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RPO shows satisfaction over security arrangements

Hafiz Muhammad Aziz-ur-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: Regional Police Officer Dr. Sultan Ahmad Taimoori and Commissioner Gujranwala Capt. (R) Muhammad Asif have expressed their satisfaction over the foolproof security arrangements made by the district administration on the eve of Ashura-i- Muharram to ensure peace in the district.

Both the Officers reviewed the arrangements made by the police to prevent any untoward incident in the District.

The Acting DC and DPO told them that 1300 security personnel besides four teams of Elite Force and large number of Police Qoumi Razzakars are being deputed to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the district. They further told them that on ninth and tenth Muharram- ul- Haram,64 Alam, Zuljinnah and Tazia processions would be taken out from different places in Hafizabad, Pindi Bhattian and other towns and 160 CCTV cameras are being installed for strict  monitoring of the Majalis and processions.

Moreover, two control rooms have been established in Hafizabad and Pindi Bhattian.

Meanwhile, pillion riding and perching atop the buildings en route the processions and places of majalis have been prohibited Under Section 144 Cr.P.C. Besides, strict pickets have been established to search all the vehicles in the entry points of the district. In addition to this, all the streets and roads leading to places of Majalis are being blocked by parking big trollies and barbed wires in the evening since the start of this month.

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Two killed, four injured in different firing incidents

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT:  Two people were killed and four others including two passersby sustained bullet wounds in separate firing incidents, said police on Saturday.

They said that the first shooting incident occurred in Pezu city in the limits of Shaheed Haibat Ali Khan of Darra Pezu town. They said that Himayatullah was in Pezu bazaar when his rival Yousaf Khan armed with weapons came there and opened fire on him over enmity.

Resultantly, Himayatullah died instantly while two passersby including Mumtaz Khan a resident of Gul Imam (Tank) and Noor Muhammad of Warghar Pezu were injured in the attack. The wounded men were taken to a nearby hospital.

The killer escaped after the incident but local police gave him a chase and overpowered him in the mountainous area after brief exchange of firing. Police said that they seized a repeater gun, a pistol and bullets from the arrested man and registered a case against him.

Separately, a man was killed and two others sustained bullet wounds in an armed attack in Naurang town.

Police said that an auto rickshaw driver Mir Dar Ali Shah was on way to Naurang bazaar in a three wheeler when he came under attack by his rivals on FTM road.  They said that the rickshaw’s driver received several bullets and killed on the spot while the attackers riding a bike made good escape.

Two passengers sitting in the three wheeler vehicle also received bullet injuries and were shifted to a local hospital in Naurang town. According to local police, a domestic dispute is behind the occurrence of murder incident.

They said that they registered a case against the attackers including Rafidullah and Taj Ali residents of Bannu on the compliant of deceased Mir Dar Ali’s brother Ismail Shah in Shaheed Asmatullah Khan Khattak police station and began investigation.

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Disgruntled PTI activists in Maidan join PPP

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA:  Disappointed of the Pakistan Tehrek Insaf policies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its leg pulling politics in Dir, several activists in Bishgram Maidan here on Saturday announced to quit the party and join the Pakistan People Party.

A function in this regard was held at the residence of one Muhammad Hazrat in Takht Bihgram village during which the PTI activists including Muhammad Hazrat, Dawa Khan, Samiullah, Ihsanullah, Inam Khan, Ismail Khan and others announced to join the PPP along with their families and friends.

The PPP Malakand divisional vice president and former MPA Muhammad Zamin Khan while addressing the function said both the PTI and Jamaat-i-Islami had badly failed to fulfil their pledges and implement their election manifestoes. He said the people had voted to the PTI for its call claim of bringing changes in politics.

The PPP former lawmaker said there had been no development project in his PK 96 constituency in Maidan. “The KP government should have announced special development package for Maidan as it was the worst affected area of militancy in the near past,” Muhammad Zamin said, adding the majority of people in Maidan voted to the PTI candidates in general election 2013 and LG election 2015.

He said now the PTI voters were disappointed and they were joining other parties including the PPP. He promised to ensure gas supply to Bishgram area of Maidan if he was elected as MPA in 2018 general election. He said the previous government had initiated several development projects in his PK-96 constituency on which the JI lawmaker from the area had been fixing his own sign boards.

