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Three injured in Peshawar blast

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: As many as three people were injured in an explosion took place in Dir Colony area of Peshawar on Friday morning.

Police told media that apparently the target of the blast was government official vehicle on Peshawar Ring Road. The driver of the vehicle and two other people were injured and they were shifted to nearby hospital.

Initial investigation shows the explosive device was planted in a motorbike, found near the vehicle. Security forces have reached the spot and cordoned off the area.

Police started search operation in the area to trace the culprits involved in this crime.

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Students precious asset of nation

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PESHAWAR: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra presided over the Senate meeting of University of Peshawar on Thursday here at Governor’s House Peshawar. Besides others, Vice Chancellor of Peshawar University Justice (Retd) Hamid Farooq Durrani, Secretary Higher Education, Secretary Finance and members of the senate were also present on the occasion.

Action taken on Minutes of the previous meeting, problems of Peshawar University, performance of Peshawar University and budgets were discussed in the meeting.

On the occasion Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said any delay on part of educational system will not be tolerated. He further added, “Students are the precious asset of the nation and educational system based with transparency and merit can bring positive change in society”. Moreover, salient features and estimates of the budget 2017-2018 were also discussed in detail. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has principally approved the annual budget of the university for Fiscal Year 2017-18.

 

 

 

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E&SE achieving milestones set

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and secondary Education Department (KP E&SE) is determined to provide the children of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa safe and enabling learning environment by ensuring the availability of basic facilities and quality of construction in schools. The E&SED has established more than 83,000 missing facilities in more than 24,000 schools across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a record investment of Rs. 29 billion.

Today more than 94% schools in the province have boundary walls. These numbers particularly the setting up of boundary walls, toilets and drinking water will hugely impact the enrollment levels. Parents have a greater comfort level when sending their kids to school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa when they know that they are equipped with essential facilities. A record number of 160,000 students migrated from private to government schools during 2016-2017.

Since 2013, the Government of KP has spent more than PKR 4 billion on the provision of furniture to government schools, reflecting its commitment to provide students with a conducive learning environment. In 2013, most schools across the province had no furniture or it was sub-standard. Since then more than 4 million children sit on chairs in school instead of the floor.

KP E&SED is spending over two billion rupees on the solarization of government schools in the province so as to ensure an uninterrupted power supply to the schools. Solarization has been completed in nearly 6000 schools and work is in progress on another 10,000.

The Elementray and Secondary Education Department has prepared guidelines for the Parent Teacher’s Council on the installation of these solar panels. Moreover, an engineering firm has been hired for the support and monitoring of Parent Teacher Councils in the implementation of conditional grant program in all districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The engineering firm will mobilize engineers in each district who will provide assistance to PTCs in ensuring quality construction.

More than 10,000 play areas have been established at primary schools across the province under a new education policy. The government has established play areas at government schools to ensure a healthy environment at these institutes and give priority to quality education.

 

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MTRA authority notified: Govt

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PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department notified the establishment of Medical Transplantation Regularity Authority (MTRA) as the authority will provide control and permit transplant of human organs in the province.

The regularity authority will work to control on illegal human organs and control any illegal activity regarding human organs transplantation as was practice in the past.

In this regard a meeting under the chairman of Secretary Health Abid Majeed here at health secretariat Peshawar on Thursday, flanked by Professor Asif Malak from MTRA and IKD, Dr. Aziz Ur Rehman Urologist, Professor Zia Ul Islam and other senior doctors were present.

The authority consist of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak, Secretary Health, transplant specialists at Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) and Institute of Kidney Diseases, doctors and professor from HMC and Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbotabad and member of the private sector as well.

In the meeting it was informed that the authority will work to stop the illegal transplantation of human organs as well as all the DHO was responsible to take strict action against any illegal activity in their concern areas.

In the meeting it was also said that according to the MTRA nine human organs transplantation will be done in Medical Teaching Institution hospital for which the ward and consultant physicians will be registered with MTRA and each case of human transplantation will be approved from the authority.

It merits mention here that MTRA act had been passed by the provincial assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2014 but the government were not notified the authority with unknown reason.

 

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Speakers urge masses to get registered to cast vote in coming polls

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Speakers during a seminar on Thursday stressed man and women participants to get involved in political activities and acquire their computerized national identity cards (CNICs) registration till April, 2018 to be eligible to cast their votes in 2018 general polls.

These views were expressed by speakers including PTI MPA, Arif Yousaf, Ms Asiya Arif of Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), Zahid Khattak form Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) and others during a seminar held in Peshawar. The event was held under aegis of SPARC on issues relating to minorities and electoral reforms.

