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FM extends gratitude to Saudi Arabia, UAE

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for extending hospitality during the official visit to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Foreign Minister Qureshi, who accompanied the prime minister during his trip, on his return back home took to Twitter and shared his sentiments in a series of tweets. The foreign minister in particular thanked Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for providing the delegation an opportunity to enter Kaaba and Roza-e-Rasool (SAW).

“I would like to thank the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for honouring us with the opportunity to enter the Roza-e-Rasool (SAW) and Khana Kaaba and offer our nawafil at Bab-e-Tauba. There could be no greater honour,” he said. Qureshi said he was looking forward to meet his counterpart at the sidelines of UN General Assembly session later this month.

“Our relationship has a strong foundation rooted in decades of mutual understanding, support and cooperation. I look forward to picking up on my discussions with Foreign Minister Adel Aljubeir at the UNGA,” he said. The foreign minister thanked Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Muhamad bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the traditional Emirati hospitality and said UAE had a special place in the hearts of Pakistanis.

“Not only is the UAE an important trade and investment partner for us, but also has a special place in the hearts of the people of Pakistan and second home to Pakistan Cricket,” he wrote in his tweet.

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NA Speaker calls for maintain harmony, unity

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ISLAMABAD: Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser calling upon the nation to rise above parochial differences, narrow mindedness, sectarianism, ethnicity and maintain harmony, unity and brotherhood in our ranks in accordance with golden principles of Islam and follow the path of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

In his messages on Youm-e-Ashura to the nation, the Speaker said that Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions (RA) were the noblest models in preaching and practicing the Quranic philosophy of patience, sacrifice and martyrdom. Their unflinching faith in Almighty Allah and the Day of Judgment, their exemplary devotion, dauntless courage, and unfailing patience in the way of Almighty Allah was a unique exhibition of the spirit of patience and martyrdom described in the Holy Qur’an, he said.

The Speaker urged that being a Muslim it is our obligation that we stand up against the evil forces that stir up discord and create confrontation in the society, to achieve their nefarious designs. They said that the best way to pay tributes to the martyrs of Karbala is to make commitment on this day to work and devote oneself for the development and strength of the county.”We have to forget our trivial differences and adopt the teachings of Islam and promote peace, security and brotherhood.” He urged.

The Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri has said that on this day of Ashura, the battle was fought between the forces of truth and falsehood, which would continue to impart Muslims a lesson of sustained struggle against oppression. He said that this is the path which the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) taught us to follow and his followers (RA) offered great sacrifices. “Yaum-e-Ashoor reminds us the lesson of adherence to the truth, firmness of belief and being steadfast against tyranny” he added.

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PM calls for promoting spirit of sacrifice

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ISLAMABAD,: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that in view of immense challenges faced by the country, the need for getting united and promoting the spirit of sacrifice has become manifold, so as to counter the nefarious designs of enemies.

“This is the need of the hour and is linked with our very own existence, stability and prosperity,” the Prime Minister said in his message to nation on ‘Youm-e-Ashur’ on Muharram 10th. The Prime Minister said the 10th Muharram ul Haram, known as the ‘Ashura Day’, reminds the great sacrifice by Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), for upholding the sanctity of Islam.

He said the incident of Karbala gives a lesson about being ever-ready to offer sacrifice for the attainment of greater objectives. “Being steadfast while upholding the truth is a mission and one should never refrain from offering even the biggest kind of sacrifice,” he said.

Imran Khan mentioned that history remembers the act of Hazrat Imam Hussain as Uswah-e-Shabbiri, which gives the great message to remain undeterred while upholding truth. He said the incident of Karbala is the historic battle between truth and falsehood that took place on 10th Muharram, however emphasized that the battle between truth and evil even existed today.

“Hazrat Imam Hussain proved with his immortal sacrifice that whenever such a situation takes place, truth always makes a lasting success. This example of steadfastness and persistence is a guiding principle for our lives,” he said. The prime minister said, “On this day, we should not only remember the Uswah-e-Hussain, but also make sincere efforts to reform our lives in accordance with his golden principles.”


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Imam Hussain’s martyrdom gives a lesson: President

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has said that the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (may Allah be pleased with him) is a lesson for everyone to never refrain from fighting against terrorism, extremism and intolerant ideology and emphasized on promoting affinity and brotherhood.

“Let us pledge on this day to take solid steps in light of ‘Uswah-e-Shabbiri’ which ensures respect for mankind, solidarity of democracy and calls for promoting Islamic values for the development and prosperity of the country,” the President said in a message to the nation on Youm-e-Ashura on 10th Muharram.

