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Revival of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal on the cards?

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M. M. ALAM

NOWSHERA: According to sources *Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) is about to be revived.

The tête-à-tête between Chief Minister of KP Pervez Khattak and Maulana Sami-ul Haq of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) –S yesterday (Monday 13th of November) too insinuates towards the said return.

CM appreciated JUI-S chief’s support for PTI during recent by-election in Peshawar.

Pointing towards various meetings held at Darul Uloom Haqqania here, Maulana said that revival of MMA was on the cards.

It is pertinent to mention here that a former ISI Major too met Maulana earlier to discuss a umber of matters including electoral alliance of religious parties.

* Coalition of Islamist parties MMA was formed back in 2001 as an electoral alliance comprising of JI, JUP, JUI-F, JUI-S, (presently banned) TJP (that is now called PIT). MMA won 52 (out of 99) seats in PA and 45 NA seats.

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WAPDA completes Transmission Line on highest-ever altitude

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Electricity failure in Punjab/KP restored

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) achieved yet another landmark, as it succeeded in completing the most difficult transmission line from Golen Gol (Chitral) to Timergara for evacuation of power generated by Golen Gol Hydropower Project to the National Grid.
The 180-kilometer long Golen Gol-Timergara transmission line crosses through the most difficult mountainous terrain having extreme weather conditions. As many as 706 transmission towers including 141 towers of 132 kilo-volts and 565 towers of 220 kilo-volts have been erected on the snow-clad mountain peaks including that of Lowari Top at the highest altitude of 10,312 feet. The transmission towers in Pakistan have never been erected earlier at this altitude.
Tough construction of transmission lines does not fall within the ambit of WAPDA after unbundling of its Power Wing way back in 2007, WAPDA took the construction of transmission line for Golen Gol Hydropower Project as a challenge.
It not only completed the task on its own but also successfully energized the said transmission line two days ago. Resultantly, Golen Gol Hydropower Project has now been connected to the National Grid. Thus, the project has started providing electricity to the system through its second unit on a trial basis via the National Grid. The second unit is being operated on various loads in accordance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) up to its maximum generation capacity of 36 megawatts (MW).
Earlier the first unit of Golen Gol Hydropower Project has been providing electricity to Chitral and its adjoining areas since its commissioning in January this year through a local arrangement developed by WAPDA to evacuate electricity generated by the first unit to fulfill the entire energy requirements of Chitral. The project since its commissioning has provided more than 33 million units of electricity to the consumers. Third and the last unit of the project is also complete. The wet commissioning of the third unit will also commence very soon by connecting it to the National Grid.
Golen Gol Hydropower Project has been constructed on Golen Gol – a tributary of River Mastuj – near Chitral. The installed generation capacity of the project is 108 MW with three generating units, each of them having a generation capacity of 36 MW. The project has been completed in a phased manner. The project will provide 436 million units of electricity to the National Grid every year. Benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs. 3.7 billion per annum.

 

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KP: Youm-e-Ashur observed peacefully!

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8th Muharrum being observed today

PESHAWAR: Youm-e-Ashur was observed across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa peacefully with religious solemnity and reverence on Friday with no untoward incident reported from at any part of the province including the recently merged tribal districts.
The provincial government had made stringent security measures and heavy contingents of law enforcement forces were deployed to protect main processions at designated routes, which paid glowing tributes and commemorated the supreme sacrifice of Grand Son of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) Hazrat Imam Hussein (RA) and his companions.
More than 32,000 policemen in addition to other law enforcement agencies were deployed for protection of 460 mourning processions and 2643 gatherings taken out from 266 Imambargahs in KP during Ashura Moharram.
Only in Peshawar and its adjoining areas, around 118 small and major Alm and Zuljinah processions were brought out from 71 imambargahs during Ashura Moharram.
All small and big processions appeared from Imambargahs Akhunabad, Agha Syed Mir Haider Shah, Alamdar-e-Karbala, Syed Mustafa Shah Rizvi, Syed Ali Qami, Qadeemi Patharwala, Bahar Ali Kayani, Puran Wali and Mai Malangri.
Those processions later joined the central procession of Imambargah Agha Syed Alam Shah after marching on different routes with flagellations and chests beating amid tight security measures.
The processions which offered Jumma prayers at Bacha Khan Chowk and after passing on traditional routes converged at Imambargahs where Sham-e-Ghariban’ was held.
Religious scholars highlighted the teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and various aspects of Karbala tragedy.
Cellular service remained suspended during processions especially at the most sensitive areas of the province with surveillance conducted by closed-circuit cameras installed on the routes of the processions.
Besides, people had set up stalls at avenues of certain cities distributing food packs, water, milk among the mourners.
In KP, five districts including Peshawar, DI Khan, Hangu, Tank, and Kohat had been declared highly sensitive where all central mourning processions were kept monitored through helicopters.
Processions were also brought out amid tight security at Dera Ismail Khan, Nowshera, Haripur, Mansehra, Parachinar, Kuram, Orakzai, and others districts and the these culminated following passing through specified places.
Quick Response Force (QRF), Elite Force, FC and other law enforcing agencies were assisting police to avert any untoward incident during Ashura Moharram.
The district administrations had, too, arranged water tanks and milk (Sabeels) and other services across the routes of the processions.
Police snipers in high-rise buildings, CCTV cameras, and policemen at plainclothes were also deployed at processions’ routes to avert any untoward incident.
Police had set up a command post in Kohati Gate in Peshawar and deployed officers to monitor processions. The Health Department had also set up a control room to provide quick treatment facilities in case of any untoward situation.

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3 students, teacher electrocuted in Mansehra school!

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Three students and a teacher were electrocuted to death

MANSEHRA: Three students and a teacher were electrocuted to death while attempting to hoist a flag at a school here today. 
According to police, a teacher of a private school was hosting the national flag with an iron pipe during morning assembly in Kawai area of Mansehra when it touched a high voltage electricity dangling wires over the school building.
The three students rushed to save their teacher, but they too received electric shocks and died on the spot. The students who were identified as Noman, Bilal and Asif were students of fourth, fifth and eighth grade respectively. The police and local residents rushed to the school. The police have started an investigation into the incident.

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