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PESHAWAR: A Pashtun origin guy attacked the census team with knife in Mandni area of Charsadda on Tuesday, police said.

One policeman was injured in the attack.

According to a police official, the guy attacked the team when it visited his house to collect the data.

“The security personnel retaliated and shot injured the attacker who was later arrested,” the official added.

Earlier on Monday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar announced special compensation worth one million rupee for the family of an official deputed on census duty who died in a fatal accident in village Neen Ban, Mansehra Distt last week.

Abdul Qadir, a Primary School Teacher, who hailed from village Khun Shakoora in distt Mansehra, was on census duty when the accident took place. He is survived by a widow, four sons, two daughters and aging parents.

Dar expressed deep sense of grief over the tragic death of Abdul Qadir and sympathized with the bereaved family, praying to Allah Almighty for granting them fortitude to bear this loss with equanimity.

This should be noted that house listing has already been completed under the first phase of 6th census across Pakistan. While, head-count began on Saturday in 63 districts countrywide.

These include 16 districts in Punjab, eight in Sindh, 14 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15 in Balochistan and five each in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The exercise will continue for ten days. Counting of homeless people will begin on 28th of this month.

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Fata-Merger Bill has been validated by KP Assembly!

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PESHAWAR: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) reforms bill has been passed by the KP Assembly here today with a two-thirds majority. 

Law Minister of KP Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi introduced the twenty-fifth Constitutional amendment bill. Seven lawmakers voted against the bill while 92 said Aye facilitating the landmark merger of the Fata with KP.  The two-thirds majority was a constitutional prerequisite to change the 120-year-long history of the region. 

The session that commenced late due to agitation by  JUI-F workers outside the Assembly, constantly reverberated by the slogan-mongering of JUI-F and PTI lawmakers.

It is pertinent to mention here that though the bill has been passed by the NA and Senate according to Article 239(4) of the Constitution it was necessary to get it validated by the PA of KP.

The Article reads: “A bill to amend the Constitution which would have the effect of altering the limits of a province shall not be presented to the president for assent unless it has been passed by the provincial assembly of that province by the votes of not less than two-thirds of its total membership.” 

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Lt. Gen (Retd) Abdul Qayyum Sunday said passing of an amendment bill seeking the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was in national interest. Talking to a private news channel, he appreciated all political parties for evolving a consensus on FATA merger and said that all political parties were united on national issues. He said the PML-N government had shown seriousness in FATA merger that was why former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had formed a committee to get point of view from people of the area. Abdul Qayyum said it was imperative to hold FATA merger to include it in the mainstream.

 

Pieces published earlier: i) The access to the building of KP Assembly has been blocked by the workers of JUI-F in order to avert the approval of the constitution amendment bill for the Fata-KP merger. Police resorted to tear-gas shelling and aerial firing when angry stone-pelting demonstrators – chanting slogans against Fata-KP merger – tried to lock the Assembly entrance and tore the pro-Fata-merger posters.  Some twenty demonstrators have been taken into custody after a negotiation offer from the local administration had been rejected by the agitators. Nevertheless, after hours of clashes, LEAs managed to disperse the mob. 

ii) The Senate here today has passed the Federally Administered Tribal Areas Reforms Bill with 71-5 votes facilitating the merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. While eulogizing the efforts of senator Farhatullah Babar for his efforts in this regard, Asif Ali Zardari said that that the entire parliament deserved appreciation for the historic move.  The leader of the Opposition Sherry Rehman, who took to the twitter, called it a historic day. Maintaining that as  ZAB’s dream Senator Sherry Rehman pointed out that he was the one who had first formed a committee on the issue in the 1970s. His daughter too went to the court on the issue. PTI Vice Chairman, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday that with the merger of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a 150 years old system had buried. Talking to the media here, he said that merger of FATA, was the success of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf as it was part of the party’s manifesto. He informed that people of FATA would have their own representation.

