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PESHAWAR:

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has said that outdated procedures and laws are hindering development and jeopardizing the future of our children so IT reforms are being introduced in the educational boards across the province.

He clarified that the provincial government will not abolish any educational board but that it has been simply working on introducing IT-based reforms to ensure a uniform marking and examination system. This, he added, will help end discrimination and ensure justice among students.

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While chairing a meeting regarding the educational boards in the province on Tuesday, the chief minister maintained that reforms in every sector are pivotal in order to meet the contemporary challenges in education and other sectors.

He reiterated that the present provincial government has taken a number of pragmatic steps to introduce reforms in every sector in order to make them compatible with modern needs.

In order to ensure provision of uniform education, introduction of identical examination and marking system is direly needed.

The present government is focused on enabling our students to not only compete nationally but also prepare them for international platforms.

Touching upon the initiatives undertaken by his government, the chief minister noted that it is the priority of the provincial government to ensure equal access of common man to quality education for which the government has introduced multi-dimensional reforms alongside development projects, with the aim to raise the standard of government schools in the province.

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He maintained that owing to the tireless efforts of the incumbent provincial government, public confidence has been reinstated in the public sector educational institutes.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Elementary & Secondary Education Shahram Khan Tarakai, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, secretary elementary & secondary education and other officials.

While briefing the chief minister on the negotiations held with the representative body of board employees, Shahram Tarakai clarified that all apprehensions regarding dissolution of educational boards and the future of their employees have been addressed amicably.

It may be recalled that previously the education department had decided to establish a central education board in the province and the divisional boards were to work under it.

 

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Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2022.



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Two soldiers martyred in North Waziristan IED blast: ISPR

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Two soldiers of Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in general area Esham of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district on Saturday, the military said. 

Naib Subedar Javed Iqbal, a 42-year-old resident of Attock and Naik Hussain Ahmed, a 38 years old resident of Okara embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in the incident, military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement.

Clearance of the area is being carried out to eliminate any terrorists in the area, it added.

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Last week, a Pakistan Army soldier embraced martyrdom while thwarting a terrorist attack from Afghanistan in bordering Dwatoi area of North Waziristan district.

Also read: Solider martyred in cross-border terrorist attack from Afghanistan

According to ISPR, on September 19, the terrorists from inside Afghanistan opened fire on the Pakistani troops in general area Dwatoi, which was responded in a befitting manner. Quoting credible intelligence reports, the military’s media wing said terrorists suffered heavy casualties.

The Pakistan Army, the ISPR said, was determined to defend the country’s borders against the menace of terrorism and “such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve”.



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Constable martyred, 2 police posts attacked

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Both terrorists and law enforcement agencies had a field day across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Friday as two police posts were attacked in Swat and Lakki Marwat and one constable was shot dead in Kohat district.

Three terrorists were killed in encounters by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), police and security forces in Swat and Lakki Marwat operations.

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A police constable was shot dead around midnight in Kohat’s Gumbat area who was on his way home from duty.

“Constable Saifullah was currently posted at district security branch of police and after completion of duty he was on his way home when unidentified men opened fire at him, killing him on the spot,” said a police official while talking to The Express Tribune.

The official said that the slain policeman was the son of former district nazim Kohat Dilbar Khan Advocate and was from a very influential family.

“He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival,” he said, adding that it was clearly a case of terrorism.

The deceased left behind a widow, two sons and two daughters.

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The last rites of the police constable were offered at Kohat Police Lines after which the coffin was sent to the deceased’s ancestral graveyard for burial.

Three terrorists killed

In Tang Darra of Lakki Marwat district two terrorists were killed in an intelligence based operation in the mountainous region.

Police and security forces conducted an IBO after receiving information about a camp of militants in the mountains. Terrorists offered stiff resistance and two of them were killed in the exchange of fire. The rest managed to escape.

The operation was started on Thursday evening and continued till Friday morning. One suspected militant was also arrested.

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In Swat CTD claimed thwarting a terrorism plot and killing one terrorist.

CTD and police conducted a search operation in Maglor area of the district. During the IBO operation terrorists fired at police vehicles and one of them was killed in return fire. The terrorist was later identified as Adil Zeb resident of Manglor. Police claimed that he was involved in IED attack at peace committee member Idrees Khan and targeted attack at Shirin Khan. One terrorist managed to escape in injured condition.

Police stations attacked

In a more brazen move, militants attacked a police station and threw three hand grenades at it in Lakki Marwat. Police, however, responded with agility and the attackers were forced to flee.

There was no loss of life in the attack.

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In a separate incident in Swat, terrorists attacked the residential quarters of DSP Saidu Sharif but the attack was repulsed and the attackers escaped under the cover of darkness.

All the three incidents caused widespread panic in the area.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2022.



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Ayub Teaching Hospital gets digital X-ray machine

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ABBOTTABAD:

A modern digital X-ray machine worth Rs5 million was installed in the emergency department of Ayub Teaching Hospital (ATH) Abbottabad on Thursday.

This facility will be useful not only for the people of the Hazara division but also for patients coming from Gilgit and Azad Kashmir.

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Three Computed Radiography (CR) systems were purchased for the Radiology Department of the hospital, one of these were installed in ATH emergency, while the remaining two CRs will be installed in the main radiology department. This would save the patients the trouble of having to go to the second floor to get their X-rays done.

With the addition of the three CR systems, all the departments would be shifted to a digital X-ray facility. The Board of Governors of Ayub Medical Institution has also approved the installation of more modern machines for the improvement of the hospital and to ensure better facilities for the patients. Through this advanced digital X-ray machine, the entire body will be scanned. However, the X-ray would be taken only of the required part.

Wild boars destroy crops

The people of Qalandar Abad were gripped with panic as they found wild boars in their villages during broad daylight. Standing maze crops in the villages of Banda Peer Khan, Kareem Abad, Maira Batang, Kaloor, Chuntry, Tarhanna, Boji and Mary Pattyan were destroyed by the animals.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2022.

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