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Jirga in Landikotal, seeks to improve enrollment of Girls in School
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Jirga in Landikotal, seeks to improve enrollment of Girls in School

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: For the first time in Landikotal, a welfare organization organized a walk and grand Jirga to raise awareness about the girls education in district on Sunday.  The Jirga, "themed lets join hands to improve girls education", was attended by a large number of local elders, educationists, parents, youth and civil society members.  District Education Officer Planning and Development(P&D)Khyber Misal Khan Shalmani was the chief guest.   Local elders,newly elected local government members, Peramidics association president Mujib Khan Afridi,Army Public School Landikotal principal Shah Fayaz Dawar,Mufti Noor Ikram and Landikotal press club president Mehrab Shah Afridi also attended the Jirga. Speaking on the occasion, Khyber ...
Hundreds of loaded Trucks stranded on Pakistan/Afghanistan border
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Hundreds of loaded Trucks stranded on Pakistan/Afghanistan border

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Trucks loaded with different import and export goods remained stranded on both sides of border with Afghanistan on the third consecutive day as the customs clearing agents associations on the call of Khyber Chamber of Commerce observed their strike on Friday. Khyber chamber of commerce had given a call to all its affiliated custom agents bodies to boycott from clearing of goods transportation from and to Afganistan to record their protest against the Pakistan State Bank policy for Afghan trade. The import and export clearance was remained stopped at Torkham,Ghulam Khan,Kharlachi and Angoor Adda border with Afghanistan for the last three days.  An official on the condition of anonymity said importers and exporters had lost million of rupees i...
US Weapons seized in Pakistan
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US Weapons seized in Pakistan

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada  PAKISTAN: Pakistan customs authorities on Friday foiled an attempt to smuggle US-made weapon from Afghanistan and arrested the culprit, officials said. Pakistan custom official, custom enforcement collector Peshawar Malik Kamran Azam Khan told The Daily Vendor that on the basis of tip off they stopped a truck(EA-7876) at the custom checking point near Mattani road in Peshawar and recovered 28 M-16 US-made automatic rifles from the hidden cavities of the truck.  He said the weapons had been smuggled from Afghanistan and tried to transport it to Peshawar city. He said worth of the seized weapons in the market was around 30 million Pakistani rupees. He said driver identified as Said Muhammad,afghan national was arrested and FIR lodged aga...
Many dead, others sustain injury as buildings collapse in Landikotal
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Many dead, others sustain injury as buildings collapse in Landikotal

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: A number of people and pet animals sustained wounds when roofs of houses caved in due to heavy down pour and snow fall in far flung areas of Landikotal tehsil on Sunday, officials said. Addtional assistant commissioner of Landikotal Ashrafuddin visited the far flung Loey Shalman and inspected the damaged houses. He said several pet animals including goats were died when roofs of six houses collapsed in different areas of Loey Shalman. He said around half of dozen goats also killed in the incident.  Meanwhile, two residents were seriously injured in Karamna locality of far flung Landikotal when a roof of house caved in due to heavy rain in the past three days. Locals said Muhammad Hakim Afridi and his wife wounded when roof of their r...
Torkham Land Dispute: Arbitration Committee meets with Khugakhel tribe
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Torkham Land Dispute: Arbitration Committee meets with Khugakhel tribe

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Khugakhel tribesmen, National Logistic Cell(NLC) and arbitration committee on Friday agreed to resolve the Torkham land dispute by an independent Jirga comprising of Zakhkhel and Shinwari elders. Earlier on Friday, a consultative meeting of arbitration committee was held with the protesting Khugakhel tribe elders at Khyber Rifles mess in Landikotal. Besides a number of Khugakhel elders including Malik Masil Khan,Zakaria Khan, ,Malik Abdur Razaq Zakhakhel,Shakir Afridi,DC Khyber Mansoor Arshad,commandant Khyber Rifles Rizwanullah Nazir, DPO Khyber Imran Khan, NLC head colonel(R)Aziz,PTI leader Shahid Khan Shinwari and Shalmani and Afridi elders also participated the meeting. Commandant Khyber Rifles while speaking to the arbitration committ...
Pakistani intruder killed by the Indian Army at Jammu, Kashmir
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Pakistani intruder killed by the Indian Army at Jammu, Kashmir

