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Conspiracy being hatched against state not Nawaz: Safdar

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and MNA Captain retired Safdar lashed out at PTI government in KP and said Punjab government being installed power generation units, however PTI was only staging protest and even did not generate single watt of electricity.

Talking to media persons jointly with PM adviser Ameer Muqam after visiting the venue of public rally, which will be held on Feb 04, and reviewing arrangements in Peshawar, ruling party leader said that formation of Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was a conspiracy against Pakistan and now conspiracies being hatched against state not Nawaz Sharif.

“Nawaz Sharif has given Pakistan Atomic status and PML-N will win the next election,” he claimed.

Talking on the occasion PML-N provincial leader Ameer Muqam has said that the people of KP has seen the real face of the those, PTI, who were changed slogans of change and now people wanted to change in KP by bringing Nawaz Sharif in regime.

“People of KP are desperately awaiting a glimpse of Nawaz Sharif as the Peshawar rally will be the historic one in Peshawar history,” he claimed. On January 30, the informal consultative huddle of ruling party PML-N hasd decided to accelerate the momentum of the mass contact campaign by holding public rallies, which will be addressed by the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Meeting decided to speed up the mass contact campaign and Nawaz Sharif will visit Karachi, Peshawar, Muzaffarabad and Chitral in the first phase of the campaign.

Nawaz Sharif will visit Peshawar on February 4, Muzaffarabad on Feb 5 and Chitral in second week of the month.

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KPOGCL, Russian consortium sign MoU to establish oil refinery

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PESHAWAR :Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company Limited (KPOGCL) and a Russian consortium of investors Wednesday reached an agreement to establish an oil refinery having capacity to purify 200,000 barrels oil per day.

The consortium is consisted of Inter-Rao Engineering and Himmash Apparat partnered with Orpheus Energy. The Russian delegation was represented by Yaroslave Gavrylenko, Wayne Mitchells and Osman Chaudhry.

KPOGCL Chief Planning Officer (Energy and Power Department) Zainullah Shah and Yoroslav of Himmash signed the deal at a ceremony held at the KP House here.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Provincial Minister for Energy and Power Muhammad Atif were also present on the occasion.

Talking to media persons after the signing ceremony, Imran Khan welcomed the oil refinery agreement and said foreign investment was pouring in the province due to good governance and transparency.

He underlined the need for encouraging the generation of hydropower, which is inexpensive and environment-friendly.

He said around 78 megawatt hydropower electricity was readily available with the Khyber Pakhunkhwa, but the province was not getting required cooperation from the Federal Government.

He said availability of inexpensive electricity in the country would help promote business activities, increase industrial growth and bridge gap between trade and exports deficit.

The PTI Chief said the province was awaiting approval of several Memorandums of Understandings with regard to power generation, which facing delay on part of the central government.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said the oil refinery project would be a game-changer for the province as it would help in giving a boost to national economy.

He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had the potential to generate around 35,000 megawatt electricity, for which sincere efforts were required to tap the full potential.

The KP is considered a leader in production of crude and condensate production as compared with other provinces, he said, adding that the province was producing 55,000 bpd oil which is equal to 54 percent of the country’s total production.

Provincial Energy and Power Minister Muhammad Atif Khan said the Russian consortium had the vast experience in oil and gas sector, and it would help KPOGCL achieve its goal of achieving self-sufficiency in the energy sector.

He said the government was extending full cooperation to foreign investors and providing them conducive environment for investment in diverse fields.

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Tribesmen ask IGP for action against Akbarpura SHO

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PESHAWAR: Tribesmen of Khyber Agency have alleged police officer of Akbarpura Police Station Nowshera district of abducting Abdullah Afridi and Khadi Khan Afirdi from a Hujra and implicated them in fake case of having six kg hashish.

They asked Inspector General of Police (IGP) to initiate an inquiry into the matter. The accusations against Station House Officer (SHO) of Akbarpura police station in Nowshera district were leveled during a news conference held on Wednesday at Peshawar press club.

