Five peace committee members shot dead

BARA: At least five volunteers of a peace lashkar were killed and several others injured in a clash with miscreants here on Monday. The attackers also kidnapped several members of the peace committee.
According to details, the clash took place in Shalobar area of Khyber Agency when miscreants attacked the men of the lashkar.
As a result of firing of miscreants, five members of the peace committee were killed on the spot while several others sustained injuries.
Reportedly, the miscreants also kidnapped several volunteers of lashkar and escaped.
A heavy contingent of security forces cordoned off the area and launched search operation for the abductees.
Meanwhile, spokesman of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam has denied involvement in attack on peace laskhar. - INP

Overview of Security Situation in Orakzai Agency

Kalaya: The security forces after being engaged in military operations against militants for two years in Orakzai agency, particularly in upper Orakzai, succeeded in clearing most parts of the agency from insurgents, FRC learnt.

Security forces had launched operation against militants in Orakzai Agency in April 2010. The initial targeted areas were Andkhel, Utman Khel, Baizoot and Feroz Khel areas of lower Orakzai division. These areas lie in the north of lower Orakzai and borders Khyber Agency. The forces cleared these parts from militants after fierce battles which also inflicted high casualties on both the parties.

However a strategically important position named Khawa Darra located in Utman Khel area remained the hub of militant hideouts. The strategic location of this area let the security forces debarred from entering, as its altitude was too high while on the other hand it was bordering rugged and hilly areas of Khyber Agency. Militants were taking advantage of the location and used to hit military from the adjacent Khyber Agency hill tops.

The militant commander who manned this area was Aslam Farooqi, having links with Mangal Bagh group. The military took control of this area in January 2013, however the whereabouts of said militant commanders is unknown yet.

The military operation in lower division of the agency compelled the militants to flee to the adjacent Khyber Agency’s Tirah valley and central Kurram of Kurram Agency from where they kept creating troubles for the military by attacking its check posts and convoys with missiles. Similarly from Mamuzai area, located in upper orakzai division (bordering Kurram Agency), militants continued their attacks on the security forces.

This led the forces to launch operations both in central kurram and Tirah valley in Kurram and Khyber agencies respectively where according to the latest reports militants are on the run.

Though the security forces operations have cleared most of the areas of Orakzai agency from insurgents but still there are some areas where Taliban presence has been felt. These areas includes; Chapper (close to Hangu district)in central Orakzai and Ismail zai Tehsil of Upper division, but due to the lack of strategic importance of these areas, the locals argue, that the militants are leaving the areas themselves.

The military operation conducted in upper Orakzai area has caused huge displacement of masses. The people in camps are desperately waiting for the green signal from security forces deployed there. Overall the security situation these days is normal with slight disturbances in remote areas however the command is in the hands of stationed Pakistan security forces.

Security forces arrest miscreants, commander

PESHAWAR: One commander among four miscreants were arrested on Wednesday by security forces during search in Kurram Agency.
Political Administration said that the commander was identified as Ismail Masuzai while the other miscreants included Wakil Khan Ali Sher Zai, Waqas Masuzai and Gul Ahmed Masuzai.
The miscreants were wanted by police in different cases and shifted to unidentified place for further interrogation. - APP

