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people recovered, 33 kidnappers arrested in 2007
Peshawar SSP says nine people recovered without paying ransom
* Links crime rate to citys
proximity to tribal areas
PESHAWAR: City police have arrested at least 33 kidnappers and
recovered nine people kidnapped for ransom during the current year,
Operations Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohammad Tahir Khan
told Daily Times on Friday.
He said in all nine cases of kidnapping, the police recovered the
hostages without paying any ransom.
The SSP said that incidents of kidnapping for ransom were on the
decline in the city. He, however, added that due to proximity of the
city to tribal areas, crimes couldnt
Tahir Khan also said that people of some tribes in FATA did not
consider kidnapping for ransom as something wrong and that it was their
profession to kidnap people, detain them for a few days and then
release them after getting ransom.
He said usually the kidnappers shifted the kidnapped people to tribal
areas, but now they had started detaining the hostages in settled areas
due to deteriorating law and order situation in FATA, which may be a
reason for high recovery rate of hostages.
He said kidnapping was had become a custom in Peshawar since long and
according to the kidnapping gazetteer of 1933, there were nearly 133
people kidnapped for ransom during that year.
According to police records, the latest man recovered was Mohammad
Anwar, an Afghan trader who was kidnapped for a $500,000 ransom on
August 22 from Phase III of Hayatabad and was detained at a house in
the same area. Mohammad
Anwar was recovered after 38 days in captivity, while six kidnappers
including Sher Nabi, Sardar Nabi, Gul Nabi, Sadiq, Ms Farishta and
Shakiba were also arrested from the house,
the SSP said.
Dr Saeed, an industrialist, was kidnapped on August 19 from the
Hayatabad area when he was coming out of his factory and was recently
recovered from the Urmar Police Stations
precincts. Police also arrested Khanzada Gul,
Imtiaz, Miraj and Fazal Khaliq in connection with the industrialists
Mohammad Saad, owner of the Sabrina Tent Service, was picked up from
Hayatabad on March 27 and later he was recovered from the tribal belt,
with the police having arrested Zamin Gul, Bashir, Munawwar Ali and
Jauhar Ali in the case.
Kidnappers abducted Zainab from the Gulbahar Police Stations
and later she was recovered from Charsadda district, while Naik
Mohammad and Sher Ali were kidnapped from Khazana police station
precinct and were afterward recovered while they were being shifted to
another location. Other hostages, whom the police recovered in the
current year, include Mohammad Shoaib, Islam Baccha and Abdullah who
had been kidnapped from the Pishtakhara Police Stations
to complete Peshawar Northern Bypass project in 3 years
Monday, October 01, 2007 The early construction of the 34 kilometres
long Peshawar Northern Bypass at a cost of Rs 5.3 billion is among the
top priorities of the National Highway Authority (NHA), a source in the
Communications Ministry said on Sunday. The source said that the need
for early completion of the project would increase due to the
functioning of the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway, that will soon begin.
He said that bottlenecks in the project were being sorted out in
collaboration with the provincial government and the project would be
completed in three years.
He said the project was handed over to the NHA in 2003 and initially a
26km long road was designed to be constructed as part of the Peshawar
Ring Road project. He said that now an alternate design had been
prepared. According to the new design, it will be a four-lane
expressway that will link the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway with the
Peshawar Torkham Expressway and will bypass the Hayatabad and Bara
markets ending at the Takhta Beg Bridge near Jamrud. app
Robbery in Hayatabad Habib Bank
Sept 28: An amount of Rs6 million was looted from the Habib Bank
Limited branch in the Hayatabad area here on Friday.
Witnesses said some people came to the HBL branch in Bilal Market in
two cars and forced their entry into the bank after overpowering the
watchman. The bandits held the bank manager and other staff hostage at
gunpoint and took away the cash. Bureau
Post Office launches night service F.P.
Post Master General NWFP Fazal Sattar Khan has said that Pakistan Post
has introduced number of schemes to provide better services to its
customers all over the country. He was addressing as chief guest the
inaugural function on the occasion of innovation and decoration
ceremony of the Post Office at Hayatabad Phase -1 here on Saturday.
