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‘PTI has emerged as K-P’s biggest party’

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PESHAWAR:

With over 150,000 officials and a consolidated structure, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the largest political party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), said PTI’s provincial secretary information and MPA Zahir Shah Toru on Friday.

He was addressing a press conference at Peshawar Press Club along with other local leaders of the party.

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Toru said that out of 35 districts, the PTI has managed to set up a strong edifice of organisational powers in 22 districts and added that the party had a structure that was well expanded to the grassroots across the province.

“PTI stands out as the only political party whose 150,000 officials are in direct contact with the people,” he said.

He explained that on the instructions of party chief Imran Khan, provincial president of PTI Pervez Khattak had been supervising for the last three months the process of re-organising and reactivating the party so that active contact could be established with workers and voters at the grassroots.

“The efforts have yielded results today with thousands of officials in the district-level organisations who will now play a key role in disseminating Imran Khan’s vision to the people,” the MPA noted.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2022.

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Taliban cleric killed in blast in Kabul

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KABUL/
PESHAWAR:

A prominent Taliban cleric, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, was killed in an attack in a seminary in Kabul when the attacker detonated explosives hidden in a plastic artificial leg on Thursday, according to officials and Taliban sources.

“Very sadly informed that respected cleric (Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani) was martyred in a cowardly attack by enemies,” said Bilal Karimi, a spokesperson for the Taliban administration.

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It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast.

Four Taliban sources told Reuters the attacker was someone who had previously lost his leg and had hidden the explosives in a plastic artificial leg.

“We are investigating who this … person was and who had brought him to this important place to enter the personal office of Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani. It’s a very huge loss for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” said one senior Taliban official of the interior ministry, referring to the group’s name for its administration.

Haqqani was a prominent cleric in the Taliban who had survived previous attacks, including a large blast in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar in 2020 claimed by the Dai’sh that killed at least seven people.

The Taliban say they have restored security since they took over as foreign forces withdrew almost a year ago. However, regular attacks, many of them claimed by Dai’sh, have taken place in recent months, often targeting religious and ethnic minorities as well as Taliban leaders.

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Motion on lawlessness submitted

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PESHAWAR/
TIMARGARA:

Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) from PK-12 Dir Upper and senior Jammat-e-Islami (JI) leader Inayatullah Khan has submitted an adjournment motion against the increasing lawlessness in Lower Dir district as well as Malakand region in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly.

“The law and order situation in the former Fata, Swat and Malakand Division is deteriorating causing unrest among the locals so I submit this motion,” says the written application submitted to the speaker.

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“Lawlessness has once again returned to these districts evident from the target killings as well as kidnaping of police officials and broad daylight attack at MPA Liaqat Ali in which four innocent people lost their lives, resulting in panic and unrest among the local population naturally,” says the motion.

He requested the speaker that his adjournment motion should be accepted for a debate so that the facts about Malakand Division and other districts could be brought before the public.

Protests against law and order situation

Widespread protests continued on the third consecutive day across Lower Dir district against the return of militants to the area as participants demanded of the government to maintain law and order situation in the region and take strict action against the insurgents.

The entire district has been in the grip of fears that militancy will return to the region after the deadly attack at PTI MPA Liaqat Ali which left four people dead including a brother and nephew of the MPA and two of his police guards. Liaqat Ali himself was critically injured in the attack.

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Rumours are abound that MPA Liaqat was targeted when he refused to pay extortion to militants despite the fact that there is no confirmation from the family.

Soon after the attack on Monday Awami National Party (ANP) staged a protest against the increasing lawlessness in the district and demanded of the police, government and security forces to take steps to maintain law and order in the entire region.

On Tuesday workers of all political parties brought out processions. The criticized the return of militants to the region and blamed that government was not taking serious steps to control the situation.

Thousands of people attended these protests.

On Wednesday another large protest was held in Timargara in which thousands of local residents participated.

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The protesters said that the kidnaping of four policemen in Matta Swat was not a good omen for the entire region.

They blamed that the area had been handed over to militants after a deal which is not acceptable to them.

“We will not accept the handing over of the region to militants so that they could impose their own rule and extract money from the locals,” said a local elder on the condition of anonymity.

He said that no one will be allowed to do deadly experiments on this soil.

“Militants are roaming freely in the hills creating unrest among the locals as well as administration. They have sent a group to Swat and another one to Buner. These militants are fully armed,” he said, adding that chief minister was silent on all these developments in his home district of Swat.

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Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2022.



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Three teenage friends shot dead in Swabi

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SWABI:

In a shocking development, three teenage friends were put to death by unidentified persons whose bodies were found in a graveyard in Swabi on Monday.

Police told The Express Tribune that in Jalsai village in Chota Lahore three youngsters were found shot. Complainant Fazal Ghani lodged an FIR with Lahore police station, stating that on Monday morning he was informed that his 19-year-old son Shah Swar was lying dead in Shaheed Baba graveyard in Jalsai village.

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“When I reached there I found him dead along with 18-year-old Murad and Waqar. All of them were friends and residents of Jalsai village. They had been shot. I don’t know who killed them as they had no personal enmity with anyone,” he said.

Police said that local residents spotted the bodies of three youngsters in the graveyard and police shifted them to Bacha Khan Medical Complex (BKMC) for autopsy.

An investigation team was formed to look into the case.

“These boys always stayed together and they had no family or personal feud. This is a mysterious and blind murder case at the moment but with the passage of time we are hopeful that this case will be solved,” said an official of the local police station, adding that the mobile numbers of the three had been obtained and police was working on it.



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