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Nowruz celebrated with enthusiasm in Zhob

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: Great enthusiasm was witnessed among the nationalist and literary circles, when they celebrated the Nowruz (Yakhtar) here. The youngsters clad in traditional dresses and wearing turbans (Lungi) flocked No.1 school ground, displaying enthusiasm and spontaneity swirling in concentric circles they performed traditional dance ‘Attan’ to welcome the spring and new solar year. Minor girls were wearing hand-embroidered and shimmering dresses to highlight the importance of the festival.

A literary organization ‘Pashtana Mutaraqee Leekwal’ organized a seminar and poetry session (mushaira) at district assembly hall. A large number of writers, political activists and literature lovers attended the event.

Sharif Sherani, the president of the Pashtana Mutaraqee Leekwal in his welcome address said, Nowruz means new day and it marks the beginning of a new year and heralds the arrival of spring.

Sharing the importance and great significance of centuries-old festival of Nowruz, Chairman Municipal Committee Abdul Saleem Mandokhail, Deputy Chairman Haji Naseeb Nasar, Muhammad Tahir Hotak, Abdul Aziz Advocate, Abdul Khan Wyalawal, Rahim Shah Folad, Masroor Musakhail and Spelanai Afghan said that Pashtoon Afghan have rich history and culture and they are hospitable, peace-loving people and believe in non-violence.

They said writers and poets are valued assets of the society as they have a great contribution in promotion of language and literature.

“In order to keep our rich culture alive, we must hold cultural events regularly to link the new generation with the history and traditions. Those who forget their culture and history are vanished,” they emphasized.

Meanwhile, on the occasion a mushaira also held that enthralled the literature lovers and participants. Over a dozen poets recited their ghazals and poems, drawing laud applause from the audience.

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WeBOC system functional at Torkham border

Ahmad Nabi

LANDI KOTAL: Export and import clearing process is smoothly functional for the last one week, as the Web Based One Customs (WeBOC) system has been implementing full-fledged at Customs clearing center, Torkham, custom official said.

As per details of the Torkham custom office, in one week from 12 March to 19 March,2018 when WeBOC was introduced, a total of 513 Goods Declarations(GDs) had been filed in export and 1373 vehicles were cleared similarly in import 132 GDs had been submitted and commodities loaded 635 trucks had been cleared. Counting benefits of WeBOC Deputy Director Customs house Torkham, Athar Naveed said that it was transparent, audit trail, quick and efficient system.

“After filing GD, computerize process starts and in within one hour the clearing procedure completes and permit is granted to export the merchandise commodities across the border”, he remarked.

On a query, he said that some of clearing agents were unfamiliar with the system but with the passage of time, they would be accustomed to it and the Customs department was striving hard to facility the clearing agents’ community and they would discourage all those activities that would suffer interests of clearing agents. He maintained that training sessions had been arranged to impart knowledge to the agents regarding WeBOC in addition that five each computers systems had been reserved for the agents to file their GDs in export and import.

Ex-President of Torkham clearing agents association, Abdullah said that last year when it WeBOC was introduced in import, they affected more but then it became a routine business for them however he complained lack of computer system and Customs staff for export clearing process. In manual system he added the loaded vehicles were cleared very soon but in new system it took hours to be cleared.

A local exporter, Muhammad Jaber Khan while expressing his views on the new goods clearing system said that it was a fair and on line system and one could clear his export goods from everywhere in Pakistan but unluckily he added it would leave hundreds of agents jobless as under the system a single person could do work of ten persons with one computer.

When President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce Zahidullah Shinwari was contacted for his expert opinion he said that WeBOC had been implemented throughout the country and keeping in view the modern era, it was need of time but he added that the Customs officials introduced it at Torkham border without developing infra-structure for it. “If the department provided proper training to both officials and the agents’ community, improved internet facility and met all requirements, needed to run the WeBOC system it would be welcomed”, he argued.

Shinwari maintained that in short run, the clearing process was slow therefore it would affect the trading activities but in long run, export and import would be enhance of the speedy procedure of the new system. It is to be mentioning here that WeBOC is a one-window and an interactive system that works in a completely paperless manner.

