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Prof Jamil Chitrali elected PUTA president

Chitral Today - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 16:52

M. Irshad Ullah

PESHAWAR: Prof Jamil Ahmed Chitrali was on Tuesday elected as the president of Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA).

The panel of the Chitrali professor, Friends Panel, won the annual election with Muhammad Iqbal as the general secretary of the association.

After winning the election, Prof Jamil from Oveer Upper Chitral said he would work for the rights of the tecahers’ community in all forums. 

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بارشوں کی کمی سے چترال خشک سالی کی لپیٹ میں

Chitral Today - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 13:47

چترال (محکم الدین) گذشتہ اپریل سے بارشوں کی شدید کمی کے باعث چترال انتہائی طور پر خشک سالی کی لپیٹ میں ہے جس کی وجہ سے فصل ربیع و فصل خریف دونوں کو ناقابل تلافی نقصان پہنچا ہے۔

بارشوں کی کمی سے مکئی اور دھان کی فصل سمیت سبزیات مختلف بیماریوں کا شکار ہوئے اور اب چترال بھر میں گندم، جو وغیرہ کی کاشت مکمل طور پر خراب ہو چکی ہے۔ خصوصا پانی کی قلت کے شکار علاقے جن میں خاص چترال شہر کے مقامات سنگور، ڈنگریکاندہ، خورکشاندہ، او چشٹ، بکامک، دنین اورغوچ، بروز، کجو، پرئیت، موری لشٹ، گہرئیت، کیسو، خیرآباد، اوسیاک، سوئیر ، لاوی شامل ہیں۔

بارشوں کا انتظار کرتے ہوئے گندم کاشت ہی نہ کر سکیں۔ اورجنہوں نے بارشوں کی امید پر گندم کی بوائی کی تھی ان کی امیدیں بھی تاحال بار آور ثابت نہ ہو ئی ہیں۔ یوں خشک زمین میں دانے کیڑےمکوڑوں کی نذر ہو گئےہیں ۔ اور کھیت چٹیل میدانوں کا منظر پیش کر رہے ہیں۔

میڈیا سے بات کرتے ہوئے مختلف لوگوں نے کہا کہ ایک طرف بیچ اور کھاد کی قیمتیں آسمان کو چھو رہی ہیں جبکہ دوسری طرف لوگ بارش کے قطروں کو ترس رہے ہیں کہ کسی طرح زمین گیلی ہو تاکہ بوائی شدہ بیچ اگ آئیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم خوراک کیلئے گندم اور چو پایوں کیلئے بھوسہ و چارہ دونوں سے محروم ہو گئے ہیں۔ اس لئے حکومت سے مطالبہ ہے کہ قبل از وقت ہمارے لئے امداد کے طور پر خوراک اور جانوروں کیلئے چارے کا انتظام کرے۔ چترال میں بارشیں نہ ہونے کے سبب موسمیاتی حالات سنگین سے سنگیں تر صورت اختیار کرتے جارہے ہیں۔ ندی نالوں میں پانی انتہائی کم سطح پر آگئے ہیں جس سے آبپاشی کے پانی کیلئے چترال کی زمینیں ترس رہی ہیں۔ جبکہ اوپر سے اللہ پاک نے باران رحمت کو روک رکھا ہے۔ پانی کی شدید کمی نے ہائیڈل پاور سٹیشنوں کی پیداوار کو بھی بری طرح متاثرکیاہے ۔ اور چترال میں پیسکو اور غیر سرکاری پاور ہاوسز سب پانی کی کمی کا شکار ہیں۔

دوسری طرف مسلسل خشک موسم کی وجہ سے مختلف بیماریاں پھیل رہی ہیں جنہوں نے بچوں اور بڑوں کو اپنی لپیٹ میں لے لیا ہے۔ چترال کے بالائی علاقے جو ماہ نومبر میں ہی برف سے ڈھک جاتے تھے۔ اب ان پہاڑوں پر برف کا نام و نشان ہی نہیں ہے۔

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Death penalty for child abusers approved

Chitral Today - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 13:37
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet has approved death penalty for child abusers after approval of Child Protection and Welfare Amendment Act 2020 which will be implemented after approval by the provincial assembly. 

The cabinet also approved 14-year sentence and five million penalty for the accused involved in child pornography and 10-year sentence for those involved in harassment and blackmailing through videos and filming.

After the approval of the Act, the criminals involved in child trafficking will be sentenced upto 25-years and fined Rs.5 million.

The approval was given during a cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.

Briefing media persons about the decisions of the cabinet, minister for higher education Kamran Bangash and newly appointed special assistant to CM on information and public relations Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif said the Act was approved following recommendations by a special committee for child protection which recommended amendments in the Child Protection 2010.

The amended act has suggestion for exemplary punishment for the child abusers which include death penalty, life term imprisonment and huge penalty and there would be no concession in the punishment granted under the Act. The police will be authorized audio video evidence and DNA tests during the investigation and presentation in the court of law as evidence.

The convict’s names will be displayed on Child Protection Commission Website and entered in the special register, there would not be a complete ban on providing employment in public – private sectors on these convicts while they would also be not allowed to use public private sectors on these convicts while they would also be not allowed to use public transport.

The owner or head of any organization providing jobs to the child abusers will be imprisoned for 5-years and fined Rs.10 million or both.

The cabinet also approved Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Book Registration Amendment Act 2021 following which the declaration and transfer of the newspaper will be authorized to any person, irrespective of blood relatives, however, the transfer will only be approved after 10-years of the initial declaration in the name of the owner.

