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Monday, August 22, 2016

new traffic rules in Kohat

New traffic rules in Kohat have made the lives of common people difficult. There used to be smooth traffic to Kohat city from the Pindi, Bannu, Hangu and KDA roads. Now the authorities concerned have decided to make stops for local passenger pick-ups at Bannu gate and Peshawar Chowk. These new stops are about a kilometre and a half away from Kohat city. Thus a commuter has to pay double fare. This is an unnecessary financial and physical burden on a poor person. Furthermore, these new stops create traffic congestion.
The second problem is that Peshawar Chowk is the site of two previous bomb blasts. Usually the space was less crowded. Now, because of this new stopover, there is a constant rush of passengers at this spot. This is very unsafe from a security point of view.
Muhammad Usman Ali

Refugees in Kohat demand extension in stay till 2020

Source Dawn
KOHAT: A jirga of Afghan refugees living in Kohat has demanded of the government to allow extension in their stay till 2020.
Addressing the jirga at Ghulam Banda refugee camp here, the maliks requested the Pakistani government to stop their expulsion and closure of schools in the camps, as it would destroy the future of their children.
They eulogised the good gesture of the government for granting them stay for 30 years with honour and dignity. They claimed that the current government in Afghanistan might not welcome them and there would be an imminent danger to their lives if they returned now.
The jirga was addressed by Maulana Zafar, Najmuddin, Noor Hassan, Malik Gul Ali and Malik Ghafoor and attended by a large number of refugees.
They accused the government in Afghanistan of playing in the hands of Nato and India which had no concern with their rehabilitation, but to establish an anti-Pakistan rule there. They said that the west and India wanted to create hatred and differences between Afghans and Pakistanis.
They demanded that the stay of illegal Afghans be extended till 2020 and of the card holders till 2025.
“We now consider Pakistan as our home and give all honour and respect to its institutions so the government should consider our demand on humanitarian basis,” the jirga members said.
A large number of Afghan refugees believe that the deadline of Dec 2016 for their return is false and they could leave whenever they like. One Gul Agha who owns a shop and his wife works as a maid in houses said that the government could not uproot their businesses and force them to vacate their houses to which were attached memories of their parents and grandparents.

Kohat: 4 dead, 3 injured as unidentified gunmen open fire at car

KOHAT (Dunya News) – Four people died whereas three were injured after unidentified gunmen open fire at a car in Kohat on Saturday, reported Dunya News.
Shakardara Nazim rural village council Munir Khan was travelling in his car along with his relatives towards his residence when unidentified gunmen opened fire at the car near Shakardara resulting in the deaths of Nazim Munir Khan, Attiq Rehman and his two sons, Shafiq and Rafiq.
Three people, including a lady and a young girl, got injured as a result of the incident. Police stated that the incident was the outcome of personal rivalry, adding that further investigation of the incident was being carried out.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Jirga threatens protest if refinery shifted from Kohat

KOHAT: Political leaders, councillors, lawyers and traders constituted a jirga to press the government to abandon the plan of shifting the proposed oil-refinery from Kohat to Karak district.
The jirga which was named as Kohat Jirga would hold talks with provincial and federal government and would create awareness among the masses about the importance of the oil-refinery in Kohat.
District Naizm Maulana Niaz Muhammad, Tehsil Nazim Malik Taimor Khan, former MNA Khurshid Begum, former Senator Abbas Afridi, JUI-F District President Jamil Paracha, District Bar President Javed Panchi, PML-N leader Haji Sher Khan, PPP District President Farid Khan, ANP leader Saeed Shah Bukhari, JI District President Qari Fateh Muhammad and trader leaders attended the jirga.
The participants termed the shifting of the oil-refinery a conspiracy against the people of Kohat.
They said that the previous government had announced the Rs 40 billion project. The OGDCL survey report had claimed that the lifespan of the oil wells in Kohat was 80 years while that of Karak is 25 years, they maintained.

PML-N protesters stop PTI rally in Kohat

PESHAWAR: Protesters belonging to the PML-N Sunday stopped the PTI’s Ehtesab rally from heading to Attock from Peshawar.
According to sources, the PTI workers from across the KP and Fata gathered in Peshawar to begin their Tehreek-e-Ehtesab rally towards Attock. However, when they reached Kohat, a large number of protesters belonging to the PML-N were on roads. The workers, burning tyres on roads at four different points, came face to face with participants of the PTI rally, compelling Imran’s supporters to change their route.
The PML-N supporters were being led by the party MNA Abbas Afridi; however, the PML-N senior leaders Talal Chaudhry claimed that the protest was joined by other parties as well. “The protest has nothing to do with PTI’s rally,” he clarified.
Meanwhile, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the ruling party is using ‘dirty tactics’ to halt the way of anti-government protesters. “Protest is our democratic right which could not be snatched.
Apparently to foil PTI’s political show, the ruling PML-N organised a public meeting in Peshawar Sunday. PTI’s protest march is part of the opposition’s efforts to press the government to launch probe into Panama Leaks, which involved offshore holdings of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family. According to our correspondent, PTI activists from all over KP and Fata reached Zakori Bridge to kick off the rally. Imran Khan addressed his supporters before formal start of the rally. He was accompanied by senior party leaders including Naeemul Haq, Jehangir Tareen and Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The rally started heading towards Attock, where a large public meeting will be held in Khairabad area.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Source The News

