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  • 50-kanal government land recovered during anti-encroachment drive in Kohat The district administration on Monday launched a massive drive against encroachment built on the sides of canals in different areas of the district. According to officials of the district administration, the anti-encroachment drive was carried out in Jarma, Sur Gul and Muslim Abad areas during which more than 50 canals of government land was recovered so far....
  • Court dismisses bail application of man threatening right activist on Facebook Police on Monday arrested a young man for threatening right activist Gulalai Ismail on internet after a local court dismissed his pre-arrest bail application. The accused, Hamza Khan, had allegedly posted a video on his Facebook timeline inciting violence against social activist Gulalai Ismail on the basis of religion and Pakhtun culture. In the video, the accused had alleged that Gulalai Ismail caused damage to Islam and Pakhtun culture....
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  • Mardan district government announces Rs2 million assistance for Asma’s family District nazim Himayatullah Mayar on Monday, announced Rs2 million financial assistance for the family of four-year old Asma, who had been murdered after being raped by unknown criminals. The district nazim moved a resolution in the district council meeting which held here on Monday. It was revealed in the meeting that Asma’s rape and murder was not the only case that took place in Mardan during the recent past. The council was informed that four other minor girls – Shab Noor, Maryam, Haseena and Shabnam, were raped and killed in separate incidents that happened in different parts of the district....
  • Nadra authorities asked to beef up security at mega center The administration of the Nadra mega center has been directed by the local police to put in place certain security measures to avoid any untoward incident. In a letter addressed to the director of the Nadra mega center situated on the main University road in Tehkal area, the local police has pointed out certain flaws in the security mechanism adopted by the center. Police suggested to the Nadra authorities to construct boundary wall and fix barbed wire over it within a fortnight....

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Afghanistan won’t join CPEC until it gets access to India: Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan won’t join CPEC until it gets access to India: Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. – A file photo

October 26, 2017

PESHAWAR, 26 October: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Thursday said Afghanistan will not become part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) until Pakistan allows connectivity between Afghanistan and India.

According to media reports, Ashraf Ghani said while addressing a meeting in India that Afghanistan will not give access to Pakistan to Central Asian states if Pakistan denied access to Afghanistan to India through CPEC. He said Kabul has informed Islamabad about its intentions and it is up to Islamabad to decide about the matter. He said Afghanistan will react after Pakistan’s decision on the issue.

The statement of the Afghan president came few days after he banned entry of Pakistani goods trucks to Afghanistan. He ordered through a decree that the Pakistani trucks will require shifting the goods to Afghani trucks at Torkham border. Pakistani transporters condemned this step of the Afghan government. However, Pakistan is yet to respond to Afghan threat of blocking access to Central Asia.

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    Hundreds of displaced families from North and South Waziristan and Khyber Agency are still living a displaced life. However, the IDPs and repatriated from Fata have claimed that government was, seemingly, least interested to facilitate and provide food to the terrorism-affected tribal people.

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    Political hustle and bustle have been gaining vigor at the in the areas of return in FATA with public gatherings being organized at hujras and local offices of political parties ahead of forthcoming general elections.During 2013 general elections thousands of families from different agencies of Fata were living in camps and with relatives due to military operations.

  • Ration supply gives boost to economically disadvantaged families in areas of return

    Ms. Fatima, from Kurram Agency, was one of those who lived a satisfied life with the ration and aid her family received from the government. “The ration was a blessing in disguise for us at a time when we had no roof over our heads and my husband was jobless,” she said.

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