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The madressah riddle

Chitral Today - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 10:53

Muhammad Amir Rana

The state has yet to fully realise the sociocultural and political-economic inferences of religious education institutions or madressahs. Despite having long attempted to pursue the reform of this sector, successive governments have done little to change things on the ground mainly because of fear of a backlash and a reluctance to allocate resources.

Those leading the madressahs have taken advantage of the persisting confusion and have continued to strengthen their roots and support among the people.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry delivered a bold speech during a consultative conference in Islamabad some days back and rightly identified the root causes of religious extremism in society. While he did not altogether exculpate madressahs, his statement that public schools and colleges were the major source of extremism, and not madressahs, did not tell the whole story. However, his claim that teachers were hired in schools and colleges during the 1980s and 1990s as part of a plot to teach extremism was correct. He appeared to be referring to the Jamaat-i-Islami and its subsidiaries, which were a major partner of military dictator Ziaul Haq in his goal of encroaching on educational campuses, sowing the seeds of religious extremism and recruiting for ‘jihad’ in Afghanistan and Kashmir.

The minister might have deliberately not mentioned the fact that Zia’s jihad project was a multifold initiative and nurturing madressahs was an integral part of it. Without focusing on madressahs, poor Afghan refugees could not be engaged in ‘jihad’. No doubt, the US and Saudi Arabia were major sponsors of this project, but Gen Zia allowed the mushroom growth of madressahs across the country as part of his Islamisation agenda and also in order to create his political constituency. The extremism promoted on educational campuses and in madressahs closed the minds of the youth, and madressahs ‘distinguished’ themselves through capturing the narrative-formation process.

Keeping the information minister’s speech in mind, it is useful to take note of a report by an international media outlet on Afghan madressah students demanding that the Taliban include science subjects in their curriculum; apart from advocating changes to the curriculum for girls’ education. Though the report is about a madressah in Paktia province, many experts have depicted it as a positive indication that sane voices such as these will gradually build pressure on the Taliban to accommodate their demands. One wonders if the Afghan Taliban, who were the product of Pakistani madressahs, can become a role model for the latter to bring about changes in their curriculum.

The state retains the Zia-era mindset and believes that madressahs aren’t the source of the problem.

Many madressahs in Pakistan are on the path of transformation and are offering science education to their students, but their numbers are not inspiring, and religious elites are also not ready to holistically revisit their education system. The reason is obvious: the madressah sector is catering to the financial and political needs of the religious elites as well. The institution of the madressah has become the primary political base for religious groups and religious-political parties, and continues to strictly adhere to its potentially explosive sectarian character. It is expanding and encroaching on the formal education sector and the state has failed to regulate the institution, despite its concerns and (half-hearted) measures.

The state has not come out of the Zia era mindset and still believes that the madressah is not the source of the problem, rather it is helping the state cater to the educational needs of the masses. Otherwise, the state would have to cut on other expenses to fulfil its educational obligations. The maximum concern the state could have about the madressahs is their possible links with terrorist groups and for that reason it might not want to antagonise the madressah establishment. In fact, state institutions have adopted the madressah elite’s narrative that the source of the problem lies with the public education institutions and not madressahs.

The supporters of the narrative allude to instances of terrorist violence committed by the radicalised youth of colleges and universities. Competition apart, one should not forget that madressah students and graduates have remained far more involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Formal education institutions have not produced a fraction of the number of militants who enter the ranks of various national and international terrorist organisations which the madressahs belonging to different banned militant organisations have produced so far. It is true that until the mid-1990s, the madressahs’ human resource contribution to militant organisations was less compared to that of the formal educational institutions. The madressah institution was young at that time but then it took over the militant discourse in the country.

In recent decades, the state has made all-out efforts to make campuses apolitical, while the mad­ressah students remain politically and ideologically charged and vulnerable to be exploited for street protests and recruitment for military purposes. 

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PTM leader Ali Wazir released on SC order

Chitral Today - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 10:16
ISLAMABAD: Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader and MNA Ali Wazir was on Tuesday released by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The appeal of Ali Wazir was heard by a three-member bench headed by Justice Sardar Tariq Masood  that was filed against Sindh High Court (SHC)’s judgement earlier this year that had dismissed his bail application. The court set bail at Rs400,000.

The court observed that the other accused in the hate speech case had been granted bail, which was not challenged, so Ali Wazir could not be kept in jail as well.

Case against PTM leader

MNA Wazir was arrested on the charges of making insulting and incendiary speeches against state institutions at a PTM protest rally in Karachi on December 6, 2020.

A first information report (FIR) was lodged against him the following day at Karachi’s Sohrab Goth police station.

‘Good Taliban, bad Taliban’

During the hearing, Justice Masood observed that the state was releasing other people after negotiations, without naming whom he was referring to.

“It is possible that matters are settled with Ali Wazir someday as well,” the judge said, adding that people were being martyred. “Do legal provisions not apply there?” he questioned. “Is the court here just to reject bails?”

Referring to the recent protests by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan and its eventual agreement with the government, Justice Masood said the court cancelled their bails only for the government to later sign agreements with them.

Justice Jamal Mandokhail also questioned whether the issues raised by Wazir should not have been discussed in parliament. “Ali Wazir had complained that his grievances should have been addressed. Why are our own [people] being turned into strangers instead of being accepted?” Justice Mandokhail questioned.

He inquired what would happen if “even one of Wazir’s allegations” turned out to be true.

Justice Mandokhail remarked that seeing the treatment meted out to the other accused in the case, it seemed to be a case of “good Taliban [and] bad Taliban” — a euphemism to explain different treatments meted out to similar people.

