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General Nazir visits Waziristan

F.P. Report

MIR ALI: Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt visited North & South Waziristan Agency.

He was given detailed briefing on prevailing security environment, operational preparedness, improved border security measures & developmental work under progress in the areas. During two days long visit, Corps Commander visited Cadet College Spinkai and also interacted with tribal elders at Dar-e-Mehsud (SWA) and lauded their efforts in bringing peace and normalcy in the area.

While addressing he hailed high morale of the troops and their determination to eliminate terrorism. Commander also appreciated effective border security arrangements which have enhanced control on cross border terrorist movement. During the visit General Officer Commanding SWA, Maj Gen Nauman Zakria and General Officer Commanding, NWA Maj Gen Azhar Iqbal Abbasi accompanied the Commander in respective area of operation.

 

 

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Installation of CCTV cameras

F.P. Report

HARIPUR: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Abbottabad Wednesday has started installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras in various examination centers of Haripur city to monitor examination process live from BISE Abbottabad office.

BISE Abbottabad beside other arrangements of security and to discourage the increasing trends of cheating began the installation of Wifi cameras in the examination hall of Abbottabad, Haripur and Mansehra city and will monitor the examination process in the operation room of BISE Abbottabad. The Abbottabad was the first that installed CCTV cameras for examination monitoring in the country, last year cameras were installed in more than 40 examination centers.

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Rewaj Act not acceptable: Asfandyar

F.P. Report

CHARSADDA: ANP chief, Asfandyar Wali Khan has said that FATA Rewaj Act is against the human rights and not acceptable to them. He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of tribeswomen which called on him in Wali Bagh Charsadda. The founder of the ‘Khur Organization’ Shahida Shah and president of Tribal Women Network ‘ Qabaili Khur) led the delegation.

Those present on the occasion were included Secretary General ANP, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Imran Afridi, Jamila Gilani and Shagufta Malik.

The delegation briefed Asfandyar Wali Khan regarding problems faced by the tribeswomen said that all tribesmen including women are in favour of the merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Asfandyar Wali Khan said that ANP is in favour of the merger of FATA into KP since the very beginning and have always given respect to women. He said that being humans, women enjoy equal rights with men. Therefore, he said ANP has no separate women wing and has given representation to them at all level.

He said that the efforts of ANP for mainstreaming women have resulted in good results. He assured the delegation that ANP will stand by them and will raise voice for their rights on all available forums. Asfandyar called for immediate merger of FATA into KP and abolition of the Frontier Crimes Regulations and also the anti-human rights Rewaj Act. He also called for extension of the jurisdiction of Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court as soon as possible.

 

 

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Compensation grants to affected tribesmen of Bara

Ahmad Nabi

LANDI KOTAL: A total of 18400000 rupees were granted as compensation to 90 terrorism affectees of Tehsil Bara on Tuesday.

In this connection a simple gathering was initiated in the office of Assistant Political Agent (APA) Bara, Ismatullah Wazir at Khyber House, Peshawar that was attended by tribal elders, administration officials and heirs of the tribesmen of Bara, martyred or injured in militancy related occurrences.

The top official of Bara gave away cheques of Rs.0.3 million each to 47 tribal, killed in militancy while Rs.0.1 million each to 43 persons who got injured. The compensated persons were hailing from Sepah, Kamr Khel, Aka Khel and Shalobar areas of Bara.

On that occasion APA, Bara said that a handful money could not enough to fill efficiency created with death of dear and near ones but it was a support from the government to the effected families that they were not alone in that time of need. He vowed that the government would leave no stone unturned to work for the welfare of effected tribesmen.

 

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11 shopkeepers fined

F.P. Report

SHANGLA: Assistant Commissioner paid surprise and checked prices of various edible items at Alpuri bazaar.

During the raid conducted on the direction of deputy commissioner he challaned five shopkeepers and imposed fine of Rs 11,000 for overcharging or violating other relevant laws.

Moreover, the Assistant Commissioner Puran held meeting with the stakeholders of Aloch Bazar, Puran regarding introduction of biodegradable shopping bags. In this regard awareness campaign was also arranged and samples of biodegradable shopping bags have been handed over to the shopkeepers.

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Two children injured in blast

Amjad Ali Afridi

JAMRUD: As many as two children were injured in bomb explosion in Ghudar area of Jamrud on Tuesday. As per details, two children were playing in Ghudar area of Jamrud and they found a toy shape bomb and suddenly it exploded in a result both the children were injured.

The injured were shifted to hospital and doctors told that the injured were out of danger and were in stable condition now.

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Hundreds protest against killing of youth in Karachi

Hanif Ullah

KHAR: Hundreds of people protested on Tuesday in Inayat Kalay area of Bajaur agency against the brutal killing of Bajaur student in Karachi.

As per details, One Ahmed Shah, a student was abducted in Karachi later his riddled body was found. Ahmed Shah was resident of Inayat Kalay Bajaur and on Tuesday hundreds of protestors were chanted slogans against Sindh police and demanded the arrest of the killers.

All the shops and markets were closed and the roads were blocked against the brutal killing of the youth.

Elders of the area Gul Zafar Khan Baghi, Dr Khalil-u-Rehman, Qari Abdul Majeed, Mufti Sultan Muhammad and others spoke on the occasion and they criticized the Sindh for failing to arrest the killers of tribal youth in Karachi.

