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Drive against power theft held: Pesco

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Chief Executive Peshawar Electric Power Supply (PESCO) Engineer Zakaullah Khan Gandapur said Monday that drive had been accelerated against illegal use of electricity in the province.

In this regard, he said Pesco Mardan-1 Division teams along with Pesco police, checked various premises in the jurisdiction of MardanCantt, Toru, Gujar Ghari sub divisions and nabbed six more persons including Wahid Shha, Nasar, Naveed, Amin, munsif shah and Habib on the spot using direct connections.

Chief Executive Pesco has directed all the field formations to speed up drive against illegal use of electricity and direct hooks.

He said PESCO had once again warned to stop power pilferage in the larger interest of the nation, due to which PESCO had to face financial losses on one hand and on the other hand PESCO’s whole distribution system gets over loaded.

As a result, the general public faces inconvenience of frequent power break downs, he added.

Meanwhile, PESCO had advised customers to adopt all precautionary measures during winter rains and not to touch  cables and poles.

It said public must adopt all safety measures which include, to properly “earthen” your electrical appliances and replace or tape all worn out wires and not to touch electrical appliances, cables with wet hands.

Public is also requested to be careful and attentive while using Electric Water Pumps and other Electrical appliances. Public is requested not to tie their pets and cattles with the poles and towers.

it is advised to avoid usage of metal wires for drying clothes and not to touch the washing machine with wet hands without switching it off.

It advised to keep a mate under your foot while pressing the clothes, adding report the concerned PESCO offices in case of any damaged cable or damaged pole immediately.

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KP CM inaugurates first ever zoo in province

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Monday inaugurated the long awaited project of establishing first ever Zoo in provincial capital.

The project took two years to complete and would be featuring an aviary and cages of wild animals including lions, monkeys and many other species. The zoo is spread over an area of 24 acres and situated in Rahatabad area.

The idea of setting up a zoo in Peshawar was first floated during the previous government, when a group of students of a private school system had collected signatures of many citizens and appealed the then chief minister KP Amir Haider Hoti to announce construction of a zoo here.

Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) offered to provide a land in Regi Lalma for Rs240 million, which was beyond the allocated funds for the zoo. Later the authority suggested Dheri Zardad as project site, along the Nowshera-Charsadda Motorway but it was also dropped as it was not easily accessible.

In November 2016, the PTI government approved and allocated 24 acres land near PFI here near University of Peshawar for the project and completed in two years.

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Afghan teenager boy accuses policemen of molesting

Salman Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: An Afghan teenager boy sitting in a police van in front of Peshawar Lower Court accused policemen of molesting him in a short video that went viral on social media.

The video shows a fair skin teenager named Bilal claiming that police molested him during their captivity.

The teenager was presented in lower court and after hearing when he was sitting in a police van flanked by a policeman claimed he was raped by police in Pishtakhara and Hayatabad.

As the video came on the surface, SP Cantt Wasim Riaz said that Bilal was arrested by police last night in connection with motorcycle lifting.

He said that a committee has been initiated under his supervision and they were further inquiring the allegations made by the teenager.

Local police said that ASI Mir Ibrar arrested Bilal from Basharat Market in Hayatabad on Sunday night on receiving information that Bilal is a suspected motorcycle lifter.

Police said that Gulzaid father of the arrested boy is a carrier of Non-Duty Paid (NDP) goods from Karkhano market to other parts of the city.

A transporter of NDP goods on the condition of anonymity said that no one lodged a report with police against Bilal. He was arrested without any known reason. He said that “the only sin of Bilal is his nationality that he is an Afghan and his poverty; he is not a motorcycle lifter”.

He is doing a wrong business of transporting goods illegally in a handcart from Jamrod to Karkhano market but he is not a thief”, he added. The transporter revealed that he is the only breadwinner of his younger sister and brother because his step father is a drug addict.

When asked the investigator of the case Sher Rehman, he said that due to work burden he couldn’t find time to look at the case.

 

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Minister lauds SRSP for sensitizing rural communities

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance Muzaffar Said Advocate while lauding the efforts of Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP) has said that the entire project should continue their efforts for reducing poverty and social sector development.

He added that SRSP sensitized the rural communities for sustainable development through its multi-sectors developmental program.

He said this while talking to a representative delegation of SRSP that called on him at Timergara in Lower Dir on Monday.

The delegation discussed with minister, matters pertaining to ongoing developmental projects, which runs with the participation of community in the district and also informed him regarding some issues related to employees of the project.

On this occasion while assuring for the possible solution of SRSP staff problems, the minister said the same project has achieved certain goals in its program of sustainable development of rural communities, livelihood and reduction of poverty by declaring it a main goal of the project mission.

The minister further said that efforts of SRSP for human resource and community physical infrastructure development were not forgettable and the same concept should to be maintained in future too as to achieve the objectives of rural prosperity and development in letter and spirit.

