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Governor asks political agents to hold Jirgas for resolution of masses’ problems

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has empowered all political agents in FATA and asked them to hold Jirgas (public meetings) at agency’s level for resolution of masses’ problems.

Addressing a grand Tribal Jirga here at Governor House, he said the government is committed to providing 1000 billion rupees for development projects in FATA under 10-year development program.

He directed that such Jirgas should held at-least three times in a year so that the direct consultation with tribal people could be arranged.

The governor stressed the need for unity and cohesion for development and prosperity of the country. He said the government has great respect for tribal people as they have given great sacrifices for protection of motherland.

He said that hundreds of thousand migrated tribal families have returned to their native areas and rest of the five percent temporarily displaced persons would be settled by the end of June this year.

The Governor said that government was providing financial assistance and facilities to those TDPs who were returning, adding that existing government had spent Rs 86 billion on 1046 development projects whereas work on 354 was underway.

Referring to CPEC project, he assured to recommend the federal government to contact FATA with CPEC through a link road.

The Jirga was attended by Federal Minister for SAFRON Ghalib Khan Advocate, Tribal MNAs and Senators, Additional Chief Secretary FATA Sikandar Qayum, Commissioners, Political Agents of all FATA agencies and notables of different tribal agencies.

Senator Orangzaib Orakzai and MNA Jamal ud Din addressing on the occasion appreciated the government’s measures for peace in FATA and respectable return of TDPs.

They said tribal people always gave sacrifices for protection of the country and stood should by should with Pak Army in war against terrorism.

They also appreciated the sacrifices of Pak Army and other security agencies and said peace in FATA has restored after huge sacrifices and nobody would be allowed to create unrest of disturb security situation in FATA.

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At least 49 school girls fainted in Lashkargah city

Monitoring Desk

LASHKARGAH (AIP): At least 49 female students of a school fainted due to unknown causes in Lashkargah, capital of Helmand province, education and health officials said Monday.

Ahmad Bilal, deputy academic director of Helmand education department, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that 17 students of Central High School for Girls in Lashkargah city collapsed on Monday. They were taken to the hospital for treatment.

He said the condition of the patients was stable while the prosecutors have started investigations to ascertain cause of the incident.

He said the victims were the students of grade 10. It was unclear if the school girls collapsed due to consuming poisonous food, drinks or odour.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Barak, head of Helmand’s Boost Hospital said 29 victims have been brought to the hospital so far.

Another official, however, told AIP on condition of anonymity that 49 school girls, who had gone to their homes, were brought to the hospital by their relatives.

According to doctors, most of the patients were provided oxygen immediately after they were received at the hospital.

Several such incidents also happened in different regions of Afghanistan in the past the government failed find its exact causes.




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Maternity ward being built in Kabul children hospital

Monitoring Desk

KABUL (Pajhwok): The foundation stone of a building for a maternity section at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital was laid on Monday in Kabul, an official said.

Public Health Minister Firozuddin Firoz, who attended the ceremony, said the maternity ward would help cure some complex children’s diseases in order families avoid sending their ailing kids abroad for treatment.

The minister the 100-bed maternity section would be turned into a research and treatment center of mothers and infants with complex diseases.

A children’s heart surgery center would be also opened in Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in near future, Firoz said.

Ihsanullah Bayat, head of the Bayat Foundation, on the occasion said that the ward would be built on a 700-square meter area in four storeys.

He said the ward would offer services including surgery, maternity, children’s cancer, eyes, ear and throat (ENT), blood bank, radiography and treatment of C-section deliveries.

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has allocated land for the ward which would be handed over to the ministry once completed, he said.

Mohammad Khan, first deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who was also present, appreciated Bayat Foundation for its contributions and services to ailing humanity and said the new project would be a great step for resolving mother’s health problems.

He hoped other investors would also come forward and invest in different areas and take part in helping the impoverished masses.

Noorul Haq Yousufi, head of Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, said the hospital had been treating children for the past 48 years in Afghanistan. He was happy about the building for the maternity ward.

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Pest attack destroys wheat crop in Samangan capital

Monitoring Desk

AIBAK: Farmers in northwestern Samangan province complain thousands of acres of wheat and barley crops have been destroyed by a type of insect.

Growers grumble the insect attacked their crops 20 days ago but the Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Department has takenno steps to counter the assault.

Azad, a farmer from Akhta Khana village of the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News he had cultivated a tonne of wheat but the bug had ruined one-third of his farms. The insect has spoiled wheat and barley farms in the area, he said, adding the bug was locally called moar — a small insect that attack wheat and barley as soon as the crops start growing.

