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Residents of Kurram deprive of basic amenities

Anwar Shah Orakzai

PARACHINAR: The residents of Manato area central Kurram, which was the most affected area from the terrorism, the people of the area is still deprived of basic rights as there were no drinking water and educational institutions in the area.

The residents of the area told The Frontier Post on Tuesday that after the initiation of operation against the terrorists in the area in 2012 and now after the completion of operation still they were facing problems and waiting for the development of the area.

They added that there is only one government school in the area which is also short of staff and is wasting the precious time of the students. They demanded from the government to fulfill its staff and built more educational institutes to secure the future of the students. They added that the destroyed houses in the operation is still not surveyed due to which its making the life of the residents harsh. They added that hundreds acres of agriculture land is barren now whose only reason is shortage of water, and the residents are not getting clean water drinking due to which they are affected with different type of diseases. Residents demanded from the government to provide them the basic rights for making the lives of residents easy and securing the future of the students.

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Separate province for tribesmen sought

Shahzada Wazir

WANA: A score of tribal elders demanded a separate province for the tribal area instead of merging Fata with Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. Tribal elders said that they have sufficient resources to run a separate province independently.

They said in case of merging Fata in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, tribal people would lose their century old traditions and they would not be able to have their own chief minister to work for the development of tribal areas as the heavy majority of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa will be able to exploit the resources of Fata, the allocated budget for Fata in shape of a separate province, will be used in Fata not in the areas of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

An elder said on the condition of not to be named that a foreign agenda was behind in merging of Fata with Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. A tribal elder told this scribe that Fata is rich with untapped precious resources.

If these resources were utilized with well thought out strategy for sustainable development, then Fata may become the most prosperous part of the country in future.

He said that the untapped resources in Fata are more than the resources in the entire central Asia for which global powers have been fighting in Afghanistan for more than three decades. It is important to be noted here that if Fata was merged with Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, the Chief Minister would always be from the present majority populated Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and he would freely keep on giving Fata resources elsewhere in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

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Members show displeasure over absence of officers

A.R. Abid Bunery

BUNER: The tehsil council Daggar monthly session was held on Tuesday in chair of convener Khalid Khan and attended the nazim Saeedur Rehman Mufakir and members once again threatened of protest demonstration even suspension of the council sessions for indefinite period against the absent officers of departments what they assumed the bureaucrats were intentionally push the local bodies system to collapsed.

Those discussed the issue including Mohammad Shereen, Ashfaq Ahmed, Hafiz Sadique, Hafiz Rasheed, Hafiz Qamar Ali Shah, Goordeep Kumar, Nizamul Mulk, Shukat Khan, Maulana Afzal and Dr. Abdullah.

They expressed deep concern over absence of the representatives of departments from the council session adding the officers of the different departments lest interested in the affairs of the council and the members complaints, suggestions and recommendations were not giving weight. They made it clear this time they will hold protest demonstration at DC office and sessions will be suspended till positive response. The second major issue was the public complaints and protests against the TMA Daggar garbage dump at Kalabatt village in tehsil Gadezai and the council resolved to shift this dump to another suitable place. However, the TMO Mohammad Zada and TOR Ameen Khan informed them of the financial losses to the TMA and let down position of the members as this council was approved the site for dumping garbage there and the TMA was done an agreement with the land owner against rupees two lakh per year.

They repeated in case of fresh resolution about shifting the dump to another place this issue will be brought into the notice of high ups at provincial level for final approval.

The members expressed concern over delay in developmental schemes due to no funds from PFC award in last six month period due to which the budget passed for the years 2017-18 ADP will expired in wild.

They accused the contractors of using delay tactics in the already approved schemes of last years and suggested issuing notices to them and not including them in tenders in near future. They registered their complaints of not inviting to the cultural festival at Shaheeda Sar, launching function of cleanliness in Pacha Bazaar and open forum at the lawn of tehsil Gadezai.

They complained the Bazargay girls higher secondary school was ready to be functional but the department concerned was taken mums and also complained that the heavy amount spent over land purchase for Bacha Khan model school at Bazargay was yet to be witnessed the building.

The Abakhel union council member Hafiz Sadique accused the district administration of awarding just two lakh rupees to the heirs of late Hanifullah of Nanseer who was expired in marble factory incident while the government policy was to pay rupees three lakh to the heirs. He set a deadline of three days for paying the remaining amount rupees one lakh to the heirs otherwise threatened of launching protest on road.