The seminar was attended by Community Action Groups comprising of Christian men and women, FAFEN, lawyers, civil society activists, elected representatives and media persons.

Speaking on the occasion, Arif Yusuf- Advisor to Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that provincial government wishes to see more political participation of women in the upcoming elections. Counting a number of initiates taken by his government, he said it (govt) was working on welfare of minorities including national testing service, job quota and others. He assured full support to the minorities and urged them to pursue education to join the mainstream.

Sharing the findings of the SPARC’s baseline study on minorities, Ms Asiya Arif, Manager Program Development shared that out of 423 respondents interviewed in the Kohati Gate area, 75 per cent of the male participants had acquired birth certificates whereas only 10.27 per cent of the females had their birth certificates.

She further stated that the percentage of people with CNICs was promising with respect to males at above 70 per cent while around 13 per cent of the women participants did not have their CNICs. With regard to voter registration it was found that a sizeable majority of 86 per cent from the Christian community was registered to vote with more men compared to women 21.6 per cent women were not registered to vote while 2.25 per cent were unaware of their voting status. In comparison only 0.54 per cent male respondents were not registered to vote while 1.63 per cent was unaware of their voting status.

The participants also expressed their grievances by saying that the representatives tended to be political with little to no initiative for change for the rights of minorities. People expressed more faith on the local government representatives and said that the issue was one of insufficient funds from the town and district government that needs to be resolved.

Zahid Khattak of Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), shared that Peshawar is one of the districts with lowest women voter registration- against a population of 2100,719 women as of census 2017, only 663,192 are registered to cast votes. He urged both man and women participants to get CNIC registration till April 2018 to be eligible to cast their votes in the 2018 elections.

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EU funded CDLD programme extended to 6 more KP districts

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that development of backward districts and provision of all basic civic facilities on the pattern of big cities on fast track basis also remain the priority of provincial government. He was addressing launching ceremony of the extension phase of the Community-Driven Local Development (CDLD) Programme at local hotel here. The ceremony was also addressed by EU Ambassador Jean-Francois Cautain, team leader CDLD Brian Fawcett, Secretary Planning & Development Zahir Shah Khan and others who highlighted the people friendly and transparent policies and reforms of the provincial government.

The speakers termed the LG system introduced by KP government as the best and historical one not only in the country but world over. The function besides Senior Minister for Local government Inayatullah, Secretary local government Syed Jamaluddin Shah, District Nazims and senior officers of the concerned 12 districts, was largely attended by EU delegates, LG representatives and people from cross section of life.

EU provided 64 million Euros against the provincial government funding of Rs. 4.7 billion for the first phase and has committed additional funds of 34.4 million Euros while the provincial government has committed Rs. 5.981 billion for the second phase. 1457 developmental projects completed and over 3.7 million people benefitted in the first phase while the second phase will also greatly help in gearing up the pace of development in the newly selected six districts of the province.

The chief minister said CDLD program has been launched in six most backward districts of Malakand division in collaboration with European Union since 2014 to improve road infrastructure and municipal services in all urban and rural areas of these districts that yielded positive results. Hence, he said this programme was being extended to six more districts of the province including Kohistan, Battagram, Torghar, Buner, Haripur and Nowshera to develop the infrastructure and ameliorate lot of common people there.

Pervez Khattak reiterated that the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is committed to its agenda for change and this agenda encompasses the improvement of social, economic and human capital indicators of the province.

The last four years, he said, have seen major reform initiatives in this direction. “Creation of an effective and enabling environment for local governance is a top priority of our Government. Today this province is custodian of the best of local governance systems in Pakistan”, he added.

The Chief Minister said it is heartening that first phase of CDLD Programme was successfully implemented in six districts of Malakand Division and based on that successful implementation the Programme is now extended to six more districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said the Programme would then cover almost half of the backward areas of the province. For that, he congratulated the local government department, district government officials, and the district governments for playing their role effectively. He also appreciated the contribution of Human Dynamics, as key implementing partner of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He directed the local government department, district based officers of all government departments and elected representatives of local governments in the CDLD districts to continue working together and replicate the successful implementation of the first phase of CDLD Programme which has provided a platform for optimal utility, better planning and better implementation.

Later, the Chief Minister gave away shields of commendation to the EU team members, district Nazims, DCs and other officers of districts administration for outstanding performance in making CDLD program a success story.

 

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ANP Think Tank to meet today

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: President of Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali Khan has convened a meeting of the Think Tank for today (Friday) to discuss the political situation developed after the Supreme Court’s decision disqualifying former Premier Nawaz Sharif from holding office of the party President.