The PPP leader said his party would win majority of seats in Dir in next election and would form coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The PTI disgruntled workers Muhammad Hazrat and Dawa Khan while speaking on the occasion alleged that the PTI leadership in the province had been following failed policies. They said the claims of changes in police, education and health were mere media hype and there was nothing on the ground. They said that they would convince other PTI workers soon to join the PPP.

Also in the day the PPP Lower Dir chapter inaugurated its party office at Chakdara where former provincial minister Mehmood Zeb Khan was chief guest on the occasion. The function in this regard was attended by PPP Lower dir general secretary Ashfaq ur Rehman, information secretary Alam Zeb, former minister of state Malik Azmat Khan, Khurshid Ali Khan, Qaisar Ali Khan, Bakhtiar Khan and others.

The PPP leaders on the occasion pledged to end internal differences and contest the next elections united so that it could gain its past glory in the area. s

DPO Kul-i-Katcheri: The Lower Dir police department arranged an open ‘kutcheri’ at the Zaimdara Maidan police station the other day which was attended by local government representatives and area elders. The district police officer Nowsher Khan chaired the event which was also attended by DSP circle Sher Wali Khan, Lower Dir traffic in-charge Shad Muhammad, SHO Zaimdara Wazir Zada and other police officials.

Speaking on the occasion local government representatives from the area, nazim Haidar Ali, councillor Arshad Ali, councillor Ahmad Shah, village chairman Subhanullah and area elders demanded role of dispute resolution council (DRC) in resolving a decades’ old dispute of hilly area, deployment of traffic police at Ziamdara bazaar, permission of bringing fuel wood from nearby forest and police beats at night.

The DPO directed police officers on the spot to take practical steps regarding the demands. He said that it was the sole responsibility of police and civil administration to maintain peace and order in society. The DPO said that police needed public support for fulfilling that duty. He asked local elders and political activists to cooperate with police department in curbing lawlessness and ending crimes. He said there would be no compromise on challenging government writ and disturbing peace in the area.

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Higher education outreach

Abdul Rahman Malik

Education is considered the backbone in shaping the country’s Future course of Action. The great nations of the World who have achieved tremendous growth and Success, and emerged as the most developed countries of the world, have especially focused on Education- preferably the Professional Higher Education in the field of Engineering, Medicine, Finance and Planning. The developed nations also have focused on the advancement of Science and technology-based education and bridged the gaps in Educational outreach.

The countries like Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, America, Australia, and England have reached the heights of Success through Education. The Average Literacy rates in these countries are above 90% as compared to other countries.

The Developed nations of the World have brought many innovations in education, Information and Commun-ication Technologies and bu-ilt advanced governance Sys-tem and E-Government Init-iatives. Such initiatives have eased the process of Educ-ation outreach. The online infrastructure of these developed nations have prompted the developing nat-ions like Pakistan to learn from these countries and improve the Education Information Technologies and improve the Education Standards from Primary to Secondary, and from College Edu-cation to University Education.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) formerly the University Grants Commission (UGC) has played a vital role in building linkages between the universities in lieu of Research and Academic Excellence. Especially the former HEC Chairman Dr Atta-ur-Rahman’ tenure is considered the golden era for Improving the spectrum of Research industries and Capacity Building of The Universities and Degree awarding Institutes DAI’s. He also set the SOP’s of HEC and made it a Central regulatory Body of Higher Education Institutes and introduced the ranking system in the Universities to improve the quality of education and promoted research-oriented Education at Graduate and Post Gradual level.

Despite all this, the higher Education outreach is still the far cry for rural population as there is a great dearth of Higher Education Institutes in Rural areas of Pakistan.Even the existing Institutes in the Rural areas are not imparting the Modern Education since the same obsolete type of Teaching Methodology is adopted in these Institutes. Even at the Degree Colleges fall short in imparting standardized Education on Modern lines as being offered at the Reputed Institutes .

As a result, the number of Graduates produced by Rural Area Institutes per year, is too big but their Skills are not the same as compared to the Graduates of Urban Area Institutes. The Reasons are several but the main reasons are the lack of modern laboratories, lack of ICT based facilities, lack highly qualified Faculty and Trained Administrative & Managerial Staff to boost the academic Excellence of the Institution and transform it into an Ideal Institute to set the precedence for those who follow.