Throwing light on the historical background of the Pakistan Postal
programme he said in addition to letters Pakistan Post had launched
various schemes to facilitate its commuters. It included Savings Bank,
Postal Life Insurance and utility bills collection. He also announced
the launching nocturnal Postal service from Saturday night. He informed
the gathering that through Online service costumers would be able to
transfer their money from around 200 countries to Pakistan within
minutes. Also he said Faxed Money Order facility would be available to
people. Fazal Sattar said the Post office counters had been
computerized and would be given the status of General Post Office (GPO)
in near future.
to dig deep into Peshawars
15, 2007 PESHAWAR: Excavation at the ancient Gor Khuttree Monument for
digging out the exact cultural profile of the walled city of Peshawar
will resume in October after a gap of five months.
excavation was halted due to the sizzling heat and will now resume
after the holy month of Ramazan,
said Ehsanullah, curator of the NWFP
Archeology and Museums Department and the project in charge. Ehsanullah
said the evidence recovered during excavation from the historic site
was studied to find out the exact cultural profile of Peshawar, the
oldest living city in South Asia. We
have to excavate up to 60 feet and presently we have
reached 33 feet,
he said. The project of finding out the profile of
Peshawar was launched in 2003 with an estimated cost of Rs 36 million.
The duration of the project has been expanded from the year 2007 to
2009 owing to sensitivity in the excavation of historical sites.
Ehsanullah said the projects
objective was also to highlight the
archeological importance of Peshawar city throughout the world and
publicise the Gor Khuttree monument that is not only an ancient site,
but is also a revered place for Hindus and Buddhists. He said
presently, the exact profile of Peshawar city did not exist and it was
not clear how old is Peshawar city. app
leopard with satellite collar released in Chitral park
(APP): The NWFP Wildlife Department after trapping an adult female snow
leopard few days ago has successfully fitted Satellite Collar in her
body in Chitral Gol National Park in district Chitral. "The snow
leopard was trapped last Friday and was released in Chitral Gol
National Park by fitting a Satellite Collar in her body that would help
to monitor her movement besides giving timely information to identify
her habits for future conservation and protection, " Dr Mumtaz Malik,
Chief Conservator NWFP Wildlife Department disclosed APP here Sunday.
The device would also help to have excess to other snow leopards that
might available in nearby areas, so that the endangered specie could be
used for breading to increase its population, he added. The Wildlife
Chief said, "The rare nature of the specie could be gauged from the
fact that about 300 snow leopards exists in different parts of the
country and it needed further breading on scientific lines to
substantially raise its number in near future." He said that people
come to realize over time that the snow leopard is worth more alive for
ecotourism and for ecosystem preservation. The NWFP Wildlife department
with the active collaboration of WWF Pakistan and Internal Snow Leopard
Trust (ISLT) is conducting a comprehensive study to evolve strategy and
action plan for better conservation and protection of the snow leopard,
said Dr Mumtaz. Likewise, Ministry of Environment, Islamabad is also
extending valuable assistance in this regard, he added. Moreover, the
Wildlife Chief said that Protected Areas Management Project has been
launched with the financial assistance of Global Environment Facility
(GEF) and World Bank for better conservation and protection of the
specie. The conservation programme is also underway in Farhang Gol
National Park in Balochistan and Farma Chera National Park in Azad
Kashmir besides Chitral Gol National Park with the financial assistance
of World Bank, he informed. Dr Mumtaz Malik said, "The snow leopard
which was trapped in Chitral Gol National Park last Friday is healthy
having a weight of about 35 kilograms and feels easy with the device
fitted with her body." To a question he said the snow leopard eats
Ibex, snow cock, markhor heer etc and sometime attacks on livestock in
order to meet their food requirement, adding that it usually give birth
two off-springs in a year. He said livestock owners are one of the
great threats to the specie as they often shoot snow leopard when it
attacks their cattle and livestock. "A comprehensive insurance
programme is being launched to educate people especially the livestock
owners by insuring their livestock." He hoped that this programme would
help protect snow leopard and bring attitudinal changes among community
to guard this endangered specie from extinction. The NWFP Wildlife
Department has improved the habitats of the snow leopard in its ranges
where it occur. The department is also working to create and maintain
its reserves to protect this wild cat and other endangered species. Dr
Mumtaz said that the Wildlife Department is dedicated to the
conservation of the snow leopard and its mountain ecosystem through a
balanced approach that considers the needs of the people and the
environment. He added that community participation and public education
is must to save the Snow Leopard from extinction.
beset by rise in doctors
Javed Afridi (Tuesday,
November 14, 2006)
PESHAWAR: The Institution-Based Private Practice (IBPP) policy
continues to haunt the people of the Frontier province, although the
policy no longer exists, Daily Times learnt on Sunday.
