LAHORE (INP): Representatives of Nato member countries have requested Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan to reopen supply routes to Afghanistan via Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but it has been turned down. Sources in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said that as many as 22 ambassadors from Nato countries urged Khan not to block Nato supplies as they had nothing to do with drone strikes. The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR (INP): Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) has demanded the federal government to immediately remove the constitutional anomaly so that FATA residents can exercise right to information held by federal public bodies operating in FATA. Similarly, CRTI also urged the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to liaison with the federal government to bring about desired constitutional amendments and legislative reforms to protect and promote right to information of FATA residents. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel has warned the US can stop economic aid to Pakistan if it fails to keep the ground supply routes open. According to sources, the visiting US dignity sounded the warning to Pakistani leaders during a series of meetings he held with them on Monday. A press statement issued by the US Embassy said Secretary Hagel raised the issue of blockade of Nato supplies with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. But there was no mention of it in the official handout issued by the Prime Minister’s House. The US Embassy further stated Secretary Hagel also expressed the US concern over the presence of Haqqani network in Pakistan. On the other hand, a government handout about the meeting of the US secretary of defence with the prime minister said Nawaz Sharif expressed deep concern over the continuing drone strikes by the United States in the country. The nation, The News, Daily Mashriq.
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers staged sit-in against NATO supplies continued on the 17th consecutive day and termed the protest an effective weapon for halting drone attacks in Pakistan. The sit-in was attended by PTI Provincial Information secretary Ashtiqa Urmar, PK-06 MPA Fazl Ellahi, General secretary Zaheer Younis and other office-bearers. Addressing on the occasion the PTI information secretary said that PTI has put pressure on US authorities to stop drone strikes in Pakistan and the recent visit of US Defence Secretary to Pakistan is one of the steps through which they would demand opening of routes. The nation.
PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has stressed for collective wisdom for bringing back peace to the province that, he said, is the ultimate goal to lead KPK towards sustained economic growth. He was chairing the 1st meeting of working group on law & order in the province at Conference Room of the Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Secretary Home Syed Akhtar Ali Shah, members of working group on law & order including Saeed Khan, Ex-IGP, Syed Muhammad Ishtiaq, chairman DDAC Peshawar, MPAs Nadia Sher, Ayesha Naeem, Nageena Khan, Justice (Retd) Ghulam Mohiuddin Malik, senior journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai, Chief Provincial Khateeb Qari Roohullah Madani, religious scholar Hafiz Abdul Ghafoor, ex-chamber of commerce presidents Sharafat Ali Mubarak, Afnan Aziz and Yousaf Sarwar, Additional Chief Secretary (FATA), Commissioner Peshawar and Additional IG Special Branch attended the meeting. The nation.
PESHAWAR: MPA from Chitral Saleem Khan on Monday warned of holding protest demonstrations in front of the Parliament House in Islamabad if the government failed to open the Lowari tunnel for traffic due to which people were facing acute shortage of food items. Speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press club here, Mr Saleem said that the recent snowfall had caused severe problems for the people because they were facing food shortage and rates of different daily use commodities had increased manifold. He was flanked by elders from Chitral.`We have apprised all the relevant officials, including chief secretary, NHA chairman and secretary communications of the peoples` problems, but they have only said that the tunnel will be kept open only once a week,` said the lawmaker, adding that people were not ready to accept the decision. He said the previous government kept the tunnel open round the year. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas Tribunal on Monday reserved judgment in surgeon Dr Shakil Afridi`s petition for immediate release on bail and fresh trial by the political agent of Khyber Agency on the charge of supporting a proscribed militant organisation in Bara tehsil. The tribunal comprising Chairman Shah Wali Khan and members Pir Fida and Akbar Khan announced on the conclusion of arguments by the defence and the prosecution that it would give the verdict in the case on Dec 18. Dawn, The News, The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: Khyber Palchtunkhwa`s Annual Development Programme has undergone necessary cost adjustments as some new projects will require more money for completion than projected costs, shows the official data. There are at least 15 new development projects, which will collectively require Rs857.97 million more money than the costs estimates reflected in the ADP document at the time of its unveiling in June 2013, according to the data. Development planners consider this a routine affair. `It takes time for development plans to mature,` said a relevant official. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: In order to overcome terrorism and crime, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to install closed-circuit television cameras at important places in the province with a central command system bedsides setting up a counterterrorism department, forensic science laboratories and police FM radio station, and computerising record and operations of the provincial home and police departments.It has also decided to enforce ban on unauthorised use of loud speakers through auqaf department and promote medical tourism facility for Afghan patients. This was stated by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak while chairing the first meeting of the working group on law and order in the province at the CM Secretariat here on Monday. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: The internally displaced persons of Khyber Agency on Monday blocked road outside Peshawar Press Club against non-availability of basic facilities at Jalozai camp. Holding banners and placards inscribed with demands for solution to their problems, they also shouted slogans. Speaking on the occasion, Iqbal Afridi said people were living in extremely unhygienic conditions and that if immediate steps were not taken the people would fall ill. Besides, he said water supply was next to nil as the people had to fetch it from far away areas, adding that medical treatment and education facilities to children were also not available. Mr Afridi urged the federal government to take effective steps for the rehabilitation of tribal people.-Bureau Report. Dawn, The News.
LANDI KOTAL: Unidentified militants fired four rockets from unknown location which hit army garrison here late on Sunday night. However, no casualty was reported, said sources. They said the rockets landed in the open grounds on the premises of the garrison. Soon after the attack the security forces deployed resorted to firing in the air to avert the attack. Dawn.
KHYBER: The education department officials paid surprise visits to several schools in far-flung areas and found ten teachers absent from duty, officials said on Monday. Assistant education officer Hastam Khan said staff attendance registers were checked and ten teachers and other staff were found absent from duty. He said strict action would be taken against the absentee teachers. Dawn.
ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah has moved from North Waziristan to district Dir of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reports said. Sources said there were reports that fugitive TTP chief first went to Kunar in Afghanistan and than shifted to an undisclosed location in district Dir of KP. Taliban sources have not confirmed the movement of Mullah Fazlullah. The Frontier Post.