Justice Masood questioned why Wazir had been charged under the anti-terror laws, when it seemed the charge wasn’t merited in his case.

Wazir’s legal counsel, Latif Afridi, argued that he had only made complaints in his speech. “How did a Sindhi police officer register a case against Ali Wazir’s speech in Pashto?” he questioned.

Justice Aminuddin Khan said it was clear from the record that the case was registered after a translation.

The prosecutor general of Sindh said that there were similar cases against the MNA as well to which Justice Masood questioned whether Wazir had been granted bail in the other cases. The prosecutor general replied that Wazir had not been granted bail in any other case.

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Lifting of ban on heavy trucks through Lowari tunnel sought

Chitral Today - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 03:29
CHITRAL: Ban on heavy trucks to transport goods to Chitral should be lifted to facilitate supply of essential commodities to the remote district, especially in the winter, says a religious, political and social figure.

About the ban on heavy trucks, Qari Jamal Abdul Nasir of Drosh said residents of Chitral had to bring their goods and edibles in heavy vehicles from across the country but the deputy commissioner of Upper Dir did not allow them to pass through the Lowari Tunnel.

He said that the residents then rented light vehicles to transport their goods and edibles to the respective areas via Lowari Tunnel, which cost them exorbitantly in the already prevailing price hike.

Qari Nasir alleged that the district administration of Upper Dir, owners of hotels and light vehicles and staff of the National Highway Authority were involved in the exploitation of people of Chitral, which should be stopped forthwith.

Why the ban?

The National Highway Authority (NHA) has banned the entry of trucks exceeding 30-ton load through the Lowari tunnel.

Lower Chitral deputy commissioner Hassan Abid said the NHA had approached the Upper Dir administration, asking it to impose limit on loads of goods transport on the Lowari Road.

He said as the vehicles passed through the Upper Dir district before entering the tunnel, so its administration was tasked with checking the weight of loaded trucks before their entry to the tunnel.

Mr Abid said during random checking of the loaded trucks near the tunnel the NHA found the trucks having loads of 65 to 70 tons, which exceeded the 28-ton capacity allowed inside the tunnel.–The News & Dawn

He said the overloaded trucks had also posed grave threat to the makeshift steel bridge in Broz Gol area.

The deputy commissioner said every road and suspension bridge over rivers and streams had a design capacity which should not be exceeded at any cost.

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Upper Chitral gets new DEO

Chitral Today - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 16:36

BOONI: Memhood Ghaznavi has been appointed as the new district education officer (DEO) of Upper Chitral in place of Zulfiqarul Mulk, who has been transferred to Mardan.

Mr Ghaznavi was earlier working as the deputy district education officer in Upper Chitral, said a notification issued by the provincial government.

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Ijaz Ahmad – quest for higher education

Chitral Today - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 09:33
PESHAWAR: Ijaz Ahmad from the remote village of Wasum in Yarkhun valley of Upper Chitral has been recommended as assistant district education officer (ADEO) by the KP Public Service Commission.

Son of retired Subedar Gul Hazar, Mr Ahmad did his MA in English literature from the University of Peshawar in 2010 and taught at Dawn College Mastuj till 2013.

In 2014, he joined  the Elementary and Secondary Education Department as SST (G) after securing second position in the NTS written test from Chitral with 80 out of 100 marks.

He had been serving in that capacity till he was recommended as ADEO by the Public Service Commission on November 26, 2021.

Despite lack of facilities in the the backward area, the family of Mr Ahmad has been keenly interested in acquiring higher education. To achieve the goal for their youngsters,  the family shifted to Peshawar in 2018.

Mr Ahmad’s younger brother Mumtaz Ahmad is already serving at the office of the director general of the Food Authority in Peshawar.

Mr Ahmad’s appointment on the key post in the education department is not only a testament to his hard work but it can also be an inspiration for the youth of the remote areas of Chitral.

Moreover, the induction of youth through the competitive process would surely help improve the quality of education in the public sector schools. 

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13 Chitralis recommended for appointment as ADEOs, ASDEOs

Chitral Today - Sun, 28/11/2021 - 09:41
As many as 13 candidates from Chitral recommended by KP public service commission for appointment as ADEOs and ASDEOs.

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission (KPPSC) has recommended 123 candidates for appointment against vacant posts of assistant subdivisional education officers (ASDEOs) and assistant district education officers (ADEOs) in the elementary and secondary education department.

Moreover, four and three applicants were also recommended against minority and disabled quote posts, respectively.

Among the qualified candidates, 13 belonged to upper and lower Chitral. Their names are as under:

Hafeez Ullah, Allah Nawaz Khan; Inamullah, son of Ghairat Hussain; Alhaj Muhammad Khan, son of Wazir Muhammad Khan; Assad Ullah Khan, son of Dinar Khan; Siraullah, son of Nasir Uddin; Ijaz Ahmad, son of Gul Hazar;
Fardad, son of Musa Muammad Ali Shah; Muhammad Ayub Khan, son of Abdul Hakim;
Arif Ahmad, son of Hameed Ullah; Nasirul Hassan, son of Hasanullah Khan;
Haider Ali, son of Ghulam Ali; Jamil Ahmad Khan, son of Nawaz Ahmad Khan, and
Haroon Rashid, son of Musalim Khan.

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Another soldier from Chitral martyred

Chitral Today - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 21:14
ISLAMABAD: An army soldier from Chitral embraced martyrdom after terror elements attacked a military checkpost in Datrakhel area of North Waziristan, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Saturday.

“During intense exchange of fire, Naik Rehman, age 27 years, resident of Chitral and Lance Naik Arif, 22, resident of Tank embraced Shahadat [martyrdom],” it added.