Gul Karim, an attendant of a patient at the Government Lady Reading
Hospital (LRH), said that the doctors advised them to visit the private
clinics of senior doctors who had earlier resigned in protest against
are now paying for the services we got for free in the past,
Under the IBPP policy, the provincial government had set a condition
for the practicing doctors to charge Rs 200 fee, instead of their
routine Rs 300 fee. But after the IBPP policys
annulment, the doctors are charging double
their routine Rs 300 fees.
Turning against the IBPP, senior doctors, mostly heads of their
departments, resigned from their government jobs and the government had
no option but to promote junior doctors to the ranks of professor and
Dr Iftikhar of the LRH said that the resignations of senior doctors
dealt a severe blow to the quality of teaching in various disciplines,
especially paediatrics and orthopaedics. He added that the College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP) had threatened to withdraw
the teaching status of various health units of the province, including
the Lady Reading Hospital, Khyber Teaching Hospital and Hayatabad
on course to becoming medical university
With the tabling of the bill in the NWFP Assembly on Wednesday for
raising the Khyber Medical College (KMC), Peshawar to the status of a
university, the final steps have been taken to achieve a long-cherished
Once adopted, the bill would pave the way for establishment of the
Khyber University of Medical and Health Sciences under an act of the
NWFP Assembly. It would be culmination of efforts that began almost two
decades ago to upgrade the KMC into a medical university.
NWFP Health Minister Inayatullah, who introduced the bill in the
provincial legislature, told The News that the university bill after
its passage as an act would be tabled again in the next session of the
NWFP Assembly to incorporate amendments in line with the Federal
Universities Ordinance, 2002. He said the government was determined to
commission the Khyber University of Medical and Health Sciences in the
It was on October 12, 1989 that the then prime minister Benazir Bhutto
announced upgradation of the KMC to university at the annual
convocation of the college in Peshawar. It was, therefore, strange that
the PPPP, along with the ANP, raised objections over the tabling of the
university bill in the provincial legislature on Wednesday. However, it
is possible that they would stop opposing the bill once amendments
sought by them are inserted to it.
In October 1999, the then NWFP chief minister Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan
on behalf of prime minister Nawaz Sharif announced at the college
convocation that the KMC would be upgraded to university. The
announcement, like the earlier one by Benazir Bhutto, gladdened hearts
but was never implemented.
The University Grants Commission, now known as Higher Education
Commission (HEC), had also recommended to the NWFP government on
November 29, 1998 to establish medical university.
The National Education Policy (1998-2010) recommended establishment of
three medical universities, one each in the Punjab, Sindh and the NWFP.
Subsequently, the Dow Medical College, Karachi and Liaquat Medical
College, Jamshoro were upgraded to universities. Later, the Lahore
University of Medical and Health Sciences and King Edward Medical
University were established in the Punjab capital. The proposed Khyber
University of Medical and Health Sciences was the only one that failed
When President Gen Pervez Musharraf attended the golden jubilee
celebrations of KMC in Peshawar in December 2004, he gave an assurance
that NWFP?s premier medical college would be upgraded to university and
sanctioned Rs 20 million for the institution.
Practical steps were taken for establishing the medical university when
the cabinet of the MMA-led NWFP government approved the project in
2004, earmarked 110 kanals of land for it in Hayatabad town in Peshawar
and allocated funds for the institution. The project got delayed when
the then NWFP Governor Lt-Gen (retd) Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah
observed that the proposal be routed through the HEC because it was a
public sector medical university. Some doctors accused him of
deliberately delaying the implementation of the project to deny the MMA
government the credit for establishing the medical university. They
reminded him that medical universities in other provinces were set up
through ordinances or under an act of the provincial assembly. He was
also reminded how he had sanctioned several private universities
without routing their applications via the HEC.
