RAWALPINDI: The Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench today directed the officials of district administration and Cantonment Boards to remove the encroachments in the city and Cantonment areas within one week and submit their reports to the court on the next date of hearing on 19th October.
The LHC Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi passed this order, in a petition filed by Anwar Dar and expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the city’s municipal bodies and cantonments for not removing encroachments.
During the hearing, Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi asked the officials of Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonments Boards that could they drive in Tench Bhatta bazaar in the presence of encroachments?
The officials replied ‘No”.
Justice Ibadur Rehman said that encroachments in the areas of Commercial Market, Tench Bhatta, City Sadder Road, Dhoke Syeda, Raja Bazaar, Chungi No 22 and other areas still exist and concerned
departments failed to remove them. He said that as the Punjab government has started operation against the encroachers in the province. Is Rawalpindi not part of the province? he questioned.
On the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Umer Jahangir, Mayor Sardar Naseem, CEO RCB Sibtain Raza, Additional CEO CCB Naveed Nawaz and other officials of Anti-encroachment Department of both Cantonment Boards were present.
Earlier, the Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench on October 10 sought a reply from the Deputy Commissioner, City Police Officer, Mayor Municipal Corporation, Chief Executive Officers of Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonment boards and Chief Officer District Rawalpindi for not removing encroachments.
NA-63 bye-elections: 370,967 to cast votes!
RAWALPINDI: As many as 370,967 registered voters of NA-63, Rawalpindi-VII will elect their representative in bye-election to be held on Oct 14 while total five candidates are in the run for the elections in the constituency.
Syed Haider Ali Shah, an Independent candidate has been allocated Jeep symbol, Syed Ishrat Ali Zaidi, Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians, Arrow, Aqeel Malik, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Tiger, Qurban Ali, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, Crane and Mansoor Hayat Khan, the candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf allotted Bat as a symbol for the bye-elections.
According to the Returning Officer, no one will be allowed to violate election Code of Conduct issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan during the election campaign for Bye-election 2018. Talking to APP he said, action in accordance with the law would be taken against the violators. The public office holders cannot participate in the election campaign in any manner whatsoever.
According to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the bye-elections will be held on Oct 14 on the National and Provincial Assembly seats which became vacant due to death of contesting/returned candidates, resignation, and postponement of the elections. 370,967 registered voters of the constituency including 195,073 male and 175,894 female will cast their votes at 317 polling stations including 134 male, 126 female and 57 combined. Total 711 polling booths including 372 for male and 339 for female will be set up in the constituency where 747 Polling Officers, 1493 Assistant Presiding Officers and 333 Presiding Officers will be deployed to ensure free and fair elections.
The bye-elections are being held in Rawalpindi division on four National Assembly seats including, NA-56 Attock-II, NA-60 Rawalpindi-IV, NA-63 Rawalpindi-VII, and NA-65 Chakwal-II and two Punjab Provincial Assembly seats PP-3, Attock-III and PP-27 Jhelum-III.
5-Day anti-polio drive from Sep 24
RAWALPINDI: A five-day anti-polio drive would commence in the entire district from September 24.
During the campaign,2181 polio teams would go door-to-door and administer polio drops to 840,000 children less than five years of age, Chief Executive Officer (CEO- Health) Dr. Khalid Mehmood told the Media. He said staff deployed for the campaign has been issued special instructions and informed that no negligence in this regard would be tolerated.
Dr. Khalid said that 287 fixed centers and 287 transit points have been designated for the purpose. Moreover, he added that 217 Union council Supervisors and 448 area in charges have also been deployed for it. Sufficient quantity of vaccine is available, and no stone will be left unturned in our efforts to make the campaign a success.
said Polio is a National issue and it is the responsibility of all to play an effective role to make the country Polio free
The CEO urged the citizens, particularly the parents, to come forward and play their role in the elimination of the crippling disease from society. “The parents should cooperate with the special teams so that the set target could be achieved.” He said continuous efforts were being made to control polio. Special teams have also been formed to cover areas from where complaints about unattended children are registered, he said, adding that special arrangements have also been made to cover Cantonment Board areas of Rawalpindi.
Rawalpindi: Ashura observed amid tight security!
RAWALPINDI: Youm-e-Ashur, the 10th of Muharram observed here on Friday with solemnity and religious sanctity to pay tribute to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his 72 companions for the supreme sacrifices rendered by them at Karbala for the cause of truth, justice, and righteousness.
As many as 7000 cops with 901 Traffic Wardens were deployed to guard 65 ‘Zuljinah’ and mourning processions and 113 Majalis of Ashura. The contingents of Army and Rangers were also deployed in sensitive areas of the city besides police personnel to make security arrangements foolproof. Over 500 rescuers remained on special duty on Ashura.
Six big ‘Tazia’, ‘Alam’ and ‘Zuljinah’ processions were taken out here under stringent security measures. The ‘Ashura’ processions of the city including processions of Ashiq Hussain Imambargah of Taili Mohalla and Imam Bargah Hifazit Ali Shah Bohar Bazar, first gathered at the Imambargah Maqbool Hussain and after passing through traditional routes the main procession culminated at the ‘Qadeemi’ Imambargah.
Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi visited route of the Ashura procession and reviewed security arrangements. The minister expressed satisfaction over the arrangements. He met the caretaker of the Madrassa Taleem ul Quran Raja Bazar Allama Mufti Ashraf Ali. On the occasion, Punjab Minister Raja Rashid Hafeez, DC Rawalpindi Dr. Umer Jahangir, CPO Rawalpindi Abbas Ahsan and other officers were present. They briefed the minister about arrangements particularly security finalized for Ashura.
Punjab Minister for Literacy and Informal Education Raja Rashid Hafeez, Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Dr. Umer Jahangir, City Police Officer Abbas Ahsan and Additional Commissioner Coordination Tariq Salam Marawat also visited control room and reviewed the security
According to City Police Officer Rawalpindi Abbas Ahsan, strict security measures were adopted for the security of the main mourning procession which passed through the traditional route of Jamia Masjid Road, Sarafa Bazaar, Fawara Chowk, College Road, Liaquat Road, Bhabra Bazaar, Committee Chowk, Trunk Bazaar, Bara Market and Banni Chowk. The mourners performed ‘zanjir zani’. A large number of ‘sabeels’ of water and milk, including ‘langar’, were arranged for the mourners. The complete route was
fully covered by the security personnel.
The major ‘Zuljinah’ and ‘Maatmi’ processions also appeared from Gora Syedan, Shahpur, Jhangi Syedan, Dhoke Syedan, Sadiqabad, Satellite Town, Shakrial, Sihala, Dhama Syedan, Dhoke Juma, Gorakhpur, Girja Village, Adiala Road, Shah Piyara, Shah Chan Chiragh, Shah Nazar Bridge,
Dhoke Awan and other areas.
On the directive of Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Umer Jahangir, the administration ensured the presence of doctors and ambulances on all traditional routes to provide first aid to the mourners.
‘Rescue 1122’ staffers and Civil Defence officials were also present on the occasion to provide necessary assistance to the mourners. Walk-through gates were installed beside extra-ordinary security arrangements at the sites of ‘majalis’ and ‘imambargahs’ to maintain security.
Over 1000 police personnel were present along all the main mourning processions route. Security officials were deployed on the rooftops of nearby buildings and along roadsides to avoid any untoward incident.
Hospitals were directed to remain alert for any emergency situation and provide relief to the mourners.
Besides air surveillance by Army helicopters during Zuljinah processions, 7000 police personnel were deployed in the district for the security of the processions and worship places already declared ‘highly sensitive’ on Ashura.
As many as 10,000 security personnel were deployed in Rawalpindi region on Ashura. Total 209
mourning processions were taken out in Rawalpindi region including 65 of Chakwal district, 49 of Attock district and 30 of Jhelum district.
Special checking of the routes was completed before the start of the processions and bomb disposal squad cleared the routes.
The route of the main procession of Ashura was sealed completely and streets on the route of the processions were also barricaded. The main Zuljinah processions of the city were given a ‘box formation’ security.
Police personnel, including Elite Force commandos, special branch personnel, bomb disposal experts, women police personnel and Dolphin Force were deployed for the security of Ashura
The entry of the participants of the processions was allowed through walk-through gates while no vehicle was permitted entry into the processions. Parking of vehicles was allowed 200-meter away from the processions and imambargahs. Mobile phone service and Metro bus service remained suspended on Ashura. Mobile service restored after the Ashura main procession culminated.
According to Provincial Minister Raja Rashid Hafeez, foolproof security arrangements were made for Ashura. A central control room was set up at Municipal Corporation Office to monitor the processions and coordinate with the police deployments. Over 360 Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras were installed at different points in the city. He informed that experts of law enforcement agencies remained present in the control room and monitored the city situation.
Meanwhile, the City Traffic Police had chalked out a separate traffic plan to facilitate the mourners and Ashura processions. A control room was also set up at the traffic headquarters.
According to City Traffic Officer (CTO) Muhammad Bin Ashraf, the traffic was diverted on 48 different routes of the city while 901 Traffic Wardens including 671 Warden Officers, 60 inspectors, seven DSPs, and 163 Traffic Assistants. There was a complete ban on parking of any vehicle, motorcycle or handcarts on the route of the processions.
As part of the security measures, entry of vehicular traffic from Committee Chowk to Iqbal Road was strictly banned. No vehicle was allowed on DAV college road and Iqbal road. The public
transport for City Saddar Road was diverted to Mohanpura road and traffic from Novelty cinema reached
Pirwadhai through Kashmiri bazaar. Traffic coming from Gunjmandi was diverted to TB hospital, Pirwadhai, and Dhoke Dalal.
According to District Emergency Officer, Rescue-1122, Dr. Abdul Rehman, over 500 rescuers remained on special duties in Rawalpindi district control room, emergency rescue stations with 34 fully equipped emergency ambulances, 12 fire vehicles, five special rescue, and recovery vehicles,
two water bowsers and 45 motorbike ambulances. 20 mobile rescue teams moved with Ashura processions.
A comprehensive plan was formulated to provide first aid and on the spot pre-hospital medical care to the mourners while seriously injured persons were shifted to nearby hospitals. Emergency officers including trained doctors were supervising the arrangements. All mobile teams and ambulances with medical kits were moving along with the processions to provide the mourners with immediate