PESHAWAR: Coalition parties in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will meet on Monday (today) to take stock of power and gas loadshedding in the province. The elected representatives and workers of the coalition parties will also besiege the Wapda House and Sui gas offices in the city, while the cabinet members, MPAs and MNAs are set join the protest. This was announced by Ziaullah Afridi, adviser to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister, while speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press club on Sunday. Dawn, The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: The residents in different parts of Peshawar have complained that prolonged gas loadshedding has made their miserable and forced them to adopt other sources to meet their needs. The decrease in temperature has led to increase in use of firewood and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and coal in different areas, particularly in the thickly populated localities. The consumers use firewood, LPG or coal as alternatives to gas to prepare food and keep their rooms warm because of the gas loadshedding in different areas. On the other hand, the rate of firewood and LPG has increased to great extent in the cold weather. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: A Pakistani trade delegation`s talks with Afghan counterparts and senior functionaries were overshadowed by veiled complaints from the hosts about the `unpredictability` of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa`s land route due to protests and insecurity. Trade delegates, who just returned after a three-day visit to Kabul, told Dawn that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf`s road blockade at Peshawar had added salt to injury for Pakistan`s trade with Afghanistan, making Afghans to go for other options to fulfill their import needs. Dawn, Daily Mashriq.
KOHAT: An unidentified would-be suicide bomber was killed when his explosive-laden vehicle fell into a ditch in Chargano Mela in Hangu on Sunday, police said. They said that the vehicle exploded and the suicide bomber was killed on the spot. He was brining the explosive-laden vehicle to settled area of Hangu from Palosin tribal region, they added. The vehicle was completely damaged in the explosion, police said. They added that the bomber could not reach his target otherwise he would have caused huge losses to lives and properties of people. Dawn, Daily Mashriq.
LAKKI MARWAT: Marwat Qaumi Jirga succeeded to recover two villagers, kidnapped from Shakh Quli Khan village nine days ago, on Saturday night, sources said. They said that the elders of Takhtikhel Peace Committee handed over the kidnapped men to the jirga in the presence of local police officials. The jirga took both Noman and Abdul Mateen to Shakh Quli Khan village and handed them over to their relatives, they added. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police have begun using special SIM cards to trace snatched and stolen vehicles. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Hayatabad Fazal Wahid Khan told Dawn on Saturday that the provincial police had obtained special SIM cards before using them in ordinary cellphone sets to find snatched and stolencars. Dawn.
CHARSADDA: A blast in Charsadda killed three people of the same family including a woman and two children on Monday. Ajmir Shah, a police official in Charsadda told The Express Tribune that unidentified persons had planted a bomb at 4am at a guest house. Three rooms of the guest house were damaged in the blast in addition to destroying another house where the woman and her two children were killed. Express Tribune, Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: Around 1.34 million children under the age of five were affected by diarrhoea and brought to government hospitals in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa this year. A UNICEF report went on to explain that among the five million under the age of five in Pakistan, 470,000 die each year. Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: News of Peshawar Electric Supply Company’s (Pesco) handover to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government elicited mixed reactions from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led provincial apparatus. While some officials welcomed the transfer as a positive development, others rejected the transfer in its current guise. Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR / HANGU: At least eight people were injured in separate gas explosions in Peshawar and Hangu on Sunday. Four of a family were severely injured when a gas leak caused a fire inside a house in Qazi Kallay, Peshawar. According to a rescue official, the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning. Express Tribune.
BARA: A volunteer of the Tauheedul Islam (TI) peace militia was injured and a vehicle was destroyed when a roadside bomb planted by unidentified militants exploded in Sheen Qamar in Bara, Khyber Agency on Saturday. Express Tribune.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: In Sarai Naurang, Lakki Marwat, a 21-year-old girl has set a new precedent in the region by gathering hundreds of her fellow students to block the main Bannu-DI Khan Road, since December 21st, to demand education. Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: A total of five new cases of polio surfaced in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) on Saturday. A health department official confirmed the number of cases and said four of the cases were reported from North Waziristan Agency and one from South Waziristan Agency. The infected children from North Waziristan were identified as 10-month-old Israr, 18-month-old Dilshad, 18-month-old Nabila and 24-month-old Shahidullah. In South Waziristan, 12-month-old Kainat Bibi was infected with the virus. The health official said anti-polio vaccine was not administered to these children. Express tribune.
JAMRUD: A tribal Jirga members resolved 28-year old enmity among two rival groups in Ghundi area of Jamrud tehsil on Sunday and it turned into friendship after killings of 17 persons and injuring 20 more from both side so far. The Frontier Post.
LAKKI MARWAT: Two motorcyclists were killed while four others were injured in a road accident on Bannu DI Khan road near Naurang town, said police and eyewitnesses on Sunday. They said that a passenger coach hit a bike near Kiliwal hotel on the busiest Bannu-DI Khan road, killing one of the bike riders identified as Parvez Khan on the spot. The Frontoer Post.
LAKKI MARWAT: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wildlife department has set up 200 school nature clubs in the entire province to engage teachers and students in conservation and promotion of wildlife and environment. The Frontoer post.
CHARSADDA:MPA of Quomi Watan Party Sultan M. Khan has been arrested along-with three guadrs on the basis of terrorism and seven other charges against him. According to sources five people were arrested sunday evening on areal firing during a marriage ceremony and were taken to a police station. Sultan Khan reached the police station to get those people released and after exchange of harsh words, Sultan and his three guards were arrested and were sent to jail. Daily Mashriq.
LONDON: A US newspaper Washington Times has issued a report by US intelligencies that Taliban will recapture Afghanistan within three years of the NATO withdrawal from the country. This, according to the report, will again lead to situation of anarchy in the country. Daily Mashriq.
MIR ALI: A remote controlled bomb exploded near the vehicle of security forces in the Qutab Khel area of Mir ali road in Miranshah. The incident resulted in 2 security personnel severely injured. Daily Mashriq.