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KPAGE continues protest on second day

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Association of Government Engineers (KPAGE) continued protest on the day staging a peaceful demonstration in Civil Secretariat here on Tuesday. The demonstration was participated by engineers working in various government departments including communication, irrigation, construction local government KP Highway Authority and urban development.

Engineers pressed their demands including promotion, service structure, professional allowance and quota of B Tech Engineers. Speaking on the occasion, Secretary KPAGE said that despite engineers are performing duties in each and every department of national construction, they are being ignored and conversely doctors, clerks and PMS Officers are being provided all their perks and privileges.

Association officer bearers in their speeches threatened a pen down strike if all the rightful demands of engineers’ community were not addressed. Adviser to Chief Minister on Communication and Construction, Akbar Ayub met with protesting engineers and assured them to inform CM regarding their demands and concerns.

 

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CM for reassessing demands of retired police officers, officials

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak Tuesday asked Inspector General of Police to reassess the demand of retired police officers and officials to remove weaknesses and anomalies in the pension and other benefits.

Talking to a delegation of Retired Police Officers from Dir here at CM house, he said the provincial  government has given an unprecedented raise in the perks and privileges of the government officers and official asking them to reciprocate in similar manners in discharge of their responsibilities to improve service delivery.

Pervez Khattak said that being CM of KP he is committed to resolve the problems of poor people of the province, adding that his government had taken unprecedented measures for welfare of poor people and good governance. “The people rights have been protected, their genuine demands addressed too,” the CM noted. Regarding the employees’ son quota of Malakand police and other demand, he assured a sympathetic consideration.

Provincial Minister Mehmood Khan, MPAs Dr. Amjad, Fazal Hakeem and others attended the meeting. The delegates appreciated the government’s delivery in all spheres of life and said that PTI government had actually given relief to the people in different sectors and people were comfortable with the PTI government, they added.

Furthermore Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak took oath from the newly elected body of the Swat Press Club at Chief Minister’s House Peshawar and assured them the release of their share fixed by him under a policy, the provincial government had given to all press clubs throughout the province.

In a simple ceremony, the newly elected body of the press club Swat was administered oath.  A delegation also met Chief Minister in CM House Peshawar. Provincial Minister Mehmood Khan, MPAs Dr. Amjad, Fazal Hakeem attended.

A list of demand was presented and the Chief Minister told them that his government was going towards elections therefore at this moment, making demand and provision of resources by the government seemed a bit uncalled for.

The government, he said has given policy guidelines for funding of all press clubs relieving the journalists of the cumbersome situation to implore the MPAs and government for the grant of funding.

He said now there was a policy covering all aspects of media people that would be followed and the Information department would follow the guidelines for funding and look after of the journalist community.

The press clubs would have to give accounting for the previous grants and the Information department would allow them new funding.  This funding is on the basis of the size of the press club in any given district, he added.

He said now we are heading towards fresh elections and favoring anybody would be a political favour and this approach, his government buried forever. Principles are principles, these are for all and for all times and we have to follow them, he added.

 

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Corruption is habit of PML-N, says Sarwar

F.P. Report

Lahore: PTI Core committee member Senator Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar has said that corruption has become habit of PMLN therefore they must be apprehended and held accountable in any case. They will not refrain from doing corruption except held accountable. There is no biggest crime than doing corruption in guise of democracy. Nation wants to bring corrupt people in prisons.

Joining of new people in PTI will strengthen party and it will become ruling party in 2018. He was addressing the event hosted by PTI sports and culture foundation. Hamid Khan, Ijaz Ch, Waleed Iqbal, Sadia Sohail, Dr. Semi Bukhari and Ayesha Bhutta were present at the occassion. Sarwar said, corrupt rulers have placed Pakistan on brinkmanship of bankruptcy. Whenever they are brought forth before law, they chant slogans of democracy to thwart accountability, but this time they must be held accountable. We will give rights to nation by bringing in power. Imran Khan will become Prime Minister of this country with the help of votes of people in 2018. Ijaz CH. said, PMLN wants to get rid of election due to failure of defeat, but we won’t let their conspiracy succeed.

 

 

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Turkish Naval Chief, NSA discuss bilateral ties

F.P. Report

Islamabad: Vice Admiral Adnan OZBAL, Turkish Naval Chief, along with his delegation, met National Security Adviser Lt. General (R) Nasser Khan Janjua this morning.

Besides different aspects of improving bilateral relations and defense cooperation, matters pertaining to security situation in the region were also discussed.

NSA warmly received and welcomed the Naval Chief of Turkey to Pakistan and said that Pakistan enjoys exemplary relations with Turkey. There is no match for warmth and affection shared by both the countries and their people, he said.

The Naval Chief expressed his gratitude for the love and affection he received in Pakistan and said that Pakistan is a close friend of Turkey.

He also acknowledged and appreciated the role of Pakistan for strengthening peace in the region and for eliminating terrorism from its soil. “Turkey clearly recognises the security challenges faced by Pakistan today and can even relate to them. Having trouble in neighbourhood, Turkey is also facing national security challenges” he added.

