NEWS IN BRIEF
Land dispute claims two lives
MANSEHRA, June 9: Two people were killed and another sustained critical injuries when an armed group attacked them allegedly over cutting of trees in a disputed land at Hathimar area here on Saturday.
Mohammad Babar and Gohar Rehman were busy in cutting trees in a disputed land when their rival group led by Mohammad Tariq reached the spot and opened fire on them. As a result, Mohammad Babar was killed on the spot, while Gohar Rehman succumbed to injuries on way to hospital in Mansehra.
In the retaliatory fire, Mohammad Tariq also received bullet wounds and was taken to King Abdullah Teaching Hospital in critical condition. The Shinkiary police registered case and started efforts to apprehend the culprits.—Correspondent
PESHAWAR, June 9: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has planned a workshop on a draft questionnaire for impact assessment of the de-radicalisation programme launched in the Swat district, on Monday (June 11).
The workshop will be held in the conference room of the home department here.All the officers of the home and tribal affairs department have been asked to attend the workshop with workable proposals on the questionnaire already circulated among them. The questionnaire has exhaustive material to be answered, comprising four parts, beneficiary, peer, siblings and parents assessment.
Proposals put forward by the participants of the workshop would be implemented on war footing, according to a press release issued here on Saturday.—Bureau Report
Hunger strike camp
LAKKI MARWAT, June 9: The All Employees Coordination Council (AECC) held a hunger strike camp at the district headquarters complex Tajazai on Saturday to protest against the non-implementation of the recommendations of the pay and pension committee. Office-bearers of different employees’ organisations attended the camp.
MPA Munawar Khan’s brother Haji Ameer Nawaz Khan, JUI-F district amir Maulana Abdul Rahim, general secretary Maulana Bashir Ahmad Haqqani, information secretary Maulana Abdul Wakil Bettanni, former nazim Maulana Asghar Ali and people from other walks of life visited the camp and expressed solidarity with the protesting employees.
AECC president Saeed Akhtat told reporters on the occasion that government had deceived the employees by not implementing the recommendations of the pay and pension committee. He rejected 20 per cent ad hoc relief for employees, saying the high inflation and dearness had broken the back of government servants. Mr Akhtat made it clear that the employees would launch a protest campaign if their demands were not accepted.—Correspondent
Budget termed balanced
TIMERGARA, June 9: Central information secretary of Awami National Party and Senator from Lower Dir Zahid Khan has said despite inner and outer threats and difficulties both the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments have presented ‘balanced’ budgets this year.
He was talking to journalists after inaugurating a sub-office of Nadra at Odigram here on Saturday. The ANP senator said foreign investors had been reluctant to invest due to militancy, terrorism and weak national economy, that was why the country faced financial problems.
He said the KP government last year had presented a Rs90 billion budget while this year it was increased to Rs303 billion. The senator asked warring militants to resume talks with the government and avoid playing in others hands. The senator said in the present circumstances no single political party was in position to govern. “The ANP wants all political parties to get united at this junction,” he said.—Correspondent
PESHAWAR, June 9: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa home and tribal affairs department has posted three district and sessions judges as presiding officers of anti-terrorism court in consultation with the Peshawar High Court’s chief justice.
According to a press release issued on Saturday, the posted judges include Azhar Khan at Peshawar, Shoaib Khan at Swat and Mohammad Zaffar Khan at Bannu.
Moreover, on completion of his tenure as presiding officer of anti-terrorism court at Swat, Mohammad Asim Imam, a district and sessions judge, has been placed at the disposal of the high court.—Bureau Report
Hashish, arms recovered
NOWSHERA, June 9: Nowshera Kalan police on Saturday recovered huge quantity of hashish and arms from a car.
Sources said Nowshera Kalan police tried to stop a car when they were on routine patrol but the inmates of the car opened fire on the police. Later, the smugglers abandoned the car and escaped. Police recovered 100kg high quality hashish and arms from the car. Nowshera Kalan police registered case against unidentified smugglers.—Correspondent