department charging more than 10% fee has been discontinued immediately, he said.

The spokesman further stated that certain demands like the announcement of students’ endowment fund, the election of the students union may be taken up with the provincial government for an amicable solution. While demands like registration of Masters and (BS Hons) education vis a vis decision regarding discontinuation of B.A and Master’s Degree Programs by HEC is to be taken up with the Higher Education Commission by the University.

He resolved that varsity administration will ensure that renovation work in the hostels is done as per contract agreement and no payment will be made to the concerned contractors till the civil work comes up to the required benchmark.

Making University a safer place for students and Campus community is a top priority and security on campus would be maintained at all cost. He informed that zero-tolerance policy has been adopted for staying of outsiders in varsity hostels.

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NH&MP celebrates Raising Day

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The National Highways and Motorway Police came into being on 26-11-1997 and unlike to other LEAs (Law Enforcement Agencies), it introduced the culture of friendly policing with uniform enforcement of laws on National Highways and Motorways. Since its establishment the National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) has been serving the nation with high standards of professionalism. The Motorway Police is performing a commendable job in reducing risks to road users and it is well demonstrated by the fact that its jurisdiction continues to expand day by day optimistically.

In order to commemorate on the direction of SSP Aftab Ahmed Mahsud, National Highways & Motorway Police Sector M-1, celebrated its “Raising Day” on 26th November by presenting gifts to commuters as a gesture of friendly policing at Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway. In this regard, a stall had been established at Main Toll Plaza Peshawar whereby the NH&MP officers distributed road safety pamphlets among the commuters and sweet candies to the children. The heirs of the Shaheed NH&MP officials also participated in the subject celebrations.

Another stall was established at Indus Service Area, whereby Road safety information and video clips were played through multimedia projector.

A large number of motorists visited the stall and Road safety pamphlets/sweet candies were distributed among them. The officers from SSP Office, MEU (Mobile Education Unit), DSP/CPO LHQ, M-1 and the respective officers from Beat-1, Peshawar and Beat-3, Swabi participated in the program. The motorists took keen interest in the subject event, celebrated by the NH&MP.

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Seerat un Nabi is source of inspiration for Muslims: Governor

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra Wednesday said “Seerat un Nabi (PBUH)” was source of inspiration and guidance for every Muslim irrespective of age, creed or any sort of geographical background.

“We are obliged with true strength as being followers of Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him),” he said while addressing a ceremony of Eid-e-Miladun Nabi (SAWS), arranged by the Peshawar based Consulate General of Islamic Republic of Iran here.

Beside others, the ceremony was also attended by Mr. Mohammad B. Beigi, Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Governor said that Eid Milad-un-Nabi was the birthday of  Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), which led to elimination of evil practices from human society.

He said “We wish this unique privilege is understood in true sense and maintained and strengthened with sincerity.  This also is  need of the hour and offers a lot of opportunities to further strengthening the bonds of brotherhood at every level as well.”

Mohammad B. Beigi, Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran also addressed the ceremony and highlighted the holy life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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ANF personnel killed in traffic incident

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: An Anti-narcotics force personnel was killed when an overloaded dumper turned-turtle and hit his motorcycle in Chamkani on Wednesday.

Rab Nawaz, the brother of the deceased, filed a report with police and stated that his brother Adil Nawaz who was constable in ANF was on the way home when an overloaded dumper filled with marble become out of control from the driver and turned over and hit his brother motorcycle. As result of the accident, his brother died on the spot.

The driver managed his escape from the scene of the accident. Police registered a case and started an investigation. Meanwhile, a 55-year old man was shot dead by unknown individuals in the jurisdiction of Daudzai Police Station. Police said that one Akhtara Bibi informed police that her husband Jahangir was shot dead by unknown armed individuals. She added in her statement that they had no enmity.

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CM stresses merger of FATA into KP

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak regretted “wrong  perception kills” adding that his government worked on eliminating corruption, reducing crime graph, bringing transparency in the whole governance structure and eliminated political intervention in public sector institutions adding that the reforms brought about by his government enabled the institutions to efficiently deliver.

He stressed on the noble intention and the political will, required for the merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  His government’s investment friendly approach attracted mass scale foreign and domestic investment making the province the ultimate attractive destination for investment. His government had zero level tolerance to corruption. He also talked about the mainstreaming of Madrassa education in the province, adding his government was supportive of upgrading the syllabus of Madrassa education and would provide everything necessary for the present day education to the students of Madrassa in the province.

These remarks he made to a 4-member delegation of DFID Pakistan led by Ms Joanna Reid, Head of DFID at Chief Minister House Peshawar. ACS Shahzad Bangash, administrative secretaries and Head of SSU Sahibzada Saeed were present.

The Chief Minister said that his government worked on improving the governance structure because of the wrong image built up by the mess, the previous rulers created.

There were reasons to the wrong image and therefore his government addressed to the challenges that created the wrong image. With an improved security, reduced crime graph, improved law and order situation, depoliticized public sector institutions, good governance and above all our sacrifices for bringing back normalcy should have washed away the wrong perception about the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pervez Khattak talked about his government’s reforms that discouraged corruption and corrupt practices in the province.

The goals and the targets were clear and his government just put some safeguards for the efficient delivery giving no room for corruption.

The whole transformational exercise was executed and supported by different sets of legislations. It was the result of a collective team work. We did not bow out to any pressure and the change is now visible as per the promise of PTI.

The institutions started delivering and the people got satisfied. It is not the end but the beginning to corruption free and transparent governance leading to a prosperous and developed future of the province, he added.