Earlier this week, a soldier of the Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom when a vehicle of security forces was targeted by the terrorists near the Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan, the military had said.

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Protesters demand lifting of ban on student unions

Chitral Today - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 08:29
PESHAWAR: Students from various educational institutions held a rally demanding the federal government lift the ban on student unions.

The ban on student unions. Holding banners and placards inscribed with demands for provision of facilities to the students, the protesters demanded restoration of the student unions so they could raise voice for their rights in a befitting manner.

Later, talking to mediapersons outside the Peshawar Press Club, protesters’ leader Qasim Khan said the student unions had been banned by a martial law, but the successive democratic governments also maintained the ban on student unions.

He said it was ironic that the government had allowed the employees of different public sector provincial and federal departments to hold their elections ban on the unions remained intact.

Qasim Khan said restriction on student unions was clear violation of the Article 17 of the Constitution, which states that “every citizen shall have the right to form associations or unions, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of sovereignty or integrity of Pakistan, public order or morality”.

Qasim Khan also demanded provision of sufficient funds to the public sector universities and facility of half fare in public transport for students.



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Judge arrested on charge of rape

Chitral Today - Fri, 26/11/2021 - 08:36
PESHAWAR: A senior civil judge in Lower Dir has been arrested on the charge of raping a young  woman from Chitral at his official residence in the tehsil of Balambat.

According to the first information report (FIR) available with ChitralToday, the police station of Balambat in Lower Dir received an application on Nov 25, 2021, from the young woman.

The applicant stated that she was currently living in Nishtarabad Peshawar, and a student of bachelor of dental surgery (BDS). She said three months ago one Muhammad Jamshed Kundi, who identified himself as a senior civil judge Balambat, Lower Dir, and a resident of Peshawar, asked her to pay him Rs1,500,000 and in return he would provide a job to her sister.

She said as she did not have that much amount she handed him her jewellery, including two necklaces, earrings and bangles, worth about Rs1,500,000.

“Today the judge called me and told me that he was unable to provide any job to my sister. He asked me to accompany him to his official residence in Balambat Lower Dir to take back the jewellery.”

The woman alleged that the judge took her to his official bungalow in Balambat and asked her to first fulfill her carnal appetite before taking back her jewellery. Upon her refusal, she alleged he raped her and then refused to return the jewellery.

The woman then reported the matter to the police after which the SHO Fazal Ghafoor reached the spot and sent the applicant to the District Headquarters Hospital Timargara for a medical examination which confirmed the allegation of sexual assault leading to the registration of a case under Section 376 (rape) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

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آدھا گلاس مسئلہ ہے

Chitral Today - Thu, 25/11/2021 - 19:31
داد بیداد

ڈاکٹرعنایت اللہ فیضی

استاد کی عمر 76برس ہے شاگرد 32برس کا ہے استاد نے کارل مارکس کو 1968ء میں پڑھا تھا شاگرد نے 2010میں کارل مارکس کو پڑھا، چی گویرا کو اپنا آئیڈیل بنایا پھر لینن اور ما زوے تنگ سے لیکر فیدل کا سترو تک ہر سامراج دشمن کو اپنا آئیڈیل قرار دیا ایک بڑے ادارے میں اہم عہدے پر فائز ہے استاد کے ساتھ اکثر بحث و تکرار کی نوبت آتی ہے

جب پا کستا نی سو سائٹی، ملکی سیا ست اور معیشت کا ذکر آتا ہے تو شاگرد کا پارہ چڑھ جاتا ہے استاد کہتا ہے زندگی اعتدال کا نام ہے، اعتدال سے جو ہٹ گیا زندگی کی لذت سے محروم ہوا، شاگرد کہتا ہے یہ بھی کوئی زندگی ہے ایک شخص کار خانے کا ما لک ہے دوسرا شخص اسی کارخا نے میں مزدوری کر تا ہے مہینے کے آخر میں ما لک 2ارب روپے کما تا ہے مزدور کو 20ہزار روپے ملتے ہیں یہ بھی کوئی زندگی ہے ایک شخص افسر ہے اُس کو گاڑی ملی ہے ڈرائیور ملا ہے، سجا سجا یا گھر ملا ہے دوسرا شخص دربان ہے وہ سائیکل پر دفتر آتا ہے یہ بھلا کونسی زندیگ ہے؟ استاد کہتا ہے کتا بی دنیا سے با ہر آجا وگے تو تمہا را واسطہ عملی دنیا سے پڑے گا عملی دنیا میں سر ما یہ دار اور افیسر کی بھی ضرورت ہے، جج اور جرنیل کی بھی ضرورت ہے، مزدور، ڈرائیور اور در بان کی بھی ضرورت ہے سب کو مزدور بنا و گے تو انتظام اور اہتما م کون کرے گا؟ سب کو سر ما یہ دار بنا و گے تو راج، مزدوراور مستری کہاں سے لاؤ گے؟

