GHALANAI: The Mohmand Agency political administration, education department and security forces have decided to reopen all educational institutions, including Lakaro Degree College, in Safi teshil from Nov 15 after the reconstruction of their buildings targeted by militants. These educational institutions have been closed for four years. The decision was made during a meeting here at the agency headquarters. The meeting was attended by officials of political administration, education department and security forces. Dawn.
KHAR: Bajaur Agency assistant political agent Asad Sarwar has said the local administration has stepped up efforts to provide basic facilities to traders to boost economic activities in the agency Talking to representatives of the local traders` organisation during his visit to Inayat Killi trade centre on Saturday, he said the administration was taking keen interest in promoting economic activities in the region. Dawn.
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani polio virus strain, which has already affected five countries in the past 22 months, has now become a threat to European countries as well. The warning came from a reliable health journal of Europe:`The Lancet Medical Journal`. The United Nations Children`s Fund (Unicef) had confirmed the presence of polio virus among children in northeast Syria. However, the Syrian government alleged that the virus had arrived from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) as Pakistanis from this part of the country were fighting along with the Syrian rebels. A health expert requesting not to be identified said that Syria had been claiming that the virus was transmitted from Fata because it wanted to prove the foreign militants` involvement in the country`s uprising. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad has so far been acquitted in five cases after the prosecution failed to furnish credible evidence against him. Seven cases, including Pakistan Peoples Party MPA Badiuzzaman’s murder dating back to the 1990s, are pending against Muhammad. On October 8, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) acquitted Sufi Muhammad and his associates in a sedition case dating back to 2001. The men were accused of organising a rally against former president General (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf, alleging he was a ‘US agent’. The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: After issuance of serious threats by the banned outfit of Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to target top leadership from inside the politicians, Government of Pakistan has reportedly decided to utilise the services of Mualana Sofi Muhammad, head of banned Therik Nifaz Shariet e Muhammadi(TNSM) and father in law of the newly appointed chief of TTP Mullah Fazlullah and head of Haqqani Network Sirajuddin Haqqani to bring back the annoyed Taliban to the table of the talks. The Frontier Post.
JAMRUD: Four men were injured when vehicles carrying Nato supplies were ambushed by gunmen in two separate incidents in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency. The vehicles were en route to Karachi from Afghanistan when they were attacked, said political administration official Asmatullah Wazir, adding two drivers and two cleaners are among the injured. He said the first incident took place at around 9:15am near Bigyari check post while the second occurred 45 minutes later near Sur Kamar area. The Express Tribune.
GHALLANAI: All public schools and a college in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency will be reopened from November 11 after a gap of five years, and deputation orders of all teachers have been cancelled. This was decided on Saturday during a meeting held between officials of the education department of Mohmand Agency, Pakistan Army and the political administration. The Express Tribune.
LAHORE: Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif are receiving life threats. He said there is a risk of terrorist activity during the holy month of Muharram adding that the government would make every attempt to ensure foolproof security during Muharram. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD : Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has thoroughly discussed the issue of holding talks with Taliban with Secretary General Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia, Qari Hanif Jalandhri. Both dignitaries agreed to resume dialogue process with banned outfit during the telephonic conversation. The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR(UPI): With potential Pakistani peace talks with the Taliban at risk after a U.S. drone strike killed Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud Nov. 2, tribesmen once armed and funded by the government against the Taliban say they feel more threatened by the expected backlash. These tribesmen are vulnerable to the Taliban as they are no longer supported by the government. Residents of tribal areas devastated by terrorist attacks — with public schools a particular target say the government is apathetic toward them, although a spokesman says the provincial government is reluctant to arm locals. The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR(APP): Assistant political agent Bajaur Agency Assad Sarwar has said that the local administration has enhanced its efforts to provide basic facilities to traders to boost business activities in the Agency Talking to representatives of traders’ organization and shop keepers during his visit to Inayat Killi trade center. He said that the administration had launched several rehabilitation Schemes in militancy hit areas of the agency which will not only help to facilitate the people but it would also boost business activities in the agency. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the new strategy on talks with Taliban will be finalised after taking the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa into confidence. This was stated by the minister during a meeting with KP Governor Shaukatullah Khan here on Saturday. According to an official handout issued after the meeting by the interior ministry, Chaudhry Nisar and the KP governor exchanged views on the issue of talks with Taliban and reviewed the security situation in the country`s troubled tribal areas, or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). `On this occasion, the interior minister vows to take the KP government into confidence while making new strategy on the issue of talks with Taliban that have been stalled due to the recent drone strike,` it said. Dawn.
PESHAWAR (APP): Over 100 suspects detained on Saturday during police and security forces’ personnel search operations in different parts of provincial capital. According to police sources, raids were conducted in the limits of Pahari Pura and Faqirabad police stations of Peshawar and over 100 suspects were taken into custody during the search operation. Police said that operations are ongoing in Peshawar on a daily basis in order to maintain peace and stability during the month of Muharram. Faqirabad police said that two fugitives were also among the detained suspects. The suspects were shifted to local police stations for further interrogation. Peshawar shared vast border with Khyber Agency. The Frontier Post.