Already, the KMC has made strides to achieve its goal of becoming a
university. An inspection team from the HEC after a visit to the KMC
observed that it met all the requirements for issuance of charter by
the NWFP government for upgrading it to the level of medical
university. The HEC, which has been providing billions of rupees to
universities in the country, is expected to provide development funds
to the upcoming Khyber University of Medical and Health Sciences,
though it cannot give money for infrastructural work.
Teachers would benefit from the establishment of the university. They
would get better salaries under the HEC?s tenure track system with
their monthly wages ranging from a minimum of Rs 82,500 for professors
to a maximum of Rs 134,000 and from Rs 36,250 to Rs 50,850 for
assistant professors. The teachers would be less tempted to join
private medical colleges, which have been offering high salaries and
even admitting children of medical teachers and giving them free
education as additional incentives.
It may be added that medical education and quality of healthcare at
public hospitals in the NWFP suffered when a significant number of
specialist doctors quit their government jobs to protest the
introduction of the Institution-Based Private (IBP) practice. Some
basic sciences teachers in the recent past resigned from the KMC to
join private medical colleges. There is a feeling that these medical
teachers could have been retained with offers of better salaries had
the KMC been upgraded to medical university.
The KMC, it may be mentioned, was commissioned in 1954. It was a
constituent college of University of Peshawar until its takeover by the
NWFP government in 1975. However, the KMC is still affiliated to the
University of Peshawar for award of MBBS degrees and conducting
examinations. The KMC started with an intake of 50 students yearly and
it now admits 290. It presently has a total of 1,476 students.
The professorial faculty members number 127 while the lecturers and
demonstrators total 72. It has produced almost 7,000 medical graduates.
The 1,200-bed Khyber Teaching Hospital is affiliated to the KMC. The
college provides hostel accommodation to 783 students in three boys and
one girls? hostel.
As the parent medical institution in the NWFP, KMC is best suited to
become a university for advancement of medical education. It would
start holding examinations of all the medical colleges in the province
and bring uniformity to the process. It would also unburden the
University of Peshawar, which presently conducts 57 examinations of
Lawmakers in the NWFP Assembly are expected to back the upgradation of
the KMC to Khyber University of Medical and Health Sciences in the
interest of medical education and in a bid to bring the province at par
with Sindh and Punjab where quite a few medical universities are now
in Hayatabad go unchecked?
June 17: Residents of Hayatabad phase-V have expressed concern over
increasing robbery incidents in their area. Speaking at a news
conference on Saturday, Ahmad Khan, a resident of Hayatabad, said his
son was robbed and injured two days back when he was going home in the
A watchman of the area said robberies had become routine and people had
stopped going out of their homes during night.
A student of the Khyber Medical College, Kamran, said no one had been
arrested for the robberies despite registration of several cases by
local people. He urged the provincial government to order the police
officials concerned to fulfil their responsibilities.
begins into Hayatabad land scam
June 16: An 11-member committee of the City District Council has
started investigation into the sale of prime land in the posh Hayatabad
township at lower than market prices and award of contracts by the City
Development and Municipal Department (CDMD). At its
first meeting on Thursday, the committee asked the CDMD officials to
provide record of the land sold to private parties, contracts and
General Manager Tariq Mahmood and other CDMD officials assured the
committee, headed by Nazim Riaz Baacha, that record would be presented
in the next meeting. The CDMD recently auctioned two plots ? one
measuring 35 kanal and the other 18 kanal ? to private parties for
construction of multi-storey residential and commercial buildings in
Mr Baacha said the CDMD had auctioned the land at the rate of Rs2.4
million per kanal while the market price was more than Rs10 million per
CDMD Director-General Sareer Khan said the land had been sold at the
rate of Rs2.9 million.
The district council had constituted the inquiry committee following
reports that irregularities had been committed in the award of
contracts worth millions
April 19, 2006
and insecurity turning Hayat Park into a ghost park
Hayat Park, situated near the Gora Qabristan, has failed to attract
visitors due to its inconvenient location and the busy roads
The park, built in 1986, is located at the intersection of Jamrod Road,
Airport Road and Khyber Road. All three are among the most congested
roads in the cantonment and all traffic between University Town and
Hayatabad Township passes by the park.
