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Fake member of BISP arrested

Shafiuddin Shafqi

KARAK: Police claimed to have arrested the ringleader and his colleague of a fraudulent group and registered FIR against them in Karak police station.

As per press release issued here on Wednesday from the office of the District Police Officer (DPO) Abdur Rasheed informed that a ringleader and his another colleague of an organized fraudulent group who used to loot the people particularly the women by exposing themselves as members of district Zakat Committee and officials of Benazir Income Support Program.

The press release claimed that the group was active in district Karak form quite some time and so far they have taken gold, cash and other valuables from the people on the pretext of enlisting their names in the Zakat and BISP.

The district police officer on repeated public complaints assigned the task to DSP headquarters Abid Khan Afiridi to trace the gang and he along with the SHO of Karak police station Sakhi Rehman traced the group on the complaints of the people. Police arrested two accused identified as Ali Khan son of Farman resident of Adezai Peshawar ringleader of the group and his accomplice Polail Khan son of Arifullah resident of Tehkal Payan Peshawar who busy in the same business and shifted them to Karak police station for further interrogations. Police registered FIR against them and started investigations. It was informed that they have admitted the crimes during interrogation and police have also recovered the gold and other valuables on their identification to return to its real owners.

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Three of a family die as roof collapses

Amjad Ali Afridi

JAMRUD: Mother and her two children were killed and six others sustained injuries when roof of room caved in here in Tore Khal, Ghundi area of Tehsil Jamrud on Wednesday. Line Officer, Jamrud and local tribesmen informed that family of one, Mubarak Shah was sleeping in their house when roof of room collapsed in wee hours buried them under the debris.

As a result wife of Mubarak Shah and his two children identified as Maria and Waheedullah lost their lives on the spot while six other residents including owner of the house Mubarak Shah, Waseem Khan, Naseem, Nazir Shah, Nargis and Zar Said received multiple wounds.

Soon after an incident, the neighbors and the administration officials rushed to the spot and launched relief work. They retrieved the bodies and injured and shifted them to nearest health center for medico-legal formalities where condition of two injured was said to be critical, hospital sources informed.

Cause of the incident was stated to be dilapidated condition of the roof due to torrential rain last day. Large numbers of tribesmen political administration and forces officials visited the area and sympathized with bereaved family. Later on after collected funeral prayers, the deceased were buried in their ancestral graveyard.

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Traffic police launches awareness campaign in schools

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: On special directives of the Lower Dir district police officer Nowsher Khan the traffic police in charge Shad Muhammad Khan and traffic officer Hashmatullah on Wednesday visited various schools and delivered lectures to students on traffic rules.

Both the officials visited Wisdom House School Timergara, Bilal English Education Academy and Global Education Academy Timergara. They informed the students about traffic rules, traffic signals, zebra crossing. The officials directed the students to carefully cross the road in rush hours. They stressed upon students to wear helmet while riding motorcycles.

The traffic officials said that majority of schools’ students were being hit by motorists because neither the drivers nor the students take care of traffic rules. They also asked the students to carefully ride and travel in school bus. The officials made the students to practically show riding on a bus.

The DPO Nowsher Khan told local journalists that the Lower Dir police had planned an awareness campaign in schools for decreasing road accidents and taking preventive measures. He said the traffic police officers would visit schools frequently and would deliver lectures on traffic rules and regulations.

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Siraj questions police performance in Asma case

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police will face criticism and people will question its exemplary performance until and unless the prime suspects involved in killing Asma Rani in Kohat and parading naked Sharifan Bibi in DI Khan are arrested.

This was stated by Jamat-e-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq while talking to media persons in Naurang town. The JI chief went to the residence of slain medical student and extended condolence and sympathies with her father Ghulam Dastagir and other relatives. The provincial Ameer Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, district naib ameer Haji Azizullah Khan and other leaders also accompanied him.

Asma Rani, a third year medical student in Ayub Medical College Abbotabad was killed in Kohat on Jan 28 on refusing a marriage proposal. She belonged to Naurang town of Lakki Marwat district and her brutal killing had sparked protests in the district. The JI chief said that to educate females in Pakhtun society was the matter of pride but on the other side happening of incidents like Asma Rani killing were heart rendering. He said that despite poverty the parents sent Asma Rani to Ayub Medical College Abbotabad and another daughter abroad on scholarship for PhD education.