He also expressed concern over paying the final bill to the contractor of the Baba Seery to Bampokha road while shoulders and retaining walls were yet to complete and asked the concerned quarters to make sure completion of the work or to be ready for facing the music from inhabitants of the area. Prior to that the council session approved and rectified the precious session minutes and also approved to auction the old and damaged furniture and machinery present at the TMA to spare the space and earn some amount for public services.


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Accomplices firing kill notorious PO

Hafiz Muhammad Aziz-ur-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: A notorious outlaw Abbas alias Basoo wanted by the different police stations in connection with murder, attempting to murder, robbery, dacoity and car snatching incidents was killed by the firing of his own accomplices near Kassesay Bypass last night.

According to police source, the deceased proclaimed offender Abbas alias Basoo and his two other bandits were intercepting vehicles to snatch their valuables. In the mean time, the bandits intercepted the car of Akhtar and allegedly attempted to snatch away his car but the occupants of the vehicle grappled with the accused who allegedly opened firing and one of the bullet hit their ring leader Basoo who sustained fatal injuries and was rushed to the hospital but he died before any medical aid could be made available to him.

The Kassesay and Pindi Bhattian police shifted the dead body to the morgue for autopsy and deputed different police parties to arrest the other two accused who managed their good escape. According to police source the gang had let lose a reign of terror in the area by intercepting the different vehicles and deprived the passengers of their valuables. Further investigations are in progress

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Only JI can break the chains of slavery, says Siraj

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: Jamaat-i-Islami chief and senator Siraj ul Haq on Tuesday said the country was being ruled by corrupt and cruel leaders who have enchained the masses.

Addressing a condolence reference arranged in the honour of late Maulana Fateh Muhammad alias Shalkandi Maulvi at Munda here the JI chief said it was only his party that could break the chains of slavery and free masses from the cruel rulers. The reference was also addressed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister for finance Muzafar Syed, PA Izaz ul Mulk Afkari, JI Lower Dir emir Maulana Asadullah and others. The speakers paid rich tributes to late Maulana Fateh Muhammad for his contribution in freeing the then ‘Dir State’ from the clutches of Nawab of Dir.

They said the late Shalkandi Maulvi had played a vital role in ousting Nawab Shah Jehan from Dir. They said the late Maulana launched a massive campaign against the Nawab in 1969 and succeeded in his dismissal. The JI chief said majority of population in Pakistan liked Islamic sharia law but the existing leaders were the main hindrance in its way. He said the JI wanted to make Pakistan a true Islami welfare and developed country and for that purpose it had chosen the democratic way.

Later on, addressing the students of government higher secondary school Samar Bagh, where he got education in childhood the JI chief asked the students to focus on their studies and moral character.

He said the JI lawmakers in various periods persuaded the successive governments to set up schools and colleges in the backward areas of Dir. He said that Lower Dir had now hundreds of schools and several colleges where poor students were quenched their thirst for knowledge. The JI chief also appreciated the role of district education officer Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim and other teachers for advancing the area in education. He said if the voter elected ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’ persons, Pakistan could progress in five years. He asked teachers to build characters of the students as it was character that rule the hearts.

House gutted: Fire erupted in the house of a widow in Boto village of Kambat Samar Bagh here on Tuesday, residents said. They said neither the fire brigade vehicle no any official visited the site. The fire flames totally damaged the house. The fire broke out due to electric short circuit that engulfed the whole the two room building and badly damaged it. The fire turned all households into ashes within no time. The residents demanded of the government to compensate the widow due to her extreme poverty.

Open Kutcheri: The Samar Bagh administration on Tuesday arranged an open ‘kutcheri’ during which the residents complained about prolonged power outage, shortage of clean drinking water, dysfunctional tube wells, leaked pipelines, blocked national computerized identity cards, over billing, favouritism in recruitment and distribution of NGOs funds. The Lower Dir deputy commissioner Atta ur Rehman, district nazim Muhammad Rasool Khan, local MPA Izaz ul Mulk Afkari and district education officer Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim assured the masses to solve the problems related to them.