President Dr Arif Alvi said the Youm-e-Ashur reminds us of the great sacrifices of the martyrs of Karbala which were rendered for upholding the supremacy of truth and Islam. “The incident of martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) acts as a source of guidance for Muslims to not to refrain even from laying down their lives while fighting the elements of oppression and tyranny,” he said.

The President said it is a day when the grandson and family of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) sacrificed their lives in the battle between truth and falsehood and made the lesson of Karbala as a beacon of light for entire humanity in general and for the Muslim Ummah in particular.

“The Karbala incident teaches us the significance of sacrifice in way to attainment of greater objectives. This is the act of staying strong on the righteous path which the history has regarded as ‘Uswah-e-Shabbiri’,” he said.

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PTI to make south Punjab province

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MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Makhdoom Zain Qureshi said that PTI would make south Punjab province.

He said this while talking to media persons. He stated that PTI would set direction for creation of the province within 100 initial days of the government. He added that PTI made pledge with the people and it would honour its promise. Responding to a question about Nawaz Sharif’s release from jail, Zain Qureshi remarked that Nawaz Sharif was not acquitted in the case but his punishment was temporarily suspended.

To another query, he stated that release of Nawaz Sharif was not a part of any deal. Qureshi expressed satisfaction over security arrangements for 9th and 10th of Muharram ul Haram. He also prayed for peaceful observance of the Youm-e-Ashur.

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Govt accords focus on primary, women education in 100 days plan

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PESHAWAR: Advisor to the Chief Minister for Education, Ziaullah Khan Bangesh has said brining improvement in education sector was top most priority of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and that is why special focus was being paid to primary and women education in 100-days plan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.

Ziaullah Khan Bangesh expressed these views during a briefing given to him by Secretary Education, Arshad Khan that was also attended by Director Education Fareedullah Khan Khattak.

Bangash said directives were issued for completion of projects included in 100-days plan at earliest and steps should be taken for five years plan. The Chief Minister’s advisor said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Department would be made a role model for other provinces and all efforts and resources are being utilized for completion of 100-days plan for benefits of masses.

Bangash said Education Department would be connected with Tourism, Environment and other key institutions through IT imperative to save time of officials and people besides catering the modern days’ challenges. In addition to inclusion of ongoing schemes, he said new development schemes would also be included in the budget and all decisions would be taken strictly on merit. “The issue of shortage of teachers has been addressed and 882 female SST teachers recruited strictly on merit while recruitment process of 1618 male SST teachers were already completed.” He said Govt would make efforts to bring maximum street children under schools net during enrollment campaign.



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Govt fully alive to maintain peace during Muharram

Hafiz Muhammad Aziz-ur-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: The Provincial Government was fully alive to maintain law and order situation under control during Ashura-i-Muharram, Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Muhammad Ajmal Cheema said here.

The Provincial Minister visited Hafizabad to see for himself the arrangements made by the district administration to maintain interfaith harmony and peaceful conditions on this occasion. He was pleased to hear the traditional interfaith harmony among the Ulema of different sects. The DC Adnan Arshad Aulakh and DPO Saifullah Khan and members of District Peace Committee told him that by the grace of Almighty Allah there was exemplary interfaith harmony and peaceful conditions in the district.

Later, the minister chaired a meeting which was attended among others by MPAs Mamoon Jaffar Tarar and Ahsan Jhangir Bhatti and members of the Peace Committee where the DC briefed him about the precautionary measures taken by the administration to maintain peace during the Ashura-i-Muharram. He said that as many as 160 CCTV cameras have been established and control room has been setup in the DC Office and Jinnah Hall from where strict monitoring would be made. Moreover, 1300 policemen along with Pakistan Army would ensure peaceful atmosphere and those found creating problems would be dealt with sternly.

The minister along with MPAs, DC, DPO and Army Officers visited Markazi Imam Bargah and others Imam Bargahs and inspected different routes of processions. The minister expressed his satisfaction over the arrangements by the district administration. He however, stressed upon the need for keeping vigilant eye over the suspicious elements who might create problems to achieve their selfish motives.


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Motorcyclist killed by unknown attackers

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SWABI: Unknown assailants killed a motorcyclist by indiscriminate firing near village Jalsai. According to police, unidentified attackers opened firing on a motorcyclist within the limits of Chota Lahor Police Station. Attackers snatched Rs 200,000 from the injured and fled taking advantage of the darkness.

