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CM Khattak’s wife stopped from travelling to US

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Amira Khattak, wife of CM Pervez Khattak was not allowed to board a flight to the United States on Saturday.

According to reports, Amira Khattak was not allowed to travel to the US from Bacha Khan Airport Peshawar as she did not have the required documents.

Reports added that wife of CM Khattak was stopped because as she was trying to travel on US passport but she did not have a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) nor any Pakistani ID.

Amira was scheduled to depart for the US on Emirates flight EK-637 at 9:00am today.

 

 

 

 

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Two more children due to malnutrition in Thar

F.P. Report

THARPARKAR: Two more children have been died in Chachro area of Tharparkar on Saturday because of food shortage. The death toll rises to 34 in May.

According to private news channel, at least 70 children are still under treatment in different hospitals of the district and all the children were affected because of shortage of food in the area for these children.

The families facing malnutrition have started migrating to Badin and other areas from Tharparkar as the area no longer providing food for their cattle.

The locals also complained about the Sindh government for their negligence and inadequate measures for providing them relief in these days.

Tharparkar is a home to more than 60 lac cattle which provide source of income to residents. However, locals have started migrating to other areas as fodder for their cattle is all consumed before the expected time.

In 2014, the Sindh government announced establishment of Thar Development Authority to address the problem, however, the draft is still pending for approval.

 

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Famed novelist Mazhar Kaleem dies at 75 in Multan

F.P. Report

MULTAN: Renowned Urdu novelist Mazhar Kaleem passed away at the age of 75 on Saturday after a prolonged illness.

Mazhar Kaleem was best known for his ‘Imran’ series of Urdu spy novels originally created by Ibn-e-Safi.

‘Imran Series’ was one of Urdu’s best-selling spy novels, the series revolved around Ali Imran, a secret agent who controls the Secret Service. The first book of the series, ‘Khaufnaak Imarat’, was published in October 1955.

Kaleem also served as the anchorperson of a Saraiki radio talk show from Radio Multan, Jamhoor-de-Awaz.

His funeral prayers will be offered today at 1.30pm at Multan’s Abdali Mosque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US itself is victim of terrorism: Baloch

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Secretary general, Jamaat e Islami,  Liaqat Baloch, has said that the US, that has been spreading terrorism , extremism and intolerance all over the world, is itself a victim of these evils now.

He was talking to the family members of Sabika Sheikh, the young school girl who was also a victim of firing at her institute in the US. He offered condolences to the bereaved family and said that the entire nation shared their grief.

Later, addressing an Iftar dinner in the port city, Liaqat Baloch said that Karachi was returning to normalcy after decades. He said if the masses got their right to vote freely, the MMA  would be victorious in the city.

He said that the problems of the people of Karachi could be solved only by a God fearing, honest and committed leadership and the JI and other MMA parties would play a key role in this respect. Replying to newsmen questions, he said that the world politics was changing and China  and Russia were emerging as world powers He was sure that Pakistan would also emerge as a regional power and India would have to surrender Kashmir.

 

 

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Fata lawmakers welcome passing of FATA merger bill

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: People of different walks of life including politicians, lawmakers and civil society from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) here Friday welcomed passing of the long awaited KP-Fata merger bill from Parliament and termed it historic step forward to bring Fata into national mainstream.

Shahgee Gul Afridi, Fata Parliamentary leader in National Assembly told APP that Government and opposition parties both deserved full credit and appreciation for passing of the historic bill from National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan with overwhelming majority.

“Certainly, tribal people would now get the same legal, civil, constitutional and human rights as being enjoyed by people of Pakistan. They will now get better education, health, water and others socio-economic services at their doorsteps,” he maintained.

He said draconian century-old FCR (Frontier Crimes Regulations) law would be repealed and tribal people would get speedy justice as the law allowing Supreme Court and Peshawar High Court’s jurisdiction to Fata has already been passed by the present Parliament.

He said people of tribal areas had rendered great sacrifices in war against terrorism and the best tributes to them was completion of all the reconstruction and rehabilitation projects as quickly as possible so that they could live in their native areas in dignified manner with all facilities available to them at their doorsteps.

Member National Assembly, Shahab-ud-din Khan also praised the KP-Fata merger bill and termed it historic development.

“FATA merger in KP is the best solution keeping in view the close horizontal linkages of the tribal agencies and frontier regions besides social, linguistic and cultural norms and tradition of tribesmen and people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he reiterated.

Most of the officers serving in Fata belonged to KP who knows the customs, culture, history and traditions of tribal areas and there would be no issue in disposal of cases and official engagements for them.

With the start of political activities, local govt system and allocation of special seats in KP Assembly, he said, tribesmen would now get all political, legal and civil rights besides judicious and transparent utilization of developmental funds would be ensured.

The MNA said Political Agents were enjoying unlimited administrative, legal and financial powers and now they would be answerable to courts, Parliament and Government directly on any issue of public importance.