iii) Relevant piece published earlier: Pakistan’s National Assembly has passed the constitutional amendment facilitating the merger of Fata and KP with 229 Ayes and one Nay. While the only dissenting vote came from PTI’s Dawar Kundi, JUI-F and PkMAP members walked out from the assembly before the voting.   President has summoned a session of the Senate to review the bill that seeks an amendment to Article 1 of the Constitution, which defines the country’s territory and mentions Fata as a separate entity along with other four provinces. It also amends Articles 51 and 59, which specify the number of seats allocated to each of the federating units in the national and provincial assemblies. Since Fata will not have representation the strength of the Senate will reduce from 104 to 96 members. Similarly, the number of seats in the National Assembly will decrease to 336 from 342. KP assembly will have 145 seats. Terming it a historic bill, the prime minister has thanked the opposition benches for voting in favor of it. He further pointed out that it took four years to reach that point with only eight days remaining in the NA’s tenure. MQM, maintaining that it still believed that Fata should become a new province, supported the bill for the sake of political unity. MQM’s Farooq Sattar while speaking on the occasion said that the Fata-KP merger would render creation of other provinces difficult in the future. MQM and PkMAP held that there should be a referendum in Fata providing a chance to the locals decide their fate.   PkMAP stated that people of Fata wanted their own province, chief minister, governor and PSC. JUI-F, terming the day as black alleged some foreign hands were pulling the strings. PTI, calling it a historical day, held that the merger would be the completion of Pakistan.

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Fata-KP merger: NA passes constitutional amendment!

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s National Assembly has passed the constitutional amendment facilitating the merger of Fata and KP with 229 Ayes and one Nay.

While the only dissenting vote came from PTI’s Dawar Kundi, JUI-F and PkMAP members walked out from the assembly before the voting.   President has summoned a session of the Senate to review the bill that seeks an amendment to Article 1 of the Constitution, which defines the country’s territory and mentions Fata as a separate entity along with other four provinces. It also amends Articles 51 and 59, which specify the number of seats allocated to each of the federating units in the national and provincial assemblies.

Since Fata will not have representation the strength of the Senate will reduce from 104 to 96 members. Similarly, the number of seats in the National Assembly will decrease to 336 from 342. KP assembly will have 145 seats.

Terming it a historic bill, the prime minister has thanked the opposition benches for voting in favor of it. He further pointed out that it took four years to reach that point with only eight days remaining in the NA’s tenure.

MQM, maintaining that it still believed that Fata should become a new province, supported the bill for the sake of political unity. MQM’s Farooq Sattar while speaking on the occasion said that the Fata-KP merger would render creation of other provinces difficult in the future.

MQM and PkMAP held that there should be a referendum in Fata providing a chance to the locals decide their fate.   PkMAP stated that people of Fata wanted their own province, chief minister, governor and PSC.

JUI-F, terming the day as black alleged some foreign hands were pulling the strings. PTI, calling it a historical day, held that the merger would be the completion of Pakistan.

 

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Kohat University organizes seminar on youth engagement for peace

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Kohat University organizes seminar

ISLAMABAD: FATA University Kohat on Monday organized a one-day national seminar on youth engagement for peacebuilding and national integration in light of Paigham-e-Pakistan.

The aim of the event was to promote peace, harmony and reconciliation among FATA youth. Ulemas from Kohat, Hangu, Darra Adam Khel and Khyber were also presented in the seminar despite vacations in Madaris, said a press release received here.

Other aim of the seminar was to promote participation of youth in decision making and to protect them from anti-state propaganda by their counseling for socioeconomic empowerment and engaging youth in countering violent extremism.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor of the Kohat University Professor Dr Muhammad Tahir Shah said tribal youth was talented and their talent must be used for bringing positive change in tribal society and to eliminate the menace of terrorism.

He said the establishment of universities in tribal areas was a prove of restoration of peace in these areas, which will start new process of development in these areas and bring positive change in tribal youth.

Speaking on the occasion Director General Islamic Research Institute Dr Zia Ul Haq said Paigham e Pakistan narrative was introduced after the consultation of 1,800 Ulemas, which was aiming at to make the country peaceful for coming generations.

Addressing the event Dr Aftab Ahmad said tribal people had given great sacrifices for the restoration of peace and to defeat the terrorism.

Among others, District Khateeb Kohat Mufti Shafiullah, President Chambers of Commerce Faiz Shah, Pir of Gamgol Shareef Pir Obaidullah Shah, Deputy Commissioner FR Kohat Khalid, VC KUST University Nasim Achakzai spoke on the occasion.

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