Governor inaugurates work on women, children hospital in Parachinar

F.P. Report
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah during his first ever visit to Kurram Agency on Wednesday went to Central Parachinar Bazar; the historic trade centre of the area and met with the general public.
The Governor who earlier has spent highly busy day both at Sadda and Parachinar went round the market and while responding to pleasant gesture of the local populace highly appreciated their spirit of accommodation in facing difficult circumstances. “I am here today to meet you all and express feelings of love and affection on part of the entire nation”, he said.
The Governor who was also accompanied by MNA Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi and Senator Rasheed Ahmad Khan from the agency and Additional chief Secretary FATA, Arbab Muhammad Arif, meanwhile performed earth breaking ceremony for construction of a Women and Children Hospital at Parachinar.
The First Phase of the hospital to be spread over 155 kanal land will be comprising upon seven different units, and is expected to cost Rs.172 millions which on completion will be the first project of its nature in entire FATA and will offer state of the art treatment facilities to the respective populace. Briefly talking on this occasion, the Governor desired to complete the project by 2015 positively. He was also informed that the 2nd Phase of the project will comprise of residential accommodations for doctors and paramedics to be constructed within the premises of the hospital and the entire land have been donated by the local tribes free of cost.
Engineer Shaukatullah also launched tree plantation campaign in the Agency by planting a sapling of Deodar at Maikai; a highly scenic spot, situated in vicinity of Parachinar wherein he was informed that community ownership based plantation have been raised under the aegis of FATA Forest Department over an area of more than 7500 acre in the agency. The project, the Governor was informed, was proving highly beneficial not only in generating economic activities for the respective people but also in controlling soil erosion and ensuring positive impact from environmental point of view. On arrival at the site, the Governor was warmly welcomed by the local people who were present in large number. A local elder, Malik Dildar Hussain presented Kullah and traditional tribal gifts to the Governor.
The Governor also laid foundation stone for construction of a public library at Parachinar which is expected to cost Rs.80 million.
The project, the Governor said, must have the capacity in meeting present day needs and further desired that digitized linkage facility should also be made available at the library.
Earlier, on arrival at Sadda the Governor was warmly welcomed by the tribal elders of the entire Tehsil and was presented sheeps and other traditional gifts.
The local administration and the security forces also briefed him about the salient features of the situation both from maintenance of peace and development point of view. He was also profusely garlanded on this occasion by the local elders.

Polio soared Alarmingly in NWA

Miranshah, 23 Aug: The lethal poliomyelitis, polio, has been detected increasing at an alarming rate in the restive tribal region of North Waziristan Agency, FRC learnt.

According to the Doctor Jan Mir Khan, the agency’s surgeon, 16 new cases of polio disease surfaced in the North Waziristan Agency during the last few weeks.

“It not only mounted the worries of the local tribesmen but also the health facilitators as, according to them, it might become epidemic if not halted at an earliest”, said the Dr. Khan.

According to Dr. Khan among the newly emerged polio cases, 9 are from village Eppy of tehsil Mirali, 4 from village Dandey Darpakhel of tehsil Miran Shah and 3 are from Hamzoni area.

All the affected are children under age of 5 years.

Dr Khan while clarifying about the hosts of the disease told FRC that mostly the victims have not been vaccinated throughout their life while some of them have got incomplete courses of vaccination.

“We are scared that the virus might spread to the neighboring areas of Bannu, D.I Khan, Tank, Kurram and Orakzai Agency”, Dr Khan added.

It is important to mention here that the local militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadar had banned polio vaccination campaign on June 16, 2012 in response to the government’s ineligibility of hitting/ stopping drone attacks in North Waziristan Agency.

Similar nature of ban was imposed by Mullah Nazir Group in South Waziristan Agency which is still in place. It were these bans that prevented the health department from launching polio administering campaigns in both the agencies for the past 14 months.

The area people wishes to administer their children the vaccination properly but unfavorable circumstances debarred them from doing so. “I used to bring anti-polo vaccines from Bannu to my village in Miranshah and administered to my children but now I can’t do so due to the hostile environment”, said a local with the condition of anonymity.

The natives also revealed that even after the ban imposition on anti-polio drives in the area, vaccines were available in the Headquarters’ Hospital Miranshah and people obtained it individually for their children but now this option is no more actionable.

Local health officials and the North Waziristan Grand Jirga, along with the political administration, are negotiating with the area militants regarding the uplift of ban.

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a highly contagious viral infection that can lead to paralysis, breathing problems, or even death. The term poliomyelitis is from the Greek poliós meaning “grey”, myelós referencing the spinal cord, and -itis meaning inflammation.

Polio can be classified as either symptomatic or asymptomatic. About 95% of all cases display no symptoms (asymptomatic polio), and between 4% and 8% of cases display symptoms (symptomatic polio).

Polio is caused by the poliovirus, a highly contagious virus specific to humans. The virus usually enters the environment in the feces of someone who is infected. In areas with poor sanitation, the virus easily spreads through the fecal-oral route, via contaminated water or food. In addition, direct contact with a person infected with the virus can cause polio.

There is no cure for polio once a person becomes infected. Therefore, treatments are focused on increasing comfort, managing symptoms, and preventing complications. This may include providing bed rest, antibiotics for additional infections, pain killers, ventilators to help breathing, physiotherapy and moderate exercise, and a proper diet.

By: Umar Daraz Wazir    

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