KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday declared that notwithstanding the nomination of a more radical militant leader as the new TTP chief and the group`s announcement to abandon the talks process, his government would continue with the effort to establish a contact with the Taliban with the aim to achieve a lasting peace. `There`s been enough bloodshed, and some say more than forty thousand civilians and soldiers have been killed in these years of trouble, and therefore the only way out is to speed up the efforts for a permanent peace in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the rest of the country. Dawn.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Pakistani Taliban announced on Friday they would orchestrate a wave of revenge attacks against the government after naming hardline commander Mullah Fazlullah as their new leader. The appointment of Fazlullah, known for his fierce Islamist views and rejection of peace talks, by the Taliban shura, a day earlier follows the killing of Hakeemullah Mehsud, the previous leader, in a US drone strike on Nov 1. `We will target security forces, government installations, political leaders and police,` Asmatullah Shaheen, head of the shura, told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.He said the Taliban`s main target included army and government installations in Punjab. Dawn, The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) held a huge rally on Friday here at Peshawar and give threats to the Federal government that after November 20, they would stop the NATO supply container and will take all efforts for its stoppage as there no pressure would be accepted. The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR (APP): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Industries, Commerce & Labour Bakht Baidar Khan has said that Allah has bestowed both KP and FATA with rich natural resources but due to poverty, lack of skill, machinery and resources neither the local population nor the world community can avail proper benefit of it. Talking to a Canadian delegation led by the Mehreen Javaid and the Counselor from the Canadian High Commission at the Pakhtunkhwa House on Friday, he called upon the developed nations of the world like Canada to come forward and invest in the exploration of rich mineral resources of FATA and KP which would benefit both the nations. The Frontier Post.
JAMRUD: Tribal maliks of Mullagori area of Khyber Agency have demanded Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Additional Chief Secretary FATA to ensure transfer of corrupt officers of Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme; otherwise a protest would be staged in front of FATA Secretariat and Governor House. Aggrieved Maliks Yousaf Shah Mullagori and Gul Mohammad of Mullagori sub-division of Jamrud tehsil expressed their views in a press conference held in Jamrud Press Club on Wednesday. At the beginning, we welcomed the RAHA project; however when heard about the officers, who had faced corruption charges in Fata Rural Development Programme (FRDP) few years back under National Accountability Bureau (NAB) are defaming the project, they remarked. The Frontier Post.
KHAR: Speakers at a seminar here on Friday called upon the government and local health department to accelerate efforts for providing basic health facilities to the women and children in Bajaur Agency. The seminar was arranged as part of `mother and child health week` being observed by the local health department in collaboration with the Unicef at the agency headquarters hospital. Tribal elders, leaders of political parties, representatives of Unicef and officials of health department attended the function. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Jamaat-iIslami, a partner of the ruling coalition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Friday staged a sit-in on Ring Road in the provincial capital against the US drone strikes in tribal areas and threatened to block Nato supplies in the province after Nov 20 over attacks by the unmanned aircraft. JI`s provincial Secretary General Shabbir Ahmad Khan, deputy chief Mushtaq Ahmad, Fata chief Haroonur Rasheed, Peshawar chief Bahrullah Khan and provincial Information Secretary Israrullah Khan led the sit-in amid tight security. Dawn.
LANDI KOTAL: Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) in collaboration with Fata secretariat on Friday distributed Rs2 million among 24 community organisations for carrying out different development schemes in Khyber Agency. RAHA`s media coordinator Rahat Shinwari told Dawn a total of Rs1.5 billion would be spent under the RAHA project on completion of 63 development schemes in Jamrud, Malagori and Landi Kotal till December end. Dawn.
ISLAMABAD: Civilians and policemen remained major victim of terrorism across Pakistan last month, said monthly security report of Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) As many as 85 attacks were carried out by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), local Taliban and other militant groups of same category that killed 79and injured another 180 people. Civilians had major share in casualties as 86 of them lost their lives while 246 were injured, the report said, adding 23 policemen died and 36 were injured in terror attacks. As many as 43 attacks were reported from KP which claimed the lives of 40 people and injured 103 others. As many as 43 attacks were reported from KP which claimed the lives of 40 people and injured 103 others. Dawn.