PESHAWAR: The population of Peshawar reaches more than 2.5 million while Peshawar was the most populated city of the province where around 1.6 million internally displaced people of Fata were living in different areas of the city and because of the growing population and urbanization not only the crime ration were increase in the province but as well as the health problems were also increase including air pollution and demanded the government to conduct a planning in this regards. The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: Government has reportedly launched consultation with the leaders of all the political and religious bodies within the country to conduct the expected peace talks with the Taliban. It has been reported that the government has decided setting up of two consultative bodies for this purpose. Inside sources and intelligence officials on the condition of anonymity told The Frontier Post that the one committee to be called as “Mushawarati Committee” or the consultative body whiles the other to be called as supreme committee. The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: The US Ambassador in Pakistan Richard Olson on Tuesday met Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah here and discussed with him progress on USAID-funded projects in the province and Fata. The governor highlighted importance of these projects, especially in education and communication sectors, in ensuring better opportunities for educated youth of the province and Fata, according to a handout. The governor told the US envoy about the political reforms introduced in the tribal area and of strengthening of administrative system to protect basic rights of people and ensure stability and security in the area. Mr Shaukatullah said vast mineral potential in Fata needed to be tapped for economic development and employment, and added concrete measures were being taken in that regard. The Frontier Post, Daily Times, Dawn, The Nation.
MIRANSHAH: Security forces killed nine terrorists who attacked a checkpost in Miranshah, North Waziristan. Separately, sources said three soldiers were injured due to explosion of an IED planted on the roadside by terrorists on Tank-Tandolar road in South Waziristan. Daily Times, The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: A syndicate of the mainstream political parties on Tuesday called upon the government and the Taliban to declare ceasefire without delay to pave the way for peace talks. At the same time, the 22-member All Parties Joint Action Committee for Peace demanded that the government quit the US-led war on terrorism and check the US drone attacks in the country`s tribal areas. The committee adopted a resolution to demand expulsion of foreign militants from Fata if any and hold an inquiry into the secret drone strike deal. Dawn.
KHAR: Two children died and several others were affected on Tuesday due to outbreak of measles in different areas of Barang tehsil of Bajaur agency. The people demanded of the agency administration and the local health department to send vaccination teams to the area. `The situation may become worse if prompt action is not taken, they feared. The Nation, Dawn, The Express Tribune.
PARACHINAR: A woman was killed and a boy injured in exchange of fire between security forces and Baleshkhel tribesmen over a land dispute in lower Kurram here on Tuesday. Sources said the exchange of fire took place after Kurram militia personnel tried to stop the Baleshkhel tribesmen from taking over the disputed area. Dawn.
PARACHINAR: The relatives of a woman, allegedly gunned down by the local Kurram militia, protested on Sadda Road in Parachinar on Tuesday, while 10 tribesmen were also arrested by the political administration.Tribal elders Malik Ghulam, Malik Asghar Hussain and Malik Shaban said the people from their tribes wanted to begin construction on their land, but the militia interfered and allegedly snatched the locals’ guns in a scuffle. The Express Tribune.
KOHAT: Hundreds of tribesmen from Orakzai Agency on Tuesday blocked the Indus Highway at Jarma here for several hours against the slow pace of registration for their return to homes. The protesters shouted slogans against the registration staff. They said they had been sitting in front of the registration office with their families for the past three days, but the staff was not registering them on one pretext or the other. Dawn.
LANDI KOTAL: Controversial umpiring decisions marred the final match of the All-Khyber Akhtar Munir Shaheed T20 cricket tournament which led to boycott of the match by one of the finalists.The final match was played between Khyber Loins Cricket team and Hamza Cricket Eleven at the Jamrud sports stadium the other day. Fawad Khan, captain of Hamza Eleven, said they had already protested some umpiring decisions in the semi-finals and demanded of the tournament management to bring neutral umpires from Peshawar for the final match. Dawn.
LONDON: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said talks with the Pakistani Taliban had not begun yet, as incidents of terrorism had caused a setback to his government’s efforts to ensure lasting peace and economic stability in the country. Nawaz said his government was serious in bringing peace to the country through talks and in this regard it formally announced its plans for peace talks.“We formally announced our intentions, as a consensus was reached at the All Parties Conference but there have been setbacks due to the continuing terrorism incidents. We want to speed up this process,” said Nawaz The News, The Nation.