He termed fleeing of female student’s killer from country a failure on part of government and called for taking measures to bring back him from Saudi Arabia through Interpol. He expressed concern over surge in rape and murder incidents of women and children in the country and asked the government to take special steps to overcome such gory incidents. He extended all out support to the grand Marwat jirga constituted after the killing of Asma Rani and urged the government to take practical and visible steps for the arrest of prime killer. “The arrest of killer will give a sense of security and protection to the students studying in medical colleges and other educational institutions”, he added, saying that Jamat-e-Islami stands by victim families and will raise voice against such gruesome incidents on all forums.

 

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Bone marrow scandal: Police arrest employee of hospital for involvement

Hafiz Muhammad Aziz-ur-Rehman

HAFIZABAD: The police have arrested Sajid an employee of DHQ Hospital Hafizabad who is also involved in the bone marrow/fluid extraction scandal. The police have already rounded up Muhammad Aslam Hunjra, his wife Amina Bibi, ring leader of the racket Nadeem Iqbal and Irfan. All the accused have been produced before the Judicial Magistrate who have remanded them to police custody for two days.

According to Medical Superintend DHQ Hospital Dr. Rehan Azhar, sixteen girls (identity withheld) affected have so far been traced and signs of injections were found on the different parts of their bodies and their samples have been sent to the Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory. It has also been decided that polygraphic test of ring leader of the imposters Nadeem Iqbal and Sajid would be conducted shortly.

A woman said that the accused were running their immoral and illegal activities and her daughter was also fallen in their prey and after the extraction of blood marrow/fluid from her body, she become too weak to walk. She further said that more than two hundred girls have been trapped by the swindlers. It may be mentioned that ring leader of the racket Nadeem Iqbal Ghaffari of Mohallah Sharifpura and other accused lured young poor and illiterate girls and advised them to visit the house of Muhammad Aslam Hunjra on Kassoki road where they had set up a so-called clinic for medical checkup. According to the complainant Sarfraz Ahmad, the accused also enticed him to send his daughter Kinza to the so-called clinic for medical checkup where the accused allegedly extracted bone marrow and some fluid from her backbone few days ago and also collected her picture and copy of CNIC for providing her Jahez Fund. Since then she fell ill and become weaker and weaker despite medical treatment.

Thereupon, the police raided the so-called clinic and arrested Muhammad Aslam Hunjra and his wife Amina Bibi and seized large quantity of syringes, copies of CNIC and pictures of scores of the affected girls. The other two members of the gang including ring leader Nadeem Iqbal and Irfan managed their escape. However, the police chased them and arrested them promptly. The main accused Nadeem Iqbal, who posed himself as an employee of DHQ Hospital, confessed that he had extracted bone marrow and other fluid from the backbones of fifteen girls so far and have sold them to one Sajid an employee of the Kidney Ward of the DHQ Hospital Hafizabad. Ring leader of the racket said that he used to sell the bone marrow/fluid to Sajid, an employee of the DHQ Hospital Hafizabad at Rs. 40,000/- which is clear proof that some greedy doctors must have been involved in the scandal.

Different surgeons gave different versions about the extraction of bone marrow/fluid and their transplants. One of them, when questioned, said that the bone marrow can be extracted from the backbone to transplant it for curing Aplaspic Anaemia and added that special syringes are used to extract the bone marrow/fluid. Moreover, an ordinary dispenser or quack cannot extract such things from the body of anyone, which means that the ring leader of the racket must have got training from an experienced surgeon.

Bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside some of the bones in the body, including the hip and thigh bones. Bone marrow contains immature cells, called stem cells. Many people with blood cancer, such as leukaemia and lymphoma, sickle cell anaemia and other life-threatening diseases, rely on bone marrow or cord transplant to survive.

Meanwhile, the five-member special committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Saleha Saeed to conduct thorough probe to ascertain the real facts has also started inquiry which would be finalized within next two days.

 

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Zhob in grip of cold wave, mountains wear white blanket

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: The mountains peak in Zhob valley received the first snowfall of the winter accompanied by light rain, intensifying the cold wave and bringing the mercury down here. High-altitude areas including Koh-e-Sulaiman, Shin ghar, Sangay ghar, Gustoi and Babar received snowfall, while the plain areas of the district received light rain that began late in the night.

Severe cold also gripped neighboring Sherani district after receiving rain and snowfall, which restricted the residents of hilly areas to stay indoors. The snowfall of the winter in both districts attracted a large number of youngsters and children who thronged to mountain peaks enjoying the weather. They were seen wearing warm clothes to save themselves from the cold waves.