Khal Mohammad, another grower from the Sharikyar village of Aibak, said he had sown 280 kilograms of wheat seeds but the insects destroyed them all.

The pesthad been damaging people’s crops over the past several years in Aibak but the agriculturedepartment had done nothing to deal with the threat. Gulabuddin Ghayasi, plant protections manager at the agriculture department, confirmed farms had been damaged in many areas around the Samangan capital.

The affected localities included Taikhonak, Sharikyar, Manqutan, Dokoh, Tasma, Kandai, Saydara, Surcha and Rubatak.He said the insecthad destroyed more than 10,000 acres of crops.

The department requested the ministry concerned for dealing with the problem in the past, but it did not pay enough attention to the issue, Ghayasi said.

He added the ministry only telephoned them to prepare a list of pesticides and tell farmers to purchase them from the market. The department had distributed 30 litres of pesticides available to farmers, he concluded.

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Taliban among several dead, injured in Kunduz airstrike

Monitoring Desk

KUNDUZ: Multiple Taliban and civilians were killed when a gathering was targeted in an airstrike in Dasht-e-Archi district in northeastern Kuduz province on Monday. Local residents told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that a ceremony held for the graduates of a religious seminary in Fatanio area in Dasht-e-Archi district was targeted in the airstrike.

Taliban and civilians were attending the ceremony, they said. Both Taliban and civilians suffered casualties in the blitz. According to local residents, about 100 people suffered casualties in the strike.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by Afghan Army’s 20th Division in Kunduz stated that a delegation of Taliban’s Shura led by Maulvi Baryan was targeted in the blitz. Maulvi Baryan among 15 Taliban fighters were killed and 10 more wounded in the airstrike, it said.

An official in Kunduz, who wished not to be named, confirmed the strike, saying about 50 Taliban suffered casualties in the blitz.

Officials of Kunduz and Taliban have not said anything formally in this regard so far.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AIP that a graduation ceremony of religious students was targeted in the blitz. He said about 150 civilians were martyred in the strike. The dead included children, he said, adding that even a single Taliban fighter did not exist among the victims, he claimed.


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Taliban reject killing of Chinese gunmen

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Rejecting the reports about the killing of deputy head of Chinese gunmen during operation of Afghan forces in Jurm district in Badakhshan, the Taliban said on Monday the enemy was trying to create concerns for the neighbors of Afghanistan by spreading such claims.

In a press release available with Afghan Islamic Press (AIP), Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the reports about the killing of Chinese nationals in Jurm district in Badakhshan were based on propaganda campaign.

“The Islamic Emirate strongly rejects the baseless propaganda of the enemy. Neither a single foreign national exists in this area, nor does anyone know a person with the name of Mullah Mustafa. Perhaps the enemy wants to create concerns for the neighboring countries of Afghanistan and entice them against the Islamic Emirate,” he said.

He said the Taliban had shared their stance directly with the international community, adding that the countries not engaged in the Afghan war were sure on their stance of peace.

The citizens of other countries do not exist in Taliban ranks, he said, adding that no one would be allowed to use the Afghan soil to damage other countries and nations.

Afghan officials said that two Chinese gunmen, including their deputy commander identified as Mustafa and multiple Taliban fighters were killed during operation in Farghamiro area in Jurm district two days ago.

Similarly, four civilians were killed and 25 more wounded in the offensive.

In a separate press release, Taliban condemned the Israeli troops for opening fire on Philistine protesters. They asked the Muslim countries to support the people of Philistine.

The Taliban said the Israeli occupying forces took the step after the US formally announced Baitul Muqadas as the capital of Israel. The US was involved in all the crimes of Israel in the region, they said. Both the US and Israel were involved in anti-human crimes, the Taliban noted.

The Israeli soldiers opened fire on Philistine protesters, leaving 15 dead and over 70 more injured on last Friday.


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Six Daesh gunmen killed in Jawzjan

Monitoring Desk

SHEBERGHAN: Six Islamic State fighters were killed and 10 more wounded in a clash with the security forces in Darzaab district in Jawzjan province, officials said on Monday.

Islamic State gunmen attacked a local police checkpoint in Khawaja Ashkar area in Darzaab district, Jawzjan security in-charge Abdul Hafeez Khashi told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

Six armed men were killed and 10 more sustained injuries in the gunfight, he said. Seven police personnel were also wounded in the clash, he added. Security officials in Jawzjan said the Islamic State or Daesh gunmen have started attacking police checkpoints at night in Darzaab district over the past few days. The armed men were trying to capture the district, they added.

