Profiteers arrested, fined in Kohat, Karak

KOHAT (APP): In pursuance to the implementation of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister's directives, the divisional administration Kohat has initiated action by regularly conducting raids on bazaars to check prices of the items of daily use and has arrested many accused for violating the same.

The CM issued strict directives to the concerned district administrations for controlling check on prices of edibles , adulteration, provision of quality health facilities and medicines and strict action against spurious drugs, removal of encroachment and cleanliness drive

In this connection the district administration of Kohat has so far checked 1325 shops Kohat, Karak and Hangu districts and arrested a total number of 472 accused. Similarly 41 FIRs have been registered against the accused and a fine of Rs. 315700 has been recovered during the month of June.

To control adulteration the district administration of Kohat, Karak and Hangu have raided different shops and sealed bakery shops and fined many. Similarly 24 FIRs have been registered against butchers who were not implementing directives of the Chief Minister.

To check spurious drugs, the district health officer and drug inspectors conducted raids in Kohat and checked 114 registered and 27 unregistered medical stores and taken samples for further testing in the Drug Testing Laboratory. In Karak 177 registered and 31 unregistered medical stores were checked and samples taken. In Hangu 46 registered medical stores were raided and action taken.

The district administration Kohat has removed all the temporary encroachment. However, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been requested to release an amount of Rs. 34.45 million for the removal of permanent encroachment. In Kohat division notices to permanent encroachers have been issued. The encroachment have been removed in Kohat City, MC Lachi, Hamidan Chawk, Takht Nasrati Bazar and Old bus stand in Hangu.

The commissioner Kohat division paid visits to various places and inspected cleanliness of the area and issued directives for effective utilization of manpower, removal of heaps of dirt and garbage, cleanliness of drains and nullahs. He also directed for carrying out cleanliness on daily basis.

Attack on DPO office in Kohat kills 2 cops

KOHAT: At least two policemen were killed and several persons injured during an attack at the District Police Officer's (DPO) office in Kohat on Monday.
Security sources said that militants hurled a hand-grenade at the DPO's office in Kohat after which an exchange of fire took place between policemen and the attackers. 
Two policemen and as many militants were killed whereas seven persons were injured in the attack. 
"We have defused the jackets being worn by militants killed in attack on DPO Kohat office," informed Incharge BDU KP, AIG Shafqat Malik.
Talking to APP, Shafqat Malik said both the militants failed to blow up their jackets and were killed by security forces at the DPO office.
Apart from suicide jackets, several hand grenades were also neutralised, Malik added. He said the premises have been cleared by the BDU and now is opened for general public.
He also informed that one of the attackers was disguised as female by wearing a burqa.
However, the security forces have succeeded in foiling the attempt and killed the suicide attackers before they had blown up their explosive packed jackets. - INP/APP

Ahmad Faraz’s fifth death anniversary observed

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LAHORE: The fifth death anniversary of KPK origin legendary Urdu poet Ahmed Faraz was observed across the country on Sunday.

Syed Ahmad Shah, famous with his pen name Faraz is considered one of the greatest modern Urdu poets. He died on August 25, 2008. Ahmad Faraz was born in Kohat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa to Syed Muhammad Shah Barq. Faraz holds a unique position as one of the best poets of current times, with a fine but simple style of writing.

Ethnically a Hindko speaking Pashtoon, Ahmed Faraz studied Persian and Urdu at Peshawar University, where he later became a lecturer. During Zia-ul-Haq's regime, Faraz went into self-imposed exile after he was arrested for reciting certain poems at a mushaira criticizing the military rule. He stayed in Britain, Canada and Europe for six years before returning to Pakistan. On his return he was appointed Chairman Academy of Letters.

Later, he was made chairperson of the National Book Foundation for several years. Ahmed Faraz was awarded with numerous national and international awards. He was awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2004 in recognition of his literary achievements. He returned the award in 2006 after becoming disenchanted with the government and its policies.