By: Abhijit Ray, Kolkata, India The Indian Army killed a Pakistani terrorist who attempted infiltration in the Keran sector of Indian state Jammu and Kashmir. The security forces deployed at the border foiled the infiltration bid and one Mohd Shabbir Malik, a Pakistani national was shot.  The Pakistani national was equipped with modern weapons and ammunition, war-like stores. The area from where the terrorist had tried to enter in India was kept under strict surveillance by the Indian Army to effectively counter any movement by the infiltrators and the Pakistani Army.  The sources confirmed to The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent that an armed intruder’s movement was identified and he was moving from the Pakistan controlled to the Line of Control. The Indian army sta...
Tribesmen Protest Continues in Landikotal
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Tribesmen Protest Continues in Landikotal

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Khugakhel tribesmen on Tuesday continued their sit-in and protest on the second day and had blocked Landikotal-Torkham road for all kinds of movement to record their protest agsinst the alleged occupation on their property in Torkham. Tribemen Protest Continues in Landikotal A large number of Khugakhel tribesmen first gathered at Bacha Khan Chowk in Landikotal and then moved to Landikotal bypass road where they had set up their sit-in camp on the road.  They chanted slogans against NLC and Frontier Crops(FC) for their alleged occupation on the Khugakhel tribe land.  A number of political parties leaders including Pakistan Muslim League Khyber leader Sardar Azam Afridi and MPA Shafiq Sher and Pakistan People Party leader Atta Muham...
Narcotics seized at Pak-Afghan border
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Narcotics seized at Pak-Afghan border

By: Ashrafuddin Amin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Pakistan's Custom Authorities on Sunday foiled an attempt to smuggle a huge quantity of narcotics from Afghanistan and arrested the peddler, officials said. Torkham Customs addtional collector Muhammad Tayyab and inspector Sadiq Akbar said that an empty truck(P-9742) coming from Afghanistan was stopped for checking at Torkham checking point.  Narcotics seized at Pak-Afghan border They said during search they recovered 400 kilograms Hashish and 250 kilograms opium from the hidden cavities of the truck. The officials said the worth of the seized narcotics is 70.5 million rupees.  The driver identified as Shah Faisal also arrested and shifted him to jail for further investigation.  It may be added here that Pakistan Custom of...
Tribal Jirga gives long-march call against Fata merger
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Tribal Jirga gives long-march call against Fata merger

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Reiterating to continue their political and legal struggle for their constitutional rights, Fata Qaumi Jirga(FQJ) organized a grand anti Fata merger Jirga in Islamabad on Monday.  The grand tribals Jirga was held at National Press Club in Islamabad which was attended by around two hundreds tribal elders,students, lawyers,ex-civil and military officers,journalists and tribal youth.  The team of lawyers, led by advocate Suprime Court Anwarullah, briefed the grand tribal Jirga on the current status of the anti Fata merger case underway in the Suprime court. He also took suggestions from the Jirga members which would be inducted in the Fata case formally.  Brigadier Sayed Nazeer,Malik Bismillah Khan Kokikhel,Malik Muhammad Ali Khan ...
Losing Candidates Continue Sit-in against LG Election Rigging
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Losing Candidates Continue Sit-in against LG Election Rigging

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Losing candidates of Landikotal chairmanship slot on the sixth  day continued their sit-in at Charwazgay Chowk in Landikotal and blocked the highway for several hours to record their protest against the alleged rigging in Local Government election held on December 19.  Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shahid Khan Shinwari,Awami National Party district Khyber president Shah Hussain Shinwari,Independent candidate Shakir Afridi, Jamat-Islami candidate Muqtadar Shah Afridi,Kalimullah Shinwari and others said that they will not accept the rigged election results at any cast.They said the  Suprime Court is accepted their application for hearing.  Hundred of political parties supporters and independent candid...
Losing Candidates Continue Strike In Pakistan
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Losing Candidates Continue Strike In Pakistan

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: On the third consecutive day the losing candidates of tehsil chairmanship slot continued their strike and blocked the road for hours at Takiya area of Nekikhel Khyber in Landikotal on Wednesday. Hundreds of political parties supporters and independent candidates staged protest on the main Peshawar-Torkham road and chanted slogans.They Chanted slogans of  "Bogus Vote Namanzoor". Speaking on the occasion, PTI leader Shahid Ali Shinwari,ANP leader Shah Hussain,Murad Hussain Afridi of Jamat-e-Islami,Shakir Afridi,Kalimullah Shinwari, Sayed Alam Shalmani and Ziaul Haq Afridi said that their protest would be continued till the repolling not conducted on the Landikotal tehsil chairmanship slot.  They said election staff was either bribed or forc...
King Salman, Alkhidmat Foundation send relief goods to Afghanistan
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King Salman, Alkhidmat Foundation send relief goods to Afghanistan