PML-N Parliamentary leader in KP Assembly, Sardar Aurangzaib Nalota said PML-N Government has fulfilled yet another promise by passing KP-Fata merger bill with overwhelming majority from both the National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan.

Before passing of KP-Fata merger bill, he said, PMLN Government had completed all the homework and announced a massive developmental package for Fata and TDPs rehabilitation.

The Government had already proposed Rs24.5billion for Fata’s uplift besides approving a 10-year FATA Development Plan (FDP) with total outlay of Rs100 billion in budget 2018-19, he said, adding an allocation of Rs10 billion for fiscal year 2018-19 was also proposed to help bring hitherto tribal areas at par of developed regions of the country.

He said TDPs of Fata had suffered a lot in war against terrorism and earmarking of Rs90billion for them in budget would help minimize their sufferings and expedite pace of economic development.

He said transparent utilization of these massive funds would help bring all those areas of Fata, which were closely located with KP, at par with settled areas of the province within two years.

Nalota said PMLN Government has also passed a bill allowing extension of SC and PHC’s jurisdiction to Fata meant to provide speedy justice to tribal litigants.

The PMLN leader said no justification was left now with critics and political opponents to make hue and cry following passing of KP-Fata bill by the Parliament and urged them to get united for general election 2018.

Mohmand Anwar, Executive Director, Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) also welcomed passage of 31st Constitutional Amendment Bill in the Parliament for merging Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, and extending parliament jurisdiction to all federally administered and provincially administered tribal areas.

“The bill is a very welcome step for ensuring right of democratic representation of all hitherto tribal areas by doing away with Article 247 of Constitution,” he said, adding Fata will have provincial representation for the first time in history.

He said, “the amendment bill, extending parliament and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly jurisdiction to FATA will effectively bring it into the legal and legislative framework of Pakistan.”

The members of Provincial Assemblies for Provincial Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) will be able to enact laws for their respective constituencies, he added.

“The constitutional amendment bill is very important step for ensuring that all citizens of Pakistan have equal access to justice and everyone democratic representational rights are fully protected.”

Veteran PPP leader and former KP Senior Minister, Rahimdad Khan and ANP leader Wajid Ali Khan also welcomed KP-Fata bill and maintained that it would enhance image of the country besides bringing Fata into national mainstream.

“Today tribal people get-rid of an outdated system of governance, where people had been kept deprived of legal, political and civic rights since long,” they said, adding they would not be at the mercy of political agents furthermore.

They said the bill would empower tribesmen economically, legal and politically by enabling their representatives to enact laws as per their needs.

They suggested of taking immediate steps to improve infrastructure including health, potable, agriculture and educational institutions in tribal areas.

Tribal elders Shahid Shinwari and Malik Mumtaz Khan also praised passing of the bill and termed it a historic step forward to bring Fata into national mainstream.

 

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90% literacy rate to be achieved by NTI: Razina

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) has set up the first-ever National Training Institute (NTI) to train the master trainers for non-formal education to achieve 90 percent literacy rate across the country.

Talking to media, NCHD Chairperson former senator Razina Alam Khan said the NTI has been widely appreciated by educationists, intelligentsia and politicians.

She said it was realized that an institution should be developed to provide training in the field of multi-grade teaching and a team of experts should be raised to train the master trainers in this neglected field. Low literacy rate and 57 million illiterates also demanded a focused approach to create such facility, she added.

Razina Alam Khan said the NTI was established with an aim to fulfill training needs of the professionals working in the field of non-formal education. Existing formal system was adding about one percent literacy rate annually and through the existing pace Pakistan could only achieve 68 percent literacy rate by 2025, she added.

She said there were still 57 million adults illiterate and 6.4 million children in the age group of 8 to14 years, who could not be addressed through formal education system.

She emphasized that without non-formal education we could not become a part of literate society. The NTI was devising a National Plan of Action under the ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training in collaboration with all the stakeholders to achieve educational target of Vision 2025, she added.

The NCHD chairperson said the NTI would serve as a laboratory for the stakeholders working in the field of literacy and non-formal education.

It would develop manual and modules and conduct trainings to build capacities of literacy and non-formal education personnel, prepare learning resource packs for learners under accelerated learning programmes and conduct research studies to be utilized for highlighting grey areas and improving non-formal education system, she added.

She said the NTI would also devise National Plan of Action for policy makers which would serve as a road map to achieve SDG-4.

To a question, she said in under-developing countries it was required to place a system of education that could be success even with minimum budget.

Multi-grade teaching technique, she said, was one such strategy adopted by most of the under-developing countries to cut the cost being invested in hiring teachers for individual grades.

She said the NTI had introduced this technique in 5,949 feeder schools and results were fruitful. The NTI had trained master trainers and had developed a training manual for multi-grade teaching techniques which could be utilized by all the stakeholders working in non-formal education.

It is pertinent to mention here that Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Engineer Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman inaugurated the first National Training Institute in Islamabad on May 15, and said the government had taken a number of supportive steps to improve education in the country.

