May 2010



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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Five killed as clashes continue in Kurram Agency

PARACHINAR: Five persons were killed and 12 others sustained injuries in fresh clashes between the Turi and Mangal tribesmen in Shalozan and Tangi areas of Kurram Agency on Monday, tribal sources said.

The sources said that the rival tribes were using heavy weapons against each other. They confirmed the killing of five persons and injuries to 12 others in the fresh clashes but would not tell to which tribe the victims belonged.

Turi and Mangal tribes have been fighting for the last seven days because of a water dispute and ownership of forests. Elders of a local jirga and political authorities are making efforts to broker ceasefire between the warring tribes but have not yet succeeded in their endeavors.

source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=241100

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 briefs… Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Five killed as clashes continue in Kurram Agency

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PARACHINAR: Five persons were killed and 12 others sustained injuries in fresh clashes between the Turi and Mangal tribesmen in Shalozan and Tangi areas of Kurram Agency on Monday, tribal sources said.

The sources said that the rival tribes were using heavy weapons against each other. They confirmed the killing of five persons and injuries to 12 others in the fresh clashes but would not tell to which tribe the victims belonged.

Turi and Mangal tribes have been fighting for the last seven days because of a water dispute and ownership of forests. Elders of a local jirga and political authorities are making efforts to broker ceasefire between the warring tribes but have not yet succeeded in their endeavors.

Monday, May 24, 2010, Jamadi-us-Sani 09 , 1431 A.H.

6 hurt as private plane crash-lands

Sunday, May 23, 2010
Our correspondent

PARACHINAR: Six persons including pilot sustained critical injuries when a mini passenger plane of a private company crash-landed on Parachinar Airport after developing a technical fault on Saturday.

Talking to The News, Imran Javed, pilot of the plane, said that nose wheel of the plane could not open due to some technical fault when it came on the runway during landing.

The plane, he said, again taxied and then smashed against the runway.

Five persons identified as Mushtaq Hussain son of Gul Afzal, Dildar Hussain, Mushtaq Hussain son of Nazar Ali, Gohar Ali, Shoaib Hussain and pilot Captain Imran Javed sustained injuries. Soon after the incident, Political Agent Abdul Baseer Khan and FC Commandant Officer Col Tausif Akhtar rushed to airport and reviewed the rescue work.

Later, the levies personnel removed the wreckage. Due to closure of routes because of sectarian strife in Kurram Agency, private companies have started flights of mini-planes to facilitate the passengers.

Source:http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=240789
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Friday, May 21, 2010, Jamadi-ul-Sani 06, 1431 A.H

University, colleges to be constructed in Parachinar

PESHAWAR (APP): In order to enhance literacy ratio in Kurram Agency, MNA Sajid Hussain Tori said Thursday that a university and two new colleges would be constructed in Parachinar to equip tribal youth with the ornament of education. Addressing a press conference at Parachinar, headquarters of Kurram Agency, he said President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani are taking keen interest in promotion of education and development of tribal area. He said two new degree colleges and a university would soon start function. He said the government was endeavouring to provide technical education to tribal youth. The lawmaker from Kurram Agency said peace is must for development and prosperity and urged tribesmen to unit against militancy and terrorism. He paid rich tributes to the security forces’ sacrifices and assured to fight shoulder to shoulder with our troops for protection of motherland. Tori said problems of tribal people would be addressed at priority level and sought cooperation to keep close eyes on the developmental projects to make them durable and life long.

source: http://www.thefrontierpost.com/Printer.aspx?ncat=cn&nid=570

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DAWN.COM
Passengers hurt in Cessna crash landing
By Hussain Afzal
Sunday, 23 May, 2010

PARACHINAR, May 22: A Cessna plane of the Peshawar Flying Club carrying five passengers met an accident after landing at the Parachinar airport on Saturday.

Officials said passengers and the pilot, Imran, suffered slight injuries and were discharged from hospital after first aid.

The plane took off from Peshawar and landed in Parachinar, Kurram Agency’s administrative headquarters.

An official of the Civil Aviation Authority said that the accident took place because ‘nose-wheel’ of the plane was damaged during landing.

The airport in charge said that the runway had been cleared for traffic.

The flying club has been operating a service between Peshawar and Parachinar for the past one year because of attacks on passengers along the main road.

source: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/passengers-hurt-in-cessna-crash-landing-350

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UN urged to set up industrial zones in tribal areas
By Our Reporter
Saturday, 22 May, 2010

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Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said the war on terror inflicted losses of billions of dollars on our economy and devastated educational and health infrastructure in violence-hit areas. — APP Photo

RAWALPINDI: Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar suggested to visiting UN Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan on Friday that industrial zones should be set up in tribal areas with the help of international community for socio-economic development of people affected by terrorism.

During a meeting with Jean Maurice Ripert, the minister said the international community should realise Pakistan’s difficulties because the war on terror inflicted losses of billions of dollars on its economy and devastated educational and health infrastructure in violence-hit areas.

Jean Maurice Ripert met the defence minister here. Rear Admiral Shah Sohail Masood and other senior officials of the defence ministry attended the meeting.

He said that industrial zones should be established in tribal areas with the help of international community to provide employment opportunities to people of the area.

He informed the UN envoy that Pakistan’s economy could be improved if western countries provided trade concessions and entered into a free trade agreement on the Turkish model.

Mr Ripert said that the UN was actively mobilising international community to help Pakistan resolve its social and economic difficulties. He said the UN was aware of Pakistan’s difficulties and was approaching donor countries to extend financial and social assistance for reconstruction of terror-ravaged areas of Malakand division and Federally-Administered Tribal Areas and rehabilitation of IDPs.

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UN urged to set up industrial zones in tribal areas
By Our Reporter
Saturday, 22 May, 2010
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Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said the war on terror inflicted losses of billions of dollars on our economy and devastated educational and health infrastructure in violence-hit areas. — APP Photo
RAWALPINDI: Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar suggested to visiting UN Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan on Friday that industrial zones should be set up in tribal areas with the help of international community for socio-economic development of people affected by terrorism.

During a meeting with Jean Maurice Ripert, the minister said the international community should realise Pakistan’s difficulties because the war on terror inflicted losses of billions of dollars on its economy and devastated educational and health infrastructure in violence-hit areas.

Jean Maurice Ripert met the defence minister here. Rear Admiral Shah Sohail Masood and other senior officials of the defence ministry attended the meeting.

He said that industrial zones should be established in tribal areas with the help of international community to provide employment opportunities to people of the area.

He informed the UN envoy that Pakistan’s economy could be improved if western countries provided trade concessions and entered into a free trade agreement on the Turkish model.

Mr Ripert said that the UN was actively mobilising international community to help Pakistan resolve its social and economic difficulties. He said the UN was aware of Pakistan’s difficulties and was approaching donor countries to extend financial and social assistance for reconstruction of terror-ravaged areas of Malakand division and Federally-Administered Tribal Areas and rehabilitation of IDPs.

 

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