The think tank will meet at Wali Bagh Charsadda with Asfandyar Wali Khan in the chair, said a statement issued here from the office of Bacha Khan Markaz.

The meeting besides Supreme Court’s recent judgment will also discussed other political matters of the country.

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PML-N to bring real change in KP

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: President PML-N Women Wing KP and MNA Tahira Bukhari has said that Pakistan Muslim League (N) would bring real change in the KP if voted to power in the upcoming general elections.

Talking to a delegation of PMLN Women Wing here Thursday, she said, green revolution has ushered in the province and the PML-N would clean sweep the polls in 2018 and would form the governments in the centre as well in all the four provinces.

The PMLN, she said could not be stopped from coming into power in the country through conspiracies as the party’s popularity graphs has reached to the climax.

The people, she maintained have now decided to support the government of the PMLN for promoting the politics of country’s development and prosperity, getting rid of negative politicking and promotion of democracy.

 

 

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KP to establish independent, autonomous PHEC: Mushtaq

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Higher Education, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani Wednesday told the provincial assembly that the government is going to establish an independent and autonomous Provincial Higher Education Council (PHEC) to look after the affairs of the public sector universities in the province.

He was responding to a question of the Mufti Fazal Ghafoor of JUI-F regarding the quality of education in the public sector universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Through his question, Maulana Fazal Ghafoor have asked that the ranking of the universities is on decline, saying that in the ranking announced in 2006, University of Peshawar (UoP) was fourth among the universities of the country while in 2014 it decline to number six while in the recent ranking it had went down to No.13.

The opposition legislator lamented that on one hand the standard of education in the universities is deteriorating while on the other hand difference between the fees of public and private sector universities is closing to each other.

However, the provincial minister instead of accepting responsibility of the situation held the administration of universities responsible for it.

Mushtaq Ghani said that as the public sector universities are getting funds through Higher Education Commission (HEC) and are responsible only to it. Therefore, he said the provincial government has decided the establishment of Provincial Higher Education Council.

He said that after the establishment the provincial government will provide funds to universities through it and will also be responsible for the financial and quality audit.

Similarly, in response to the question of Meraj Hamayun Khan, the provincial minister for higher education said that that four-year BS Programme has been introduced in 100 colleges of the province and would be extended to the remaining 120 colleges next year.

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Nawaz uses abusive language against judiciary: Nafeesa

F.P Report

PESHAWAR: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Central Secretary Information Nafeesa Shah expressed her regret over using contemptuous language against judiciary by disqualified Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Safdar and saying the judiciary be respected. Interestingly, the former provincial minister of Sindh government, Sharjeel Memon is behind the bars but on the other side, the ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz vigorously using contemptuous language against judiciary but could not be held, said Nafeesa Shah while at a news conference at Peshawar Press Club (PPC) on Wednesday.

She said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz despite 70 percent in power in the country and with protocol of several vehicles, the disqualified Nawaz Sharif was constantly weeping and speaking against judiciary.

Rejecting the stance of Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan to take to the streets against Nawaz Sharif and the federal government if any step was taken against judiciary, she said, no need to come on roads in defense of apex court, as it is a powerful institution of Pakistan ad it knows how to defend itself.

Flanked by former Senator and present candidate for the same slot, Robina Khalid, provincial president PPP women wing, MPA  Nighat Orakzai, Shaziya Tehmas and other women, the PPP secretary information alleged that disqualified Mian Nawaz Sharif wanted to pit Parliament against judiciary by using contemptuous remarks, adding that he (Nawaz ) had adopted the way of confrontation.

Dispelling the impression that she has been given task for intermingling regarding the upcoming Senate elections, she said that as she had been handed over slot of central secretary information, wanted to have a get together with journalists’ community across the country.

Responding to different queries, she said that Naqeebullah Mahsud is martyred and all of her party sympathies with his family adding that the Sindh government-led by PPP, was severely against extra judicial killing and that’s the reason that the Joint Investigation team (JIT) had issued report, in which, Naqeeb Mahsud was implicated, “the PPP wants exemplary punishment to Rao Anwar if found guilty”, he demanded.

Ms Shah said that the PPP was symbol of federation and it was the only political party, believed in strong federation and provinces as 18th Amendment are the ample of the party to give name to KP province and empowered all the provinces of the country.

She said, the PPP stance was very clear about merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province as she added that former prime minister martyred Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had formed a committee headed by late Naseerullah Babar in 1970 regarding FATA reforms but unfortunately, what had been done with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto at that time, the nation knows it.