KP govt planning DCTI, special force for countering terrorism

Thursday, July 25, 2013

PESHAWAR - In a bid to maintain law and order and combat the growing trends of violence, terrorism and militancy, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police are working on setting up a Directorate of Counter Terrorism and Intelligence (DCTI) as well as a special force for carrying out prompt action wherever needed, be it the settled areas or the Tribal Areas. Talking to Pakistan Today, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police Ihsan Ghani said intelligence forces played a key role in combating criminal and terrorist elements. “But unfortunately in the last several years, intelligence gathering bodies have been neglected, thus causing hardships in combating crime,” Ghani said. He recalled that the British rulers, while introducing the policing system, had also set up intelligence wings at the police station level, which was also part of the district security branch. Ghani said against the 2,000 police officials, the number of intelligence agencies’ personnel was very limited. “On such grounds, Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak agreed to strengthen the intelligence force, which will help the government in combating not only militancy and terrorism but also counter day-to-day crime.” To a question, the IGP said the new intelligence body, DCTI, was being established after restructuring the existing bodies such as the special branch and Directorate of Counter Terrorism. “The district security branch will be merged in the new body while some of the special branch police functions and responsibilities could also be transferred to it.” This new DCTI will be directly answerable to the IGP. Similarly, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police IGP said they were focusing on revival of the existing resources within different wings of the police force. “In this respect, efforts are underway for revival of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). This process will be soon completed,” he said, adding that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police were aware of their responsibilities at this crucial stage. Referring to the problems on the boundaries between settled districts of the province and the Tribal Areas, Ghani said “basically it was the responsibility of the Frontier Constabulary but unfortunately over the years, its contingents have been assigned other tasks such as guarding embassies, government complexes and offices throughout the country”, adding, however that now efforts were being made for the return of the FC contingents, which might be helpful in bringing the border regions under control. He said a special force was also being set up for taking prompt and timely action wherever needed. - See more at:

Govt takes control of polio mobilization staff in KPK

PESHAWAR, July 22: The provincial government has taken control of the UNICEF-sponsored polio mobilization staff to streamline advocacy programme and create demand for vaccination against polio, according to sources.
Previously the mobilization staffers worked with polio programme of health department but they were managed by UNICEF which had employed them.
“The government has started issuing identity cards to social mobilization officers, who worked under UNICEF until now. They would be treated like regular employees of the health department. The health department will be able to take action against them,” officials said.
A report recently sent by UNICEF to donor agencies says that issuing of cards will boost up security of Com Net staff besides inculcating in them a sense of the programme’s ownership. It says that the staff will come under government and it will have no link with UNICEF.
Sources said that the staff had also been facing security problems in Fata.
UNICEF, which is supporting polio campaign under an agreement with Pakistan and CHIP Training and Consulting, created Communication Network (Com Net) to create demand for oral polio vaccine (OPV) in high risk districts of the country two years ago.
The recruitment of the staffers, who get lucrative salaries, cars with drivers, fuel charges, cellular phones and laptop, had drawn criticism from the district administration and health department. The staff was placed under the provincial and Fata health departments to utilize its services.Prior to the new arrangement, the staff worked under the UNICEF with health department to scale up awareness about vaccination in the province but the latter often complained about its utility due to which it was placed on its disposal.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata had taken 200 and 165 communication officers respectively to utilise their services. “Their performance was not up to the mark. The provincial and Fata health authorities objected to their appointments because they wanted roles in the recruitment process,” sources said.
The district health officers (DHOs) were not satisfied with their work because they hadn’t any control over them, sources said. “The number of refusals had soared. The Com Net staff stayed away from duty places due to security reasons. They will now be working with government employees and will face disciplinary action, like other employees, if they fail to work,” officials said.
They would get salaries from UNICEF but would work under the government, they said. “We have cut down refusals which had gone from 22,000 in 2012 to 35,000 in 2013 due to lack of mobilization activities,” they added.
Officials said that the move was aimed at managing mobilization activities more effectively. “Our staff worked in high-risk union councils of Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan, Nowshera and Lakki Marwat. Besides the existing number, 100 are being appointed to deploy them where needed,” a relevant official said.
Fata has recorded 12 polio cases, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with five cases of the total 21 countrywide in 2013. Due to existence of virus, the World Health Organisations had been calling for effective immunisation to cover all children.
Dr Jan Baz Afridi, head of provincial immunisation programme, told Dawn that the decision had been made on the demand of the health department.
The Com Net staff would now work in provincial communication technical committee recently formed to apply brakes on refusals against polio vaccine, he said. “We will be employing localized strategies to improve immunisation and prevent childhood diseases,” he said.
He said that it would improve coordination and they would be able to run immunisation campaigns efficiently. “We are in polio eradication phase and we need to have good quality campaigns because vaccination of all children till five years is the only solution to achieve polio-free status,” Dr Afridi said.

