PESHAWAR: Terrorists repeated the 15 months old history by striking on Charsadda Road in Peshawar in a similar fashion on Friday.
Astonishingly, the previous blast 15 months ago and Friday’s deadly blast occurred at almost same place, same time, same day, and the casualty figures were also the same.
On Friday 18 employees were killed and dozens others injured in the blast at Charsadda Road. The previous blast on June 12 last year also happened at the same place (Gulbela) on Friday and claimed the lives of 18 employees of Civil Secretariat.
The previous blast occurred in a moving bus, while Friday’s blast was also of similar nature.
Through a statement issued here, Assistant Sub-divisional Education Office Primary, City Circle Peshawar, Habibullah said that the enrollment drive was in full swing and record numbers of kids were admitted to various schools.
He said that making schools in the city circle was his mission and that education department was taking revolutionary steps to this effect.
He said that the headmasters who enroll the highest number of students would be given prizes and commendation certificates.
He said that no amount was demanded from parents for enrollment or provision of books to the kids. - Statesman
PESHAWAR: The All Pakistan Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Association will support the government in its efforts to discourage practice of displaying fake CNG cylinders test stickers by vehicles.
Talking to APP, Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA was of the view some CNG cylinder testing labs and transporters had collaborated in illegal activity of issuing fake stickers, which needed to be discouraged.
"The association will support the government if it took action against those such labs and transporters in order to ensure transparency and conduct the campaign in more effective way," he observed.
Even after clear directives of the Supreme Court to grant equal rights to the eunuchs in all fields of life including education and employment in a dignified manner, the society is not ready to accept and treat them as a normal creature.
A surge has been witnessed in eunuchs' begging as they can be seen pleading for money at traffic signals and shopping areas of the cities besides visiting door-to-door for the purpose to meet their both ends.
People also willingly donate hefty amounts encouraging them in the business as they think that they are the most deserving in this field.
"Who want to be dishonored? We have no other option except begging as no one is willing to employ or engage us in any productive work," said Baji Perveen, a trans-gender begging at commercial market.
Talking to APP she said her community also wants to spend a normal life but the society did not allow them to do so.
"We also wish to get education, get employed in different organisations and spend life in a dignified manner but I think this wish will remain a mere wish even after the orders of the supreme court," Baji Perveen lamented.
She appreciated the efforts of the apex court in giving the eunuchs identity besides granting them with their due rights.
Another she-male, Anjuman, while sharing her views said people used to hire them at wedding functions which was a source of regular income for them, but that trend had almost vanished in cities.
She said begging was neither a profession of her community nor they like it, adding, it was all due to lack of any other job.
It is pertinent to mention that the trans-genders can now avail their Computerized National Identity Card, have the right over share in inheritance, can be employed at any place and enjoy equal rights as being experienced by other fellow citizens.
All they need is a bit space and encouragement from the society to turn them into useful citizens and reduce the number of beggars as the country is already fighting hard with the menace of begging which is becoming a growing profession. - APP
FP Monitoring Desk
PESHAWAR: A three day anti-polio drive began here and seven other districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday.
The drive aims to administer polio drops to 2.5 million children while foolproof security would be provided to teams.
The anti-polio drive had been suspended during the by-elections but has now been resumed in Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Tank, Hangu and Lakki Marwat.