MIRAMSHAH: An official of FC was injured when unidentified persons attacked a camp of security forces in Spin Wam area while a convoy escaped narrowly a remote-controlled blast in Dir Duni area of North Waziristan tribal region on Monday. Sources said that unidentified persons attacked security forces, stationed in a camp in Sin Wam, when curfew was imposed in the area. Dawn, The Express Tribune.
MIRAMSHAH: A roadside improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Dirdoni, Ghulam tehsil, however, no loss was reported. The security official further said the forces also defused a roadside bomb on Bannu-Miranshah Road in Khadi. The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: New TTP chief Molvi Fazlaullah has reportedly reached somewhere in Pakistan from Afghan area of Noristan on Monday afternoon, sources confirmed. Taliban sources and local sources from tribal area said on the condition of anonymity he was accompanied by some of his top ranking comrades like Azam Waziristani, Commander Mufti Abdul Rashid and Commander Misbahudin were prominent among them. The Frontier Post, The News.
BARA: Two alleged murderers were killed by heirs of the slain in the custody of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Monday, local sources said.Rashid Khan from Sepah Afridi tribe had allegedly killed a retired FC employee Minak some two months ago. Similarly, Khadin had also allegedly killed a man in Akakhel area.The LI militants took hold of the alleged killers and tried them in own court. The News.
ISLAMABAD: Hearing missing persons’ case, the Supreme Court on Monday has directed the authorities concerned to produce missing persons by today and ordered to register case against those responsible for the death of missing persons. The court ordered the defense secretary to produce himself along with the undeclared detainees before the court on Tuesday (today). A three-member-bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing of the case. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: In a startling disclosure, the acting Defence Secretary, retired Maj Gen Raja Arif Nazir, informed the country`s highest court on Monday about the death of two of the 35 detainees the court had ordered tobe produced. The revelation has given an entirely new, and more disturbing, dimension to the issue of missing persons as for the first time the government has accepted that some of those reported missing for years were not only in the custody of armed forces, at least a couple of them have died in detention under unexplained circumstances. Dawn, The News.
PESHAWAR: The 10th day of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) dharna in Peshawar was marked by the conspicuous absence of party workers at the venue. Usually, PTI workers reach the location of the dharna around 9am, but on Monday the venue was found to be deserted, reported a private TV channel. The Frontier Post, The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: Renowned educationist, Mr. G.D. Langlands called on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah at Governor’s House, Peshawar on Monday. Mr. G.D. Langlands who came Indian Sub-Continent as British soldier in 1944 preferred to stay back after Independence and since then has been serving Pakistanis in the field of education. Meanwhile The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah while taking strong exception of lack of proper health care facilities in FATA despite existence of a number of health care institutions everywhere has hinted to take concrete measures to improve the situation. In this connection, the Governor has principally conceded to the idea to govern existing hospitals and other health institutions in FATA in line with Public Private Partnership system and get the grievances of the respective people resolved. The Frontier Post, Dawn.
PESHAWAR: When the Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Tourist Information Centers was established in 2007, a plan was also put forward to establish a full fledged Tour Department. TCKP’s tour packages will be a platform for all tour operators of Pakistan and will encourage and uplift the domestic and international tourists both”. An MoU has been signed in this regard with Mr. Amjad Ayub, who has a thirty two years vast experience in the tourism sector and has worked on senior level positions in reputed tourism companies and helped them grow as market leaders. The Minister Tourism Mr. Mehmood Khan appreciated TCKP for taking this big step and making history. He said “It was a need of the hour and in January 2014 these tour packages will be launched by TCKP. It initiatives the promotion of soft image of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and highlights the province as a tourist friendly destination. In the first phase TCKP will announce student and family tours packages. The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR (INP): Police foiled a massive bid to smuggle arms as it recovered a huge cache of arms from a truck here on Monday. During snap checking, police stopped a suspected truck at Kohat Road in Matni area of Peshawar. During search of the vehicle arms including 10 repeaters, 10 pistols, three Kalashnikovs, three rifles and 11,000 rounds of different bores hidden in the secret chambers of truck were recovered. Police seized the recovered arms and arrested the truck driver. Police said that the arms were being smuggled from tribal areas to Peshawar but timely action foiled the bid. The Frontier Post.
NOWSHERA: Jamiat Ulemae Islam Central Leader Senator Haji Ghulam Ali said that PTI led provincial government has failed to overcome terrorism, price hike, law and order situation in the province. He said that PTI was not able to control price hike how would it control drone attacks and Nato supply. Haji Ghulam Ali said that by sit-in and protests, PTI would not be able to stop drone attacks but it would take Pakistan into more difficulties. He said that JUI from day one was saying that a resolution should be passed in parliament and Pakistan should leave American war. The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: Workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and its allied parties continued protests in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the US drone attacks for the 10th consecutive day on Monday. A news release issued by the PTI media cell here said protesters sent back three Nato trucks from Dera Ismail Khan and one from Peshawar vowing complete blockade would continue until the US drone strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ended. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Six Pakistani prisoners released after remaining in the US custody at Bagram Prison in Afghanistan for many years and repatriated to Pakistan last month have been detained at Peshawar Central Prison under the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). `We have been told by the prison officials that these six prisoners have been held under Section 40 of FCR on the order of the administration of Khyber Agency,` said Barrister Sarah Belal, director of JPP. Dawn, The Nation.