He was of the view that there was still need to work hard in this sector as there more than 40 percent children were out of school in the country.

He said there was a well-organized formal system of education for primary grades, but we were far away from achieving 90 percent literacy rate. In order to complete the unfinished agenda there was need to utilize and activate non-formal education system, he opined.

 

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PPP terms FATA merger remarkable

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Provincial president, PPP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hamayun Khan has termed the passage of the FATA Merger Bill a remarkable day in the history of the country attributed the merger of FATA into KP to struggle of his party leadership.

In a statement issued here Friday, the PPP stalwart said that FATA reforms was the dream of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed  and Benazir Bhutto Shaheed and paid tributes to leadership for the accomplishment of that mission. He congratulated the tribesmen and said that the mainstreaming of FATA had always remain in the top priority of their party leadership.

He said that on the directives of the chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, they will struggle for the development of FATA under National Finance Commission (NFC) on all forums adding the establishment of colleges and universities, hospitals and industries in tribal area are amongst the top priority of their party.  Mohammad Hamayun Khan said that PPP will win elections in all four provinces to form federal and provincial governments in the country.

 

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Important decisions taken in RBM of NAB KP

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The Regional Board Meeting (RBM) of National Accountability Bureau Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was chaired by Mr. Farmanullah Khan, Director General NAB (KP) at Peshawar. The meeting was attended by Directors, Deputy Prosecutor General (DPGA), Case Officers, and other concerned officers. Several important decisions were taken in the Regional Board Meeting.

The Board authorized inquiry against officials of Health Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and others regarding misuse of authority. The subjects are alleged to have made illegal appointment of Hospital Director of Mardan Medical Complex in gross violation of prevailing rules.

Another inquiry was authorized against officials of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission regarding corruption in recruitment exams. The subjects are alleged to have failed to exercise of powers to conceal recruitment exam for 40 posts of TMA despite the findings of internal inquiry.

The board authorized inquiry against officials of Minerals Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and others regarding corruption & corrupt practices. The subjects are alleged to have awarded mining contract to private persons in violation of laws without open competition.

Another inquiry was authorized against officers & officials of GDA for misuse of authority in illegal extension of expired lease of plots in gross violation of laws.

Besides these, the board approved filling of reference against officials of Pakistan Custom Department (KP), M/s FAS Tube Mills, M/s Paramount Steel Traders & others regarding corruption and misuse of authority. The beneficiary accused persons in league with concerned customs officials dishonestly and fraudulently derived undue benefit from public exchequer, in the form of duties and taxes exemption granted under DTRE Regime worth millions by making fake export claims at Customs Station Torkham.

Another reference was approved against Sher Jan and Zahid Ullah for cheating public at large on the pretext of Muddaraba Business worth Million rupees.

DG NAB (KP) vowed that as per directions of Honourable Justice Javed Iqbal Chairman NAB, NAB KP is determined to do across the board accountability on the basis of solid evidence as per law. He further said that eradication of corruption is not only our social and moral obligation but it also ensures prosperous future of our coming generations.

 

 

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FATA people to get rights after merger: Tarakai

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Senior Minister for Health and Information Technology Shahram Khan Tarakai said that people of FATA would now able to get their rights after its merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said that long awaited demanded of FATA people to end FCR law had been fulfilled after its merger with KP.

“The movement to merge KPK and FATA drove by Chairman Imran khan is accomplished now, the great victory now FATA will get their rights and PTI will bolster the general population to reshape their way of life at all fronts”, he said.

Tarakai said that the merger was the need of time to end rising sense of deprivation among FATA people and bring them into national fold, adding PTI would work for welfare and development of these marginalized and underprivileged areas after winning forthcoming general elections.

He said that PTI on basis on its performance and popularity among general masses, would sweep general elections 2108 and would make both provincial and federal governments.

The minister said that people of FATA would remember Chairman PTI Imran Khan as a national leader who stood for their rights from day first.

 

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Siraj asks politicians to accept decision on FATA-KP merger

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: Jamaat-i-Islami chief and senator Siraj ul Haq on Thursday said the political parties opposing the Fata-KP merger should accept the decision of majority and regard it.

Addressing an ‘iftar’ dinner at Samar Bagh, the home constituency of Siraj ul Haq, the JI chief said it was the right time for the nation to get rid of corrupt mafias. The gathering was also addressed by the JI district emir Maulana Asadullah, MPA Izaz ul Mulk Afkari and others.

Siraj ul Haq demanded of the federal government to ensure equal and just distribution of natural resources among the federating units. He also demanded of the government to convene the meeting of National Finance Commission as soon as possible. He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province had been the worst affected area by floods, earth quake, militancy and military offensive but the center had been treating it step-motherly for years.

About the MMA he said it was fully enacted and all its leadership was on the same page. He said the MMA would win majority of seats in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and it would form government too. The JI chief said that care taker set up in provinces would also be affected if there was no consensus at the center.