PESHAWAR: The Dispute Resolution Councils have successfully settled 3815 petty disputes during the current year throughout the province and referred 605 cases to other relevant forums for legal action.
According to a press release issued here on Thursday, the Dispute Resolution Council was established in Peshawar in 2014 so as to bring positive change in ”Thana culture” and ensure prompt settlement of petty disputes amongst the general public.
Due to its tremendous success and the ever-increasing trust of the public on this system, fact-finding a strong need was felt for replicating it in other areas of the province.
Later on such councils were established all over the province in each and every district and a large number of people are approaching these councils for resolution of their petty disputes.
The basic purpose of establishment of dispute resolution councils is to provide prompt and free of cost justice to the public.
The Dispute Resolution Councils are responsible for amicable solution fact-finding inquiries and acting as a jury in the conduct of the contested investigation.
These councils have been formed in the light of Quranic verses of Surah Al-Hujaraat where Allah Almighty has ordained as “Muslims are brothers, therefore make peace between two brothers and fear Allah that the mercy may be upon you”.
In the current year, a total of 5487 cases were received in these councils throughout the province in which 3815 cases were solved in an amicable manner and 605 were referred to other relevant forums for legal action while 1067 cases are under process.
The DRCs in Peshawar settled 286, in Mardan 721, Nowshera 4, Charsadda 4, Swabi 1045, Swat 146, Kohat 135, Karak 97, Hangu 117, Lakki Marwat 90, Buner 249, Upper Dir 74, Dir Lower 33, Chitral 10, Shangla 133, Torghar 3, Abbottabad 84, Haripur 104, Mansehra 61, Battagram 15, Bannu 274 and DIKhan 130. In Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Swabi and Swat 4 each, in Charsadda 3 and Chitral 2, while in rest of districts of the province one each DRC is functioning.
2.029m voters to cast vote in bye-elections
PESHAWAR: Some 2.299 million registered voters would exercise their right of franchise in bye-elections being held on one NA and nine provincial assembly constituencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tomorrow (14th of October).
The Election Commission of Pakistan has completed all arrangements for the bye-elections. The number of registered male voters is 1.151 million and 0.878 million female voters. A total of 158 candidates including three females are in the run for the bye-elections against one NA and nine PA seats of the province. Two women are contesting on NA-35 and one in PK-78 Peshawar constituency. The by-election will be held on NA-35 constituency Bannu and nine provincial assembly seats including two each in Swat, Nowshera, and DI Khan and one each provincial assembly seat in Swabi, Peshawar, and Mardan. The nine PK seats where the election would be held included PK-3 and PK7 in Swat, PK-61 and PK-64 in Nowshera, PK-97 and PK-99 in DI Khan, PK-78 Peshawar, PK-44 Swabi and PK53 Mardan.
The polling will start at 8 pm and will continue till 5 pm without any break. Voters in premises of polling stations will be allowed to cast their votes. Carrying of arms, mobile phones and cameras would not be allowed inside polling stations. The NA-35 Bannu seat had fallen vacant after Imran Khan vacated the seat and kept his National Assembly seat from his native Mianwali district. PK-3 Swat seat has been vacated by PTI’s Dr. Haider Ali, PK-7 Swat by PTI’s Dr. Amjad Ali, PK-44 Swabi by Asad Qaiser, PK-53 Mardan by Ameer Haider
Khan Hoti of ANP, PK-61 and PK-64 Nowshera by former chief minister Pervez Khattak, PK-78 Peshawar where election couldn’t be held due to the death of ANP’s Haroon Bilour in a terrorist attack during the election campaign, PK-97 DI Khan vacated by PTI’s Ali Amin Gandapur, and PK-99 Dera Ismail Khan where election was also postponed after the death of PTI’s Sardar Ikramullah Gandapur in a suicide bombing.
In the majority of the constituencies, the election contest is between the candidates of the ruling PTI, the ANP, and the JUIF. The grand opposition parties have fielded joint candidates against the PTI’s nominee in the constituencies. The ECP has also notified names of district returning officers, returning officers and assistant returning officers for KP by-elections.
Javed Iqbal, regional election commissioner Malakand, was appointed as DRO for PK-3 and PK-7 in Swat. Muhammad Naeem, REC Mardan, was made DRO for PK-44 Swabi, Abdul Hafeez, REC Hazara, was appointed DRO for PK-44 Mardan, Zulfiqar Ahmad, deputy election commissioner, Nowshera, will perform duty as DRO for PK-61 and PK-64 Nowshera, Fazle Hakeem, REC Peshawar, was appointed as DRO for PK-78, Peshawar, and Abdul Qayyum Shinwari, REC DI Khan, was made DRO for PK-97 and PK-99, DI Khan.
Over 40 constructions demolished in Peshawar!
PESHAWAR: District administration demolished more than 40 constructions including shops, houses, and markets during an anti-encroachment drive conducted in Sardar Colony, Charsadda Road on Sunday.
The anti-encroachment drive was carried out under the directives of Deputy Commissioner (DC), Peshawar, Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh. The grand operation was participated by SDO Irrigation, Mumraiz Khan, Tax and Revenue Officer (TOR) Town-I Rehman Khattak, DSP Faqirabad Abdul Salam Khalid, ATOR Ayaz Durrani and representatives of SNGPL, PESCO and other departments at large. A heavy contingent of police was deployed
to avert any unpleasant incident.
Talking to media, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Shahid Ali Khan said that anti-encroachment operation in district Peshawar was underway and district administration has already demolished encroachments in Namak
Mandi, Mathani Bazaar, University Town and others localities.
He said that more than 40 illegal constructions have been demolished during the operation. He said that people have also removed most of the encroachments voluntarily.
He warned encroachment mafia to remove illegally constructed structures voluntarily otherwise, they would be demolished and stern action would be taken against them.
Religious leader, guard gunned down
PESHAWAR: A religious leader Maulana Ismail Darvesh was gunned down with his guard in Phandu area of the metropolis late Thursday night, police informed.
Two bike riders fired shots at Darvish’s car, leaving him and his police guard critically injured, according to police. The deceased succumbed to his bullet wounds before reaching the hospital for immediate medical treatment, said a spokesperson of Lady Reading Hospital. The guard was identified as Muhammad Ayub.
The attackers wearing helmets escaped the scene after committing the crime. Police was investigating whether the murder was sectarian or the result of some other motive.