The park?s parking lot has been replaced by a huge billboard
overlooking Jamrod Road and another signboard is going to be installed.
Visitors to the park have to cross the busy roads in order to enter the
park, which is considerably risky, considering the number of vehicles
on the road and in absence of any zebra crossings and speed-breakers.
As a result, parents are reluctant to let their children go to the park
unattended. A number of traffic accidents have taken place near the
A cloud of smoke hangs perpetually over the park courtesy the heavy
traffic on the nearby roads. Another reason why the park is not a
popular resort is its proximity to the US Consulate and the army
barracks. People cannot bring cameras with them to the park because
photography has been banned in the park. People have criticised the
planners of the project for choosing a location that is at a
considerable distance form the city, due to which most people,
especially women and children, do not visit the park. They said that
there were already very few parks in Peshawar and the poor location of
Hayat Park had rendered it virtually useless.
?What?s the purpose of constructing a park at a location which people
cannot reach easily,? Sohail Ahmed, a mechanical engineer, told Daily
Times. He said that the few existing parks in the city were either
poorly maintained or were distant from the city. ?It is very
inconvenient for me to bring my family to Hayat Park,? he said.
?The park is a complete waste of money. There is no justification for
its construction at a place where people cannot go,? said Fayyaz
Hussain, an insurance company official. He said that although
government officials complained of insufficient funds, they had spent
money on irrelevant projects such as Hayat Park. ?This park is useless
now because there is no parking area and it is risky to cross the roads
around it on foot,? said Shoaib, a gardener working at the park. He
said that visitors did not come to the park anymore. ?You will not be
able to see those flowers in the next couple of months because that
portion will be used for billboards,? he said, pointing towards rows
several of flowers in the garden.
Mukhdoom Sadiq, engineer of Peshawar Cantonment Board, said that the
fountain at the park had cost Rs 0.5 million when it was constructed in
1985-86, while the boundary wall, chairs and benches and walkways had
cost Rs 1 million. He said that the construction of the park was part
of a city beautification project. ?The park had a parking area when it
was inaugurated,? he said. Sadiq who oversaw the completion of the
project said that people still visited the park despite its location.
dinosaur ever roamed Pakistan? (feature
is fascinating how pre historic skeleton of extinct species, sometimes
huge are found in parts of the world. Sometime it makes one believe
that such creatures are almost always found in North America, South
America and Europe. Did anything ever lived on our part of the world?
Recently there has been number of discoveries which places Pakistan in
the path of evolution. One particular species has even been named after
Pakistan called Pakicetus which lived
in Sindh some 52 million years ago. The subject of this article is to
highlight some discoveries of this nature. Recently fossil were
discovered in Boluchistan of a species which is the largest land mammal
ever lived! It is also aptly named after the province called Baluchitherium and lived
some 20 to 30 millions years ago and weighed from 15 to 20 tones! But
this is not the end of the road, first dinosaur
of Pakistan has also been found in Boluchistan which roamed here some
70 million years ago and provides clues to the extinction of the species
in Pashto music
PESHAWAR: With the rising trend of
giving new touch and remixing old songs, Ghazals and poems, etc, of
prominent poets, Pashtuns associated with the field of music and
production have also joined the race and introduced glamour in the
otherwise traditional Pashto music and art.
Among other creative works like
Pekhawar Kho Pekhawar Dey Ka Na; Bibi Sherine, etc, reproducing a
ghazal of prominent mystic poet Rehman Baba with video shots is another
attempt to attract viewers in this modern day communication revolution.
The production of Media Masters and
song by noted artist Gulzar Alam the poetic piece, ?Kasht ke za khawry
eray da sta de dar vay? has been picturised on Wali Khan Sarhadi
Sehrai. Wali Khan, resident of Landi Arbab is a poet and follower of
Rehman Baba. In the video, he has been depicting as Rehman Baba sitting
on the bank of Bara Khwar near Bahadur Kaley.
source: The News.
Khan (pekhawar kho Pekhawar de kana) will be performing live in Boston
USA on Nov 24th 2007, details here.