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN:  Alkhidmat Foundation and King Salman Habib Foundation sent 24 trucks of different relief goods to Afghanistan via Torkham border on Thursday. Additional assistant commissioner of Landikotal Ashrafuddin, Jamat-e-Islami leader Murad Hussain Afridi and AlKhidmat Foundation official Khalid Waqas handed over the trucks to Afghan border official Mulvi Abdul Wahab.  Khalid Waqas said that Alkhidmat Foundation would continue its humanitarian aid to help the Afghan citizens in such critical time. He appealed to the international community to come forward and help the deserving Afghans on emergency basis who need food,warm clothes and medicines in the chilled cold weather. Waqas said as goodwell gesture King Salman Habib Foundation has a...
Qadri Pledges To Resolve Torkham Border Issues
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Qadri Pledges To Resolve Torkham Border Issues

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN:  Federal minister for Religious Affairs and Inter Faith Harmony doctor Noorul Haq Qadri on Wednesday assured a delegation of Torkham Nadra and border management staff that their genuine problems would be resolved on the priority basis. The delegation led by Zarbullah Shinwari told the federal minister that contract employees working jointly for Torkham Nadra and provide techinal support to border management for the last seven years. He said the staff was regularly working but they could not be paid salaries for the last six months. Zarif Khan,working at Torkham Nadra office as data entry operator since 2015 said that they have been repeatedly told by high ups that they would get their jobs permanent but no step could be taken so far. He...
Losing candidates submit application to stop results
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Losing candidates submit application to stop results

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Losing candidates and their supporters on Tuesday held a token strike at Bacha Khan Chowk in Landikotal bazaar after they submitted application to stop results of Chairmanship slot.  Hundreds of supporters led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf senior leader Shahid Khan Shinwari in a procession went to the election commission of Pakistan office in Lamdikotal and chanted slogans angainst the alleged rigging by election staff.  All the losing candidates jointly filed an application asking the election commission of Pakistan to stop the official results of the chairmainship slot and conduct inquiry against alleged invlovement of election staff. Later they gathered at Bacha Khan Chowk in Landikotal bazaar and recorded their protest. Awami N...
Huge quantity of Narcotics seized at Pak-Afghan Border
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Huge quantity of Narcotics seized at Pak-Afghan Border

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Pakistan Customs authorities foiled a bid to smuggle a huge cape of narcotics from Afghanistan via Torkham border, officials said on Monday.  Additional custom collector Peshawar Muhammad Tayyab and Torkham custom officer Sadiq Akbar told this correspondent that they stopped at truck(8831 Kohat-C)at Torkham border and recovered different kinds of narcotics from its hidden cavities.  He said during routine checking they recovered 10 kilograms heroin,4.5 kilograms Ice drug, 71 kilogram opium and 100 kilogram hashish from the hidden cavities of the truck. He said the value of the seized contrabands in open market was around 140 million rupees.He added that it was the firstever huge seizer of Torkham customs authorities so far.He said truck and ...
LB Candidates block Pak-Afghan Highway, demand re-polling
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LB Candidates block Pak-Afghan Highway, demand re-polling

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Political parties and independent candidates for Landikotal Tehsil Chairmanship staged a protest demonstration at Charwazgay Chowk in Landikotal and block the Pak-Afghan highway to record their protest against the alleged rigging in the Local Government Elections polling held on December 19 on Sunday. Thousands of supporters of political parties and independent candidates stormed over to the main road at Charwazgay locality where they chanted full-throat slogans against Election Commission of Pakistan(ECP), Assistant commissioner of Landikotal and police. They blocked the road for an hour where long queues of heavy trucks, taxi cabs and passenger coaches were seen stranded on the both sides of the road. Speaking on the occasion, Awami National Pa...
Khyber Clinches Full International School British Award 2021
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Khyber Clinches Full International School British Award 2021

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: A state-run primary school in district Khyber got "Full International School British Award 2021"in the month-long different kinds of environmental and social awareness acitivities in inter-schools competition held last month.  British Consulate Generals had arranged a month-long activities compitions among the government schools across the world in which each school had to complete the given tasks. Three categories ie, (1)Full International School award(2)Foundation award(3)Intermediate award were set for the first,second and third position holder. Thousands of students of state schools were involved in the creative and healthy activities. It said that the aim of the activities was to bring awareness among the new generation to help preserve...
Pak-Aid, Khadeejatul Kubra welfare send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan
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Pak-Aid, Khadeejatul Kubra welfare send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Pak-Aid Trust and Khadeejatul Kubra Welfare Trust Karachi have sent seven trucks of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan on Tueaday. Seven truck loaded with life saving drugs, warm cloths and food items were handed over to Afghan authorities at Torkham border.  Pak-Afghan cooperation forum officials along with Khadeejatul Kubra Welfare trust Karachi head Mufti Tariq Masood and Pak-Aid Trust chairman Ahmad Marwat handed over the aid to Afghan RedCross official Mulvi Naseem Ahmadi at Torkham border. Speaking to reporters Mufti Tariq Masood and Ahmad Marwat pleged to continue their efforts to help Afghan citizens in such critical time. They said they were sending seven trucks of different goods whuch would be distributed in Kabul,Mazar and Logar ...
Ministry holds workshop on refugees education, health services in Peshawar
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Ministry holds workshop on refugees education, health services in Peshawar