The Rural and Urban Divide has also divided the quality of Education imparted and the degrees are offered at District and Tehseel Level. If we speak of Sindh only, the virus of Copy Culture have plagued the very roots of our Degree Level education and the Production is very substandard. so much so, that the college graduates are not able to clear the Entry tests of various universities to pursue Master Level Studies .

Unfortunately, the situation becomes miserable when we come to know that in Sindh and Other Provinces, there are only Degree colleges for Science Students offering Regular Admissions in F.Sc Pre-Medical and Pre-Engineering Groups whereas limited admissions are offered to Arts or Humanities Students at Tehseel Level. In Addition to these, the affiliated colleges also offer regular Admissions in B.Sc and B.A but apart from the colleges of Big Cities, the attendance Ratio in Rural or Tehseel Level is very nominal and the classes are not run properly for such Degree Level students due to various reasons such lack of required Staff,  Syllabus and Books, funds and the interest of Students due to socio Economic Conditions .

Ironically, students without guidance and career counseling take admissions either by Parents Wish or on their own preferably in Engineering and Medical Groups but they do not know that there are other fields such as commerce, computer science and Fine Arts for Intermediate Students to opt for if they are willing to take admissions in these groups other than traditional pre-Engineering and Pre-Medical groups. The main reason is that there is no any college at Tehseel or District Level to offer Commerce, Computer Science and Fine Arts in Sindh . Compellingly, most of the students seek admissions at Science Colleges as they donot have alternate Options.

The Education in Punjab is considered more standard as compared to other provinces since in Punjab, every college offers admissions in Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical, Commerce, Fine Arts and Computer Science. Even their degree Classes are standardized and faculty is also efficient to impart quality based Education. The Education in KP has been improved tremendously under current PTI regime especially they have focused the Secondary Education and College Education. Even Baluchistan has improved Education Spectrum, yet it has limited number of Higher Education Institutes and DAI’s that is only 8.

The massive urbanization and ever-increasing population warrants to establish more Higher Education institutes at Urban and Rural areas so that rural population may seek higher Education at Graduate and Post Graduate level at their hometown and head to Bigger cities for Research-based advance Education such as M.Phil, PhD, M.E, D.E etc. This will greatly help in minimizing overcrowding in Higher Education Institutes as you all know that quantity affects the quality of Education.

The Recent statistics show that after Census 2017 that Pakistan needs more Universities, Schools and colleges, Hospitals for People to accommodate and facilitate.

The Demand of Higher Education has been ever increasing and several Higher Education Institutes both in Public and Private Sector are being established in urban areas but the rural areas are deprived of Higher Education Institutes.

If we take a look at Higher Education Institutes at Division level in Sindh, We will come to know that Larkana Division has a One Medical University, One Engineering College, One General University Campus of Sindh University at Larkana city only, A New Campus of SALU has been established at Shahdadkot, Shikarpur to accommodate the Rural and Population of population of about 6192380 of Division Larkana. There is no any Higher Education Institute at District Level, especially in District Kashmore and Jacobabad.

It is also ironic that as per Census 2017, District Kashmore has the population of 1089169, yet there is only single Degree College at Kandhkot for Three Tehseels i.e. Kandhkot, Kashmore and Kandhkot. Fortunately, a new Degree college has recently been established at Karampur but that too is without SNE may take a year to function properly.

More Over, The province of Punjab Tops with Maximum number of Universities and Degree Awarding Institutes DAI’s with 60 both in Public and Private Sector,  followed by Sindh with 55 HEI’s in Public and Private Sector,  KP with 35 Number of HEI’s in Public and Private Sector and fourthly only 8 Universities in Baluchistan .

Additionally, there are 7 universities in Azad Jammu & Kashmir out of which One university namely Al-Khair University has been banned for Degree Verification. It is worthy to mention here that there are 20 universities in Federal Capital Islamabad.

HEC website also shows that there total 186 Universities /DAI’s to accommodate students from the population of 20,77,74,520 of Pakistan. The 186 HEI’s/DAI’s are just salt in flour for ever-increasing population of Pakistan since we need more HEI’s and DAI’s.

