Two blasts ripped through Bacha Khan Chowk in Peshawar on Tuesday, however, no loss of life was reported. The blasts only caused damage to the nearby shops of CDs, sources said.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Anti-regime protesters in Bahrain hold overnight rallies in defiance of a standing government ban on such protests as the second anniversary of the anti-government uprising in the country draws closer.
The Express TribuneAlthough two major political parties have refused to attend the Awami National Party’s (ANP) all-parties conference (APC), the ANP stands undeterred to form a joint counterterrorism policy. Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan on Monday said his party will continue to extend invitations to major political parties in the country to help create a joint strategy to tackle terrorism. “We will keep asking political parties to come forward and formulate a joint anti-terrorism strategy, till they agree. We have to end militancy on Pushtun soil,” Khan said. Khan’s announcement came a day after the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Jamaat-e-Islami refused to participate in the ANP’s proposed APC, which aims to formulate a unilateral anti-terrorism policy. He was speaking on the 25th death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan (popularly known as Bacha Khan) and the seventh death anniversary of Khan Abdul Wali Khan, which was commemorated at Nishtar Hall on Monday. “It is the traditional Pushtun way, when someone disagrees we send a jirga to convince them. If they do not agree we send it again and again until they agree,” he said hoping that soon other parties will agree to come on board. “If someone thinks this is only the ANP’s war, let me remind them that they are mistaken.” While referring to the killings of Hazaras in Quetta and violence in Karachi, he said: “Extremism is a national issue. The ANP has invited all political parties several times to come forward and find a solution to end this menace, which has sabotaged peace in the country.” In his address, Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti said Peshawar is the strongest fort of the ANP. He added the party is now a strong political force in many districts of the province including Peshawar, Swabi, Charsadda and Mardan. Hoti further commented that the five year performance of the present Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is far better than any other government’s performance in the past 60 years. He also paid tribute to the sacrifices of slain party leaders Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Alamzeb Khan, Dr Shamsher Ali Khan, Mian Rashid Hussain among other party workers. The CM announced that a children’s hospital named after Bashir Ahmad Bilour will be established in Peshawar. The cost of the hospital is estimated at Rs2.2 billion. Strict security measures were taken at the premises and Sher Shah Suri Road was blocked with barbed wire for all kinds of traffic.
The Frontir PostThe Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has asked the private sector educational institutions to actively share the responsibilities with the government in promoting higher educational facilities in Fata besides providing education to youth of KP. The present government is committed to provide maximum possible facilities of quality higher education to our youth. However, he added, like everywhere else in the world, it need help of the society to develop educational institutions and the well-to-do, the philanthropists and the missionaries should come forward and augment government's efforts for establishment of institutions of higher learning and research facilities in the private sector. Only then can we bridge the gap between the educated and uneducated youth of the country swiftly, he remarked. He was addressing as the chief guest at the 9th Convocation of the Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology; a private concern here on Monday morning. The Governor who is also the patron of the university further realized the audience; present in large number that the problems from law and order point of views, which we have been confronting also require special efforts for promotion of educational facilities. In all 18 graduates got gold medals for achieving distinctive positions from amongst the graduating students who were awarded Ph,D, M.S., leading M.Phil,, masters and bachelors degrees. Besides parents of the graduating students, the ceremony was also attended by educationists, senior government officials and elites of the city. Barrister Masood Kausar further pointed out that the teachers of educational institutions also have a special responsibility of educating their students in a befitting manner as the students, who shine in their careers in practical life, are a source of pride and happiness for them as well. Advising the graduating students that the Governor said, the completion of their studies is an important phase in their lives and their institution has equipped them with the required knowledge and expertise. "It is now for you to apply these assets in your respective professions in the practical life and remember that no nation can change its destiny without the conscious and sincere endeavours of its youth to bring about a revolutionary change in the socio-economic conditions of the people", he said. There is no short-cut to progress and prosperity of a country and this can be achieved only through sustained efforts of every citizen, he added. Prof. Dr. Salim-ur-Rehman, vice chancellor earlier presenting the annual report of the university welcomed the Governor and the guests and said that the university with two campuses and 250 faculty members offers state of the art academic and research facilities and half of its teaching staff is either M.Phil or PhD qualified. The university, he added, is also offering distanced educational facilities across the province. In the recent categorization process of the Higher Education Commission, the vice chancellor said, the university has been placed at 53rd position at the national level and 9th amongst 25 general universities. Earlier the Governor gave away medals and degrees to the graduating students and amongst the gold medalists were Muhammad Muzzamil, Tariq Mahmood, Muhammad Arif, Akhtarullah, Syed Abdul Razzaq, Muhammad Danish Qureshi, Anwarullah, Safiullah, Sajidullah, Salman Khan, Saima Bibi, Mian Waqar, Ambrina Shahzad, Noora Akhtar and Khushnood Ali. Governor condoles death of ex-MPA: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar has expressed his heartfelt condolence on the sad demise of a former Member of Provincial Assembly from District Shangla, Haji Sargand Khan, who was laid to rest yesterday. In a condolence message on Monday the Governor while expressing his deep sympathies with members of the bereaved family has also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and courage to them to bear the irreparable loss with patience. Later while talking with media Governor Masood Kausar disagreed with news stories that appeared about his health by saying "who was the doctor made rumor about my health, I am physically ok" but it worth mentioning that Governor delivered his speech while sitting on chair.
President Asif Ali Zardari has vowed to hold the most transparent elections of the history in the country on time. Talking to PPP leaders in Karachi‚ he said all attempts to derail democracy have been frustrated with the help of the masses. He said the government is completing its constitutional tenure and general elections will be held in accordance with the constitution. The President said Caretaker government will be formed in consultation with all allies and opposition parties. He formed a three member committee headed by Khursheed Shah to devise a future strategy of the PPP in Balochistan.