women to get police help through SMS in KPK

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

PESHAWAR, July 23: The women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be facilitated to lodge a complaint with police by sending just an SMS from their cellular phones instead of visiting a police station, according to officials.
An SMS would be enough to set the government machinery in motion to reach out to the women in distress. The service would start soon and the cellular phone numbers of central police office would be publicised for womenfolk to file a complaint or inform police about any high-handedness.
“The concept behind this initiative is that if a citizen doesn’t have access to help, the state is responsible to provide security and help by reaching out to such citizens in trouble”, said Azam Khan, the secretary of home department,

Development | Lowari Tunnel project receives Rs3 billion

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has allocated Rs3 billion from the public sector development programme (PDSP) to complete the Lowari Tunnel in Chitral, stated a notification issued by the CM Secretariat on Monday.
Work on the tunnel began in 2006 in order to facilitate the people of Chitral to travel to the rest of the country. However, it is yet to be completed due to insufficient funds allocated by the federal government.
When construction began in 2006, the 8.5-kilometre long railway tunnel was to be built at an estimated cost of Rs8 billion. Digging for the tunnel was completed by 2009, but its design was later revised from rail to road tunnel, resulting in further delays and escalating costs. The revised cost was then estimated to be Rs18 billion.
From the current federal PSDP, the government initially allocated Rs1 billion for the project; this amount was not well received by the K-P Assembly. During its budget session,

KPK right to information ordinance 2013 | keeping Gov's Accountable

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government’s Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance 2013 holds transparency and access to data as vital to the functioning of a democracy.
It is aimed at improving governance, reducing corruption, and holding government and statutory organisations, run on state or foreign funding, accountable to its citizens.
At the moment, however, the Right to Information Ordinance is being treated as a classified document.
The RTI document, available with The Express Tribune states as “the provincial assembly is not in session and the governor of K-P is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action; it is pleased to promulgate the ordinance called The K-P Right to Information Ordinance, 2013.”
At its crux, the ordinance is meant “to facilitate and encourage,

Safety First | KPK govt bans CNG-fitted cars for movement of VVIPs

The provincial government on Monday banned the use of compressed natural gas (CNG)-fitted vehicles for movement of VVIPs and VIPs, said a press release issued by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P)Home and Tribal Affairs department.
The government is acting on the directives of the Ministry of Human Rights and has instructed authorities to take prompt action to implement the rule. The measure comes

Sport complex to promote healthy activities in kpk

In order to keep the youth engaged in healthy activities and away from criminal ones, the government plans to construct a sports complex for tribesmen in Khyber Agency.
According to an official at the FATA Sports Directorate, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) Sports Stadium will be constructed over 500 kanals of land in Shah Kas, Jamrud tehsil.
The official added the decision was approved on May 25 by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Governor Shaukatullah Khan and a letter regarding this was sent to the political agent’s office, requesting him to designate the land for this purpose. The expense will be covered under the Annual Development Programme (ADP), of which one percent of funds will

سوات میں پہلی مرتبہ تین پولیس سٹیشنوں میں وومن پولیس رپورٹنگ سنٹر ز قائم

Sunday, July 21, 2013
سوات, خیبر پختونخواہ حکومت کی تھانہ کلچر مہم کے تحت سوات میں وومن پولیس رپورٹنگ سنٹر کا آغاز کر دیا گیا, ابتدائی
مرحلے میں سوات کے تین تھانوں مینگورہ, رحیم آباد, سیدوشریف اور کیجولٹی وارڈ سید و شر یف اسپتال میں وومن پولیس رپورٹنگ سنٹر نے باقاعدہ کام شروع کردیا ہے, سوات پولیس کے ترجمان کے مطابق ڈی پی او سوات شیر ​​اکبر خان کی ہدایت پر ان سنٹروں میں قابل اور تعلیم یافتہ خواتین پولیس اہلکاروں کو تعینات کر دیاگیا ہے, ان سنٹروں میں خواتین اپنی شکایات اور دورخواست جمع کراسکیں گی اور ان سنٹروں پر مظلوم خواتین کی داد رسی اور انہیں بر وقت قانونی مدد فراہم کی جائے گی, تاکہ معاشرے میں خواتین کے مسائل میں کمی کے ساتھ ساتھ  کی مشکلات کا ازالہ کیا جاسکے,  تر جمان کے مطابق دوسرے مرحلے میں وومن پولیس رپورٹنگ سنٹروں کا قیام دیگر تھانوں میں بھی لایا جارہاہے, جس کیلئے اقدامات اٹھائے جارہے ہیں ڈی پی او سوات شیراکبر خان نے اس سلسلے میں واضح ہدایات جاری کردی ہیں, کہ ان سنٹروں میں مظلوم خواتین کی مکمل داد رسی کے ساتھ انہیں بر وقت قانونی مدد فراہم کی جائے ترجمان کے مطابق ڈی پی او سوات نے عوامی مسائل کے حل اور انہیں  بروقت قانونی مدد کیلئے تھانہ کلچر کو تبدیل کردیا ہے اور ڈی پی او سوات کے دروازے عوام کیلئے کھول دیئے گئے ہیں

KPK is ready to implement Electronic Voting System for Local Bodies Election

The Chairman of PTI Imran said the local bodies election in KPK will be held through electronic voting system. While talking to media at his residence Imran said that we will arrange local body election in KPK within 3 months.
Imran said after 18 revisions all provinces are independent. It is responsibility of provinces that they work for progress and prosperity of provinces. Moreover he said the election through electronic voting system will example for other provinces which never happened in the electoral history of Pakistan.