شاگرد نہیں مانتا وہ کہتا ہے شہر کی بڑی عما رتیں چند لو گوں کی ملکیت کیوں ہیں؟ ملک کی زمینوں پر چند خا ندانوں کا قبضہ کیوں ہے؟ استاد کہتا ہے یہ فطرت کا اصول ہے لینن اور سٹا لن نے اس اصول کی نفی کی تو لوگ قحط سے دوچار ہوئے گور با چوف کو 70سال بعد فطرت کے اصولوں کی طرف رجوع کر کے ملک کو بچا نا پڑا ماؤ اور فید ل کا سترو نے فطرت کے اصولوں سے انحراف نہیں کیا ان کا نظام بدلتے حا لات کے ساتھ خود بخود بدلتا رہا یہ فطرت کا اصول ہے کہ اعتدال دیر پا ہو تا ہے افراط و تفریط کی عمر مختصر ہو تی ہے شاگرد نے عالمی ادب کا مطالعہ ایک مخصوص عینک کے ساتھ کیا ہے اس لئے وہ ”ففتھ جنریشن وار“ جیسے جدید نظریات کا قائل نہیں وہ اس بات کا بھی قائل نہیں کہ دشمن نے ملک کو نقصان پہنچا نے اور قومی وحدت کو کمزور کرنے کے لئے مختلف گروہوں کے در میان نفرت کی دیوار یں حا ئل کر رکھی ہے شاگر د کی نظر میں آدھا گلا سی خا لی ہی ہو تا ہے وہ نہیں ما نتا کہ دشمن نے نفرت کی دیوار حا ئل کر کے کا لج اور یو نیور سٹی والوں کو مسجد اور مدرسہ والوں سے دور کر دیا، قانون دانوں اور ججوں میں نفرت کی دیوار حا ئل کر دی، سیا ست دانوں کو صحا فیوں سے بد ظن کر دیا مفتی والوں کو خا کی والوں سے دور کر دیا کوچہ وبازار میں ڈاکٹر وں، انجینروں، اعلیٰ انتظا می افیسروں، سرما یہ داروں اور جا گیر داروں کے خلا نفرت آمیز گفتگو کی داغ بیل ڈال دی ”مسٹر“ کو مولا نا کے مقا بلے پر کمر بستہ کیا اور مولانا کو ”مسٹر“ کے خلاف صف اراء کر دیا استاد کو پس منظر کی یہ کاروائیاں نظر آتی ہیں مگر شاگرد کو نظر نہیں آتیں وہ آئیڈیل کی تلا ش میں سب کچھ داؤ پر لگانے کو تیا ر ہے کیونکہ اُس نے انقلا بی لٹریچر پڑھا ہے مذاق تھوڑی ہے استاد اور شاگرد کے درمیاں خیالات کی یہ کشمکش آج کل گھر گھر کی کہا نی ہے لیڈروں کے بیا نات اور سیا سی افراتفری سے اس کشمکش میں روز بروز اضا فہ ہو رہا ہے اس کشمکش کا بنیا دی مسئلہ آدھا گلا س ہے آدھا گلا س خا لی کی جگہ پر نظر آئے تو کشمکش ختم ہو گی۔

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Shakira Bibi defends her MPhil thesis

Chitral Today - Thu, 25/11/2021 - 17:45

[Press release]

CHITRAL: Shakira Bibi, daughter of Syed Qasim Shah and wife of Azharuddin, from Morder village of Upper Chitral, will defend her MPhil thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Shuja Ahmad, chairman Department of Philosophy at Peshawar University on Friday, 26th November.

Ms Shakira will appear before the panel consisting of Prof Dr Kaiser Mehmood, head of the Department of Philosophy, Govt College of Science, Wahdat Road Lahore, Prof Dr Shuja Ahmad, Dr Samina, Sherzada and Syeda Noorin Fatima of Peshawar University.

The topic of her thesis is “Metaphor and framing used by Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan in general elections 2018 and analysis of public speeches.”

Ms Shakira is a highly talented young lady belonging to the backward Upper Chitral to have a distinguished academic career throughout her educational journey. She is currently associated with Kohat University of Science and Technology as a lecturer in philosophy.

It is worth mentioning here that her brother Anwar Ali Shah had recently completed his PhD in English literature and is a lecturer in the University of Chitral.


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مطالبات منظور ھونے تک پٹرول پمپ بند رھیں گے: لیاقت علی

Chitral Today - Thu, 25/11/2021 - 16:10
چترال (محکم الدین) ملک بھر کی طرح چترال میں بھی پٹرول پمپ احتجاجا بند رہے اور گاڑیوں و موٹر سائیکلوں کو پٹرول اور ڈیزل کے حصول میں انتہائی مشکلات کا سامنا کرنا پڑا۔

کئی گاڑیوں کو پٹرول پمپ بند ہونے کے باعث بغیر فیول کے حصول کے واپس لوٹنا پڑا۔ اس سلسلےمیں پٹرول پمپ ایسو سی ایشن چترال کے صدر  لیاقت علی نے میڈیا سے بات کرتےہوئے کہا کہ چترال کے تمام پٹرول پمپ مرکزی ایسوسی ایشن کی کال پر احتجاجا پمپ بند کردیے ہیں اور کسی کو بھی ایسوسی ایشن کی طرف تیل فروخت کرنے کا اجازت نہیں ہیں اور خلاف ورزی کرنے والے پٹرول پمپ آیندہ ایسوسی ایشن کے ہر قسم کے فوائد سے محروم رہیں گے۔

انہوں نے کہا کہ چترال میں شییشی کے مقام پرموجود پٹرول ایسوسی ایشن کی ہدایات پر عمل نہیں کر رہا۔ اس کے علاوہ تمام پمپ بند ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پمپ بند ہونے کے باوجود ایمرجنسی سروس دے رہے ہیں۔ ایمبولینس، ریسکیو 1122 اور ویکسینیشن میں حصہ لینے والی گاڑیوں کو تیل کی فراہمی پر کوئی پابندی نہیں ہے۔ انہوں نے احتجاج کی وجوہات بتاتے ہوئےکہا کہ ایوب خان کے دور حکومت سے اب تک پٹرول پر دو فیصد کمیشن دیا جارہا ہے جبکہ پاکستان میں کوئی بھی ادارہ اتنے کم کمیشن پر کام نہیں کرتا۔

