PESHAWAR: Severe cold on Monday gripped Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the adjoining Federally Administered Tribal Areas as mercury dropped to minus 10 degree centigrade in Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency. The Met Office in Peshawar said the current weather phenomenon would continue for a couple of days and people should not expect sigh of relief from the chilly weather. Dawn.
ISLAMABAD: On paper South Waziristan Agency (SWA) has received Rs4 billion development funds over the last five years, but on ground there is little to be seen where such a huge amount was spent in the tribal area. The Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (Safron) headed by retired Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch has initi-ated an exercise to determine if the funds had been used for any development activity. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: In a quick response to the prime minister`s decision to ask the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to take over control of the electricity distribution system in the province, the PTI-led provincial government came up on Monday with proposals to take over the `integrated power management system`. Dawn, The Frontier post, Daily Mashriq.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for expediting work on anti-terror laws and said there should be no space for an enemy that had been attacking law-enforcement personnel and civilians persistently. Dawn, Express Tribune, The Frontier Post.
LAHORE: The government decision to hand over administrative control of the power distribution system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the PTI-led provincial government will open a Pandora`s box and complicate inter-provincial issues. Dawn.
WASHINGTON: Family members of an American development expert kidnapped in Pakistan by Al Qaeda more than two years ago say they`re holding out hope he`ll return safely home. Dawn.
KHAR: The local administration deployed additional personnel of Bajaur Levies at several posts in the border areas of Nawagai tehsil after a man was killed in the area in a cross-border attack. An official of the administration said that more volunteers of the local peace committee were also deployed in the area to prevent such attacks in the region. Dawn, The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: Scheduled withdrawal of Nato forces from Afghanistan and uncertain situation there have raised doubts about the voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan during current year. Dawn.
TIMERGARA : Unidentified gunmen shot dead a roadside vendor here on Sunday night, police and local residents said. They said that the deceased, Mir Afzal of Pashat Bajaur Agency, had been living with his son at Timergara for last several years and used to sell fruits and vegetables on his push cart in the bazaar. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: A local antiterrorism court on Monday granted bail to Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) MPA Sultan Mohammad Khan and his three bodyguards in a case about the alleged forced entry to a police station and the manhandling of the station house officer. Dawn, The News, Express Tribune, Daily Mashriq.
LAKKI MARWAT: Police on Monday thwarted a sabotage attempt by defusing a homemade bomb in Nar Shezad Kallay near Naurang town. An official said that they were informed by villagers about the presence of a suspiclous item near the house of Zainud Din in Nar Shezad Kallay. He said that a contingent of police was sent to the village that besieged the area. Dawn, The News.
PESHAWAR: Some lawmakers from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf along with several party workers and supporters protested outside the Wapda House on Monday against the excessive power loadshedding. The News.
KABUL: Afghanistan on Monday rejected as baseless a US intelligence forecast that the gains the United States and allies have made in the past three years will be significantly rolled back by 2017. The News.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Prof Dr Inayatullah Khan Babar has been appointed Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan.Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah issued notification for the appointment of new vice-chancellor. The News.
BANNU: Three police personnel were injured when a remote-controlled bomb triggered as their vehicle passed by it in the Hawaid area of Bannu. According to Police Headquarters DSP Sanaullah Marwat, the van was on its way to supply necessary iteams to a post in Sheikh Landak when a bomb plant under a bridge exploded. Express Tribune.
KOHAT: A grand Jirgah was copnducted in Hijra Saifullah Khan Bungasah in which all tribes of Muhammad Zai participated. The participants who addressed the jirgah told that a reform committee would be introduced at regional level so that Muhammad Zai Tribal region should be developed. Daily Mashriq.
SWABI: Quomi Watan Party’s central chairman Abdul Malik Khan and other party members have termed the recent abduction of their MPA M. sultan Khan along-with his guards by the police as a cowardly act by the goverrment. Daily Mashriq.