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Independence Day observes with fervor in Landikotal

Ahmad Nabi

LANDI KOTAL: Like elsewhere in the country, the tribesmen of Khyber celebrated 71th Independence Day celebrated with zeal and renewed the pledge to make Pakistan more prosperous and will never hesitate to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their motherland. In connection of 14th August, number of programs had been organized in different parts of Khyber district.

The day was dawned with special prayers in the morning pray for the progress and solidarity of the country. A simple but impressive gathering was held at Torkham border that was attended by the Commandant Khyber Rifles, Col Farrukh Humayun and Assistant Commissioner Landi Kotal Niaz Muhammad beside other officials. The Afghan border security officials greeted the Pak officials on the Independence Day and presented them gifts and sweets. Main event of the I- Day in Landi Kotal division was initiated at the sports ground of Hamza Baba Complex,Landi Kotal under the auspices of Khyber Sports Club, that was attended by forces and administration officials beside thousands of dwellers of the area.

Number of sports competitions including Tug of war, PT and Martial art shows, Athletic, gymnastic, weight lifting and shooting were held. The national songs, speeches, dramas presented on the occasion enthralled the audience.

Earlier, the tribesmen had finalized all preparations by decorating their houses and business centers on the eve of 14th August. On the middle night of Monday and Tuesday a spectacular fire work and music shows were happen at Landi Kotal forces cantonment and music shows were initiated at Takia, Khyber Zakha Khel that amused the locals.

Assistant Commissioner, Jamrud Zahid Usman hoisted the national flag in a ceremony held in Jamrud, attended beside by newly elected Member Parliament from NA-43,Pir Noorul Haq Qadri and large number of elders and administration officials. Flower wrath was laid on the monument of martyrs. Car rallies were also arranged in Landi Kotal and Jamrud divisions.


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District admn celebrates August 14 in Lakki Marwat

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: The independence day of the motherland was celebrated with national enthusiasm and jubilation in the district. The local administration with the support of army, boy scouts association and sports and youth affairs department held flag hoisting ceremony at Lt Adnan Shaheed sports complex Tajazai. Local deputy commissioner Muhammad Kabir Afridi, being the chief guest on the occasion performed flag hoisting.

Pak army Tajazai camp commanding officer Lt Col Yasir Hayat, district nazim Iqbal Hussain, DPO Asif Gohar, AC Muhammad Shayan Ali Jawa and heads of line departments accompanied him. A large number of people from across the district and tribal sub division attended the ceremony. A group of students sang national anthem and alert contingents of police and levy force presented salute. Balloons were released with slogans of Pakistan long live.

Schools’ students and boy scouts received great applause from participants by singing patriotic songs and presenting tableaus. They also took part in tug of war and balloon filling competitions and sack race. The students of government run and private schools also highlighted the importance of independence in their speeches. A group of aged men also participated in archery competition while youths, soldiers and policemen took part in traditional dance (atenr).

DC Kabir Afridi distributed trophies and cash prizes among students and players and appreciated their performance. Azadi rallies were taken out in Lakki city, Naurang and Darra Pezu towns. A prominent Pashto poet Syed Zahoor Abbas Shah Afgar Bukhari and a youth leader Faisal Kamal led rallies in Lakki city while Shaheen academy of martial arts chief coach Irfan Nayab led the rally in Naurang town.

The Naurang tehsil government also held a function on the premises of the office of tehsil municipal administration where tehsil Nazim Maulana Ezazullah performed flag hoisting. Lakki Marwat tehsil government organized/arranged poetry session and Kabaddi match at Daulatkhel in connection with Independence Day. Prominent players from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab participated in Kabaddi match.

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Independence Day celebrated with traditional fervor in Charsadda

Rifaqat Ullah Razarwal

CHARSADDA: Different part of Charsadda celebrated 71st Independence Day on Tuesday with traditional fervor and enthusiasm. All government and private buildings, roads and avenues have been decorated with illuminations, national flags, and portraits of national leaders, banners and buntings to give a festive look. Fireworks began as soon as the clock struck 12:00 am midnight.

The Superintendent of Police (SP) Nazir Khan, hoisted Pakistani flag at Charsadda press club building. The main event of the day was a flag hoisting ceremony at Abdul Wali Khan Sports Complex where District Nazim Fahad Azam Khan was the chief guest.

Then District Nazim and SP Nazir Khan hosted the national flag followed by national anthem. They were also addressed the youth students on the occasion. Deputy Commissioner Mina Abdul Qadir Shah, deputy speaker of district assembly Musawir Shah, district members, students of government and private schools and people from all walks of life graced the occasion.

Special prayers are being offered in mosques at dawn for peace, solidarity and prosperity of the country and for the resolution of long standing issue of Kashmir. Educational institutions have arranged art exhibitions, declamation contests, national songs competitions and tableau shows.