Speaking on the occasion, Hazrat Wali Afridi, a brother of Abdullah Wakil and Said Arif Afridi, son Khadi Khan, a retired Sobedar, accused that alleged SHO had abducted their family members from Muhammad Arshad’s Hujra in the area on Jan 22, 2018. About the SHO Muhammad Nawaz, they said he  on the next day (23rd Jan 2018) showed them as smugglers carrying 6kg hashish and arrested on motorway, which they added was totally baseless and unjustified stance.

They said that Khadi Khan had sold his motorcar to someone and went there to receive the payment from the person and they decided to meet each other at Arshad’s Hujra. When they reached meanwhile, the concerned SHO raided the Hujra, detaining and took them to the police station.

They maintained the policemen had also taken away cellular phones and another motor, in which, they reached to Akbarpura. However, they said, after the cruelty and injustice of police with the tribal men, they approached provincial police chief through an application with hope, the application would be considered, was forwarded to District Police Officer (DPO) Nowshera.

The DPO, they claimed, had got them out of his office when they approached him to consider the matter, “The DPO made bad treatment with us being considered us as tribal people”, they alleged. They, demanded of the IGP to personally order an inquiry into the matter in order to give them justice by giving exemplary punishment to the concerned SHO and DPO as well for ill-treatment with them.

Aggrieved tribesmen warned the youth from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) would be compelled to stage protest demonstrations in front of Governor House and IGP and all the responsibilities would rest with the provincial government if action was not taken on the matter.


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Police denies complaints against Mujahid Afridi

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PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police spokesman Wednesday denied media reports that late  Asma Rani or any of her family members had earlier informed police about harassment by Mujahid  Afridi, her alleged killer.

In a statement issued here, he said that no verbal or written complaint was registered in that regard in the police station concerned.

Safia Rani, sister of Asma Rani told media that her sister was facing a constant harassment campaign and threats from Mujahid Afridi. She claimed that both the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police and  Aftab Alam knew about the life threats.

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IRADA organize workshop

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Institute for Research, Advocacy and Development (IRADA) organized three day-long workshops on online safety and digital hygiene for journalists and information practitioners of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

This series of workshops were conducted by Iqbal Khattak, a veteran journalist and expert on journalists’ safety. During the workshops, the participant from various media houses and human rights organizations from across the province and FATA were informed about the potential security hazards and risks concerning their digital tools, equipment and social media platforms.

The trainer shared techniques to ensure safety of digital equipment including computers, tabs and cell phones as well as safe online presence. He highlighted the importance of secure emails, Facebook accounts and twitter handles and how unhygienic online activities can pose risks to the users.

The participants were also briefed about constitutional and legal framework relating to social media and online privacy and freedom of information. Extents and limitations of the constitutional rights such as freedom of expression under Article 19 and right to information under Article 19-A for online information practitioners were discussed.

The participants were also informed about the platforms under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 to lodge complaints against online harassment and other electronic crimes against the citizens, particularly women and children.

Muhammad Aftab Alam, executive director of IRADA, shared his views about the significance and importance of social media and its role in informing and educating communities about the social issues. He also spoke about effective use of social media platforms for promoting citizen’s rights and democratic values.


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Journalists stressed to play role for development of area

Hafiz Muhammad Aziz-u-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: Minster of State for Information, Broadcasting National Heritage and National History, Marriyum Aurangzeb has stressed upon the journalists to wield their pen in a responsible manners to present good image of the country.

While administering oath of office to the newly elected office bearers of district union of journalist/press club here this afternoon, she said that media enjoyed full freedom and excess to information, had to play its vital role in removing the obstacles of mistrust, transform it into abiding hope and confidence and reinforcing democracy. She said that ensuring freedom of expression and allowing flow of information was one of the top priorities of the PML-N Govt. since it came to power.

She said that striving to crate congenial atmosphere for the media to play its desired role was also inevitable to revive its image by truthful reporting, as pen is a trust and the journalists should distinguish between truth and falsehood.

She further said that due to the vision of former PM Nawaz Sharif the terrorist incidents in the country have been decreases to great extent. Mover ever CPEC is biggest gift of former PM which would change the destiny of the nation adding that fifty billion dollars investment came into Pakistan due to this project. The present regime has also overcome loadshedding and has added 11,000 megawatts to the national grid.