He also expressed desire to further enhance cooperation in defense and defense productions. While discussing security situation in Afghanistan and in the region, NSA highlighted the nature of perpetual conflict in Afghanistan and the role of Pakistan to support and strengthen peace there. The Naval Chief shared facts regarding the ongoing war in Syria and the adjacent areas and the security challenges it possess for Turkey. Both countries have a similarity in the nature of challenges faced by them.

They concluded. NSA also appreciated the role and contributions made by Turkish President for Turkey, Pakistan and more so for the Muslim World and said that such like tall leadership figures help multiply mutual love and respect between our countries besides serving the world better.

Both sides expressed satisfaction over the upward trajectory of bilateral relations and reiterated their strong resolve to support each other and to further enhance and strengthen their mutual cooperation.

 

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“Rise in heat waves demands comprehensive strategy”

F.P. Report

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan issued a statement regarding heat wave. He said that I want to take this opportunity to elucidate the issue pertaining to severe heat wave incidents. Heat-wave is a prevalent climate related natural hazard. Heat-waves are understood as unusual period of hot and humid or hot and dry conditions which prevail from three to five day during a summer season.

He further added that some experts claimed that heat wave was a symptom of global climate change, aggravated by deforestation, expansion of asphalt-made super highways, and rapid urbanization. There has been a significant rise in the Earth’s average temperature over the last 100 years due to which we are experiencing such extreme weather conditions both in summers and winters. Climate science has confirmed that because of global warning such events will be more frequent and more intense.

He further highlighted that 2015 heat-wave event of Karachi took more than 1200 human lives. On the heat index scale, in Karachi, during this event, the maximum temperature recorded was 44.8°C but the heat index was around 66°C on the peak heat wave day i.e. 20th June 2015 because of low air pressure and wind speed and very high humidity. The main causes of deaths indentified were heatstroke and de-hydration. Ministry of Climate Change considering this climatic hazard constituted an Expert Group to develop recommendations to address such a situation in future.

He also said “The anticipated rise in temperature and frequency of heat waves in the country demands a comprehensive strategy to cope with this type of disastrous events in future. In this regard, provincial governments are requested to take necessary steps to tackle heat wave situations and also consider following recommendations. Capacity of individuals and communities may be built to respond to the heat stress during heat-waves by raising heat-health awareness campaigns in the country before the onset of a heat waves season. Subjects on disaster due to different natural hazards and their management may be included in the curriculum at school and college levels. Green spaces may be increased by tree plantation in the city on emergency basis. Provincial and District governments should issue special directives in this context besides monitoring its implementation.

The heat island effect can be counteracted slightly by using white or reflective materials to build houses, roofs, pavements, and roads, thus increasing the overall albedo of the city. Green roofs are another method of decreasing the urban heat island effect. Green roof is the practice of having vegetation on a roof.

The plants that are on the roof increases the albedo and decrease the urban heat island effect. Proper town planning rules and regulations may be observed for all on-going and in future townships. “Cool Centers” facilitated with drinking water, fans etc may be established at public places and along the main avenues, besides protection and development of tree shaded rest areas.

 

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Chairman directs NAB to verify several complaints

F.P. Report

Islamabad: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will verify the complaint against former Senator Saifullah Bangash, Capital Development Authority (CDA) and others for constructing commercial plaza on a community plot reserved for marriage Hall in Sector G-6 in violation of CDA’s building by laws and rules.  This was decided in a meeting which was held on  Tuesday with Chairman NAB Justice(R) Javed Iqbal  on the chair.

The meeting authorized DG, NAB Rawalpindi to conduct complaint verification against the alleged silence of CDA management on blatant violation of building bye laws.

The chairman NAB ordered complaint    verification to DG NAB Multan against former minister Syed Tanveer Gilani .

A precious land was allocated to Anjuman e Islamia Multan at Shah Shams Road for welfare purposes. Initially Anjuman established a school at land and  then closed it after some time showing losses. Later  the President of Anjuman e Islamia Multan, Tanveer Gilani misused the land for personal gains  and handed over it to the some private  businessmen, who constructed two marriage halls and a school there . Tanveer Gilani illegally received million of rupees rent from private persons.

The meeting ordered DG NAB Karachi to conduct complaint verification against caretaker vice chancellor of  Federal Urdu University ,Salman D Muhammad on illegal  recruitments in grade 17 &18 by abusing authority.

VC illegally elevated a junior clerk Adnan Akhtar from grade seven and given him the charge as director Protocol in grade 20. VC Salman is also accused of tempering the official record and allegedly having fake PhD degree.

The chairman NAB during the meeting  authorized complaint verification for allegedly non transfer of Rs 180 million students funds by education department to Hilal e Ahmer Pakistan. As many as Rs 100 per month is being collected from three million students of colleges and schools by education department, Punjab.

The funds are not being transferred into the account of Hilal e Ahmer.