District Nazim Fahad Azam said that in order to rid the country has complex issues, the nation will have to rise above its personal and factional differences. In their messages to the nation on 71st Independence Day, they believed that the dream of taking the country to the zenith would not come true unless we singularly concentrate on our national goals and objectives.

The police officials greeted the countrymen on Independence Day and said the day revives our enthusiasm as we rejuvenate our resolve to put our country on the track of progress and prosperity. SP Nazir Khan addressed, the police force include people of Pakistan have lost their lives for this country to remain prosper and progressive, our devotion to honour our national flag enhances manifold as it is the day for fulfillment of our hopes and aspirations and is the time for jubilation. “Pakistan is a heaven and a blessing for the Muslims of the subcontinent and was liberated after numerous sacrifices by our forefathers. Now it is our responsibility to take our country forward on the path of progress and prosperity according to the aspirations of its founders. This requires all segments of the society to live together with harmony and brotherhood,” he remarked.

They believed that the dream of taking the country to the zenith would not come true unless we singularly concentrate on our national goals and objectives. He said only by dedicatedly pursuing these principles we can materialise the dream of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal. The event face helter-skelter when the journalists cover the stage performance of students, the district administration staffs have pushed back the journalists and snap to make footage from down to stage, the journalist boycotted the event at the end and protest against the Deputy Commissioner.


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VIP movement: PTI’s MPA brutally thrashes man in ‘Naya Pakistan’

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Riding on the populist narrative of change and slogans against status quo, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has clinched landslide victory in General Elections 2018.

The party secured two-third majority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is all set to form government in Punjab, part of coalition government in Balochistan and will take command in the Centre.

The party priorities provision of just and equal system for the masses of Pakistan and these tenets stem from the Urdu word ‘Insaf’ which means Justice in English.

However, newly elected PTI’s MPA Imran Shah—who won Sindh Assembly’s seat from Karachi—and his guards mercilessly and brutally slapped a man.

The man was allegedly beaten over bypassing the protocol of Imran Shah. Below is the video of the incident.

PTI — during its election campaign — has advocated against VIP culture, movement and protocol. The chief of the party and PM-in-waiting Imran Khan has refused to take any protocol.

PTI has not issued any statement or taken action against their MPA Imran Shah thus far.

Netizens have lambasted the cruel behavior of the MPA and demanded PTI to take stern disciplinary action against the culprit.

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Maulana Fazlur Rehman denies reports of contesting by-elections

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has denied all reports that he is considering to contest the by-elections.

It was earlier speculated that Maulana Rehman was considering contesting the by-election in NA-35 Bannu in which Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) leader Akram Khan Durrani was defeated by a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.

Imran Khan secured 113, 822 and defeated Durrani who secured 106,820 votes, but eventually decided to vacate the seat and keep the NA-95 Mianwali seat instead.

However, Maulana Fazlur Rehman has denied all such reports and has sent his decision to the provincial Majlis-e-Shura of the party clarifying that he will not contest the by-elections.

Maulana Rehman contested the elections as part of the MMA which does not perform as expected. The stalwart was also defeated by PTI’s Ali Amin Gandapur in NA-58 Dera Ismail Khan.

He rejected the elections and decried that the elections were rigged and ultimately convened an all-parties conference (APC) to rally the opposition around him.

However, the alliance faltered as the opposition particularly the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) decided to be a part a parliament despite expressing reservations over the conduct of the general elections.

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Three killed in Karachi as city is caught in a traffic gridlock

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Pakistanis across the country came out to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday. But with their zeal and fervor, they brought with them traffic and accidents.

Residents of Karachi faced massive traffic jams in numerous areas and three people died in traffic-related accidents.

In Karachi, Karsaz, Sharae Faisal, Stadium Road, Numaish Chowrangi and Guru Mandir were blocked due to traffic jams. From NIPA Chowrangi to Gulshan-e-Iqbal and from the Sohrab Goth Flyover to Lucky One Mall traffic has been stuck for hours.

The situation at Ayesha Manzil, Water Pump, Clifton, Seaview and Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s Mazaar is no better.

The public holiday meant residents of Karachi travelled to the Quaid’s mausoleum, the beach and other public spaces to enjoy the day.

Two people died in an accident near Defence Phase-I. A car hit a motorcycle and fled the scene, leaving the motorcyclist and passenger dead.

Another accident took place near Sohrab Goth where one person died.

The situation in Lahore is no better. Main thoroughfares are blocked due to traffic.

The city’s police say that they have arrested 18 people for one-wheeling.

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Strong, democratic Pakistan destiny of nation: President

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain and Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk jointly hoisted national flag at Convention Centre in Islamabad to mark the Independence Day celebrations.