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday decided to construct a new building for the Liaqat Memorial Hospital Kohat.
An official handout said that the decision was made at a meeting chaired by provincial Health Minister Shahram Tarakai.The meeting decided that the old building would be demolished as it was in a dilapidated condition. It was told that the existing building was beyond repair as it was built in 1952.  
The handout said that work on the construction of new building would be started in July this year and completed within next two years at an estimated cost of Rs400 million. It said that the Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme would provide financial assistance for the construction of new building.
Secretary Health Dr Jamal Yusuf, Director General Health, Dr Pervez Kamal, Commissioner Kohat Division, Musarrat Hussain and representatives of RAHA programme attended the meeting. The meeting was briefed in detail on the master plan of the new building.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Army Officer gunned down in Peshawar

Source The News International

PESHAWAR: In yet another apparent target killing incident, unidentified assailants gunned down a senior officer of the Pakistan Army at a mosque near Hayatabad at the time of Friday prayers.
The family members of the deceased told The News that armed men waiting in ambush opened fire on Lieutenant Colonel Tariq Ghafoor at a small mosque near the Ring Road leading to Hayatabad.
“Those accompanying him told the police that they went to the mosque in a car. They said they entered the mosque while Lt Col Tariq was parking the vehicle when they heard three shots,” Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Mubarak Zeb told The News.
As the relatives and other people came out of the mosque after hearing the gunshots, they found the colonel critically wounded. He succumbed to his injuries on way to the Hayatabad Medical Complex. His body was sent for an autopsy to the Combined Military Hospital and later to the Khyber Medical College.
Lt Col Tariq Ghafoor belonged to Kohat but was living in the family’s bungalow in Hayatabad. The family owned a gas station on the Ring Road near the place where he was shot dead.
The deceased was the elder son of the late Major General Fazal Ghafoor, who had served as the inspector general of the Frontier Corps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata. The general had led the Frontier Corps to put down the armed uprising by the black-turbaned followers of the Tanzim Nifiaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) head Maulana Sufi Muhammad in Swat and the rest of Malakand Division in 1995. He was the son-in-law of Mian Mehboob and brother-in-law of Mian Saeed Ahmed.
Lt Col Tariq Ghafoor’s younger brother Asad and a sister are also serving as officers in the army. “He was a thorough gentleman and a friend indeed. He will be missed forever,” said one of his close friends, Muhammad Saeed. Lt Col Tariq is survived by his widow, a son and three daughters. His funeral prayer will be offered in Chambai village near the Kohat prison at 2pm today (Sunday).
Our Kohat correspondent adds: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the killing of Lt Col Tariq Ghafoor. Its spokesman Muhammad Khurasani called reporters to make the claim and to assert that he was on their hit-list due to his role in taking action against the Taliban in Quetta. He added that the TTP’s special task force was tasked to carry out the attack.

KOHAT: Three men were allegedly killed over a petty dispute in Jungle Khel on Sunday. A police spokesperson told the media the accused Yousaf Khan, Qasim, Asim and Wahid Khan are members of a group. They barged into the hujra of Muhammad Suleman and opened fire on Suleman, Muhammad Hassan and Habib. The accused managed to escape the scene after committing the crime. However, police registered an FIR and started investigation to find the culprits. Rafiullah, cousin of the deceased, told the police the two groups had a petty dispute a few days ago.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2016.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Gas royalty funds fail to bring change in Kohat

KOHAT: Kohat district has been receiving a big amount of oil and gas royalty every year, but no corresponding development could be seen in any sector.
District executive officer (finance) Wahidur Rehman Khattak told Dawn that Kohat district had been getting royalty since 2011 according to the ratio of production from the local oil and gas wells.
He said that in 2014-15 Kohat received over Rs61 million in royalty of which 50 per cent was given to the oil and gas producing constituency. Similarly, in 2013-14 the companies gave Rs41 million and so on.
Answering a question, he said that for unknown reasons no mega project could be started.
He admitted that condition of hospitals, roads and water and electricity supply schemes in Kohat had worsened over the years.
Though 50 per cent of the royalty goes to Shakardarra, condition of its hospital could not be improved.
The town has no water and voltage of electricity remains so low that the scheme for bringing water to the area from Indus River was abandoned several years ago.
An official said on condition of anonymity that the funds were being misused otherwise the royalty funds in addition to the annual share of Kohat from the provincial government could solve all major problems of the district.
Mr Khattak said that the royalty funds were released to contractors for the approved schemes, but unfortunately no development could be seen in the district.
Sources said that the companies had promised to reconstruct the hospital and road, but the lawmakers from the area were employing people of their constituencies and keeping mum about the development projects.
It may be recalled that the oil and gas companies had announced a mobile hospital for Shakardarra to reach the scattered population and establishment of a burns centre in Kohat. Residents said that the lawmakers never bothered to pressurise the companies to help resolve problems of their constituencies.
Published in Dawn, February 26th, 2016