One can enter into the portal of WeBOC by clicking its link and carry out all his activities related to Customs from anywhere in Pakistan. All one requires is a User ID, a computer and an Internet connection. The business community can avail the services of WeBOC 24 hours a day and seven days a week and the Customs department is replacing it with old manual system in wide and length of the country.



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Girl killed on the name of honor

F.P. Report

HAFIZABAD: A young girl was stabbed to death by her brother in Chak Bhatti. According to police source, accused Hassan Ali suspected the character of his sister Yasmeen and he admonished her to mend her ways but she lent deaf ears to his advice.

On the day of occurrence both the accused and the deceased quarreled over the issue and exchanged harsh language as a result of which, accused got enraged and allegedly pounced upon her with a sharp-aged weapon and killed her on the spot. The police have registered a case against the accused who managed to escape after committing the offence. The body has been shifted to the morgue for autopsy.

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Six cops booked for torturing school teacher

Hafiz Muhammad Aziz-ur-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: An ASI and five COPs were booked under section 452/354/148/149 PPC on the charge of allegedly torturing an aged teacher of Government Higher Secondary School Vanike Tarar.

According to FIR the accused ASI Rauf and five COPs allegedly raided the house of teacher Malik Nazar Muhammad, violated the sanctity of his house and “kidnapped” the teacher and took him to Khanpur where they severely tortured him as a result of which his one arm and leg were fractured. The office bearers of Muttahida Mahaz Asataza protested against the alleged ‘goonda gardi’ of the police and demanded stern action against the inhuman COPs. The DPO has taken immediate action and a case was registered against the accused policemen.


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Workers join ANP

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: Dozens of the JI and PTI workers including the brother of Dir Amn Lashkar Haji Jan Badshah in Mayar Jandol on Thursday announced to join the ANP during a function held with Haji Bahadar Khan in the chair.

Addressing the gathering Haji Bahadar Khan, Ikram ul Haq and others said that the ANP workers and leaders had rendered sacrifices for peace in the region. They said the ANP was restricted in 2013 by various means to block its way to government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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MMA to make Pakistan a welfare state, says Siraj

F. P Report

TIMERGARA: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief senator Sirajul Haq on Thursday said that Pakistan would be made really a welfare state if the alliance of religious parties was given the chance to rule it. He was addressing a big function at Madrassa Taleem ul Quran Khall as chief guest where the JI chief and other prominent religious scholars distributed certificates and turbaned 109 students on completion of their education.

Hundreds of party workers, area elders, seminaries’ students and Ulema attended the function. Prominent clerics Maulana Abdul Jabbar, Maulana Khaista Rahman, Maulana Abdul Shakoor, Maulana Asadullah and others also spoke on the occasion. Haq said the religious political parties would contest the next general election under the banner of Mutahida Majlas e Amal (MMA). He said the MMA would make Pakistan a welfare Islamic state if it came in power. He said the MMA had planned a workers’ convention at Islamabad in the first week of April. He said Ulema could lead the nation toward prosperity by ending the unjust distribution of resources and corruption.

“I have proposed the name of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, a prominent scientist for the caretaker prime minister slot,” Siraj ul Haq said, adding that Dr Khan was the most suitable person due to his apolitical and impartial personality. The JI chief while speaking at equipment distribution ceremony organized by the Lower Dir health department at district council hall Balambat said the courts should focus on accountability of leadership as he said real development in the country was not possible unless corruption was eliminated from top to bottom.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finance minister Muzaffar Syed, deputy commissioner Sarmad Saleem Akram, district nazim Muhammad Rasool Khan, district health officer Dr Shaukat Ali, officials of health department and a large number of locals were present on the occasion. The JI chief Siraj ul Haq and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finance minister Muzaffar Syed handed over medical equipments worth of Rs. 70 million to a total of 27 health centers all over the district. Speaking on the occasion the finance minister said the provincial government was especially focusing on health and education sectors and a visible change had been brought about in both these sectors.


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Mujahid sent to jail on remand

Sahibzada Afridi

KOHAT: A local court in Kohat on Wednesday sent the prime accused in Asma Rani murder case, Mujahidullah Afridi, to jail on 14-day judicial remand.

The accused appeared before the court during the hearing. In his statement, Afridi maintained that he did not murder the medical student. On March 9, Afridi was arrested in Dubai with help of Interpol, over two months after the murder of Asma Rani in Kohat.