The injured biker later succumbed to wounds in the hospital. Police has registered the case and started probe into the incident.


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Youm-e-Ashur to be observed with great religious reverence, solemnity

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has prepared all arrangements for peaceful observance of Yum-e-Ashur across the province where big ‘Alm and Zuljinnah’ processions would be taken out on Friday.

The Azadars will pay glowing tributes to matchless sacrifices offered by Hazrat Imam e Hussain (RA) and his companions for supremacy of Islam.

In Khyber Pakthunkhwa, small and major ‘Alm and Zuljinah’ processions would be taken out in almost all districts including recently merged tribal districts where speakers would highlight matchless sacrifices of Hazrat Imam e Hussain (RA) and his companions for supremacy of Islam during sizzling heat in Karbala.

Five districts including Peshawar, DI Khan, Hangu, Tank and Kohat districts have been declared highly sensitive where all central mourning processions would be monitored through helicopters.

Big congregations and processions would also be brought out at Nowshera, Haripur, Manshera, Parachinar, Kuram, Orakzai and others districts. The Azadars would pass through their prescribed routes and processions will culminate their prescribed places.

In Peshawar, small and big processions would appear from Imambargahs Akhunabad, Agha Syed Mir Haider Shah, Alamdar-e-Karbala, Syed Mustafa Shah Rizvi, Syed Ali Qami, Qadeemi Patharwala, Bahar Ali Kayani, Puran Wali and Mai Malangri.

Processions would later join the central procession of Imambargah Agha Syed Alam Shah. The Azadars would pass through different routes amid flagellations and chests beating and will culminate at their prescribed places.

Processions of Imambargah Hussainia Hall, Garhi Saidan, Hussainabad Tehkhaney Wala, Aal Saadat and Imambargah Faiz Panjtan would also join the main procession. Later, Sham-e-Ghariban’ would be held at Imambargahs after completion of processions.

Around 118 small and big Alm and Zuljinah processions would be brought out from 71 imambargahs during Ashura Moharram in Peshawar.

More than 32,000 policemen besides other law enforcement agencies including Frontier Constabulary have been deployed for protection of 460 mourning processions and 2643 gatherings to be taken out from 266 Imambargahs in KP during Ashura Moharram.

Quick Response Force (QRF), Elite Force, FC and other law enforcing agencies are assisting police to avert any untoward incident during Ashura Moharram.

The administration has arranged water tanks and milk (Sabeels) and other services across the routes of the processions. Police snipers in high buildings, CCTV cameras and policemen at plainclothes would be deployed on processions routes to avert any untoward incidents.

All those areas from where processions would pass through have been sealed and movements of unwanted elements were restricted.

Police have set up a command post in Kohati Gate in Peshawar and deployed officers to monitor processions. The Health Department has also setup control room to provide quick treatment facilities in case of any untoward situation.

KP Police have requested has requested for shutting down of cellular phone services on Ashura Muharram especially in most sensitive and sensitive districts for security and law and order situation.

The IGP KP directed all regional and district police officers to strengthen deployment of police in entry and exit points in their respective cities, sweep and properly guard routes of processions and keep a close eye on movement of suspicious elements.

Afghan refugees have been restricted to their camps and hotels and inns located on procession routes were vacated from passengers.


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Clean drinking water first priority of govt: Secretary

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PESHAWAR: In compliance with Provincial Government instructions regarding Clean Drinking Water for All, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Secretary PHED KP.

The meeting was attended by the senior management of PHED including Chief Engineers, Superintending Engineers, Director Planning & Monitoring and Deputy Secretary (Technical).

During Meeting it was observed that field formations are running more than 5000 water supply schemes throughout the province but still there is room for improvement.

While addressing the meeting the Secretary PHED briefed the participants that provision of clean drinking water to general public is the top priority of present government and in 100 days plan it is one of the priority activity to improve the health of general public.

Furthermore though Water Quality testing is regular feature of the department but water quality testing shall be prioritized and shall be carried out in all districts followed by remedial measures for issues found and action plan for financing shall also be developed.

It was pointed out that cleaning of storage reservoirs, removal of leakages in pipes and functionalization of non-functional schemes are other activities to be carried out by the department on priority.

In a meeting 100 days plan, five year plan and water quality testing including its remedial measures were discussed and it was decided that new schemes for unserved areas and schemes required major rehabilitation shall be included in five year plan.