اس لئے پمپ ایسوسی ایشن کا مطالبہ ہے کہ اس کمیشن کو چھ فیصد کیا جائے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وفاقی وزیر پٹرولیم وحماد اظہر نے وعدہ کیا تھا کہ کمیشن میں اضافہ کیا جائے گا لیکن ابھی تک اس پر عمل در آمد نہیں کیا گیا جس کی وجہ سے مجبورا احتجاج کرنا پڑا ہے اور جب تک حکومت ہمارےمطالبات نہیں مانتی ہمارا احتجاج جاری رہےگا اور پٹرول پمپ پورے چترال میں بند رہیں گے۔

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Father seeks probe into death of twin sons after polio drops

Chitral Today - Thu, 25/11/2021 - 13:33
CHITRAL: Twin brothers aged eight months died in Denin area after they were administered polio drops, their father claimed on Thursday.

However, a doctor associated with the polio vaccination rejected the allegation regarding the death of twin brothers from polio drops and said the kids were already sick and had many diseases from birth. 

Talking to local media, Mujibur Rehman, a resident of Gahtak Denin, claimed that his twin sons Muhammad and Ahmed, aged eight months, were well and fine before they were given the polio drops.

During the ongoing drive to vaccinate children against measles and rubella, his minor sons were administered polio drops.

He said soon after they were administered the polio drops, the twins started vomiting and passing loose motion.

The twin brothers were taken to a child specialist who prescribed medicine and advised the parents to continue it but there was no improvement, and the kids passed away after about 24 hours.

The father said a tragedy has struck his family and the government should probe the death of twin brothers.

The focal person for the district administration could not be contacted for comments.

However, coordinator for the Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI) Dr Farman Nizar ruled out the possibility of the kids’ death from polio drops. He expressed sorrow over the tragedy but said the twin children were weak and had many diseases since birth.

Dr Farman said polio drops had been given to thousands of children in Chitral but there had been no complaints of any sort, adding the allegation by the father of the twins was unfounded.

He said taking advantage of the ongoing drive for vaccination of children against measles and rubella, polio drops were also being given to children under five years of age. –Muhkam Uddin Ayuni




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Strike by petrol dealers across Pakistan

Chitral Today - Thu, 25/11/2021 - 13:07
CHITRAL: Petrol pumps remained closed in Chitral on the call of the dealers association of Pakistan creating hardship for motorists and commuters on Thursday.

Chitral Petrol Dealers Association president Liaquat Ali said the filling stations would remain closed till acceptance of their demands. He said since the regime of Ayub Khan, petrol dealers had been given just two percent commission, adding no organization could work at such a low percentage of commission.

He said the central association of the dealers has demanded that the commission should be doubled to four per cent.

Mr Ali said despite the strike, fuel was being provided to emergency vehicles such as ambulances and vehicles of the health department used in vaccination drive.–Muhkam Uddin Ayuni

The Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association’s (PPDA) went on a nationwide strike against the government’s failure to increase their profit margin began on Thursday.

On the other hand, Federal Energy Minister Hammad Azhar said the dealers’ legitimate demands will be accepted but warned that those seeking a nine-rupee raise will be disappointed, reported.

Azhar said that he was aware of the problems being faced by petrol pump owners as he reminded them that a summary for an increase in their profit margin was already with the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) and the matter will be resolved in the next meeting.

The minister urged the dealers to reconsider their strike based on the inconvenience being faced by the general public.

However, he made it clear that the government will not accept any illegitimate demands.

“Some groups want to use this strike to have a raise of nine rupees,” said the minister. “A nine-rupee raise cannot be granted just to benefit a few companies.”

“Legitimate demands will be accepted, illegitimate ones will be not,” declared the minister.

Meeting of stakeholders underway
A meeting is underway between the representatives of all the major oil marketing companies, petroleum dealers and officials of the petroleum division.

“The petroleum division has sent its recommendations regarding the dealers’ profit margin to the ECC,” a spokesperson for the division said, adding that the recommendation was based on an independent report as he urged the PPDA to wait on the matter until the ECC conducts its own meeting.

The spokesperson said the dealers’ margin has seen a regular increase, the last of which was granted in April. He urged the dealers association to prove its responsibility in the larger interest of the country.

The spokesperson claimed there was no shortage of petroleum products in the country and that it was business as usual at fuel stations of all major companies.

Situation across the country
Privately-owned petrol stations ceased operations across the country today in pursuance of the call by the PPDA, although state-owned stations of Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and a few other companies including Shell and Hascol are still operational, according to the Ministry of Energy.

In Peshawar, some PSO stations were open, while a vast majority were closed. Long queues had formed outside the select few that were still operational.