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Preparation of Various Parties for Upcoming General Elections 2018

Abdul Rahman Malik

The Existing Circumstances are not conducive for any party as most of the mainstream parties are in disarray.There seems to be no party that may be prepared to contest the upcoming Elections of 2018 with thumping majority.

Even the ruling Party Pakistan Muslim league (N) has been in disarray and disintegration after the sudden disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers Case and Hudaibia papers reference. He was disqualified after the Joint Investigation Report Submitted in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The National Accountability Bureau was directed to file references against Ex-PM Nawaz and His Two sons Hassan & Husain Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz and His Son in law Captain Retired Safdar and Current Finance Minister Ishaq Dar -The Father in the law of Nawaz’s Daughter. The Nab Court was tasked to decide the Case in 6 months and announce Sentence under said Rules.

In this connection, the Nab Court served Notices to PM Nawaz, his Two sons, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, His Son in law Captain Safdar and Ishaque Dar the Finance Minister in the Both Cabinets of Former PM Nawaz Sharif and Current PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The First Notices did not comply and none appeared before the court to prove their Innocence. after Serving the notices Twice, NAB Court convicted the Hassan, Husain, Maryam, Captain Safdar and Nawaz Sharif.

Due to defiance of notices, Court had Issued Non-bailable warrants of Nawaz Sharif’s Children and captain Safdar was arrested at the airport by the Nab authorities and later he was released on bail. Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif appeared in the Nab court and left for the UK where his Wife Kulsoom was operated for Throat Cancer. According to his party Sources, he Will return to Pakistan in January next year. He has decided not to face the trial after conviction. Ex PM’s Daughter and His Son in law are facing Trial of Panama Papers and Mayfair Flats Issue. The PML (N) also seems to be disintegrated as there have been several intra Party differences especially the question of next party chief as Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif cannot become the party chief after disqualification by Supreme Court in Panama Papers case.

In addition, the Senate has also passed a resolution against its own of. to stop the doors for the disqualified Person to head the political party as earlier the Ruling party had been successful to get the bill passed in Senate to pave the way for Nawaz to head the party. There are also family differences between two brothers i.e Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif as well. Nawaz wants his daughter to head the party whereas some want Shahbaz as Party chief such a situation has further confused Sharif Family. Furthermore, The arrest of Sharjeel Memon of PPP in 6 billion corruption case by NAB, has further affected the Pakistan People’s Party popularity among the people of Sindh as it has raised the eyebrows of the PPP MNAs and MPAs to change their loyalties and get themselves as the Corruption of billions of rupees unfolds. The arrest has also sent shock waves to the PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari to discuss the matter and get efforts to get him released from the NAB.

PPP has been giving the impression that they have been targeted as NAB is aggressive Towards PPP and Flexible towards Nawaz Sharif and His family members. To some extentappeared in their opinion may have weight age as you all know that Nawaz and his family have been left for with Accountability court proceedings even Nawaz Sharif himself absconding from the Trial proceedings against him and his family. PPP’s state of affairs is further aggravated by Agha Siraj Durrani The Speaker Sindh Assembly who had insulted the Vote in a public gathering sparking a wave of protest against him through Social Media, Electronic and Print Media. People Expressed their anger strongly and condemned his remarks for the sanctity of Vote and its importance. People went to say that PPP has devalued their Vote mandate and they may face challenges in Upcoming Election of 2018 and when they reach out to the people again and seek votes for the candidates.

Even Party’s Co-Chairman Asif Zardari, His Sister Faryal Talpur, and Awais Muzaffar Tappi are also facing corruption charges and soon may be booked for the cases pending against them especially the misappropriation in Development funds, awarding contracts to Bahria Town and selling Properties of millions , China cutting issues , Sale of Jobs and other cases. These high profile figures may soon be in the grip of NAB given to their cases sensitivity. Thirdly, The Division of MQM into two factions i.e. MQM London and MQM Pakistan has further widened the political vacuum of urban politics as earlier MQM was the major party having urban mandate specially from Karachi and Hyderabad. The Division was caused by Altaf Husain’ Hate speech against Armed Forces and connections with Indian agency Raw which prompted action against the party’s working and the Rangers commandos Raided the MQM Headquarters situated at 90 and arrested several most wanted criminals and seized a large number of sophisticated weapons bullets and other explosive material. The Rangers had also demolished MQM offices and the encroached land was evacuated with help of Rangers.