It is also an irony that from 186 HEI’s and DAI’s, most of HEI’s and DAI’s are established at Big cities such as Karachi with 41, Lahore with 34, Islamabad with 20 respectively. The Number shows that most of these HEI’s and DAI’s are available to Urban Population whereas Rural Population has only limited chances for getting admission in Medical, Engineering College or General University in comparison to Urban Population.

This divide is further aggravated when the need arises for a Professional Accountancy Institutes such as Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) Karachi and Institute of Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) Karachi.

These Accountancy specific Institutes are available for Urban Population such as the metropolitan city of Karachi only. There may be very few private Accountancy Colleges in other provinces but the authorized Accountancy colleges are only ICAP and ICMAP offering CA, ICMA Degree for Accounting and Auditing Professionals.

It is also recommended that ICAP and ICMAP should establish their campuses at other cities to facilitate the rural Population to extend Higher Education outreach. Furthermore, the HEC ‘s plan to establish District based campuses of various Medical, Engineering and General University campuses is a good initiative but the question arises that whether these campuses will impart the same level of Standardized Education as these do at their main campuses -is a big concern since at campus they will have limited resources, staff and limited Technology to impart Education and will offer only Graduate and Post Graduate Degrees .

It is also the great concern that most of the campuses are established without need-based analysis and influenced by Political will. Such campuses fail to cater to the needs of the community.

HEC should personally monitor the Campuses Establishment, keeping in view the Population Needs and Requirements for such HEI or DAI campus.

The HEC should also expedite the process of Proposed HEI’s and DAI’s campuses so that drop out ratio may be minimized after Intermediate. Especially, the upper Sindh i.e. Sukkur and Larkana Division may have more HEI’s and DAI’s especially Medical, Engineering and General Universities since Sukkur is 3rd Biggest City of Sindh having no any General university Except the IBA-Sukkur.

District Kashmore immediately requires two Degree Colleges for Both boys and Girls and a General university Campus,  an Engineering College and a Medical College to cater to the needs of 1089169 Population and the bordering Districts of Punjab i.e Rajanpur and Dera Bugti District of Baluchistan as Kashmore is Gateway to Sindh for People coming from Punjab and Baluchistan province.

It is very important to know that If our Rulers want to build the nation then Higher Education is necessary to impart professional Education and enable the people to do research in multiple fields and build the foundations Knowledge Driven Economy.

 

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NSC meeting

PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting which expressed its unwavering resolve to keep country’s defense impregnable against all forms of external aggression.

It also condemned the human rights violation in the Indian occupied Kashmir and showed deep concern over the repeated incidents of firing along the line of control (LOC) by Indian, resulting in the loss of innocent lives. The NCS deliberated at length over the current developments in the relationship with Afghanistan and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment for peace through an Afghan led and owned peace process.

Human rights violation in the Indian occupied Kashmir is an ongoing issue which ranges from mass killing and blinding of resisting Kashmiri youth by pellets firing. These atrocities also include forced disappearance, sexual abuse and torture of prisoners beside political repression and suppression of freedom of speech. The human rights groups have accused the Indian govt. of an “Institutional cover-up” to avoid punishing dozens of high ranking military and police officials implicated in the killings, torture and sexual violence in Kashmir.

A report by the International People Tribunal on Human rights and Justice has identified more than 900 individuals whom it blames for a range of human right abuses. They include 150 officers of Indian army of the ranked of major and above. This report of heinous crime against the people is also confirmed by the association of parents of disappeared persons. Although, our political leadership, diplomats at the UN and foreign office officials raise the issue of atrocities perpetrated on the innocent Kashmiris in their speeches and statements, yet a consistent foreign policy strategy has not been put in place to engage the world powers and Muslim countries in mounting a constant diplomatic pressure on India to stop human rights violation.

The incidents of firing and shelling by Indian troops on the LOC have become almost a daily affair in which our military officials and civilians lose their lives. The Nirandra Modhi government of India is adamant on the restoration of composite dialogues and a stalemate continues in Pak-India relation. Hence, the discussion on core issue of Kashmir and disputes of Ciacheen cannot go forward. An active and comprehensive diplomacy on our part can generate a pressure on India in the calamity of nation. Complacency on the foreign policy front has emboldened India to persist with LOC ceasefire violations.

