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Cultural policy of PTI-led KP govt receives unprecedented response

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Despite several years delay in formulation of cultural policy, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government eventually finalized the draft of mush awaited cultural policy being eulogized by Cultural Journalists Forum (CJF).

Expressing satisfaction over draft of cultural policy in its meeting held on Sunday, the CJF termed it a well prepared document which they said would help safeguarding both art and artists in addition to preservation and protection towards building a peaceful society.

Chaired by Ihtisham Toru, the participants said they had been urging the KP successive governments since long to formulate a comprehensive cultural policy draft that could ensure building and promoting a soft image of our culture and art. They said it was a great moment for the artists and people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to enjoy a comprehensive cultural policy after the 18th constitutional amendment.

Participants of the meeting also admired Mohammad Azam Khan, chief secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who had initiated the work on drafting a well thought cultural policy for the people who had suffered great losses to militancy and philistinism.

The meeting pledged CJF would continue to raise voice for rights of artists and writers and would always patronize genuine policies of every KP government that could provide relief to poor masses including artist’s community and literati.

Speaking on the occasion Ihtisham Toru said that the belated cultural policy draft should be implemented in its true letter and spirit.

He said though the KP government wasted too much time on formulation of the cultural policy but further delay in its implementation would not be fruitful.

He claimed CJF took pains to raise the voice of artists and literati across the province for their genuine rights. “RICH project and stipend schemes for deserving artists and writers had already won hearts of many. We hope KP culture department would provide assistance to promote art and artists in the militancy hit province,” Mr Toru said.

He offered help to the KP government for promoting the cause of promoting local and indigenous art and culture.

The cultural policy the participants said guaranteed the rights of all stakeholders without any discrimination. “With it our more than two dozen native languages would get a new life and their speakers would be able to take pride in their own indigenous culture.

Now we should not listen to the sad news of a small language spoken in Chitral, Kohistan and parts of Swat being wiped out from our soil,” the meeting said.

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ANP to observe Bacha Khan Death anniversary

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Workers of Awami National Party (ANP)Landi Kotal vowed that they would commemorate death anniversaries of Bacha Khan(Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan and Abdul Wali Khan scheduled to held on 28th January.

It is to be mentioned here that ANP observes jointly the 30th and 12th  death anniversaries of Bacha Khan and Abdul Wali Khan respectively.

Sharing details ANP, Landi Kotal President Haji Saida Jan Afridi said that in that connection a main gathering had been arranged at Bacha Khan Markaz, Peshawar that would workers from across the country. He added that all preparation had been finalized to participate in the moot to be planned on January 28th.

The workers rally, Afridi maintained would leave  Bacha Chawk,Landi Kotal Bazaar for Peshawar on Sunday, at 10:am on 28,January  and large number of volunteers of ANP from all three Tehsils of Khyber Agency would join it.

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KP govt establishes cardiac lab at all DHQ hospitals

Wisal Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department has issued a notification to established Cardiac Lab in all districts headquarter hospital across the province.

This was said in a notification issued from the health department the notification said that heart diseases increasing day by day  in the province and it is dire need of the time to be equipped all the district hospital for the facility.

The notification further said that district headquarter hospital will be equipped with heart surgery where all the facilities will be available to the patients, adding that it will also reduce burden on tertiary care hospitals.

It is further said that most of the divisional hospital have been declared as teaching hospital as according to the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) there service of cardiac lab will be established in those hospital.

This was approved by the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 27th September 2017 in the cabinet division meeting to established cardiac lab across the province.

The notification further added that the health department after the cabinet approval looks all the seven division of the province to provide this facility to the DHQ hospitals.

It is further said that total cast on the project will be Rs.1000.000 million excluded the human resource and staff salary while the health department include the project in the ADP 2018-19 in the public interest.

The Units will be establish in Mardan Medical Complex, Khalif Gul Nawaz Hospital, Mufti Mehmood Teaching Hospital, Malakand , Kohat, Bannu and D.I. Khan where these cardiac lab will be established.

In another move the health department issued a notification and directed the hospitals to clean water tanks in every year in the month of July and January.

In the notification all the hospitals administrator has directed to clean the water tanks of the hospital and other measurement regarding cleaning in the hospital as an independent monitoring team will monitor the process.

In another good move of the current provincial government for the first the health department issued Health Insaf Card to the transgender communities as around 260 cards were distributed among the transgender of Peshawar while the rest will be provided them very soon as promised by the health insaf card project director Dr. Riaz Tanoli in a function some days before at Peshawar Press Club.