After such major offensive, MQM Pakistan was born headed by Dr Farooque Sattar. He reconstituted the Coordination Committee to escape action from Rangers. The Division of MQM into Two factions i.e. London and Pakistan created disarray among the party and the old Party workers and candidates were divided some went in support of MQM London and Some supported the MQM Pakistan under new leadership i.e. Dr Farooque Sattar. The Division also created Space for Rebellious candidates to found a new party.

The Ex-Mayor of Karachi Mustafa Kamal intro Pakistan after self-exile and Established his own party namely Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and contacted the old companions of MQM to join the new party as MQM was under the influence of Altaf Hussain. Many Notable figures joined the PSP including Anis Kaimkhani, Raza Haroon, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Waseem Aftab, Anees Khan advocateAfkhar Randhawa, Bilquis Mukhtar and Hundreds of MQM workers joined the New Party.

The PSP has been termed as fastest growing New Party with many well known and veteran politicians are joining the party prior to Next General Elections of 2018. Although, the PSP has not fielded any Candidate for either seat of Provincial Seats or National Assembly Seats as it has been newly established party but experts and political pundits are of the view that in Upcoming Ele-ctions it may have more seats from urban Population of Karachi and Hyderabad and May give a tough time to MQM Pakistan. The PSP is organizing its District Base throughout the Province of Sindh in order to get support from Interior Sindh. The PSP has also organized biggest Public gatherings in big cities such as Karachi and Hyder-abad and attracted huge number people. The party may take time to get deeply rooted in mainstream politics.

In this whole Process, the PTI seems to be well ahead of all other parties and considered the hot favourite for the upcoming General Elections of 2018, given its current pace and people friendly approach. It is the only Party that unfolded the PPP-PML (N) Nexus of political turns through a traditional term “Muk Muka” to deceive the people. PTI exposed the corruption of both parties and Staged sit in and carried out long March against the alleged Rigging in the Elections of 2013 in Punjab and how PTI’s mandate law of. Jamaat Islami is also one of the moderate Islamic Parties which may influence the future Elections of 2018 as its Ameer Mr Siraj Haq has reinvigorated the party as it was in the times of Qazi Hussain Ahmed. Currently, PTI and JI have a coalition Government in KPK.

The efforts are underway by the religious parties to revive the MMA by uniting on the single platform and making the alliance of religious Parties to contest and field the joint and consensus candidates in General Elections of 2018. In case, MMA is revived then JI may part ways from PTI but if MMA was not revived, then these two parties may remake their alliance in KP, Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan to get maximum seats to form the Central and Provincial Governments.

As PPP has lost its vote bank in Punjab, KP, Baluchistan and PTI have been 2nd biggest Party in Punjab and leading party in KP in the last Election of 2013. Even PTI has won the NA -04 Seat recently. PTI has been pursuing the expansion policy and they have the presence in all the four provinces including A-zad Kashmir. They have got good well-known political fi-gures and some are the Vete-ran PPP and PML -N stalwa-rts and their lookout are still on. According to their party plan, they want to contest every seat in every province of Pakistan -be it Provincial Assembly or National Assembly or Senate.

The Smaller parties such as JUI, ANP, PML Q and PML (F) etc are not in position to clean sweep the election but they may get their seats wherever these have influenced such as JUI in KPK and convicted the ANP in KPK and Karachi, PML (Q) in Punjab and the PML (F) in Sindh. These Parties will join the coalition of such party that will get the clear majority to form the Government as in Past it is evident from their alliances Especially, MQM, JUI and PML (F) intend to be the part of Govt either at provincial Level or in Central Government.

Although, JUI is a Religious party, yet it has remained coalition partner with PPP and currently in PML (N) led Govt. Similarly, MQM has remained the coalition partner with PPP. Hence, after a detailed analysis, we have found that PML(N) has been baffled by NAB references, PPP has not organized itself in Punjab, Parties are KP, Baluchistan. PPP may take seats in Sindh especially the areas where it has more influence at home constituencies where PPP backed candidates have been winning for many years such as Larkana, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Dadu, Nawabshah etc.