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اپر چترال میں دسمبر سے پہلے ھی لوڈ شیڈنگ شروع

Chitral Today - Wed, 24/11/2021 - 17:48

دسمبر سے پہلے ہی بجلی کی غیر اعلانیہ لوڈشیڈنگ افسوسناک ہے:  تحریک حقوق 

آج سے سات سال پہلے ریشن میں واقع بجلی گھر سیلاب میں بہہ جانے سے اپر چترال تین سالوں تک مکل طور پر تاریکی میں ڈوبا رہا۔ اخر کار 2017 کو گولین گول بجلی گھر سے بجلی کی ترسیل شروع ہوئی تو یہاں کے عوام نے سکھ کا سانس لیا اور اللہ کا شکر ادا کیا کہ اب ہمارے علاقے میں بجلی کی قلت ہمیشہ کے لئے ختم ہوجائے گی مگر ان کی امیدوں پر اسوقت پانی پھیر گیا جب اسی سال ہی سردیوں میں بدترین لوڈ شیڈنگ کا سلسلہ پھر سے شروع کیا گیا۔ تحریک حقوق عوام نے کئی احتجاجی مظاہرے کئے تو واپڈا حکام نے موقف اپنایا کہ سردیوں میں بجلی کی پیداوار 108 میگاواٹ سے کم ہوکر 8 میگاواٹ رہ جاتی ہے جو کہ چترال کی ضروریات سے کم ہے اسلئے لوڈشیڈنگ کرنی پڑتی ہے۔ اس پر تحریک حقوق عوام نے اربوں روپے کے پراجیکٹ کی ناقص ڈیزائننگ کرنے والے انجینئرز اور ذمہ داروں کے خلاف انکوائری کرکے انکو سخت سزائیں دینے کا بارہا مطالبہ کیا مگر تاحال ان جعلی انجینئرز کے خلاف کوئی انکوائری نہیں ہوئی۔ پچھلے سال سردیوں میں اپر چترال میں لوڈ شیڈنگ کا دورانیہ 20 گھنٹے تک بڑھائی گئی
ریشن بجلی گھر کی دوبارہ مرمت کرکے پچھلے مہینے بجلی کی ترسیل شروع ہوگئی تھی۔ بتایا گیا کہ مذکورہ بجلی گھر کی پیدوار پوری اپر چترال کی ضروریات کو پورا کرنے کیلئے ناکافی ہے اسلئے بیار (ریشن سے کارگن تک علاقوں) کو ریشن بجلی گھر سے بجلی فراہم کی جائیگی۔ اس طرح بیار کی ٹرانسمشن لائن ریشن کے مقام پر علحیدہ کردی گئ اور ریشن سے کارگن تک علاقوں کو گولین گول بجلی گھر سے منقطع کرکے ریشن بجلی گھر پر منتقل کر دیا۔ اسی پرح تحصیل تورکہو اور مڑکہو کو گولین گول بجلی گھر سے ہی بجلی کی ترسیل جاری ہے۔۔
ریشن بجلی گھر سے بجلی کی ترسیل ایک مہینے تک بلا تعطل کے جاری رہی مگر کچھ دنوں سے پچھلے سالوں کی طرح غیر اعلانیہ لوڈ شیڈنگ کا سلسلہ پھر سے شروع ہو چکا ہے۔ اج پاور ہاؤس حکام سے رابطہ کرنے پر معلوم ہوا کہ مذکورہ بجلی گھر کی پیدوار ریشن سے کارگن تک کے علاقوں کیلئے نا کافی ہے اور لوڈ شیڈنگ کرنا پڑ رہا ہے۔ ابھی تو نومبر کا مہینہ بھی ختم نہیں ہوا ہے دسمبر، جانوری اور فروری کے مہینے میں کتنی لوڈ شیڈنگ ہوگی یہ آپ سب جانتے ہیں۔

بس اب بہت ہوگیا! ہمیں اس سے کوئی سروکار نہیں کہ فلاں بجلی گھر کی پیدوار زیادہ ہے اور فلاں کی کم
۔ ہمیں بجلی چائیے بلا تعطل کے۔ اب ہم مزید ظلم برداشت کرنے کیلئے بلکل تیار نہیں ہیں۔ ھم پیڈوحکام، واپڈا حکام، حکومت اور انتظامیہ سے بھرپور مطالبہ کرتا ہوں کہ لوڈ شیڈنگ کو بند کرکے بجلی کی بلا تعطل ترسیل کو یقینی بنائیں بصورت دیگر ہم عوام کو لیکر سڑکوں پر نکلنے کیلئے ہمہ وقت تیار ہیں۔ ہم اپنے جائز حقوق کی حصول کیلئے آخری حد تک جانے سے دریغ نہیں کریں گے۔

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Telenor 4G service not working in many areas

Chitral Today - Wed, 24/11/2021 - 15:00
YARKHUN: Telenor 4G service is not functioning in many villages of Yarkhun especially Bang and nearby areas.

People of Bang and Meragram No 2 told ChitralToday that Telenor recently launched its 4G service in the area but the facility was still not available in their villages.

They said with the launch of the 4G service, even many users were experiencing disruptions while making phone calls.They said 4G was working fine in other villages but there might be some issue in Bang and Meragram No 2.

They demanded that the higher authorities should look into the issue and ensure availability of the latest service in the area by fixing the fault.

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آڈیو اور وڈیو لیکز کی حقیقت اور قانونی حیثیت کیا ہے؟

Chitral Today - Wed, 24/11/2021 - 12:58

تحریر: محمد ارشاد

ہماری ملکی سیاست بھی عجیب ہے۔ کبھی وڈیو لیکز کبھی تصویر لیکز کبھی ڈکومنٹ لیکز اب آڈیو لیکز ۔اس آڈیو لیکز کی راز ایک جگہ سے ادھر اور ادھر سے ادھر پھر ٹاک شوز میں ان پر لمبی لمبی بحث اور دلائل، متعلقہ شحص کی تردید اور اسے کبھی جعلی قرار دینے کی شور، سیاست جیسے لیکز لیکز پر کھیلی جاری ہے۔ ان دنوں سابق چیف جسٹس ثاقب نثار کی مبینہ آڈیو موضوع بحث بنی ہوئی ہے جو سابق وزیر اعظم نواز شریف کے سزا کے متعلق ہے۔ اب چیف جسٹس ثاقب نثار یہی کہ رہے ہیں کہ یہ آڈیو جعلی ہے۔ جن کے حق میں ہے وہ اسے سچا قرار دے رہے ہیں اور جن کے خلاف ہے وہ اسے جھوٹا قرار دے رہے ہیں۔ ویسے یہ کوئی نئی بات نہیں۔ ماضی میں صحافیوں، سیاست دانوں، ججوں اور وزرا کی کئی آڈیوز اور ویڈیوز لیکز ہوتی رہی ہیں جن کا شور کچھ عرصے تک رہتا ہے پھر اسکے بعد پانی کے بلبلے کی طرح جھاگ بن کر یہ شور بیٹھ جاتا ہے۔

