UNDP to extend, strengthening rule of law programme to other dists

PESHAWAR: Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Marc-Andre' Franche has said that the strengthening rule of law programme currently underway in Malakand Division will be extended to seven more districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He was addressing media workshop on 'Ethics of Reporting in Law and Justice Sector' here Thursday. The workshop was attended by a large number of journalists, Katrina Hussein participated as facilitator.
The project is assisting in promoting the rule of law through provision of support to the justice and security sectors in Malakand Division. The rule of law programme aims to improve and deepen on-going efforts to secure peace and stabilization through enhancing justice and sectarian processes.
After success in Malakand Division the project would be extended to four southern and three districts of Hazara Division. He said that rule of law is essential as it is pre-requisite for development in all sectors.
For this purpose, he said they are focusing on three areas, which also include the training of judiciary to bring improvement in the administering of justice. He said that in this connection they are working at both short and mid-term levels.
He said that under the programme, they are also for bringing improvement in prosecution and in this regard has established a modern Forensic laboratory in Swat. Similarly, he said that 25 women lawyers in Malakand Division have been imparted training and their studies are in final phases.
In Malakand Division, he said that the programme is working along with security forces, which is very crucial for rule of law. He said that they are also closely working with police for establishing community police and model police stations. - APP

PHYDO directed to improve power generation work

PESHAWAR: Senior Minister for Irrigation, Energy and Power Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao while taking notice of complaint lodged by the people of Chitral here Friday directed Managing Director PHYDO to improve power generation from Shishi Hydel Power House to the masses and that issue should be resolved at war footing.
The Minister while expressing concern over performance of O&M (Operation & Maintenance) company directed the Managing Director PHYDO to terminate the agreement with company if its performance is not satisfactory. - APP

Child dies as roof caves in

CHITRAL (APP): A child was killed when the roof of a house collapsed due to floods resulting from the torrential rains at Mori Lasht village here on Tuesday.

According to details, the roof of a dilapidated house caved in due to heavy rain trapping four year old Sharifuddin in the rubble.

After hectic efforts locals retrieved the body but the child had died of suffocation and multiple injuries. The other family members miraculously survived in the incident.

5 killed in Chitral road accident

CHITRAL (INP): At least five persons killed and four others injured when a jeep plunged into deep ravine in mountainous area here on Tuesday. According to details, a jeep with 10 persons on board, traveling from Chitral city to Tirich skidded off the road and fell into a ravine in Mastuj area. Five people were killed on the spot in the accident and four other sustained wounds. The local people on self help basis shifted the injured to Shahgiram hospital. It should be mentioned that such incidents are frequent in northern areas of Pakistan due to difficult terrains and poor condition of roads.

Relief goods dispatched to flood affectees of Chitral

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Punjab government has sent first consignment consisting of 23 trucks of relief items to the flood affectees of Chitral while more assistance will be provided if required. Talking to media on the occasion of dispatch of relief goods, here today, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the government is with the affected people in this hour of trial and besides undertaking relief activities in Punjab, the first consignment, comprising 23 trucks of relief goods including blankets, tents, ration packets and medicines, is being sent to the flood hit people of Chitral.

He said that Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa government has also been offered all out cooperation for the help and assistance of the calamity-hit people. Regarding flood situation, the Chief Minister said that relief activities are in full swing in the flood affected areas and provincial ministers and secretaries has been assigned responsibilities in the calamity stricken areas while he is also supervising relief and rehabilitation work.

Replying to a question regarding floodwater in Garh Maharaja, the Chief Minister said that Peoples Party government made extremely poor planning for construction of a bridge on River Chenab as no protective spur was built near Garh Maharaja. He said that a special inquiry committee has been set up to fix responsibility for poor planning by NHA and identify the persons responsible. He said that Punjab government has taken immediate measures for the protection of Garh Maharaja and it is hoped that positive results will be achieved.

He said that flood affected people have been shifted to safer places and are being provided food and necessary facilities. He said that relief teams are working round the clock in Sialkot, Narowal, Badomalhi and other affected areas. He said that due to flood at Head Marala 80 villages of Bajwat were cut off from other areas but the breach has been plugged and light traffic is moving.

He said that relief camps have also been established in Sialkot and besides provision of transport facility, food and medicines are also been given. He said that elected representatives and administration is fully mobilized in the area. Replying to a query, the Chief Minister said that it is not possible at present to judge the volume of the current flood and compare it with that of 2010 and its scale will be determined after a complete survey.


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