A show of unique gesture by Police

  It was motorcade of not a senior police cop or some VVIP which was passing through the main streets of Hassanabdal on Sunday afternoon while hooter blowing police motorcycle pilot of traffic Police with red and blue rights followed by elite force commandos’ single cabin vehicle was providing security duty but marriage procession of daughter of  a martyr cop.

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The marriage procession is being escorted in official protocol.

Constable Afreez Khan was died while boots on during a shootout with outlaws in Burhan area in limits of Hassanabdal Police station in year 1999. The welfare wing of Attock Police received an application for the marriage grant of the deceased cop. But to boost the morale of police force and celebrate the event in unique and benefitting manner- the district Police officer Ibdat Nisar has planned some different. The marriage was solemnized by police their self. The participants of marriage procession were stunned to see that the policemen in uniform waiting to received them for them not guns with their hands but petals. The male cops served as brothers and female cops served as sister for bride and attended the ceremony. The district Police officer  (DPO)  Ibdat Nisar, deputy commissioner Attock Rana Akbar Hayat, Assistant commissioner Hassanabdal Ms Jannat Hussain Nekokara, Sub divisional Police officer ASP Asif Bhadur while offering their responsibility as spiritual father and mother has dispatched the bride to her second home. Special gifts and cash were also offered to the bride and bride groom by these officials in token to services rendered by the slain cop for the society and country. “It is mater of great pleasure for my family that the police department is arranging marriage of my sister in such benefitting manner with official participation”. Said Jawad Khan- son of late Afreez Khan while talking to newsmen. He said that the DPO and DCO has showed their love and participation like father and Ms Jannat Hussain as mother which has filled  the gap of my late father. He expressed his gratitude for Police department for arranging the marriage ceremony officially where dozens of cops in uniform turned as host to received the marriage procession and said goodbye while it leave with bride.

“What more can a man do in uniform to offer his life for society”, said Assistant commissioner Hassanabdal Ms Jannat Hussain Nekokara while talking to newsmen on this occasion. She said it was a best way to pay homage to a martyr  to provide best welfare to his family. She said that she participated the marriage ceremony like as elder sister of the bride so that she not missed that she has no elder to give her blessings when she was departing to her second home.

“It is beyond official obligation that we pay homage to the cop who died while boots on.” Said district Police officer Ibdat Nisar while talking to newsmen on this occasion. “It is a simple gesture of humanity that we do not forget our heroes and we would utilize our all out resources for the welfare of the family of deceased cops especially who fall down during line of duty”. He added. The DPO further said that Attock Police has set an example and we hoped that police of different other districts would also follow this example to boost the morale of Police force and their dependent family members. Responding another answer, the DPO has said that the welfare section of the DPO office is available round the clock and family members of serving and deceased employees can contact for redressal of their grievances any time.

SSP Operations Mr Ashraf claimed to have busted a robbers’ gang and arrested its four members

TAXILA – The police have busted a gang of robbers wanted by police in a house robbery case and recovered weapons and stolen cash from their possession.

The robbers, who robbed a house in Wah Cantt in guise of police and Punjab Rangers, were associated with “Hakeem Ullah Gang”, disclosed Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations Rawalpindi Muhammad Bin Ashraf at a press briefing at Taxila on Monday.

He was flanked by Superintendent of Police (SP) Potohar Division Syed Ali, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Taxila Circle Sajid Gondal and other members of police raiding team.

The SSP Operations Rawalpindi Mohammad Bin Asharf suspended all the staff deputed on the entry and ENTRY points of Taxila circle.

There were a number of complaints that the staff at the pickets fleeced public transporters and harassed families.

The SSP ordered suspension of all the staff appointed at the entry and exit points of the circle including G.T. Road at Margalla and Motorway and directed them to report to Police Lines.

He said corruption and harassment of people would not be tolerated at any cost.