Third-year student of medical college, Asma Rani was murdered on January 28 as she returned to her residence from varsity. The Prime suspect, Mujahid Afridi was wanted in the case after he fled the country. However, Pakistani authorities sought Interpol’s assistance to nab the suspect. A dying statement of the slain girl was also recorded by police in hospital in which she blamed Mujahid Afridi for shooting her. The accused Mujahidullah Afridi is nephew of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Kohat president Aftab Alam.



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Chopping tree degrading environment: Sabir Shah

F.P. Report

HARIPUR: Former chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Senator Peer Sabir Shah Wednesday said mushroom growth of societies and unchecked chopping of trees were degrading environment. He said unfortunately, people have removed gardens from their houses and jungle land was being occupied by profiteers in the name of housing societies. Now the time has come to sensitize the people about the grave concerns of environmental degradation and convince them to plant more and more trees, he added.

He was addressing “Sarsabz o Shadab Pakistan” tree plantation drive organized by the National Highways and Motorways at Kala Khatta here. Motorways Police has not only introduced the best traffic system in Pakistan but they also gave the lesson to plant beautiful trees on roads.

He further said that to tackle the challenge of global warming and save our future we have to plant trees and aware masses about this responsibility. While addressing on the occasion Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Motorway police Muhammad Umer Shaikh said that to stop the soil erosion and environmental pollution trees play vital role and plantation is must now. He stated that IG motorways police Kaleem Imam have started a plantation drive around the motorways, which would also make the motorways more beautiful.

Giving details of the forests in Pakistan DIG motorways said that we have only 4 percent of land under forests which is very less, adding to improve the forests ratio every person of this society should have to play his/her role. He said that total area of motorways in Pakistan is 2500 to 2700 kilometers which would be 5000 kilometers within next three years. “We have formed RSO units which have started awareness campaign amongst the educational institutions, drivers and others regarding road safety.” Project Director Frontier Works Organization (FWO) disclosed that up till now 4 million saplings have been planted around F2 and more 40000 trees would be planted. Earlier, Senator Peer Sabir Shah planted a sapling and kicked off the plantation drive.


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PA seat for Zhob constituency sought

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: All Parties Action Committee Zhob has ‘rejected’ the delimitation of constituencies by the Election Commission of Pakistan and demanded that the number of Provincial Assembly (PA) seats should be increased keeping in views the growing population of the constituency revealed in the recent census.

The political leaders made the demand while addressing a press conference here at Nazaryati secretariat. Ameer Jamiat Ulema Islam Nazaryati Molavi Abdul Hanan Mandokhail, Pashoonkhwa Milli Awami party leader Jamal Mandokhail, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Maulana Maula Dad Kakar, President Awami National Party Anwer Mandokhail, President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Dawood Khan Mandokhail, JUI-F leader Hafiz Hazrat Gul Babar, President Kakar Jamhori Party Haji Nawaz Khan Kakar, President Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Baz Khan Mandokhail and Juma Khan Babar said that according to the census report the total population of Zhob district was around half a million that proved Zhob one of the populous districts in the Balochistan.

They said despite the fact that the constituency is spread over hundreds of square kilometers; many areas from other constituency have been merged in Zhob constituency during the delimitation of constituencies. Now the constituency deserves to get one more PA seat.

“The increase in the seats of the provincial assembly would enhance the representation of the people and it would also be instrumental in redressing the grievances of the people in a befitting manner” they said. The political leaders asked the chief election commissioner to increase the number of PA seats.


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Pak army sets up free medical camp in Maidan

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: The Pakistan army Maidan Battalion on Wednesday set up a free medical camp at Koro Bagh in the restive Maidan area of Lower Dir which once was the most militancy affected area.

A total of 900 patients including women and children were provided free medical care and medicines. The Commandant Dir Task Force Colonel Shehzad Amir, Lt. Colonel Umar Rashid Chaudhry and others officers visited the camp and expressed satisfaction on the arrangements.

Speaking on the occasion Colonel Shehzad Amir said that people of far flung areas in Dir were facing difficulties in getting medical care. He said the Pakistan army had planned to provide free medical facilities to poor people of remote areas on their door step. He said the series would continue in future too.