When this scribe asked question regarding the health insaf card issues face by the patients in hospital as every patients were asked to submit card but after submission they were every time sign the doctor prescription from the registrar of the concern unit which is a hectic practice for the patients.

Project Director of Health Insaf Card in his reply said and accepted that there are some problems facing by the patients during treatment on SICs in hospital as they were aware of them but the department will tackle the problems very soon in the hospital administration and it will be soon solve.

It is merit mention here that the KP government passed Medical Teaching Institution Act and some doctors were now practice in hospital under the Institutional Based Practice in hospitals.

As the doctors who were setting in these hospital were divided in different categories but the most senior doctors OPD charge fee for one patient is more than Rs.1000 as poor patients can’t afford such high fee and requested the concern high ups to reduce the fee at least Rs500 which can be affordable for the patients.

The patients were of the views that as the doctors were enjoy the government set up and all the facilities including lab and other then there is no need to be submit and check up from such a high fee charges.


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First anti-polio drive of 2018 in Fata from today

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: FATA has reported no polio case in 2017. First anti polio campaign of the year 2018 starts tomorrow morning with the zeal to help keep zero polio case status in FATA. The three dayanti polio vaccination will be conducted, under the supervision of agency surgeons and security provided by political agents, commissioners and law enforcementforces.

The anti-polio vaccination campaign will continue from January 15, 2018 to January 17, 2018, followed by catch up of missed children.

Total of 1025429children below the age of 5 years will be vaccinated with polio drops by 4365 teams: comprising 3980mobile teams, 285 fixed teams and 100 transit teams.

EOC Coordinator FATA Muhammad Zubair Khanadvised EOC FATA Team tofocus on both polio high risk settlements as well as high risk mobile population to ensure vaccination of all under five years’ old children in FATA.

EOC FATA Coordinator added “we should concentrate on vaccinating high risk mobile children moving to and from the polio reservoir areas andthe persistently missed children.”

Muhammad Zubair Khan said“we are close to eradicate polio in FATA. We have achieved the goal of keeping zero polio casestatus in FATA during 2017. Andwe have extraordinary opportunity to achieve our goal of polio eradication. Our immediate priority should be to meet all requirements needed to secure global certification.”

While appreciating the efforts of field staff he added “the front line workers have left no stone unturned to safeguard children from polio virus in FATA but this dedication is needed to be sustained with the same zeal and commitment till the attainment of ultimate goal of polio eradication.”

FATA is without polio case for the last 17 months. Last polio case in FATA was reported on July 27th, 2016.  Not a single case was reported during 2017 in FATA. So far in 2018 no polio case has been reported from FATA.


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Inzamam ready to take responsibility for Pakistan’s debacle in NZ


KARACHI: Pakistan national team chief selector Inzamamul Haq has said that he is ready to take full responsibility for Sarfraz Ahmed and co’s dismal performance on their limited-overs tour of New Zealand.

Kane Williamson-led New Zealand gained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series on Saturday after humiliating Pakistan with a 183-run defeat, as the Men in Green succumbed to their third lowest total of 74 in the 50-over format while chasing 257. Inzamam, while addressing media on Sunday during the National One-Day Departmental Cup, said Pakistan need to find strength from the bench to hit back in the series.

“The players on the bench are there to be used as replacement if the mainstays are not performing,” he said. “The time has come that Pakistan try players from the bench.” When asked to comment on the batting performance, Inzamam said: “The way we have lost wickets in all the matches is not acceptable. If it had happened in a single match then we could’ve accepted it, but they did not put up a good show in all three encounters.”

The 47-year-old added that the team needed to move forward after the Champions Trophy victory but they are at a standstill at the moment. “This is nearly the same team that won the Champions Trophy and since then our performances should have become better, however we see that the team hasn’t improved,” he said. Inzamam continued saying winning and losing in part of the game but he expected a better fight from the team “I don’t care if they win or lose, but they need to perform better than this,” he said.

However, he was optimistic that they will find solutions to the problems Pakistan are facing on the tour. “There are some reasons behind these losses, but disturbing the team right now, in the middle of the series is not right. I am as worried about Pakistan’s performance as anyone else in the country, and when the team returns we will sit together with the captain, the coach and the management and talk about what happened and what can be done about, like we always do after every bad and good series.”

On a concluding note, Inzamam said if Pakistan is not able to change their fortunes in the ongoing series, he is ready to take all the responsibility. “Conditions are different in New Zealand and I agree we should do more overseas tours, but we cannot solely blame the conditions,” he explained. “Team has been making mistakes that could’ve been avoided. We still have five matches (two ODIs and three T20Is) left and we are hopeful that the team will perform better, and if it doesn’t, I’m ready to take all the responsibility.”