Meanwhile, Jawzjan provincial assembly member Maulvi Abdul Hai Hayat told AIP that Daesh gunmen have made advance movement in Darzaab and Qoshtipa districts. There was about 80 percent chance of the collapse of the district headquarters into the hands of Daesh, he noted.

However, security officials in Jawzjan said that the armed opponents, including Daesh had been damaged up to a great extent in these districts. No one would be allowed to capture the districts, he added. Jawzjan security in-charge said the concerns of people and provincial assembly members about the collapse of these districts were baseless. Two local police were killed and nine more injured in a similar attack of Daesh in Darzaab district the other night.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State or Daesh issued a press release on social media on Monday, saying two police personnel were killed and nine more injured in Darzaab district in Jawzjan.

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Army distribute 30,000 saplings in SWA

F.P. Report

WANA: Pakistan Army under a special tree plantation drive Monday distributed 30,000 saplings and 1500 fruit plants free of cast among tribal people to strengthen the forest in South Waziristan Agency (SWA). Range Officer of Forest Department, Wazir Khan said that the drive has been started from Shershak area of Kaniguram where media was especially engaged to create awareness among the people.

He said that Pak Army was paying special attention to strengthening of forests in SWA besides undertaking various other development projects and peace measures. He said that Pak Army invited media teams from districts DI Khan, Tank and from SWA to participate in the tree plantation campaign.

Wazir Khan said that terrorists had caused huge loss to forests in SWA as they were involved in illegal cutting of trees and converting forests into barren land, adding that after military operation against terrorists the situation had improved and Pak Army paid special attention to tree plantation.

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ANP to convene APC for solution of problems: Asfandyar

F.P. Report

CHARSADDA: Awami National Party (ANP) has decided to convene all parties conference (APC) for permanent solution of all existing problems of modern days being faced by people especially Pakhtuns and vowed to continue constitutional, legal, parliamentary and democratic struggle for its complete resolution.

This was decided during ANP’s think tank meeting chaired by Central President ANP Asfandyar Wali Khan and was attended by members of all Consultative Committee at Wali Bagh Charsadda, says an ANP press release.

Speaking on the occasion, the ANP Chief said final decision about the date of convening APC would be announced later. While regretting delay of Fata merger into KP, he said unnecessary delay in this regard would create complications and demanded its merger before upcoming general elections and giving representation to Fata in Khyber Pakthunkhwa Assembly.

He also suggested amendment in the Constitution for allocation of Fata’s share in the Provincial Cabinet. The ANP Chief said Fata has been affected by terrorism and called for special financial package for it. He said several precious lives were lost due to landmines in Fata and stressed the need for expediting removal of landmines’ process to stop further loss. Asfandyar Wali underscored the need for ensuring implantation on decision regarding provision of martyrs’ package for heirs of victims of terrorism and landmines’ explosions.

The ANP chief said unnecessary check posts were creating a lot of problems for people including women, children, senior citizens and patients and demanded its complete abolishment besides taking of solid measures for stoppage of incidents of target killing. He added that strict punishment should be awarded to all culprits involved in killing of innocent people including in Naqeebullah Mehsud case.

Asfandyar Wali expressed the resolve that every effort would be made for solution of problems of Pakhtuns related to their lives, properties, business, employment and dignity. Regarding political situation in the country, the ANP chief made it clear that any meddling in 18th Constitutional Amendment would have very dangerous results and his party would not allow success of such attempt besides compromise on the autonomy of provinces.

The ANP chief said his party would continue to fight for rights of Pakhtuns and directed all organizations of the provinces to expedite preparations for the upcoming general elections and also expedite mass contact campaigns. He demanded proper share to Fata and KP in CPEC projects.

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Residents of Sadda protest against PTM

Anwar Shah Orakzai

PARACHINAR: Residents of Sadda protested against Pakhtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) and chanted slogans in favor of Pakistan Army for its sacrifices in maintaining peace in the tribal areas.

According to details, hundreds of residents held a rally in Sadda on Monday. The participants hold placards and banner in favor of Pakistan Army.

The rally was started from Sadda Press Club and it was ended on Amir Mavia chowk of Sadda. On the occasion, elder of the area Malik Abdul Wali Khan said that it is very unfortunate that Manzoor Pashteen, leader of PTM was trying to malign the Pakistan Army with their slogans.

Where was Manzoor Pashteen when the terrorists were destroying the houses and killing the innocent tribesmen, he questioned. He claimed the movement of PTM will further divide the Pakhtun nation and demanded from the Pakhtuns to reject this kind of peoples. Similarly, Amir of Jamaat-i-Islami Hikmat Khan Hikmatyar said that they will not participate in the PTM protest movement and termed it against the interest of the country and Pakhtuns nations.