Daily Archives: September 2, 2018

Plant for Pakistan 2018: Chairman NHA underlines the importance of planting saplings on emergency basis to further strengthen the country

Islamabad, September 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): Chairman NHA Jawwad Rafiq Malik has underlined the importance of planting saplings on emergency basis to further strengthen the country. Addressing a ceremony held here the auspices of federal government’s initiative “Plant for Pakistan 2018”, he noted that plantation of trees was only solution to overcome environmental issues. Chairman NHA Jawwad Rafiq Malik said that trees not only help make environment pleasant but also tackle issue of floods.

He said planting trees was our national duty. He sought cooperation of entire nation for the success of the tree plantation drive and to make Pakistan green and prosper. Chairman further stressed the need to adopt a monitoring system for growth of saplings. He instructed strict supervision of saplings from plantation till growth.

Member Admin Mr. Ali Sher Mehsud said that following directives of the federal government, NHA has planned well to plant trees at national level. He added saplings are being planted at Islamabad, Multan, Hyderabad-Karachi motorway (M-9), M-1 Burhan interchange and Chowngi no 26 (N-5) Rawalpindi while target of planting over 7000 saplings has been achieved. Earlier, GM Islamabad Airport Manzoor Ahmed Arbab Project Director Samiullah Chatham briefed that over 5000 saplings would be planted from Chowngi no 26 jurisdiction of airport.

They added 1.5 billion trees Tsunami drive would be preceded with optimism. Chairman NHA stressed the need to adopt a monitoring system for growth of saplings. He instructed strict supervision of saplings from plantation till growth. Member Admin Ali Sher Mehsud said that following directives of the federal government, NHA has planned well to plant trees at national level.

He added saplings are being planted at Islamabad-Multan Hyderabad-Karachi motorway (M-9), M-1 Burhan interchange and Chowngi no 26 (N-5) Rawalpindi while target of planting over 7000 saplings has been achieved. Earlier, GM Islamabad Airport Manzoor Ahmed Arbab Project Director Samiullah Chatham briefed that over 5000 saplings would be planted from Chowngi no 26 till jurisdiction of airport. They added 1.5 billion trees Tsunami drive would be preceded with optimism.

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National Highway Authority (NHA)
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5680 criminals held, valuables worth Rs. 412.8m recovered in 2018

Islamabad, September 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Police have arrested 5680 criminals including 915 absconders and recovered valuables worth more than Rs. 412.8 million from them during the current year, a police spokesman said on Sunday. Following directions of SSP Islamabad Najeeb-ur-Rehman Bugvi, all police officials accelerated efforts in tracing the theft as well as burglary cases and provide maximum relief to citizens by resolving their problems. In compliance of these directions, heads of all police stations looked after performance of their subordinates especially Investigation Officers probing various cases.

Owing renewed efforts during the current year, police arrested 404 persons involved in 225 dacoity cases and recovered looted or snatched valuables worth Rs. 35 million from them including gold ornaments, cell phones and cash from them. Police officials completed investigation on 5238 cases and submitted their challans in relevant court.

A total of 301 burglary cases were resolved besides arrest of 472 burglars and valuables worth over Rs. 88.2 million were recovered from them. In all, 117 vehicles worth Rs.104 million were recovered from 90 car lifters involved in 129 cases while 102 bike lifters involved in 81 cases were held besides recovery of 72 motorbikes worth Rs. 4.5 million from them. Police also arrested 109 persons for their alleged involvement in 137 cases of tempering vehicles and recovered 140 vehicles worth Rs. 181 million from them.

During special crackdown against absconders, police arrested 426 proclaimed offenders and 489 court absconders. The nabbed proclaimed offenders were wanted to police in crime cases of murder, attempt to murder, dacoity and snatching valuables. Police apprehended 684 persons for possessing illegal weapons and recovered 39 Kalashnikovs/Rifles, 631 pistols and 56288 rounds from them. A total of 897 persons were held for having narcotics and liquor while 799 cases were registered against them besides recovery of 217.530 kilogram hashish, 33.258 kilogram gram heroin and 16417 wine/liquor bottles.