In this context, PTI is well prepared to sweep the upcoming General Elections as the ground is empty and PTI has to work out on a rigorous Plan to get the majority to form the government. PTI has upper hand in existing circumstances unless there is any possible deal between the PPP and PML (N) as these two parties are well known to have such secret deals to put dust in the eyes of People as we have seen the friendly opposition in the current government.

PTI should have strong candidates specially in Sindh to provide oppressed people of Sindh with an option to get rid of corrupt PPP that has played with their fortune and swallowed their development budget and even insulted the Votes given by the people of Sindh on basis of votes, they were put in power but in return they have given the dusty and bumpy roads, sewage-filled cities and flooded streets. There is no name of Merit and Jobs are sold like hot cakes in millions of rupees. In Sindh, to Succeed PTI has to approach the Feudal, landlords Tribal chieftains and Sayeds who make up of 90 percent of MPAs in Sindh along with Minorities. Only, non-corrupt people may be included in the party.

Finally, it all depends upon the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold free, fair and transparent election by Implementing Electronic Voting machines and Biometric Machines to League the chances of rigging and bogus voting. The Army may be deployed in and outside the polling stations so that law and order situation may be improved. The Polling stations may be linked through GIS system so that polling locations may track through GPS. The upcoming Govern-ment will have to address the issue of Load shedding if left unresolved by current regime Economy, IMF loan Rep-ayments, Terrorism Issue, Governance, Education and Health Sector Improvement and More Importantly to dev-ise an effective foreign Policy of Pakistan on basis equality where the nation may not be forced to do more despite doing enough and having rendered unlimited sacrifices in fighting Terrorism.


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Sane advice

A senior PML N leader and also former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has advised his party leadership to shun confrontation with state institutions and patiently face their cases in the court of law. He lamented that PML N has become a party of personal vested interest, which is causing loss and injury to the country that is already engulfed in dangers. He said the leadership of the party should come out of the state of deaf and dumb and think seriously about the overall problems as the country is facing covert and overt dangers from several countries.

Former Interior Minister warned that the politics of personal interest will be disastrous for all. He said the country is confronted with more problems than 1970 as at that time only one country posed threat to us and now we face dangers from many countries. He said his contention is that we should struggle in the Supreme Court and should prefer party interest over personal interest. He stressed the need to seriously work on dangers.

The analysis of Chaudhry Nisar depicts the security threat to Pakistan on its western and eastern borders and the dangers from within. But the government has become hostage to whims and obduracy of Sharif family. The meeting of the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and important cabinet ministers reveal the bitter fact that PML N top notch is deliberately neglecting the precarious situation of this directly impacting national security. Ironically the disqualified Prime Mister Nawaz Sharif makes sarcastic reference to the 1971 tragedy. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, being imbibed with the true spirit of patriotism, has made rightly warned the top leadership of his party to rise above personal interest and focus on national interest. The war in Afghanistan and infiltration of terrorists from that country in Pakistan should have been the priority of the federal government instead of playing a subservient role for protecting somebody’s personal interest. The former Interior Minister has also eluded between the lines to the involvement of foreign agencies to weaken the country internally.

The incumbent Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal appears to be oblivious of imminent dangers to the national security when he blames the imaginary troika and hidden hands for political instability and ignores the virulent diatribe of PML N leaders against state institutions.  The interior Minister remains tight lipped about the activities of foreign intelligence agencies operating in Pakistan for carrying of terrorism. He never gives response when the terrorist attacked on the security check posts along the Pak-Afghan border. Likewise, he is not keen about implementing the remaining 17 points of National Action Plan (NAP). This vocalization of Ahsan Iqbal is purely to glorify the disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the garb of championing the cause of oligarchic democracy which has not delivered to the people of Pakistan. The press talks of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in London after presiding over a meeting PML N top brass yesterday is glaring example of disrespect for higher Judiciary.  The PML N chief said that he did not get fair trial in the Panama Papers case whereas the Supreme Court provided every opportunity to Sharif family to submit money trail of their offshore assets. He said in satirical tone,” if this was fair trial, then I would have not been disqualified on Iqama instead of Panama Papers” He ignored the fact the Iqama can be used as conduit for money laundering. He should heed the advice of former Interior Minister and contest his case in the Accountability Court and void maligning the justice system of the country. The senior leaders of PML N including the cabinet minister should listen to the sane advice of former