The prolonged dry spell had not only caused water shortage in many rural and urban parts of the district but also had a negative impact on the crops yield. Zhob is a producer of wheat and garlic besides seasonal fruit and vegetables. Over fifty percent of agriculture land depends on rainwater. In many villages wheat cultivated area is rain-fed (Wuchoba). After rain and snowfall, the prolonged dry spell that caused infectious diseases at last ended.

Following the rain biting cold forced some people to avoid unnecessary movement and the government offices also wore a deserted look due chilly weather. The people here usually enjoy the winter special cuisine ‘Landi’- traditional dried meat to protect themselves from the biting cold. Moreover the demand of winter delights like Gajar Halwa (prepared with carrots and milk), Jalebee, boiled eggs, pakoras and soup also significantly increased.

On the other hand, the people of the area faced a great deal of inconvenience owing to power tripping and low-voltage that has created numerous problems and multiplied the miseries of people manifold.

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Anti-polio drive kicks off

F.P. Report

ATTOCK: A three-day anti-polio campaign has been launched by the Health Department. As many as 282,000 kids below five Years of age would be administered anti-polio drops by the mobile teams.

The campaign was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Attock Rana Akbar Hayat after administering anti-polio drops to the kids at DHQ hospital.

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Two women killed in Dir in rain related incident

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: The rain related incidents in Lower Dir claimed two lives while rain in plains and snowfall on hill tops stopped on Tuesday. Majority of hill tops at Maram Adenzai, Toor Mang, Luqman Banda, Barikot Talash, Shahi and Bin Shahi and upper parts of Maidan received record snowfall during the recent spell.

Two women were killed when roof of a mud-made kitchen caved in at Hasham village due to recent torrential rains in the limits of Munda police station here on Monday night, residents and police said.

They said the women identified as wife of Abdar Khan and daughter of Naseeb Bacha were busy in cooking when roof of the kitchen caved in. The locals retrieved the bodies and shifted them to the nearby Munda hospital where the doctors proclaimed them dead. The Lower Dir district police officer Nowsher Khan and assistant commissioner Jandol Noor ul Amin visited the house and expressed grief over the incident. They also assured the family of government assistance and cooperation.

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Recent rains increase cold in Lakki

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: The recent spell of rain coupled with cold wind increased coldness bringing a positive message for the farmers of rain fed areas of the district. The southern district received light rain which started on Sunday night and continued till Monday night, forcing the many people to remain indoors. The district had not received rain for the last couple of months which caused drought like situation and also increased worries of farmer community.

The wheat and gram crops sown in lower Marwat area are rain dependent and if it rains on time the farmers get good crops and enhanced yield. A group of local farmers told journalists that recent rains would put positive impact on wheat and gram crops in sandy area. They said that the crops were on verge of disaster due to lacking of rains for the last couple of months. But recent spell of rain will help wheat and gram crops to grow and reach the stage/phase of maturity”, they maintained. They said that rains would also help to bring an end to crop diseases and enable growers to get increased produce.

People also enjoyed fast foods on rainy day in Lakki city bazaars. A rush of eaters was seen in the outlets of Samosa, Pikoray, pulao, kabab and roasted fish and chicken sellers. Many residents especially traders, students and government employees also enjoyed locally cooked/prepared halwa (confectionary) with cup of tea.

However, the attendance of students remained thin in government run and private educational institutions. Teachers posted in remote areas could not reach schools in time. The public transport vehicles also started to become thin on roads as drivers parked their vehicles after rain started. Rain also disrupted power supply in several urban and rural localities of the district. Frequent electricity fluctuation added to the miseries of citizens in congested Haji Mehmud Street of Mohallah Haqdadabad located at stone throwing distance from the office of SDO Pesco Lakki.

The offices of sub divisional officer and executive engineer of Pesco were approached for rectification of fault in power supply system but to no avail. The mobile phone of the concerned lineman of power Supply Company was off when this correspondent tried to contact him. Power fluctuation continued in the locality till filing of this report.

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Two killed, four injured in road mishap

Shafiuddin Shafqi

KARAK: Two women killed and four other seriously injured in a road accident here on Tuesday at Tangori Sar Chowk in the limits of Karak police station on Indus Highway.

Police sources informed that a passenger Hias collided with the truck going in opposite directions in Tangori Sar area on Indus Highway and two women hailing from Tank and Waziristan killed on the spot. Four other passengers also sustained critical injuries and they were immediately taken to district headquarters hospital Karak for treatment and later doctors referred them to a hospital in Peshawar in serious conditions. The names of the killed and injured could not ascertain till filing of this report.