Islamabad police launched crackdown against those involved in immoral activities and arrested 208 men and 252 women after registering 81 cases against them. To ensure protection to the lives and property of the citizens, a total of 145 combing/search operations were conducted along with personnel of law enforcement agencies and 582 suspects were held.

During the same period, the legal action was taken against 6583 professional alm-seekers while 14 blind murder cases were resolved and 27 alleged killers were nabbed. A total of 394 other criminal were also held for their involvement in crime cases of various nature. SSP (Operations) Najeeb-ur-Rehman Bugvi said the police officers and jawans remained firm against the activities of mischievous elements and emerged successful during the ongoing year.

He urged the police officials to adopt decent and polite attitude as it helps in inculcating friendly police ecology and resolving most of the problems. He also directed for effective crackdown against drug peddlers so that society can get rid of drug menace. He asked police officials for effective patrolling to check street crime and dacoity or snatching incidents. The SSP (Operations) appreciated the overall performance and directed for effective policing measures in the city.

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An Initiative of Ten Billion Tsunami Tree Plantation “Has Been Kick Started

Islamabad, September 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): After a one billion successful tree plantation experience at KPK, the incumbent government of PTI has categorically decided to plant ten billion trees throughout the country within next five years. Therefore the government announced 2nd September, as tree plantation day to initiate this mass plantation campaign throughout the country. Advisor to PM on climate change Malik Amin Aslam was himself steering the drive. Ministry of climate change has established nearly 200 Collection Points in five mega cities. So that people could get free saplings for plantation and the lists of locations were made viral on social media.

A hash tag #Plant 4Pakistan especially developed for the awareness and extensive publicity of this campaign remained top trending throughout the day. Like other cities, people of twin cities enthusiastically participated in the drive. Government officials, Civil Society, NGOs, Students and general public expressed their keen interest in this initiative. Ministry of climate change has revealed that 1.5 million trees have been planted so for and this process will continue with full zeal and zest. Advisor to PM on climate change Malik Amin Aslam has expressed his special thanks to the people who came out of their houses on 02 September and made this initiative, a successful endeavour.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan chairs meeting on issue of security and facilitation of the Zaireen visiting holy places abroad

Islamabad, September 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Imran Khan today chaired a meeting on the issue of security and facilitation of the Zaireen at the Prime Minister’s Office. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan, MoS for Interior Mr. Shahryar Afridi, Secretary to Prime Minister, Secretary Interior, Secretary Religious Affairs, Chief Secretary Balochistan and senior government officers. The Prime Minister observed that the security of the Zaireen, visiting holy places abroad, is a foremost priority and no effort should be spared in providing fool-proof security and ensuring proper facilitation of the Zaireen.

The Prime Minister directed that a comprehensive action plan should be chalked out, in consultation with all stakeholders, within 48 hours for the security of Zaireen visiting Iran, Iraq and other holy places during the coming month of Moharram. The Prime Minister directed that immigration counters at Pak-Iran border should be enhanced to facilitate Zaireen in speedy immigration process. The Prime Minister further directed that a permanent mechanism should also be evolved to streamline the entire operations of Zaireen for the future.

In this context, the Prime Minister directed Minister of State Mr. Shehryar Afridi to coordinate with Chief Minister Balochistan and other stakeholders including the security forces and Ministry of Religious Affairs, to streamlining the process and ensure provision of maximum facilitation to the visiting Zaireen. He further directed that a comprehensive time bound action plan with delineated responsibilities may be submitted for his approval to regulate the matter.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan chairs a meeting on Local Government system

Islamabad, September 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Imran Khan today chaired a meeting on Local Government system at the Prime Minister’s Office. The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers, Chief Ministers of Punjab, Baluchistan and KP, Provincial Ministers, federal and provincial secretaries of relevant departments and senior government officers. Detailed presentations were made and threadbare discussions followed during the meeting on the local bodies system which was introduced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by the PTI government for empowering people at the grassroots level and the proposed system to be replicated in other provinces.