Addressing the ceremony, the President said that a strong, developed and a democratic Pakistan is destiny of the nation.

He said this year the general election coincided with the Independence Day.

The President said that the dream of a fully sovereign and independence country can only be achieved by strengthening the institutions.

He prayed Allah Almighty to help the new government in addressing the problems of the people.

The President also paid homage to the security personnel who sacrificed their lives for revival of peace and eradication of terrorism from the country.

Turning to Kashmir dispute, the President said Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to their Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for right to self-determination.

He urged the international community to raise their voice so that the Kashmir people could get their inalienable right.

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Impressive flag lowering ceremony amid Independence Day celebrations at Wagah

F.P. Report

LAHORE: A large number of people turned out to witness an impressive flag lowering ceremony at Wagah Border on Tuesday.

The flag lowering ceremony is a routine practice but Tuesday’s carried a special attraction as the nation celebrated 71st Independence Day.

People from all walks of life visited the Wagah border to attend the ceremony and express love and patriotism with their motherland.

The place echoed with the slogans of “Allahu Akbar”, “Ya Rasool Allah (PBUH)”, “Pakistan Zindabad” and “Jevay Jevay Pakistan”.

Most of the people were dressed in green and white coloured clothes in accordance with the celebrations of the 71st Independence Day of Pakistan.

They were also carrying national flags and placards inscribed with slogans in favour of the country.

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Caretaker CM performs flag hoisting ceremony on Mazar-e-Quaid

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Fazal-ur-Rehman has said that the father of nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had a dream to make Pakistan a welfare state and we all are working hard in that direction.

This he said while talking to media just after laying floral wreath and offering fateh at Mazar of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on Tuesday morning .

He said that he had come to pay respect to the father of nation. “It was his struggle and leadership that today we are an independent nation,” he said and added “we have to work hard to make Pakistan a true welfare state.”

Earlier, Caretaker chief minister Fazal-ur-Rehman along with acting Governor Sindh Agha Siraj Durani performed flag hoisting ceremony at the mazar and received Pakistan Day felicitation from the diplomats of different countries and the people of civil society who attended the Pakistan Day programme at the Mazar. During the flag hoisting ceremony National Anthem was played and all the guests and school children sung the anthem. The children clad in national dresses and school uniforms kept hoisting small flag during the ceremony.

The chief minister mixed up with school children and lauded their national spirit.

Murad vows to continue his struggle making Sindh a prosperous province

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister-designate Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his government under the leadership of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zaradri would give special focus on development of infrastructure, poverty alleviation, improvement of health and education sectors.

This he said while talking to media just after laying floral wreath and offering fateh on Mazar-e-Quiad to pay tribute to father of nation on the eve of Pakistan Day today. He led party delegation comprising Sindh PPP President Nisar Khuhro, MPAs Sohail Siyal, Saeed Ghani, Imdad Pitafi, Qasim Siraj Soomro, part leaders Waqar mehdi and on foot from People Secretariat to Mazar-e-Quiad.

He said that the party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has laid great responsibility on his shoulders by nominating him as chief minister of Sindh. “I am thankful to him and other party leadership for their trust,” he said and added “under the guidance of party chairman I would serve people of Sindh to the best of my abilities,” he said.

Murad Shah said that in his last tenure he gave two packages to develop road infrastructure along with storm water drains. “Today Karachi gives a different developed and beautiful look and I would continue my focus on the uplift of Karachi,” he said and went on saying “every district and every city of the province would be given equal attention to develop them and resolve public problems,” he said.

He said that his government restored peace in Karachi, made it city of lights again and now “we are giving to make it one of the beautiful city of the world,” he said.

Replying to a question, he said that people of Sindh have elected Pakistan Peoples Party because it has served them. “It is PPP which has always fought for the right of people of Sindh, it is PPP which has always given employment opportunities to the people of Sindh and we have improved health sector and have worked lot in Thar coal,” he said and added from Thar project electricity would be produced shortly.

Murad Shah said that unemployment was a serious problem and this time his government would create employment opportunities in government and private sector.

To another question, he said the PML-N government announced Karachi Package of Rs25 billion but till the end of their tenure they did not release even Rs25. “We are committed with our people that’s why people of Sindh are with PPP,” he said.

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Five killed, three injured in Charsadda firing

F.P. Report

CHARSADDA: At least five people were killed and three others were injured when rivals exchanged fire in a Jirga at Battagram area of Charsadda on Tuesday.

Police officials told media that that a jirga was convened over a Saturday motorbike accident that left a child injured and adding that four of the five killed were from one family.

The injured had been shifted to a Peshawar hospital and bodies of those killed had been handed over to their families after post mortem.

An FIR of the incident has been registered, the official said. Police have been striving to nab the absconding suspects.