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: A day-long consultative workshop titled “Research, Outreach and Digital Innovation to Strengthen Education and Health Services in Refugee-Hosting Communities” was organized at Institute of Management Sciences in Peshawar on Saturday. The workshop was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Various national and provincial government officers, experts from academia, private sector, UN agencies and NGO’s working on Afghan refugees participated in the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to understand the challenges in accessibility to education and health for both host and refugee communities and to collect credible knowledge base of vulnerable Afghan refugees and members of host communities for plan...
Sports encourages youth towards healthy activities – Bilawal
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Sports encourages youth towards healthy activities – Bilawal

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Young parliamentarian on Saturday said that promoting sports and culture activities could be the best tool to wipe out social evil and encourag youth towards healthy activities in the militancy suffered district Khyber. Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony, MPA Bilawal Khan Afridi said that the main purpose of the event was to promote such healthy activites.He said sports and culture events could motivate youth to contribute and discourage anti social elements. He said peace could be maintained when the government along with the civil society promote sports and culture in the region. He said presence of hundreds of spectators at the Jamrud sports stadium proved that peace has returned to the region. He urged people to work for the longlast...
Media urged to play role to end violence against women
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Media urged to play role to end violence against women

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Rubab Mehdi,regional commissioner for protection of women against harassment at workplace on Tuesday said that government and civil society should join hands to end violence against women at work place so that women folk could perform their duties without fear.  A large number of students including girls and boys, professors and civil society members attended the seminar.  The aim of the 16-day activism was to encourage the raising of women voices against injustices, violations or deprivation of their due rights. The seminar,at Peshawar University, was organized by the Aurat Foundation with the collaboration of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the status of women as a series of 16-day activism campaign to eliminate Violence Against W...
BWT Sends Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan
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BWT Sends Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Bismillah Welfare Trust(BWT) on Wednesday sent tons of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan which would be distributed among the needy people in different parts of the Afghanistan. Talking to The Daily Vendor newspaper Bismillah Welfare Trust Chairman Haji Zarbullah Shinwari said that as goodwill gesture they donated seven trucks of food items,blankets and winter season stuff to their Muslim brothers and sisters in Afghanistan. He said at the eve of winter season thousands of Afghans including women,children and elderly men were in dire need of foods,blankets and warm jackets to protect themselves from the cold weather. Zarbullah said they handed over the loaded trucks to Pak-Afghan Cooperation Forum at Torkham border which would be transpor...
Revival of Khyber Safari Train to commence soon — Qadri
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Revival of Khyber Safari Train to commence soon — Qadri

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: On the directives of federal minister Dr, Noorul Haq Qadri, Pakistan Railway officials and technical staff visited Kbyber district to rebuild the British era Safari railway track damaged by flash floods fourteen years ago. The railway officials team was comprised of devisional superintendent Peshawar Muhammad Yousuf,Lahore railway headquaters chief engineer Irfanulhaq, assistant general manager traffic Mazhar Ali Shah and their tichnical staff. They first inspected the railway track at various points in district Khyber especially in Landikotal. They also checked the damaged railway track washed away in flash floods in the past years in Khyber Zakhakhel localities. The Safari railway track was functional upto 2007 and the train used to run...
Ex Minister, elders reject merger, demand restoration of Khasadars, levies forces
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Ex Minister, elders reject merger, demand restoration of Khasadars, levies forces

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Rejecting the unacceptable and forced merged of tribal agencies into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, tribal elders in a joint consultative gathering with the government officials demanded the reinstatement of tribal elders Jirga, Khasadar and levies forces which they said would be in the best interest of the 12 million tribal residents. Speaking on the occasion former federal minister Malik Waris Khan Afridi, Malik Darya Khan Zakhakhel, Malik Abdur Razaq Afridi, Malik Abdul Mannan Mulagori, Jamat-e-Islami local chapter leader Muqtadar Shah Afridi and others rejected the ex-Fata merger into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They said none of the tribal elder was consulted before they could take their consensus on the constitutional issue to bring tribal areas into main stream...
12th Pakistan vintage cars rally concluded at Khyber pass
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12th Pakistan vintage cars rally concluded at Khyber pass