The Prime Minister in his remarks said that the transfer of power at grassroots level and empowering people in a real sense is the main plank of Party’s reform agenda. He said that the past practice of centralization of power into few hands and at times into one individual had not only deprived the people of any meaningful say in the government’s affairs but had also stripped the people of their right to have adequate resources for their development.

A high-powered committee was constituted by the Prime Minister for holding in depth discussions and formulating a proposed structure of the local bodies within one week. The recommendations of the Committee would then be scrutinized and presented before the assemblies of the respective provinces for their consideration. The process of finalizing recommendations for initiating legislation process should be completed within one month, directed the Prime Minister.

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A gory tale of two friends, neighbours of Lolab, Kupwara

Srinagar, September 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a report compiled by International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) made a mention of the fateful day of August 31, 2017, when two friends and neighbours got separated in a very painful manner in Diver area of Lolab in northern district of Kupwara in Kashmir.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the Pahari speaking Manzoor Ahmed Khan and Nasrullah Khan of Diver, Lolab saw their fate turning towards them in a very gory manner. The two Khans of Lolab have a lifestyle of shifting to hillocks in summer months and on August 31, 2017, they did the same and reached place called Trimakh Top where there is an army camp that houses 27 Rashtriya Riffles (RR).
On this fateful day, Manzoor Ahmed Khan took his cattle for grazing. He didn’t return till late night leaving his family in a big worry. On the next day, Nasrullah started search for his friend and approached the soldiers of 27 RR, who instead of cooperating with him took him inside the camp and brazenly thrashed and beat him to the pulp.

According to Nasrullah, he was told that his friend Manzoor returned from the camp after making the entry for leaving the camp, which wasn’t the case as there was no exit entry made by Manzoor on the ledger. As Manzoor vanished in a thin air, Nasrullah suffered intense internal organs injury and was treated at Soura hospital for renal rupture. The police registered an FIR in police station Lalpora. Manzoor’s family protested outside the camp to seek whereabouts of their dear son, but to no avail.

According to doctors at Soura hospital, Nasrullah has been put on a dialysis. Nasrullah is father of five children, the eldest being 16-year-old daughter. The doctors also stated that Nasruallah’s body has serious bruises and marks of torture. The doctors said that Nasruallah had developed rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney failure. A year on, Nasruallah’s condition continues to be critical. The mortality rate in such cases, according to doctors, is 20 per cent world over.

Maryam, the wife of Manzoor Ahmed Khan became half widow on the day her husband disappeared in the army camp and is living a miserable life as she waits for her husband to return. She has been hoping against the hope that one day her husband may return. “I am sure Manzoor will return,” she says. The family members of Manzoor Ahmed Khan met top army officials in Kashmir to seek justice but nothing happened even after passage of one year. The High Court of the territory directed the local administration to inform it about the status of cases related to two persons from Kupwara including a man who has been missing for more than last two months. “Nasrullah Khan was later released and handed over to his family members with third degree torture; he was not able to walk and was shifted to hospital from where he was referred to Soura hospital for advance treatment.

On September 6, 2017, human rights activist Muhammad Ahsan Untoo filed a petition before the Human Rights Commission seeking an in-depth inquiry into the disappearance of Manzoor Ahmed Khan and torture of Nasruallah.

On October 30, 2017, the then IG Kashmir Munir Ahmed Khan in his reply to the HRC said: “A Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Additional Superintendent of police Kupwara was constituted for the logical conclusion of the case on merits expeditiously.” However, till date no clue of the whereabouts of Manzoor Ahmed has been found.

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