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday said the talks with the Taliban will start soon for which all homework had been done in consultation with all the stakeholders.Nisar was addressing the participants of the 99th National Management Course for senior officers here.He said that coordination between all the intelligence agencies will be improved to create a joint intelligence directorate. He said the upcoming National Internal Security Policy will introduce structural changes in the security system. He said that the United States drone strikes in Pakistani territory are not acceptable to the government at any cost adding that drones are against international laws. The News, The Frontier Post.
WASHINGTON: Nabila Rehman was picking okra in her family garden last year when missiles from a drone rained down from the sky, killing her grandmother and injuring her and seven other children.The nine-year-old Pakistani girl now has a question for the US government: “What did my grandmother do wrong?”Rehman’s father has travelled with her from Pakistan’s North Waziristan region to Washington, along with her 13-year-old brother, who was also wounded by shrapnel, to put a human face on America’s drone campaign.Their account was cited last week in an Amnesty International report that demanded an end to secrecy around the drone attacks and questioned US claims the missile strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt are carried out only against imminent threats with minimal civilian casualties. The News, The Nation.
PESHAWAR: Senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Babar Awan on Tuesday said the government should introduce the 21st amendment in the Constitution to bring the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) within the jurisdiction of the Peshawar High Court (PHC). Talking to journalists at the PHC premises, Awan said a separate services tribunal should be set up for the employees from the tribal areas so that their grievances may be easily addressed. He added the PHC should hear appeals against any decision of the federal and provincial services tribunals. The Express Tribune.
PABBI: The Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) on Tuesday once again disconnected power supply to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Jalozai Camp, Nowshera over non-payment of bills, in violation of the court’s ruling. Sub-Division Officer (SDO) Aurangzeb Khan told The Express Tribune the camp owes the utility Rs17.5 million in unpaid bills due to which PESCO subdivision-II disconnected its supply. “We were compelled to cut off power supply after several notices were issued to the camp in the past four months,” he said. The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: The Culture Journalists Forum (CJF) has urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to approve cultural policy forthwith during current session of the provincial assembly to root out the ongoing obscenity and vulgarity from some of the Pashto CDs and movies presented under the garb of promoting Pashtun culture. The Forum has called upon the KPK government to take concrete steps to bring an end to vulgarity and using arms in films and CDs breeding violence among youngsters and also presenting a negative image of Pashtun society. The Nation.
PESHAWAR: Police said on Tuesday they had arrested four miscreants during a search operation on the outskirts of Peshawar. The search operation was conducted in restive Mathani area in the suburban area of Peshawar that led to the arrest of four miscreants. They were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation. The identity of the outlaws could not be immediately ascertained. Daily Times.
ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Denmark Jesper Moller Sorensen has said that Pakistan is playing an important role in the global fight against terrorism. “Pakistan is a key player in this region and in the global fight against terrorism. We will never forget the terrible losses terrorism has inflicted on this country. We are very aware of this, and we support Pakistan. That is also why Denmark has expanded its support to Pakistan through a stabilization programme that addresses the challenges important to peace, security, and prosperity in this region,” the ambassador said while speaking at the inaugural session of the 7th Regional Workshop for Police Officers, Prosecutors and Judges in South Asia on Effectively Countering Terrorism. Daily Times.
ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazalur Rahman, here on Tuesday said that Pakistan is playing a significant role in maintaining peace and stability in the region.Fazal was talking with a group of British MPs who met him here in Islamabad. Fazal said that peace and stability in Pakistan is in the interest of Afghanistan and the whole region. He said that Pakistan and UK enjoyed good relations and Pakistani community in Britain is making a significant contribution to the economy and society there. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah has said that government is utterly confused over the “Dialogue with Taliban” issue. Declaring terrorism as an endemic morbidity, he said that even Ulema had issued their edict against terrorism, stressing government to evolve a comprehensive strategy to eliminate this menace. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: The secretary general JUI (F), Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri has said that “powers that matter’ had the power to ensure the success, or failure of dialogue with Taliban. During his exclusive interview with ONLINE, the JUI (F) secretary general, while elaborating a question said that since these “powers that matter” had not been invited to APC (All-Parties-Conference), summoned on initiatives of JUI(F) , even JUI’s initiative of a grand Jirga failed (due to manipulations of these “powers”). The Frontier Post.