MIRANSHAH: Militants attacked an army checkpost in Pakistan’s troubled northwest near the Afghan border, killing one soldier and wounding three others, officials said Monday.
The incident took place late Sunday night in Miranshah, the main town of the North Waziristan tribal region where Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants have carved out strongholds. The Nation, Daily Times, The Frontier Post.
JAMRUD: For the first time in 10 years, the All Teachers Union elections were held in Jamrud tehsil, Khyber Agency, however, in the absence of women teachers. During Ziaul Haq’s regime, such organisations were banned across primary and secondary schools while teachers could form unions in colleges and universities. The ban was lifted later, but the precarious security situation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) prevented polls from being held for this purpose. The Express Tribune.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Three civilians were killed and seven others were injured in crossfire between gunmen and security forces near Amin check post in North Waziristan on Sunday. A political administration official said some of the houses were also damaged during the shootout. He said Political Agent Siraj Ahmad Khan later assured the elders of a tribal jirga they will provide full assistance to the bereaved families. The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: A writ petition has been filed at the Peshawar High Court (PHC) against the delay in allocating funds to maintain law and order in Kohat during Muharram. The petition was filed by Javed Ibrahim Paracha, a former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA. Paracha said the government issues Rs0.5 million each year to a peace committee in the district. The Express Tribune.
JAMRUD: An improvised explosive device (IED) planted by unidentified militants outside a tribal elder’s house was defused by the bomb disposal squad (BDS) in Jamrud on Monday. Security official Hayat Muhammad said locals called them to inform about the IED planted near Haji Ghafar’s house, who is an elder of the Kuki Khel tribe. The Express Tribune.
JAMRUD: In another incident, security official Nauman was injured when unidentified people opened fire at him on Sunday night. He was taken to a hospital where his condition was now said to be stable. The Express Tribune.
MIRANSHAH : Thousands of tribesmen are looking towards the government to take notice of the abysmal conditions at the headquarters hospital located on Bannu-Mir Ali Road. Half a kilometre east of Mir Ali Bazaar, Mir Ali hospital was established in 2001 during the rule of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. However, the hospital lacks basic facilities such as clean water, sanitation and electricity. The Express Tribune.
TANK: Three security men suffered injuries in a roadside blast near Manzai area in Tank district early on Monday. Official sources said that a mine clearing squad was leading a security forces convoy on Tank-Wana Road when it was targeted with an explosive device planted by unidentified persons along the roadside near Manzai area at 8:30am. Dawn.
MOHMAND: In Mohmand Agency, security forces defused on Monday an improvised explosive device planted by unidentified persons in Ambar tehsil. Sources said the device was spotted by local people, who informed the authorities about it. The security personnel reached the area and defused the device safely. Security forces also conducted a search operation in different areas after the incident, but there was no report of any arrest till filing of this report. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Unidentified armed men on Monday gunned down a youth and a woman in the suburbs of Peshawar. A complainant, Aurang Zeb, told police that his brother, Abdul Malik Khan of Masho Gagar village, was on way to his house from the bazaar that unidentified gunmen opened fire on him with automatic weapons near Mustafa Kili, killing him on the spot. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: A gunmen shot dead a woman, Asmat Ara Bibi in Chamkani village. Dawn.
LANDI KOTAL: The education department of Khyber Agency has terminated the services of 57 teachers over absence from duty at different times. Agency Education Officer Attiqur Rehman told Dawn on Monday that action had been taken against habitual absentee teachers under Section 9 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 2011. Dawn.
LANDI KOTAL : Khadam-i-Asateza Union swept All Khyber Agency Teachers Association elections on Monday. Elections were held in Landi Kotal and Jamrud simultaneously and around 1,800 male and female teachers participated in them. According to the election results, Naseer Shah Afridi was elected the association`s president, Attiqur Rehman general secretary, Khursheed Khan senior vice president, Marwat Khan deputy general secretary, Sher Rehman vice president, Mohammad Siddique joint secretary and Hanif Khan finance secretary. They all belonged to Khadam-i-Asateza Union. Dawn.
LANDI KOTAL: Leaders of different political parties in Khyber Agency on Sunday expressed displeasure over slow pace of work on the expansion and repair of Peshawar-Torkham road and demanded that the project be completed according to schedule. They said that the Frontier Works Organisation, which was tasked by the National Highways Authority to complete the widening and repair of the 37-kilometer road up to Torkham border in 18 months, had so far completed only 25 per cent of theproject in 10 months following start of the project Dawn.
KHAR: The Bajaur Agency political administration has reconstructed the government high school, Inayat Killi, with the financial support of USAID. The press release said the local administration was committed to reconstructing all the educational institutions that had been destroyed or damaged during militancy. Dawn.
GHALANAI: Farmers belonging to Haleemzai tribe on Monday formed a six-member committee at a meeting in Mian Mandi Bazaar here for resolution of their problems. The participants also urged the farmers to register themselves with the agency`s agriculture department so they could get seeds and fertilizers.-Correspondent Two robbers arrested Dawn.
ISLAMABAD (NNI): Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has urged the government to continue its efforts for successful dialogue with Talban to bring peace. The two discussed the issue of talks with the Taliban. Prime Minister took the JUI-F Amir into confidence on progress in negotiations with the Taliban. Fazlur Rehman said anti-Pakistan elements will try to sabotage the dialogue but the government should foil their designs. The Frontier Post, Daily Mashriq, The News, Daily Times.
ISLAMABAD: The US Ambassador Richard Olson has strongly dispelled the impression that the US is pressing Pakistan to avoid a dialogue with the Taliban. “The US will provide all possible support to Pakistan for enforcing the government’s writ in the tribal areas and dialogue with the Taliban,” said Olson while talking to JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman here on Monday.“America supports and strives for a strong, stable and healthy Pakistan,” the US ambassador added. The News.