Show your Presence | Stop Corruption

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chairman PTI has set up a review committee to 

evaluate all complaints of corruption in distribution

of party tickets and how the intra party elections were can lodge your complaints and 

observation supported by evidence to

Hydro Power Sector in KPK

A total of 24 projects with a total generation capacity of 2004 MW will be completed. The present cost of the projects is estimated at Rs 334.497 billion and the projects have been included in the annual development program (ADP) for financial year 2012-13 

The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is far ahead than three other provinces in making remarkable achievements in hydro-power sector to overcome the prevailing energy crisis, as per the report on the performance of the Energy and Power Department of the province.
For the better utilization of resources of hydro-power, oil and gas sectors, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in October 2008 established a separate Energy and Power Department. The mandate of the department is looking after of hydel, oil and gas sectors and renewable energy and working along with the Ministry Water & Power and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which had more than 70 percent hydro potential after getting control under 18th Constitutional Amendment, initiated vigorous efforts to open new revenue sources from its own resources. Under the amendment the levy of federal excise duty (FED) will further increase the revenue.
The provinces can now raise foreign loans to develop its precious resources for its economic growth. In addition to hydro resources, the new resource of hydrocarbon is under exploration, and production and equal control on such resources were necessary.
Taking advantage of the rights guaranteed under 18th Constitutional Amendment, the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took lead in not only making comprehensive plans for the utilization of its hydro-power potential to generate cheap electricity, but also practically launched it.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become first province in the country, which has developed a clear vision and designed 10-Year Hydel Development Action Plan 2010-21 for the utilization of its untapped hydro-power potential. Under the plan a total of 24 projects with a total generation capacity of 2004 MW will be completed. The present cost of the projects is estimated at Rs 334.497 billion and the projects have been included in the annual development programme (ADP) for financial year 2012-13. Work on all projects has been started and are in different phases of planning.
The Action Plan is comprised of short, medium and long-term planning. Under the short-term three projects with capacity of 56.20 MW at the cost of Rs 12.433 billion will be completed in period of three years. The three-projects to be initiated under short-term plan are expected to generate revenue of Rs 2 billion per annum for the province. Similarly, 8 projects with capacity of 625.80 MW will be completed in five years at the cost of Rs 99.968 billion while under long-term 13 projects of 1322 MW will be completed in a period of 10 years at the cost of Rs 222.096 billion. The implementation of the Action Plan besides, help arresting the prevailing energy crisis will not only provide cheap electricity, but will generate huge revenue of Rs.74 billion per annum for the province on permanent basis.
The projects identified under the plan are Daral Khwar HPP (36MW), Ranolia HPP (17MW), Machai (2.6MW) are situated in districts Swat, Kohistan and Mardan respectively. The present provincial government ha already launched work on 36 MW Daral Khwar HPP, 84MW Matilitan Swat and 69MW Lawi Chitral.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has also decided to chip in 24 percent of equity in two projects to be built-in on public-private-partnership (PPP) basis (Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Wapda and private sector i.e. Lower Palas, Kohistan 665MW and Lower Spat Gah Kohistan 496MW.

KPK Government sign 2 Billion US$ MOU with Galaxy Technologies

Monday, July 15, 2013

KPK Government sign MOU with Galaxy Technologies, Hong Kong at CM Secretariat. Galaxy Technologies Hong Kong will invest 2Billion US$ in KPK energy sector and send there engineers within 2 weeks to finalize feasibility studies of installing 1000 MW hydro electric power stations at different sites in Swat, Malakand,Hazara and Chitral.

Smart Cards for Pensioners of KPK Government

National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) would facilitate pensioners by issuing them biometrics Smart Cards and they would be able to withdraw their pension from any biometrics enabled platform used by banks, post offices and any other alternate channels. In a briefing given to Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK),  Chairman of NADRA,

Mobile Courts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PESHAWAR  - In order to establish mobile courts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government will hold a meeting with the administration of Peshawar High Court (PHC) in near future to discuss the matter properly.
The PTI has always voiced for speedy justice. And that's why it supported strengthening the local government system in the country. "We want to provide justice through local governments system, and setting up mobile courts is not in the PTI's agenda" said Israr Ullah Gandapur, Provincial Law and Parliamentary Affairs, while talking to The Nation on Sunday. 
He, however, said that their government would soon meet Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan to discuss the matter of mobile courts. Finance Minister Sirajul Haq had said in his budget speech that
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