According the media men, SSP (Operations) Muhammad Bin Ashraf said that a gang of robbers, clad in police uniform, stormed into a house located at Wah Cantt on 27th July 2017 and detained the family members in a room. He said the robbers collected gold ornaments, mobile phone and Rs 3.9 million cash and fled.

Police registered a case under sections 395/412/170 and 171 of Pakistan Penal Court and began investigation, he said.

SP Syed Ali formed a special team under supervision of DSP Taxila Circle Sajid Gondal tasking it to trace the gang of robbers.

The other members of special team included SHO PS Wah Cantt, SHO PS Taxila, SI Muhammad Raffique, Zafar Iqbal, constables Adnan Ghaffar, Zeeshan Ali and Muhammad Ali.

The police team had arrested the gang of robbers during a raid, SSP Muhammad Bin Ashraf informed.

The detained robbers were identified as Hakeem Ullah alias Mullah (the ring leader), Noor Halim, Naheem Khan and Bahadur Ali, he said.

Police also recovered 4 pistols of 30 bore and Rs 2.2 million cash from the robbers against whom another case was registered on charges of possessing illegal weapons.

Police produced the robbers before a court of law where they were identified by applicants and witnesses during identification parade at Adiala Jail. SSP was of the view that police obtained physical remand of the robbers and interrogated them.

Youth no longer reads Urdu books, lament book publishers

The younger generation prefers reading English literature and takes more interest in internationally bestselling books. Books written in Urdu are read now mostly by middle-aged people and the older generations, said Adeel Haq, a publisher taking part in the National Book Festival.

Organised by the National Book Foundation (NBF), the four-day festival concluded on Monday at the Pak-China Friendship Centre.

“I have participated in expos in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad every year and during the last decade, I have observed that young people, especially students, have stopped reading books in Urdu. They know more about the books published in different countries and they ask for them as well,” he said.

Mr Haq added that he used to deal mostly in Urdu books in the past, but now knows more about books in English due to the changing demand.

He said new writers who write in Urdu now do not find fame as the older generations want to read the books written by Qudrat Ullah Shahab, Bano Qudsia, Asfaq Ahmed and other established writers.

“Most of the over 130 stalls at the festival have English books. Parents now want short stories in English for their children,” Mr Haq said.

He suggested that the government should not charge fee from stalls at book festivals because expos are held to promote book reading culture, where books are sold at discounted rates.

Another publisher, Subah Sadiq, who had come from Jhelum, said the impression that book reading is declining due to the internet is not true.

“Those who claim they do not find time to read due to the internet did not have the habit of reading before the internet as well. We have now started using social media for the promotion of books,” he said.

He added that more books are sold at expos in Lahore and Karachi, perhaps because Islamabad is a smaller city.


Growth to hit 11-year peak

ISLAMABAD: The PML-N government on Monday announced that the economy is going to grow at 5.79 per cent, slightly lower than the target of 6pc for 2017-18, but highest in the last 11 years.

In the meeting of National Accounts Committee (NAC), only 15 out of 20 key growth indicators were found to be on target. The growth rate, however, is provisional as final numbers for the full year will firm up later.

The per capita income calculates to Rs180,204 for 2017-18, higher than Rs162,230 figure for FY17 based on provisional data from Population Census 2017 held in March last year.

The agriculture sector witnessed growth of 3.81pc, exceeding its target of 3.5pc in the outgoing fiscal year.

Important crops went up by 3.57pc against the target of 2pc with growth in the production of rice, sugarcane and cotton is estimated to be 8.7pc, 7.4pc, and 11.8pc, respectively. Decline in production has been estimated in wheat and maize at 4.4pc and 7.1pc, respectively.

Livestock, the second largest sub-sector of agriculture registered a growth of 3.76pc against the target of 3.8.

Per capita income rises to Rs180,000

The fishery sector expanded 1.63pc against 1.7pc last year while forestry grew 7.17pc versus the target of 10pc, reflecting the last year’s trend.