 

Ahmed Faraz remembered

ISLAMABAD (APP): Famous urdu poet Ahmed Faraz remembered on August 25 (today) on his fifth death anniversary by literary circles across the country. Ahmad Faraz was born in Kohat on January 14, 1931. Faraz holds a unique position as one of the best poets of modern times, with a fine but simple style of writing. He stayed for six years in Britain, Canada and other European countries. Upon his return to Pakistan, he was initially appointed chairman of Academy of Letters and later chairperson of the Islamabad-based National Book Foundation for several years. He was awarded with numerous national and international awards. He was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2004, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and after his death Hilal-e-Pakistan by the government in recognition of his literary achievements.

Aitzaz Hasan: Tributes to Pakistan teenager killed when he stopped a bomber

BBC Report; Tributes have been pouring in for a Pakistani teenager who was killed on Monday when he tackled a suicide bomber targeting his school in the Hangu area.

Aitzaz Hasan, 15, was with friends outside school when they spotted a man wearing a suicide vest.

Despite the pleas of his fellow students, he decided to confront and capture the bomber who then detonated his vest, his cousin told the BBC

 Aitzaz is being hailed as a hero in an outpouring of praise on social media.

There have even been calls for him to receive the army's highest honour awarded to those who have sacrificed their life for their country, though it is unclear if he would be qualified to receive it as a civilian.

"We the citizens believe that State of Pk must award Nishan-i-Haider to Pk's brave son Shaheed Aitezaz," journalist Nasim Zehra tweeted on Thursday.

Confrontation

The incident took place on Monday in Ibrahimzai, a Shia-dominated region of Hangu, in north-western Pakistan. There were almost 2,000 students in attendance at the time of the attack, media reports say.

"My cousin sacrificed his life saving his school and hundreds of students and school fellows," his cousin Mudassar Hassan Bangish told the BBC's Aleem Maqbool.

"The suicide bomber wanted to destroy the school and school students. It was my cousin who stopped him from this...destruction."

There were said to be about 2,000 students at Aitzaz's school at the time of the attack

He then described the sequence of events as related to him by witnesses at the school.

Aitzaz's friends had urged him not to confront the suicide bomber but he ignored their pleas and decided to confront the man with the intention of halting him.

"So he told them 'I'm going to stop him. He is going to school to kill my friends'. He wanted to capture this suicide bomber. He wanted to stop [him]. Meanwhile the suicide bomber blasted himself which resulted in the death of my cousin," Mr Bangish said.

He described Aitzaz as "brave" and a good student. "He always used to say 'I am always ready for my country'."

His family insist that rather than focus on the sorrow brought about by his death, they want to focus on their pride in his actions.

"He is a shahid [martyr]. A shahid of his whole nation," he said.

His family have also spoken of Aitzaz's actions in Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper.

"My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children," Mujahid Ali, Aitzaz's father is quoted as saying.

Sectarian violence

According to Mr Bangish, people in the area would like to see the government give Aitzaz an award to recognise his bravery, and compared him with celebrated Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai - a comparison being echoed across social media.

On Twitter, users are paying tribute to Aitzaz using the hashtags #onemillionaitzaz and #AitzazBraveheart echoing the language used online around figures such as Malala and the Delhi rape victim, whose death galvanised Indian public opinion and prompted changes in rape laws there.

Former Pakistani ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman tweeted: "Hangu's shaheed Aitzaz Hasan is #Pakistan's pride. Give him a medal at least. Another young one with heartstopping courage #AitzazBraveheart."

Hangu is close to Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal regions, which have a strong Taliban and al-Qaeda presence and the area is also known for sectarian violence against Shia Muslims.

Mr Bangish said the region's residents are "patriotic people" but have to contend with difficult conditions.

He he added that in order to cope with such conditions and tackle the "fights and blast ... needs courage like Aitzaz has. We salute his bravery".

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