Area Politicians Resolved To Secure Public Rights

BAJAUR AGENCY, Aug16: All Bajaur Political Parties Alliance has showed concern over what they called awful behavior of the government officials with the tribesmen and resolved that efforts would be made to secure basic rights of people of the region.

The decision was made at a meeting of the alliance here at the residence of former MNA Akhund Zada Chattan here on Thrusday at Khar.

The alliance president, former senator Maulana Abdur Rasheed, chaired the meeting, which was addressed by member central executive committee of Pakistan People`s Party Mr Aurangzeb, Mr Chattan, Awami National Party`s Attaullah Khan, Rahat Yousaf of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamaat-i-Islami`s Fata chief Sahibzada Haroon Rasheed.

They said that complaints about misconduct of officials of political administration with poor tribesmen were increasing day by day since the establishment of government writ in Bajaur Agency. They said that people had been suffering at the hands of officials without committing any crime.

“We do not know the reason for the misbehavior of the officials with our citizens, but this is certainly going to create mistrust between the administration and people”, said Haroon Rasheed.

He claimed that the officials had been arresting a large number of tribesmen daily under the collective responsibility law, only to release them after receiving bribe in the cover of fine.

Meanwhile, students of Bajaur Public School and College (BPSC) a well reputed educational institution in Bajaur tribal agency running under the local administration showed remarkable performance in the recent intermediate examinations, with two students securing first position in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Malakand.

After congratulating the students, BPSC’s Principal Mohammad Sultan Khan told reporters here that all 73 students who appeared in the exams scored either A* or A grades, while 11 students from the school obtained the top 20 positions.

By: Anwarullah Khan 

Ex-servicemen want local body elections in Fata

Hanif Ullah/ FP 

BAJAUR AGENCY: Ex-Serviceman Society FATA GS Kemya Khan afridi has said that along with the other parts of the country, the government should also conduct Local Government elections in Fata.

While talking to media persons in Khar, Ex-serviceman Society Leader said that government was getting preparations to hold local bodies election in the country, but the government has not made it clear whether it would hold the same elections in the tribal regions or not KK urged the PML-N led federal government to conduct local bodies' elections in Fata as it would further strengthen the democratic culture in the tribal areas. "Power can be easily devolved at the grass root level through holding local bodies elections in FATA, KK argued, saying the government should not deprive the tribesmen of this basic right."

"The tribal people will neither accept nominated local bodies nor to keep silent if local bodies elections were not held in tribal regions, Ex-serviceman society leader remarked. KK Afridi demanded of the government to conduct LG elections at the same day with the other parts of Pakistan. He said that deprivation of the tribal people from their social, political and constitutional rights would lead to conflict and backwardness in the region.

Ex-Serviceman Society Fata leader also urged the government to bring the bureaucracy working in FATA under the local governments so that speedy welfare and development could be started in FATA. The political administration should be made accountable and answerable to the elected representatives in FATA, KK Afridi suggested, saying continuation of the chaotic situation would further aggravate the problems in FATA. He asked the government to explain its position whether it is willing to hold local bodies elections in FATA or not.

 

108 SSC Bajaur students awarded prizes

Hanif Ullah

BAJAUR AGENCY: In a bid to encourage the tribal students to continue their studies, the political administration of Bajaur Agency in collaboration with education department distributed prizes among position holder students of state run high schools of conflict hit areas.

More than 108 students, who grabbed first, second and third positions in the SSC examination held in 2012-13, were awarded valuable prizes.

Political Agent Bajaur Agency Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah was the chief guest while Ex-MNA AK Chattan, Political Tehsildar Abdul Haseeb khan, education officer Asmat ullah, government officials, tribal elders, teachers, students and their parents were also present on the occasion. Ceremony for male students was held at Bajaur Public School while that for females was held in GGMS Colony. Speaking at the ceremony, Political Agent Jabbar congratulated and praised the students especially the girl's for their hard work and determination despite difficult circumstances and problems in the area.

He said that it was their moral and national obligation to equip the students with quality education and encourage them.

Development was not possible without education, he said, adding, that despite the difficult situation in the area, the students had proved themselves by securing top positions in their schools.

 

Two killed in clash in Bajaur

Hanif Ullah

BAJAUR AGENCY: Two persons were killed over a domestic clash in Bajaur Agency on Tuesday.

According to official sources, members of one clan opened fire on the members of another group on a matter related to some personal dispute in Balamkhar Tehsil Salarzai of Bajaur Agency.

As a result, Ramzad and Zakir died on the spot while the accused ran away from the scene. The bodies were shifted to a local hospital for medico-legal formalities. Political Tehsildar Sardar Yousaf reached the spot for investigation and kicked off search to apprehend the culprits.

 

Bomb kills two pro-government militia members in Bajaur

KHAR: A bomb explosion Saturday killed two members of pro-government militia and wounded four others during an archaeological dig in Bajaur Agency, officials said.
The incident took place in the mountainous area of Darra, Salarzai tehsil.
"About a dozen members of the local peace committee were digging at an excavation site when a remote controlled bomb went off, killing two members and wounding four others," senior local administration official Sardar Yousuf said.
The group were digging in the area to look for antiquities.
Another local administration official Asad Sarwar also confirmed the incident and casualties. - AFP

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