She said that apart from reviving the economy, the government has also restored peace in the country due to various steps taken in line with the vision of former PM Mian Muhammad Nawaz by the unmatched sacrifices offered by the Pakistan Army and LEA.

She said although corruption of not even a single rupee had been established during the tenure of PM Nawaz Sharif in the Panama case yet he had been sent home in Iqama and this verdict had not been accepted by the masses adding that only that party would come to power in next election which had served the masses. She slated those opposition leaders seeking power from back door were only wasting time of the nation and they have no future in politics and they were only blocking the path leading the country to prosperity.

The Minister said that PML-N would emerge victorious during the upcoming elections due to its performance which is visible across the country. She termed Saira Afzal Tarar Minster for National Health Services as “Lioness” of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif due to her courageous leadership and performance in her ministry as well as ensuring best possible healthcare to the masses, introducing health card at union council level and fulfilling all her promises she had made to the people in 2013 general election.

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Farmers demand release of water for irrigation purposes

F.P. Report

MARDAN: Anjuman-i-Kashtkaraan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Mardan Chapter) have demanded of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf provincial government to release supply of water in irrigation watercourse and avoid stoppage of water.

Flanked by other office-bearers, vice-provincial president of Anjuman-i-Kashtkaraan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Haji Niamat Shah Roghani told media-persons at Mardan press club here on Wednesday that growers had been facing difficulties due to dry weather this year.

He criticized the incumbent provincial government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf as well as irrigation department for stopping supply of water in the water-courses in the ongoing dry year.

Haji Niamat Shah Roghani claimed that although the British government during its rule over here also used to stop water in water-channels or water-courses in months of January and February every year but whenever there was dry-year or dry-weather then they did not stop supply of water in water-courses.

He lamented that despite of current dry-year; the irrigation department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had stopped supply of water in cannels. “We have been facing matchless problems due to ongoing dry-year or dry-weather,” he added.


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Alliance warns agitation against Khyber Rifles

Ahmad Nabi

LANDI KOTAL: Political Alliance of Khyber Agency denounced teasing of tribesmen on pretext of search operations and crackdown launched against tribesmen of Khuga Khel next to Non Custom Paid (NPC) vehicles and warned indefinite protest to be launched if it was not forthwith halted.

Addressing to a joint press conference  held in Landi Kotal press club on Wednesday tribal leaders of various political parties including Fata Sectary General of  Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Fazal (JUI-F) Mufti Muhammad Ijaz, Pakistan Peoples Party, Khyber Agency President, Hazrat Wali Afridi, Fata President of Pakistan Justice & Democratic Party (PJDP), Daulat Shah Afridi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Landi Kotal chapter President, Zarbullah Shinwari, local leaders of Jamat-e-Islami (JI), Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz (PML-N) and Awami National Party (ANP) respectively Muqthader Shah Afridi, Israr Shinwari  and Meenawal Shinwari said that last day troops of Khyber Rifles wing of Frontier Corp (FC) violated honor and respect values of tribal society while entering into  houses of the tribesmen of Khuga Khel tribe without prior information on the name of  search operation  to arrest miscreants who had fired shells on forces cantonment that was a matter of concern.

They arrested 40 allegedly innocent tribesmen and sit condition for their releases to handover them the culprits that was impossible for them, they maintained. “The tribal of Khuga Khel are peaceful people and cannot be involved in any anti-state activity and if the forces have any information pertaining the miscreant, the whole tribe will assist them to apprehend the criminal”, they regretted.

They also condemned step mother behavior towards tribesmen and said NCP vehicle were permitted in other parts of the country including Malakand Division but the Khyber Rifles initiated crackdown against it in Landi Kotal and seized numbers of cars which was a deliberate attempt to push the tribal youth to militancy.

Leaders of the Political Alliance blamed the forces and administration officials for ignorance in abduction of 17 locals who had been kidnapped by unknown armed persons more than five months back and were still missing but ironically the authorities did not adopt concrete strategy for their release that put question mark on the efficiency of the responsible ones. They also disapproved the management policy, applied in Torkham and asked for initiating of pro-tribal schemes at the border.