PAKISTAN: 12th Pakistan vintage cars rally started from Karachi reached to the historical Khyber Pass on Saturday where it ended at the last hills top security check post Michni near the Torkham border. More than forty different brands cars were the part of the rally which were decorated with different colours. They reached to Khyber Pass,the historical gateway in  tribal district,where residents showered flowers on them.The cars rally later drove toward Pak-Afghan border where they ended the rally at Michni check post.The rally participants were briefed about the historical and stratigic background. The rally was welcomed at various spots in Khyber district where children,elders and youth waved their hands and chanted slogans of Pakistan Zindabad.A number of children and wemon...
WTO holds two-day workshop for business women
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WTO holds two-day workshop for business women

PAKISTAN: World Trade Organization(WTO) in collaboration with Commenwealth and Development Office(FCDO) on Thursday organized a two-day workshop on Trade Facilitation Agreement(TFA) in which businesses women of small and medium enterprises and public sector women participated.  Twenty four women from various fields participated in the workshop which was organized within the framework of the Revenue Mobilization for Investment and Trade Programme (ReMIT). The Commenwealth and Development Office(FCDO) had funded the workshop. Doctor Jawwad Agha, advisor Trade Facilitation was the Chief Guest while Ahmed Reza Khan,Chief Collector of Customs,KhyberPakhtunkhwa,Peshawar also shared his experiences with the participants.  The Ahmed Reza said the project for Pakist...
JI, Druggists held separate strikes in Landikotal
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JI, Druggists held separate strikes in Landikotal

PAKISTAN: Jamat-e-Islami(JI) supporters and Druggists  conducted their separate strikes in Landikotal bazaar to record their protests against the one percent tax leveled on medicines' dealers and sky rocketing edibles prices. Drug dealers also contunued their sit-in on the third day at the Hospital Chowk to record and press the medicines companies to withdraw the tax named "one percent advance tax". All the chemists and drug dealers were remained closed in Landikotal.  Speaking to this correspondent Chemists and Druggists Association Landikotal president Fazal Rehman Afridi said private medicines companies have imposed new tax which was totally illegal and illogical.  He said medicines companies have stopped drugs supplies retailers in merged districts to compel...
Chemists observe shutter down strike in Landikotal
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Chemists observe shutter down strike in Landikotal

PAKISTAN: Chemist and Drugs Association in Landikotal on Saturday observed shutter down strike against the suspension of medicines supply and "advance one percent tax" imposed on the medicines dealers in the merged district Khyber. They had also set up a sit-in camp at front of District Headquarters Hospital Chowk where black flags were hoisted.  Speaking to this correspondent Chemists and drugs association president Ahmad Shinwari, Fazal Rehman Shinwari,Hikmat Ali Shinwari,Tahir Khattak and others said that private medicines companies have imposed one percent advance tax on medicines dealers. They said on none payment the medicines companies have stop sending medicines supply to the chemists in Landikotal.  Ahmad Shinwari said as protest they gave shutter down strike i...
First Uzkeb consignment reaches Pakistan via Torkham border
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First Uzkeb consignment reaches Pakistan via Torkham border

PAKISTAN: The first consignment of trucks from Uzbekistan on Wednesday reached Pakistan through the Pak-Afghan border Torkham. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile and Investment Abdul Razzaq Dawood welcomed the shipment. Lieutenant General Makhmudov, IGFC and other officials from Uzbekistan were also present on the occasion. “We are trying to boost trade with countries in the region, the first consignment of four vehicles arrived in Pakistan from Uzbekistan,” an official said. It should be noted that the Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Uzbekistan on July 15, 2021, where a number of trade agreements were signed between the two countries, under which Pakistan will give access to its ports to Central Asian states through Afghanistan. In return, Pakistani traders ...
Senior health officers found absent from duties in Khyber: IMU
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Senior health officers found absent from duties in Khyber: IMU

PAKISTAN: Running private clinics, a number of health department employees including senior doctors and medical officers remained absent from their duties for months in district Khyber, official sources said on Sunday. An official of Independent Monitoring Unit(IMU) on the condition of anonymity told The Daily Vendor Newspaper that they have found absent at least 23 ghost employees at various hospitals and health facilities in district Khyber. He said some of the missing health department employees were running their private clinics and medical facilities while receiving salaries every month.  He said the missing health officials included senior doctors, lady health workers and other junior staff were notified to the health high ups in their monthly reports. He also shared...