The industrial sector posted a growth of 5.8pc compared to the benchmark set at 7.3pc in 2017-18 while in FY17, it grew by 5.43pc. The mining and quarrying sector recorded growth of 3.04pc against the target of 3.5pc.

Manufacturing recorded growth of 6.13pc against the target of 6.4pc, higher than the 5.82pc last year.

Large-scale manufacturing was up 6.13pc against the target of 6.3pc. Small-scale manufacturing expanded 6.13pc against the target of 8.2pc while slaughtering grew 8.18pc against the target of 3.7pc.

Major contributors to this growth were cement at 12pc, tractors 44.7pc, trucks 24.41pc and petroleum products 10.26pc. Electricity and gas sub sector was up 1.84pc and the construction activity 9.13pc.

Growth in the construction sector was 9.13pc compared to 9.84pc last year, missing its target at 12.1pc for the outgoing fiscal year. Supply of electricity and gas also depicted an increase of 1.84pc against the bar at 12.5pc. The electricity and gas sub-sector, however, showed low growth due to reduced subsidies for K-Electric and Wapda and its companies.

The services sector grew 6.43pc in 2017-18 against the benchmark of 6.4pc while last year, it expanded by 6.46pc. Major contributors were the general government services, which rose 11.42pc against the target of 7pc. It was mainly driven by the increase in salaries and inflation. Other private services also contributed positively.

Finance and insurance increased by 6.13pc against the target of 9.5pc, housing services by 4pc against 3.9pc, transport, storage and communication 3.58pc against 5.1pc.

Wholesale and retail trade sector grew at a rate of 7.51pc against the target of 7.2pc. It is dependent on the output of agriculture and manufacturing and imports. Agriculture increased by 3.81pc, manufacturing increased by 5.80pc and imports increased by 17pc.

President says terrorism defeated with cricket revival in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Revival of international cricket on the home ground has defeated the menace of terrorism, said President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday.

The president gave credit to the government and the management of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for successfully organising final matches of the third Pakistan Super League (PSL) cricket tournament in the country, followed by a T-20 series against the West Indies in Karachi.

“Credit goes to the PSL team for reviving international cricket in Pakistan. By holding this mega event in the country, terrorism has been defeated,” he said while talking to the winners of this year’s PSL tournament, Islamabad United.

In pictures: Islamabad United win PSL with Karachi back on the cricket map

“The massive turnout for the matches has sent a message to the world — Pakistan is a peaceful and sports-loving nation,” he added.

The PSL winners and the team’s owner, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, called on Mr Hussain at the presidency and the latter during the meeting said that promoting sports in the country would strengthen the economy and create employment.

PSL champs call on Mamnoon

He discussed how sportsman spirit and tolerance were of the utmost importance in all games.

The president lauded the performance of some of the young players and expressed the hope that they would excel further.

“We have huge expectations from young players like Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali and Sahibzada Farhan,” he said.

The president also highlighted one of the consistent problems faced by players — poor fitness in the national cricket team. He stressed that the sportsmen needed to focus on their fitness and health.

He advised young players to follow in the footsteps of team caption Misbahul Haq and Younas Khan in order to win laurels for the country.

Islamabad United’s captain and the team management thanked the president and expressed their resolve to continue to serve the nation to best of their capabilities.

After a successful tour by the West Indies, the country’s cricket authorities are hopeful that they will be able to host a full international cricket series in 2020.

The three-match series against the World Twenty20 champions was held in Karachi and was accompanied by a wave of optimism. Enthusiastic fans braved heavy security checks to express their gratitude to the West Indies cricket team for the visit.

Last month, Karachi also hosted the PSL final, the biggest cricket event in the city since a 2009 attack on the visiting Sri Lankan team in Lahore that drove international cricket out of the country.

Following the attack, international cricket teams were reluctant to play in Pakistan due to security concerns and the suspension of international cricket on the home front had compelled the PCB to host its international fixtures in the UAE. However, with the security situation dramatically improving over the last three years, the board has been taking “gradual steps” to bring cricket back home.

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