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Grant Flower admits playing in New Zealand a big challenge for Pakistan

Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower has accepted that playing in New Zealand is a big challenge for Pakistan, and one they have not risen to till now.

“The conditions might have helped New Zealand, but that’s no excuse for some of the shots we played,” he was quoted as saying by prominent cricket website ESPNcricinfo on Sunday. “They’re world-class bowlers playing in their home conditions, so they’ll obviously have an advantage on that front. We have players more used to playing on slow, low wickets, and that obviously tells in the way some of the wickets fell,” he added.

New Zealand’s conditions are a world away – in more ways than one – from the kind Pakistan are used to playing in, but the University Oval in Dunedin has one of the slower pitches among international grounds in the country, and it had showed in the first innings, with New Zealand’s batsmen struggling to time the ball.

When Pakistan batted, however, the pitch looked altogether different, the ball whizzing through to the wicketkeeper around shoulder height, and rising sharply off the surface. It might have been to do with the drizzle that was a constant for much of the Pakistan innings, but with the ball coming on to the bat, that could easily have worked in the batsmen’s favour.

“Yeah, well, the ball gets a bit wetter and there’s a bit more zip in the wicket,” Flower said. “But it’s still no excuse, like I said. The guys are good enough to adapt, but at this stage we haven’t been good enough, or smart enough. Against world-class bowlers, you have to be ready from ball one, but in the first ten overs so far, we’ve been blown away.”

It isn’t just the wickets that have been the problem for Pakistan in the first Powerplay. The top order has consistently looked uncomfortable against the lethal opening pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult, too often sitting on the back foot, looking to survive. It has stood in stark contrast to the way Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have approached the first 10 overs, looking to attack the bowlers and getting ahead of par scoring- rates.

“To be honest, it’s apprehension and getting caught on the crease with guys’ lack of foot movement,” Flower said. “The better way is trying to be more positive and try and take on the bowling a bit more. We’ve probably been just a bit apprehensive. I think if you get a few shots away and take the challenge to the bowlers, then all of a sudden they have to think of their lengths a bit, so hopefully we’re going to see a more positive display on our batting side.”

With a result like this, particularly in a game that had the series on the line, things can often fall apart very quickly. And it did when Pakistan toured England in 2016. There, too, the low point was a thrashing in the third ODI, where England amassed a record 444 in the first innings, and ended up winning 4-1. “I hope not (that this doesn’t become like the England tour),” Flower said with a laugh. “Mickey (Arthur) was quite measured after the match. He had a few words, but it was more just trying to let the guys know that the tour’s not over and we can turn it around very quickly. It sounds like a clich, but that’s the thing. One good match or two good matches and it’s 3-2 and then you’re going into the T20s so hopefully the guys are thinking that way, and I suppose time will tell.

“There’s always a few things we can work on technically. I spoke to the guys, we had a travelling day today, so I spoke to one or two. Then we’ll take that to the nets tomorrow, we have practice in the morning. But sometimes you don’t want to get too technical, you want to keep trying to be positive. Sometimes too much advice is not the right way to go, you just want the guys to go out and hit the ball.

But like I said, it’s a balance that the guys have to find, and hopefully over the next few days we will find that.”

When pressed about how he reckoned Pakistan could reconcile playing attacking shots without playing the sort of poor shots they have so far, Flower was blunt.

“That’s what you get paid for. That’s what you do all the practice for and the hours in the nets. The guys have to find that balance. If they can’t, they’re not worth their place in the team.”

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PHF to send jr team to Argentina, SA

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will be sending junior players to Argentina and South Africa in order to prepare them for the 2019 Asia Cup and 2020 Junior World Cup.

Talking to media, PHF Secretary Shahbaz Ahmad Sr said the national junior team will play five-matches against Olympic champions Argentina next month and then would probably travel to South Africa for a series there. “The junior team’s tour to South Africa is under finalization at the moment,” he said. He said to groom our young players we have also planned to send them to Australia for participation in their Under-21 National Domestic Championship. “Playing against Argentina, South Africa and Australia will develop advanced-level hockey skills among the junior players,” he said. Shahbaz said our players lack international exposure which is the reason why our team ends up losing in international competitions. “By providing tours to our junior players we are preparing them to replace the seniors in future,” he said. He said we had also planned junior team’s tour to many other European countries in the second half of the year whose details will be brought to fore once they are finalized.