President Donald Trump’s Afghan policy is ominous and vague. It is an unabashed reversal of his passionate pre-election position to pull out of Afghanistan on the pretext that it is not America’s war. Now it is very much America’s war and there is no option to win it. About 4000-5000 additional US troops will be pumped into Afghanistan which will bring the total number up to 12000. The US defense secretary James Mattis and NATO secretary general Stoltentberg recent visit to Kabul indicate the preference for military option. President Trump has already made it clear that the military and not the politicians will decide the implementation of Afghan policy. With over 60% of Afghan territory in Taliban control, the induction of few thousands additional US troops will proved to be peanuts. It won’t even suffice to make sure the protection of Kabul and a couple of other cities against the likely attacks of Taliban. Rocket firing on the Kabul airport after the arrival of James Mattis proves how Afghan cities are vulnerable to Taliban attacks. The US will be compelled to ask its NATO allies to send their troops into Afghanistan, if he pursues his belatedly announced Afghan policy. The US defense secretary in his visit to New Dehli has shown a desire for Indian troops on Afghan soil.  The defense minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman has rule out Indian military presence in Afghanistan but the US and India strategic partnership may necessitate the latter military involvement in Afghanistan. India has already made huge investment in development projects there.

The intensification of hostilities in Afghanistan have fallout for Pakistan. The resolution of Afghan problems on the negotiation table is the only plausible and viable option. The US has not succeeded to win the war in Afghanistan by his military adventurism during the past 16 years and cannot win in the future. However, this region will remain destabilize which will have a direct bearing on Pakistan. The regional peace initiative in which Pakistan has joined hands with China, Russia, Iran and Central Asian states need to be hectically perused till such time the Afghan problem is resolved. National security advisor to the PM, Lt General (R) Nasir Janhua may have discussed it in his meeting with defense minister of Tajikistan Sherate Mirzo during his visit to Dushanbe.

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Pakistan’s Muhammad Waseem knocks out Carlos in first round

Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Boxer and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver flyweight Champion, Muhammad Waseem defended successfully his title against the Panamanian opponent Carlos on Sunday.

The recent victory of Muhammad Waseem is the eighth consecutive win and retained the number one position in the world ranking after undefeated in eight matches.

Waseem knocked out Carlos in the first round of the match. It was a rare feat from the fighter as he lifted the title in only his fourth fight of his career.

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Special security measures taken this year: CM Sindh

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh, Murad Ali Shah has said that strict security arrangements were provided this year to ensure the peace during the Muharram

This he said while visiting of Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the head of the Bohra community on Sunday. Shah added that 27,000 foreign nationals visiting the sadder area as the leader of Bohra community was present in the city.

The security arrangements in the city caused inconvenience to the public but it is necessary for the safety of the masses and asked them to travel on the alternative traffic route, Shah apologized.

CM added that the strict security measures were taken because of possible threats in the city.

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COAS leaves for Kabul to meet President Ashraf Ghani

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General, Qamar Javed Bajwa left for Kabul to hold a meeting with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan officials during his three day long visit.

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) told media the COAS left for Kabul on Sunday. COAS will meet the Afghanistan President and other civil and military leadership of Afghanistan.

Both the neighboring countries were blaming each other for hosting terrorists groups and using it promoting terrorism in the region and in the recent times the visit of COAS is of so important to decrease the tension between the two neighboring countries.

 

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Five terrorists killed in CTD operation

F.P. Report

LAHORE: As many as five terrorists were killed in Counter Terrorism operation conducted in Sagian bridge city while the other three terrorists managed to escape from the scene.

The CTD team conducted operation after receiving information regarding the presence of terrorist that around seven to eight terrorists were hiding near River Ravi.

The terrorists started firing on the officials when they reached the spot and in exchange of gunfire five terrorists were killed and the remaining three managed to escape from the scene.

CTD officials told that the terrorists killed in the operation were affiliated to the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) group and one of the deceased was identified as Zarrar, resident of Bahawaknagar who escaped prison earlier.

Explosive materials, weapons, and a motorcycle were recovered from the possession of the deceased suspects, the department’s officers added.

 

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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.