اب ڈی فیک سے جعلی وڈیو بن سکتے ہیں اب سوال یہ ہے کیا اس کے ذریعے جعلی آڈیو بھی بنائی جا سکتی ہے؟ بلکل بن سکتی ہے بس ایڈیٹ میں مہارت درکار ہوتی ہے۔ کس نے کس حوالے سے بات کی سب کو جمع کرکے اپنی مرضی سے وائرل کر دیں کونسا جملہ کہاں ملانا ہے اور کونسا ذکر اس سے ملا کر ان سے جوڑنا ہے یہ سب آج کے جدید سافٹ وئیر ٹیکنالوجی کے ذریعے ممکن ہے۔ ڈی فیک کی طرح آڈیو سافٹ وئیر با آسانی دستیاب ہیں ان میں امیزون پولی اور ٹی ٹی ایس سافٹ ویئر قابل ذکر ہیں جن کی مدد سے آپ کسی کی آواز کی کاپی نکال سکتے ہیں ،اس سے نہ صرف یہ ہوتاہے کہ مطلوبہ شحص کے اصلی آڈیو کو اس سافٹ ویئر میں فیڈ کریں جس کے بعد یہ انھیں لیڈ کرتا ہے اور پھر مختلف مراحل سے گزرانے کے بعد آپ کچھ بھی ٹائپ کریں وہ آپ کے مطلوبہ شحص کی آواز میں ادا کرے گا اور اس قدر مہارت کے ساتھ یہ سب کچھ ہوگا کہ کسی کو گمان بھی نہیں ہوگا یہ سافٹ ویئر سے حاصل کی گی آواز ہے۔ماضی میں ایسے آڈیوز آچکے ہیں انہیں ہمیشہ جھٹلایا گیا۔بعض دفعہ کسی ایکسپرٹ کی خدمات حاصل کر کے مخالف کو بدنام کرنے کیلئے استعمال کیا گیا۔لیکن دلچسپ بات یہ ہے اس طرح کی آڈیو، ویڈیو لیکز میڈیا ٹرائل کیلئے استعمال ہو سکتے ہیں لیکن عدالت کے سامنے ان کی کوئی وقت نہیں اگر کوئی شحص یہ سمجھتا ہے اس سے کوئی جعلی آڈیو وڈیو منصوب کی جا ری ہے وہ عدالتوں کا رخ کر سکتا ہے۔
اب یہ عدالت کا اختیار ہے کہ وہ کونسی آڈیو اور وڈیو کو قانونی شہادت کے طور پر استعمال کرے۔ اس سلسلے میں جسٹس ارشد ملک کیس میں سپریم کورٹ نے 17 نکات واضح کیے ہیں آڈیو وڈیو کو شواہد کے طور پر استعمال کیا جا سکتا ہے۔ اس میں سے اہم۔ نقطہ یہ تھا کہ وڈیو بنانے والا اور آڈیو ریکارڈ کرنے والا عدالت میں خود بھی پیش ہو، مزید عدالت نے یہ بھی واضح کر دیا تھا کہ آڈیو اور ویڈیو کا فرانزک آڈٹ کیا جائے۔

اب ویڈیوز اور آڈیوز کی فرانزک ٹیسٹ کے لئیے بے شمار لبارٹریز موجود ہیں اور ان میں سے کریٹ ڈسکوری مستند سمجھا جاتاہے جن کی رپورٹ کو امریکی اور بر طانوی عدالتوں میں بطور ثبوت پیش کیا جاتا ہے۔ عام طور پر ماہرین متعلقہ آڈیو کی لیر کا مختلف طریقوں سے جانج لیتے ہیں کہ جو آڈیو ان کے پاس ٹیسٹ کیلئے آئی ہے ۔کہین اس میں کوئی فنکاری تو نہیں دیکھائی گئ ہے۔ آڈیو میں باریک چیزوں کا با غور جا ئزہ لیا جاتا ہے اور اس کام کیلئے جدید ٹیکنالوجی کا سہارا بھی لیا جاتاہے اور اسی متعلقہ شحض کے آواز کے ساتھ بیک گراونڈ کو خاص طور پر دیکھا جاتاہے، اور سب سے بڑھ کر یہ جائزہ بھی لیا جاتاہے کہ آواز متعلقہ شحض کی بھی یا نہیں اس سلسلے میں اس شخص کی مختلف گفتگو کا بھی مشاہدہ کیا جاتا ہے۔ ہر کسی کی گفتگو میں ایک محصوص انداز ہوتا ہے اسے بھی فرانزک ٹیسٹ کے دوران ذہن میں رکھا جاتاہے۔
عموما اس سارے کام میں دو سے تین مہینے لگتے ہیں اور اس کے بعد با قاعدہ سرٹیفکٹ جاری کیا جاتاہے۔جس میں وڈیو یا آڈیو کی جعلی یا اصلی ہونے کی شھادت دی جاتی ہے۔

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