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Roy smashes 180 as England win by five wickets

Monitoring Desk

MELBOURNE: Opener Jason Roy smashed England’s highest individual score in one-day internationals to guide his side to a comfortable five-wicket victory against Australia in the opening match of the series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The 27-year old hit 180 and combined in a third-wicket stand of 221 with test skipper Joe Root, who made an unbeaten 91, to make the seemingly steep 305-run chase look easy and help England to their first win on the tour.

Roy surpassed team mate Alex Hales’s previous ODI best of 171 during his 151-ball knock as England cruised home with seven balls to spare in a morale-boosting victory, after a demoralising 4-0 loss in the Ashes tests.

After being put in to bat in the opening ODI of the five-match series, Australia opener Aaron Finch compiled his ninth hundred in the 50-over format to help the hosts to a total of 304 for eight. Yet the target proved insufficient as Roy hit 16 fours and five sixes in a belligerent knock, his fourth ODI hundred.

Roy, who celebrated his century with a leap in the air, reached fifty in 32 balls and gave England a rollicking start in their chase with an opening stand of 53 with Jonny Bairstow in under five overs.

England stuttered a bit after fast bowler Mitchell Starc dismissed Roy, with the touring side also losing captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler soon after. Root, however, remained unbeaten to take them home. Australia had earlier lost David Warner for two to a fast and sharply-rising delivery from paceman Mark Wood while in-form skipper Steve Smith (23) and Travis Head also fell cheaply as the hosts were reduced to 78-3 in the 14th over.

Finch, who hit 10 fours and three sixes in his 107, and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh then gave Australia a platform to build on with a stand of 118.

Finch and Marsh, who made 50, fell in quick succession and it was left to Marcus Stoinis and Tim Paine to provide Australia’s late assault and give them a defendable total.

Stoinis smashed 60 in 40 balls while Paine contributed a useful 27 as the pair added 80 for the sixth wicket to help the hosts get past the 300-run mark. Brisbane will host the second match of the series on Friday.

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Yasin Malik terms Indian army chief’s remarks fascism

Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Yasin Malik has termed the statement of the Indian Army Chief as naked fascism.

The Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had said that schools in the occupied territory were teaching two maps — India’s and Jammu and Kashmir’s — to the students, which he said was radicalising youth, the KMS reported. He said the real control of India which claims to be the biggest democracy, lies in the hands of armed forces.

He said, “Indian army chief is on daily basis issuing threats to Kashmiris. Sometimes, he comes out with a plan of killing more and more Kashmiris in the name of operation and at times he divulges plans to control masjads and schools to defeat Kashmiris.”

Yasin Malik said army, forces, police and other agencies had tried all oppressive tactics including brutal killings, disappearances, arrests and torture but failed to suppress Kashmiris’ sentiments.

He said the illogical statements of Indian army chief and other Indian dignitaries on Kashmir actually showed their lack of knowledge about Kashmir.

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PTI demands to stop political vendetta against party leaders

F.P. Report

KARACHI: President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh chapter, Dr Arif Alvi has demanded of the provincial government to withdraw the fake case against PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh and others and stop political vendetta in the province.

Addressing a crowded press conference at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) here on Sunday, Dr. Arif Alvi said the case against PTI Sindh executive senior vice president Haleem Adil Sheikh in connection with Ibrahim Haideri tragedy is totally fake and lodged on political basis.

He said Haleem Adil had saved the life of the accused by getting him shifted to the police station in a mobile van, because the angry mob gathered there wanted to burn him alive. The PTI provincial President said had Haleem Adil not saved his life the mob had surely lynched the accused. He regretted that however instead of giving credit to Haleem Adil a fake case was lodged against him and 50 other people.

Dr Alvi said that instead of discharging its duties the police are busy in lodging fake cases which is deplorable. He asked to withdraw the fake case against Haleem and others; otherwise, the PTI would launch a big protest. He said after the Kasur tragedy people are very angry, but the police have failed to provide them protection. The PTI leader asked to encourage appointments of women in the education department. He said awareness amongst students should be raised to save them from such tragedies. He said CCTV cameras should be installed around the schools, especially the government schools. He said there is a big role of teachers and parents to ensure safety of children. He said media is an important stakeholder of society as it highlights such issues promptly.

However, PTI leader Jameela Baloch said that police and angry people were present there and beating up the accused when they reached there.

She said she had called Haleem Adil to rush there and he saved the accused from the mob justice and took him to the police station. She said had Haleem Adil Sheikh not helped in shifting of the accused to the police station in a mobile van the angry mob would have surely lynched him on the spot.