Pervez Khattak said his government gave an investment friendly industrial and investment policy to attract mass scale investment to the province. The government had some agreements and MoUs with the foreign investors and on the basis of these activities, this province emerged to be the most attractive destination for investment in the backdrop of CPEC, he added.

Regarding the ideal policing, the Chief Minister told the delegates his government eliminated political interference conveying to the police against any third degree method in police stations. This changed the whole complexion of policing in the province and brought transparency and corruption free policing, he added.

On a question regarding the merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Chief Minister spoke out his mind adding that he and the people on both sides of settled and tribal areas wanted a merger but this merger needed good intention on the part of the federal government. It is the easiest thing to do with the noble intention and the will to do and within a period of two months, the entire merger plan could be completed, he added. He said the existing governance structure and the policing could be extended within no time to tribal areas. He warned against any new experimentation in the whole merger process nor it should be delayed. He called a spade a spade and spoke out his mind with clarity.

Pervez Khattak was certain that his party would stage a comeback in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the basis of its performance adding that this performance would serve as the basis of PTI to win the coming elections with majority seats in the whole of the country. He was equally certain that there would be no competing political force with PTI in the elections.

On a question, the Chief Minister spoke about the KPEZDMC, the development of industrial zones in Reshakai, Haripur and D.I.Khan in the province adding that the investment and industrialization process would serve as the emergence of strong economic base of the province, it will create jobs to the jobless and bring overall development and prosperity to this neglected province, he added.

Chief Minister also talked about the road map for the rule of law directing the concerned quarters to finalize all features of the road map within three months that he added would serve the supremacy of law, he added.

The delegates recognized the yeoman service that the provincial government did in the short span of its rule. They hoped that their reforms, efforts for free corruption governance, better security, improved law and order situation, policing and improved governance structure would keep on changing the wrong image and wrong perception about the province.

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Distt govts to get next installments soon: Minister

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance, Muzaffar Said advocate Wednesday said that all those districts, which had utilized 60% of development funds, will be issued next two installments.

Presiding over 9th meeting of the Provincial Finance Commission (PFC) here in the Finance Committee Room at Civil Secretariat Wednesday, he urged those district governments, which had achieved the targets to improve their performance. Besides, Senior Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (LG&RD), Inayatullah Khan, Secretary Finance, Shakil Qadir Khan, District Nazim, Shangla, members of the commission and district nazims, Additional Secretary Finance, Safeerullah, Deputy Secretary Hameedur Rehman, Secretary Local Council Board, Khizer Hayat and other authorities attended the meeting. The meeting discussed in detail funds provision to local governments, non-salary budget of districts, weak TMAs and evolving feasible formula for their receipts and other matters. The meeting also took some decisions and verified decisions taken during 8th meeting of the Provincial Finance Commission.

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Peshawar University protest: Settlement chances slim as students hold on to demands

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Students of Peshawar University on Wednesday continued to protest for the second day against a hike in tuition fees.

Students had demanded on Tuesday that the varsity take back the decision to increase the fee, provide scholarships to deserving students, and provide important facilities including hostels and transport services.

After the university officials and protesting students failed to reach an agreement on the matter, the latter camped outside the administration block of the varsity on Tuesday night.

MNA Ayesha Gulalai expressed solidarity with the students.

“Demands of the students [of Peshawar University] are justified and the [provincial government] should admit that,” Gulalai said.

Lashing out on her former party, which is also the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gulalai observed that the provincial government makes tall claims of change but not a single representative of the KP government has yet spoken to the protesting students.

“Imran Khan, Asif Ali Zardari, and Nawaz Sharif have only taught abusive language to the youth of this country,” she said, adding that the leaders of the nation want the youngsters to stay illiterate.

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Kidnapping case registered

Salman Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: City police registered a kidnapping case of an Afghan national on the directives of Enforced Disappearances Commission after three years.

Chupan an Afghan national filed report with police on Tuesday stating that his son Mustafa was doing the business of clothes in Firdos Bazaar. Mustafa  went to his shop in 2015 and never come back to home. He said that family members searched him everywhere but couldn’t find him.

He tried to lodge a report with police and the same in 2015 but police refused to file his report, however, he stated that he submitted an application in the commission and commission ordered police to register kidnapping case of his son. Police registered case against unknown kidnappers and started investigation.

It is important to mention that more than 300 people had been missing from Peshawar and on the directives of the Enforced Disappearances Commission Islamabad, Peshawar Police registered their cases.

Meanwhile, unknown car lifters had stolen a car from a citizen in the jurisdiction of Paharipura Police Station.

Anwar ud Din, filed a report with police and stated that he parked his car bearing registration number LEO 8529 in Siraj Town and went to market. He added when he came back his car was missing.

Police registered a case and started further investigation.

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IGP visits HMC to enquire after health of injured constable

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Inspector General of Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Salahuddin Khan Tuesday visited Hayatabad Medical Complex where he enquired after the health of police constable injured in Hayatabad suicide attack.

The IGP went to hospital and met injured constable Rooh Ullah admitted in ICU ward to enquire after his health.

The doctors present on the occasion briefed him about the treatment provided to the constable.

The injured constable informed the IGP that after recovery he will again go to the field and will fight till last drop of his blood for the defence of the nation.

The IGP also met with the relatives of the injured constable present at the hospital and assured them of best medical treatment and look after to the injured constable.

The IGP told the doctors that injured police constable was precious asset of the force and leave no stone unturned in his treatment.

CCPO Peshawar Muhammad Tahir Khan also accompanied the IGP on this occasion.