 

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ANP demands resignation of govt over harassment incidents

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Central Secretary General ANP Mian Iftikhar Hussain Monday while expressing deep concern over increasing incidents of sexual harassment against children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, demanded resignation of the KP government over its failure in controlling this menace.

Addressing 8th death anniversary function of late poet, philosopher and Pashto intellectual Ajmal Khattak, he said that KP government accepting its failure in controlling the harassment incidents against children should immediately quit the government.

Iftikhar said the ANP strongly condemned the incidents of harassment against children in D.I.Khan, Kohat, Khushmaqam and Mardan and expressed regret over government’s non serious attitude over a serious matter. The government has no right to remain in power if it could not provide security to the citizenry.

The Awami National Party would continue to raise voice against such excesses in Punjab, Sindh and Balochitan and would block the ways leading to such cases as it’s a new shape of terrorism to terrorize the people under a planned conspiracy.

He also expressed concern over the rising incidents of assassination of Pakhtuns in Sindh province and added that former SSP Rao Anwaar and his network should be netted and brought to justice so that hidden hand behind this conspiracy could be exposed.

Under a planned conspiracy terrorism was being imposed on Pakhtuns in the country and feared that Rao Anwaar may be eliminated during his period of absconder.

Mian Iftikhar urged the government to accept the demands of Mehsud’s tribes protesting against killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud and his family should be provided justice otherwise Awami National Party would launch a moment for it.

Referring to the regional situation, the Awami National Party leader said Russia and America have made this region a hub for their personal interest. Pakistan and Afghanistan should prevail sanity in their policies to ward off the possibility of any threat to the region.

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PTI dissident MPA protest against not releasing of fund

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Monday witnessed a unique method of protest a former provincial minister Amjad Afridi used a whistle to record his protest against PTI-led coalition government for not releasing funds in oil and gas royalty.

The house resumed proceedings after a long break of three weeks with Deputy Speaker, Dr. Meher Taj Roghani in the chair.

The treasury bench legislator recalled that he had recorded his protest on the floor the house seven months ago and Speaker had ruled the release the funds, but, it not happened which he said is the breach of the privilege of the slogan of change raised by the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The protesting legislator whistled for several times and also shouted on provincial government that how they will bring change through stoppage of the release of the funds of an elected MPA.

The joint opposition in the house also joined Afridi in his protest and demanded the opening of the mike of the protesting legislator to raise his voice, but in a bid to save the government from embarrassment the Deputy Speaker adjourned the proceeding till 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday.

Later, talking to media Amjad Afridi said that the provincial government had failed to release even a single penny out of 2.4 billion rupees in oil and gas royalty funds of Kohat Division for the year 2015-16.

Similarly, he said that out of about 2 billion rupees the government during financial year 2016-17 had released only 560 million rupees while for 2017-18 the government had released only 730 million rupees.

He alleged that the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak giving his developmental funds to his Advisor Zia Ullah Bangash and depriving the people of his constituencies of developmental schemes.

Earlier, questions regarding minimum wages of labourers and Technical Education were referred to concern committees and one question regarding Excise and Taxation was deferred as the movers were not satisfied from the written reply by the departments.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Ali of Jamaat-e-Islami withdrawn his question in protest and said that he had put up this question two year ago but the concern Industries and Commerce Department failed to reply on time.

 

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NAB KP initiates probe against Muddaraba Business

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has initiated probes against Maulana Saeed-ul-Wahab of Mardan and Komail Khan of Mingora Swat in the garb of Muddaraba Business cheated public of their hard earned money.

The NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa spokesperson on Sunday said that the accused Maulana Saeed-ul-Wahab and Komail Khan lured general public to invest their hard earned money in their fake Muddaraba Business on the promise that they would be paid huge profit on their investment.

The accused person after few months not only stopped paying profits but also refused to pay back original invested money of innocent people and disappeared from the scene.

Affectees of the scams are advised to approach Office of the Director General, National Accountability, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PDA Complex, Block – III, Phase – V, Hayatabad Peshawar for registering their claims during office hours.

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Pakistan would not accept any dictation from any side: Sherpao

F.P. Report

Peshawar: Chairman Qaumi Watan party Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said that Pakistan is a sovereign state and it would not accept any dictation from any side. He said that Pakistan has independent foreign policy it had got every right to protect its national interests therefore it would not allow any power to undermine its independent status at any cost.

He stated this while addressing a mammoth gathering at village Sherpao distract charssada on the eve of 43rd death anniversary of former governor KP and pakhtoon’s leader Shaheed Hayat Mohammad Khan Sherpao on Sunday. Large number of people, political leaders and activists attended the public meeting.

He regretted the inclination of certain international powers towards India, saying that it was not acceptable and it has been a source of great concerns.