The political elites warned that if the Khyber Rifles what they said unnecessary operation was not immediately stop and release order of 40 innocent detainees was not issued beside with returning of seized NCP vehicles  than they would start massive protest from 6th of February.  They threatened of blacking of Pak-Afghan highway, boycotting of the up-coming polio campaign and social boycott of the administration and the FC.


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Residents demand action against SHO

F.P. Report

MARDAN: A resident of Palo Dhari Spenkai along with other relatives demanded of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to take departmental action against Station House Officer of Chura Police Station for not registering FIR against accused persons.

Speaking at a news conference held here on Tuesday, Badal Khan accompanied by his other relatives said that his opponents Mubarik Zeb, Bakhtayar Zeb along with their sons on November 19, 2017 critically injured his sons identified as Nasir Khan with knife over a land dispute. He further said that his son received deep injuries on his nose and other parts of body as a result attacks by the above mentioned accused with knife.

He blamed that the station house officer (SHO) of Chura police station refused to register first information report (FIR) against the accused when he went over there for registration of report.

He said that the relevant doctors of  Mardan Medical Complex (MMC) had referred his injured son to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar when they took him to MMC hospital for treatment soon after receiving knife. He lamented that  the doctors over carried out operations twice of the injuries his son.

He alleged during that time on November 20, 2017 the doctor of MMC hospital in Mardan gave report of simple injuries of his son without waiting for the LRH doctor’s report.

He said that his son was admitted at LRH for two months to get treatment. He alleged that police did not take any action against the alleged accused despite of passage of two months so far.

He also blamed that the accused were influential people that was why his grandson who is studying in prep class left the school due to threats of the accused to his family members. He appealed chief justice of Peshawar high court, chief minister KP and police high-ups to take up the matter seriously and provide them speedy justice.


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Girl Student killing: Protest demo continues against Asma murder

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: Though Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken notice of the killing of Ayub Medical College Abbotabad third year student Asma Rani the protest demonstrations are continued in home district of the murdered student.

The female student Asma Rani was murdered in Kohat on Jan 28 after her parents had refused to give hand to one of the killers Mujahid Afridi who fled to Saudi Arabia on Umra visa after committing the heinous crime. The brutal incident sparked protests in Lakki Marwat district when body of the killed students was brought to Naurang town for burial.

On Wednesday, around one hundred students and youths took out a rally in Lakki city to condemn the killing of female student and express solidarity with her family. Led by youths’ leaders Faisal Kamal and Faqeer Muneeb the rally started from Shaheed Abid Ali chowk near Government Postgraduate College Building on Lakki Tajazai road and converged at Qazi Ishfaq chowk on main bus stand. The protesters carried banners and placards and they raised slogans against the government for failing to arrest the prime suspect of murder case.

Speakers demanded of the government to arrest the prime suspect Mujahid Afridi and facilitators of killers and hang them in public. They said that the residents of entire district were with the bereaved family of slain female students and would raise voice against the heinous incident on all forums.

They warned that the agitation could turn violent if the killer Mujahid Afridi was not arrested within three days. Also in the day, Jamat-e-Islami Youth Khyber Pakhtunkhwa president Abdul Ghaffar visited the residence of Ghulam Dastagir in Naurang town to condole the death of her daughter Asma Rani.

Other office bearers including provincial general secretary Yousaf Mashwani, senior vice president Ejaz Khattak, information secretary Muhammad Naeem Eesaki and JI’s tehsil councilor Azizullah also accompanied him. The JI leaders offered fateha for the slain female medical student and asked the government to bring the killers into clutches of law without any delay.

“Not only the family of Asma Rani the entire nation is deeply saddened over her brutal murder and that Jamat-e-Islami will raise voice against such heinous crimes against women and children”, Mr Ghaffar maintained, calling upon the government to take practical steps for safeguarding the rights of women and to control happening of such incidents in future. He warned that JI youth would launch agitation across the province if prime killer of the murdered female student was not arrested within three days.