 

 

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Bureaucracy has to adapt new realities, says PM

F.P. Report

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the bureaucracy, being the backbone of the state, has to adapt to new realities of the fast-changing specialized world for efficient state management and optimal decision making. He said that the complex issues of technical nature require specialized trainings and use of technology to address the existing challenges.

The Prime Minister was talking to participants of 108th National Management Course from National School of Public Policy at Prime Minister’s Office today. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan was faced with huge challenges that included economic issues, security challenges and the issue related to socio-economic development. He said that the challenges of ensuring better service delivery and good governance have increased after devolution under the 18th Amendment.

The bureaucracy, said the Prime Minister, has to play a leading role in finding solution to these challenges especially at provincial level. Later, the Prime Minister invited the participants to share their views and ask questions about various issues of national importance. Replying to a question about counter-terrorism efforts, the Prime Minister said that countering terrorism is a continuous effort that involves addressing root causes and factors leading towards extremism.

He said that Pakistan was the only country that has defeated terrorism despite huge sacrifices. Discussing socio-economic issues especially the development of backward areas of the country, the Prime Minister stressed upon the need for capacity building by the provinces to address such issues.

He said that CPEC offered a great opportunity and would prove to be a game changer for the development of country and the region. Other issues of national importance also came under discussion during the interaction.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that the specialized training being imparted to the senior government functionaries at National School of Public Policy would help them develop better understanding of the formulation and implementation of public policy and would prepare them for taking assignments at national policy level.

 

 

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US wants to decelerate Afghan repatriation process: Ahsan Iqbal

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Tuesday that the United States wants to decelerate the repatriation process of Afghan refugees and the world community must comprehend the situation in Pakistan.

Addressing an international conference on counter terrorism in Islamabad, the interior minister maintained that peace had been restored with the elimination of terrorism from every nook and corner of Pakistan.

He told that Pakistan fought the war on terror from its own resources. Iqbal said masses and the Pakistan government were on same page against terrorism whereas Islam is a religion of peace and has no connection with extremism.

The interior minister added that extremists used the religion for their nefarious designs. Ahsan Iqbal went on to say that Pakistan was the fifth emerging economy of the world. “Pakistan is committed to resolving border issues.”Now no jihadi organisation can establish its foot in Pakistan,” he said, adding that the Pakistan Army fought the war against terrorism with valour.

The interior minister said that nothing has been done for the progress of war-torn Afghanistan after the withdrawal of allied forces while Pakistan is still bearing the brunt of hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees.

 

 

 

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Karakoram Highway is the foundation of CPEC: President

F.P. Report

Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Karakoram Highway is the foundation and its architects are the founders of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Pakistani nation has immense love and respect for them, he added.

The President said this while talking to a Chinese delegation of the relatives of martyrs who laid down their lives during the construction of historic Karakoram Highway led by Former Ambassador of China Zhang Chunxiang at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Tuesday.

Ambassador of China Yao Jing was also present on the occasion. The President stated that Pak-China friendship is an example for the world.

He underlined that both countries are working together for the development and prosperity of the region.

He added that the two countries will continue to cooperate with each other in future also for the international peace, stability, security and prosperity.

Former Ambassador of China Zhang Chunxiang said that both Chinese and Pakistani workers rendered invaluable sacrifices during the construction of Karakoram Highway which will be always remembered.

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MPs welcome new date, want fair elections

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Wolesi Jirga members welcomed October 20 as a fresh date to hold elections to the lower house of parliament and district councils but urged the international community to ensure the electoral process went transparently.

The IEC announced Oct 20 a new date to hold the long due elections to the Wolesi Jirga and district councils.

At session, Wolesi Jirga members debated the fresh election schedule. Lawmaker Shakiba Hashimi from southern Kandahar province said she welcomed the new date.

“We representatives of the people are not afraid of elections, but what worries us is the lack of transparency,” she remarked. Hashimi said the current IEC head had “a symbolic role” as appointments were being made by others. She said the international community was financially supporting the democratic exercise in Afghanistan and should closely oversee the process.

Fekori Beheshti from central Bamiyan province also welcomed the new election schedule and said: “If the elections go successful, it will increase turnout, so the international community must guarantee this process.”

He added the steps taken so far in the run-up to the Oct 20 polls had no guarantee that the forthcoming polls would be held in a transparent and fair manner. “If there is no guarantee, it will be selections not elections,” he said.

Ali Akbar Ghasemi from southern Ghazni province also said he was concerned if the elections went wrong, it might cause problems in the country. He also called on the international community to work alongside the IEC to ensure that the process was properly monitored.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi also welcomed the rescheduling of the elections and asked the government to take serious measures that ensured security of voters and transparency in the conduct.

He urged the international community to cooperate with the Afghan election commission in holding the elections on the new date.

Elections to the Wolesi Jirga were due in 1394 solar year under the Constitution, but this was not the case and the President extended the current Wolesi Jirga’s tenure until fresh polls.