They added education institutes were closed in the tribal areas and we are compelled to send our children to other cities to get education but unfortunately our children were killing and the authorities concerned were keeping close eye towards it which is unacceptable for them.

They demanded to arrest the alleged killers of Ahmed Shah and also demanded from chief justice of Pakistan to take notice of the brutal killing of Ahmed Shah.

 

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Centre approves uplift projects for districts: Durrani

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: The federal government has approved uplift projects worth billions of rupees in different sectors for southern districts so as to bring the backward region of province on par with developed parts of the country, claimed federal minister for housing and works Muhammad Akram Khan Durrani.

Speaking at a function after inaugurating dualisation of Naurang-Gandi road project in Naurang city, the federal minister said that the China-Pakistan Corridor Project (CPEC) was a game changer and it would usher a new era of development in Lakki Marwat, Bannu and other southern districts. “Under CPEC an industrial estate will be established near Bannu link road which will help to overcome unemployment in the entire region”, he maintained.

Earlier, the minister was informed that the dualisation of road project would be completed in one year with the total cost of Rs 700 million. An official informed that the completion of road project would help to ease traffic on busy Bannu-DI Khan road and reduce troubles faced by transporters and commuters.

Mr Durrani said that work on expressway from Kohat to Gandi chowk would begin in next month, saying that the dualisation of Indus Highway will help to provide safe, quick and speedy movement of public and goods transportation vehicles.

He strongly criticized PTI led provincial government and held it responsible for the backwardness of southern districts and deprivations of local residents. “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Parvez Khattak did not implement a single announcement he had made during his visit to Lakki Marwat as the residents of southern region are not human beings in the eyes of chief minister”, he alleged.

The federal minister claimed that the credit to approve and ensure provision of funds for raising of Baran dam and Kurrum Tangi dam projects went to the leadership of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl), adding that JUI-F leaders believe in the politics of serving people beyond their political affiliations and transform backwardness of southern districts into development and progress.

“The JUI-F will bury the politics of so called change and installation of tube wells and transformers as political bribe”, he maintained. He declared PTI chief Imran Khan the champion of liars for deceiving masses especially youths on false and hollow slogans of bringing change and making new Pakistan.

“What kind of change Khan and his party led government brought in militancy hit province where people’s sufferings increased manifold during the last over four and half years”, he questioned, saying that the religious parties alliance Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) will bring the real and genuine change of development and raising standard of people after ascending to power in coming general elections.

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‘Ghromanj’ demands solution of problems

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: A committee comprising elders and local bodies’ members has said that numerous problems in different sectors have added to the miseries of rural population as the government seems reluctant to pay any heed to solve the longstanding problems. The committee named as ‘Ghromanj’ (an area surrounded by mountains) met here with Yousaf Khan in the chair to discuss problems and formulate strategy for seeking government attention. Local government representatives and elders attended the meeting. They regretted that the present and successive government ignored their rural localities in uplift program. The poor road infrastructure is the main reason of the backwardness of area lagging behind in all fields especially in education and health sector”, they maintained. They said that local population lacked education and health facilities besides they had no access to other basic amenities of life.

An elder Ali Muhammad asked the government to extend the under construction Wanda Dalwati road to Wanda Nizami as it would benefit a large population in the rural belt. He said that Wanda Nizami was located on the border with DI Khan district and that local residents had to face difficulties during travelling to Lakki city and other towns. The extension of road project will help to usher a new era of development in the backward border rural localities”, he maintained.

Another elder Hazrat Ali underlined the need for up-gradation of only primary school to middle level as local students discontinued education after primary education. The poor parents cannot afford sending their children to the middle school located at a distance of five kilometers”, he claimed, adding that the area students deserved to get middle and secondary education near their homes.

They criticized forest department officials for not bothering to trim bushes of roadside tress despite repeated requests and raising the issue during open session convened by local deputy commissioner in Darra Tang. “The overgrown branches cause fatal accidents on Chashma Darra Tang and Lakki Darra Tang roads and the higher authorities concerned should take notice of it”, they added. They asked the local administration to direct officials of forest department and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Highway Authority to prune shrubs and cut away stems so as to clear roads for smooth flow of traffic and avoid happening of accidents. They said that local residents had to go to the hospitals in Lakki city and Eesakhel (Punjab) to get healthcare facilities, demanding of the government to upgrade the only dispensary situated in Wanda Meer Alam village to the status of basic health unit so that residents could avail better treatment facilities at local level.

 

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Hamza Baba commemorated

Ahmad Nabi

LANDI KOTAL: The 24th death anniversary of great Pashto poet and Baba-e-Ghazal Amir Hamza Khan Shinwari observed here in Landi Kotal.

In this connection a litrary gathering was organized under the auspices of Hamza Baba Pakhto Adabi Jiraga at Hamza Baba Complex that was attended by numbers of poets, literary figures and lovers of Hamaz Baba from across the Khyber Agency and paid rich tribute to the Pashto poet and highlighted different aspects of his life.  Poetry reciting (mushaira) session that was presided by Dr Kaleem Shinwari was also held and the participants’ poets amused the audience by reading their poems. The participants admired and acknowledged great services of Hamza Baba, had rendered for the up lift of Pashto language and paid rich tribute to him through their prose, Pashto verses and ghazal recited on the occasion. Hamza Baba who is remembered as pioneer of Pashto modern ghazal passed away on 18 February 19, 1994.