PESHAWAR: When the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government`s top development committee meets this week to consider some new projects, including those funded by foreign donors, its decisions will not bear the imprint of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf`s dharna (sit-in) politics, according to the relevant officials. These officials told Dawn that the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) was scheduled to meet Dec 4 to discuss, review, and approve over two dozen new development projects, which made part of the provincial government`s annual development programme for the current financial year. They said the fate of new foreign-funded programmes, from among the proposed projects to be discussed at the PDWP meeting, would not be impacted by the PTFs ongoing blockade of Nato suppliesto Afghanistan via the province. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: The government has directed action against unauthorised use of Afghan SIMs across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata. These directives were given by Peshawar Division Commissioner Capt (retd) Munir Azam while presiding over a meeting of Coordination Taskforce at his office here on Monday. Deputy commissioners of Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, political agents of Khyber, Mohmand, SSP operations, Peshawar, deputy director Intelligence Bureau, director Special Branch and other officials attended the meeting. The participants presented reports about the law and order situation in their relevant areas and also gave suggestions for further improvement and restoration of peace in the regions.The commissioner took serious notice ofthe use and sale ofunauthorised Afghan SIMs and directed the officials to ensure crackdown on the people dealing in the business. Dawn.
TIMERGARA: Speakers at a workshop on Monday asked mediapersons to assist the government`s expanded programme on immunisation for a healthy society. The workshop for local journalists was organised by the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP), a Unicef-funded project on routine EPI social mobilisation in Lower Dir. SRSP`s district planning, monitoring, evaluation and research officer Sajid Ahmad said SRSP had launched the project to eliminate diseases like measles, smallpox and polio. He said immunisation was the most successful and costeffective public health intervention. Speaking on the occasion, district health officer Dr Mohammad Rahman Shaheen said Pakistan still had 67 polio cases, out of which, 47 cases had been reported in Fata. He said emergence of cases was because of parents` refusal to get their children vaccinated. He said police cases detected in Egypt and Syria were traced to Pakistan. Dawn.
KHAR: All Bajaur teachers association on Monday condemned the local authorities` ban on entry of teachers into the offices of political administration and education deportment during duty hours, and urged immediate lifting of the ban.The participants said the ban was violation of teachers` basic rights. They said teachers were the most committed and dutiful lot, and claimed that no teacher got involved in political activities nor they had any attachment with any political party. They said barring teachers from public offices was not a proper way to ensure presence of teaching staff in the educational institutions, adding a strong monitoring system and check and balance of schools across the agency was required. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Students belonging to different tribal regions on Monday took out a procession from Government College Chowk, and blocked the road outside Peshawar Press Club here over non-payment of scholarships to them. They were holding banners and placards inscribed with their demands. Speaking on the occasion, Fata Students Federation president Khan Bahadur Wazir said the government had suspended scholarships without any reason, creating unrest among the poor students. He said the students would observe sit-in outside Governor House if scholarships were not paid to them immediately. `We plan to observe sit-in outside Governor House and Fata Secretariat if our demands aren`t met,` the students` leader warned. Mr Wazir recalled that the federal government had approved laptop scheme for Fata students, but it was yet to be materialised. He said quota system for Fata students in different colleges was next to nil.-Bureau Report. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: There is a need to create awareness, effective legislation and preventive measures to control HIV/AIDS in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), said participants at a seminar on World AIDS Day. The programme was organised by National AIDS Control Programme in collaboration with UNICEF and UNAIDS on Monday. The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) vowed to block Afghan transit trade vehicles in the province if authorities harass their workers. In a press release issued by the party’s district amir Bahrullah, he claimed Nato supplies were being transported using Afghan transit trade and the party will continue to protest against the supply. The Express Tribune.
JAMRUD / PESHAWAR: Mullagori tribesmen warned they will boycott polio vaccination drives if the government fails to take notice of prolonged power outages and the misappropriation of zakat funds.The tribesmen protested on Shalman Road, Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency, blocking it for an hour on Monday. The protestors included a large number of schoolchildren and elders of the area. They were led by Jamaat-e-Islami local leader Sabz Ali Khan. The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: Students from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) protested against the suspension of scholarships to tribal students studying in institutions across the country. They held a demonstration which culminated outside the Peshawar Press Club on Monday. FATA Student Federation (FSF) President Khan Bahadur Wazir led the protestors, chanting slogans against the political administration and the governor. They held a walk from Government College to the press club The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: Expressing concern over the non-payment of their daily stipends for last three months, scores of polio transit teams’ workers on Monday held a protest demonstration against the government in front of press club. The demonstrators led by Samiud Din, a polio team supervisor, were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans to press for their demands. The protesting workers chanted slogans against the government and authorities concerned. The Nation.