He said that the Pakistani nation stood for good relations with all neighbors on the base of equality. He added that the balance of power between Pakistan and India would be essential for peace and stability in the region.

He paid rich tributes to shaheed Hayat Muhammad Khan Sherpao for meritorious services for the cause of Pakhtuns. He said that shaheed leader never compromise on principles and laid down his life for the great cause and his services would be remembered for long time in annals of history.

He said that All demands of Pakhtuns should be accepted who had demonstrated the sit-in in Islamabad for their rights. He also regretted the PML-N government for its step motherly attitude towards the smaller province, He said that Pakistan is a federation and the federal democratic dispensation would only be viable if all the federating units were given equal treatment and PML (N) leadership always trampled upon the rights of small provinces.

He said that If PML (N) did not change its attitude then it would be disastrous for the Federation. He reiterated the federal government the early implementation of NFC awards, inclusion of Pakhtun leadership in vital decision making process, policy-making and consultation process should be materialized.

“The confrontation with the state institution is very harmful for the country. Focus should be made on one point agenda of general elections in 2018. It will helpful in the continuation of the democratic process and stability of the system” he added.

Aftab Sherpao came down hard on the provincial led government for its failure of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf led government to fulfill its election promises exposed its credentials. He said that its tall claims of reformation and changes proved as a total lie and it exposed the true face of the party leadership.

He said that Inability of K.P. Govt to properly plead the case of the province and Pakhtuns resultantly increased their hardships. He said that the announced the package for the martyrs by provincial led government is very meager as compare to other provinces. He said that the trillion trees project which is only present on papers but actually there is nothing on grounds.

He said that It is a serious case of irregularities and misappropriation and National Accountability Bureau should thoroughly probe the matters of Ehtisab Commission of K P is redundant and dysfunctional due to political maneuverings and interferences. He said that the law and order situation deteriorating and the incidents of sexual assault and murders are on the rise and the culprits of high profile cases of D I Khan Sharifa Bibi, Kohat’ s Asma Rani are still at large, Even the province has no forensic lab and in every matter the Punjab’s help is sought.

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Minister inaugurates tax bar office

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Provincial Minister for Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani has asked the Tax Consultants and members of Tax Bar to come forward and join the hands with the government to educate the business community and tax payers to pay off their taxes as national obligation.

He said this soon after inaugurating the Regional Tax Office of Hazara Tax Bar Association. The ceremony was attended by the members of HTBA, office-bearers of different trader’s bodies and notables of the area.

Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani said that KP government has established fully computerized and fool proof system of Tax recovery and due to efficient management system and confidence of the business community, it has shown remarkable improvement in their tax collection system.

He said KP government is striving for the self-reliance policy for which he asked the tax consultants to play their due role to achieve the collection targets which will be ultimately spend on the people of KP for developmental projects and schemes.

Ghani remarked that earlier due to lope holes in the tax collections, a huge chunk of public money was looted and was wasted but now after the introduction of RTI act, each and every citizens can ask about the collection of funds and taxes and their utilization and our government has stopped the all routes and means of corruption in every segment of society.

Provincial minister remarked that after the 18th amendment, the recovery of sales tax is shifted to provinces and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority (KPRA) is established and is being up-graded with the latest computerized system to enable the sales tax payers to file returns and statements through efficient staff.

The capacity of the KPRA is also being improved and said that we ( KP) government consider tax bar and tax consultants as part of our team and extended full co-operation to them and had also asked the tax lawyers

to come forward with solid proposals to improve the revenue of KP government.

Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani in his concluding remarks has told that KP government will provide full financial and moral support to HTBA to establish their library and computer labs etc. as Law department of KP government is agreed to provide special grant in this regard.

Earlier, Rashid Javed, acting president of HTBA in his welcome address, has informed that HTBA is interested to establish well equipped computerized lab and library for the members which will also be made available to the tax machinery to facilitate the tax payers and added that HTBA is regularly holding seminars and workshops for its members to update them with latest changes and policies of KP and FBR.

 

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Anti polio campaign in FATA from today

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: A three-day anti polio campaign in FATA will be started from Monday in which 1005,774 children will be vaccinated.

The Spokesman on Sunday said that total of 100,5774 children below the age of five years will be vaccinated with polio drops by 4368 teams, comprising 3987 mobile teams, 276 fixed teams and 105 transit teams.

EOC FATA Coordinator Muhammad Zubair Khan has emphasized to focus on vaccinating children moving to and from the polio reservoir areas and the persistently missed children.

He said EOC team has made remarkable progress in improving quality of anti-polio campaigns in FATA and field workers’ tremendous efforts not only allowed to keep FATA polio free in 2017 but also achieving the unprecedented milestone of maintaining zero polio case status for past 18 months.

He said now our priority should be to keep FATA polio free and ensure eradication of polio in FATA.

FATA is without polio case for the last 18 months. Last polio case in FATA was reported on July 27, 2016 he said.