PESHAWAR: The Dispute Resolution Councils have successfully settled 3815 petty disputes during the current year throughout the province and referred 605 cases to other relevant forums for legal action.
According to a press release issued here on Thursday, the Dispute Resolution Council was established in Peshawar in 2014 so as to bring positive change in ”Thana culture” and ensure prompt settlement of petty disputes amongst the general public.
Due to its tremendous success and the ever-increasing trust of the public on this system, fact-finding a strong need was felt for replicating it in other areas of the province.
Later on such councils were established all over the province in each and every district and a large number of people are approaching these councils for resolution of their petty disputes.
The basic purpose of establishment of dispute resolution councils is to provide prompt and free of cost justice to the public.
The Dispute Resolution Councils are responsible for amicable solution fact-finding inquiries and acting as a jury in the conduct of the contested investigation.
These councils have been formed in the light of Quranic verses of Surah Al-Hujaraat where Allah Almighty has ordained as “Muslims are brothers, therefore make peace between two brothers and fear Allah that the mercy may be upon you”.
In the current year, a total of 5487 cases were received in these councils throughout the province in which 3815 cases were solved in an amicable manner and 605 were referred to other relevant forums for legal action while 1067 cases are under process.
The DRCs in Peshawar settled 286, in Mardan 721, Nowshera 4, Charsadda 4, Swabi 1045, Swat 146, Kohat 135, Karak 97, Hangu 117, Lakki Marwat 90, Buner 249, Upper Dir 74, Dir Lower 33, Chitral 10, Shangla 133, Torghar 3, Abbottabad 84, Haripur 104, Mansehra 61, Battagram 15, Bannu 274 and DIKhan 130. In Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Swabi and Swat 4 each, in Charsadda 3 and Chitral 2, while in rest of districts of the province one each DRC is functioning.
APS tragedy commemorated at PA
LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly, through a unanimously adopted resolution today, paid homage to the martyrs of the Army Public School (APS), Peshawar, on the fourth anniversary of the tragedy.
The House condemned the terrorist attack in which 132 students and 10 staff members of the school were martyred.
The joint resolution, moved by PML-N lawmaker Hina Pervaiz Butt and a PTI member, condemned the incident and reiterated nation’s resolve to continue to fight against terrorism. It demanded the federal government to declare December 16 as a national day against extremism and terrorism. The House also adopted a resolution felicitating the federal government on its effective response to the United States over blacklisting of Pakistan for religious freedom violations.
Opposition lawmakers Azma Bokhari and Waris Kallu, speaking in the House, criticized the Donald Trump administration for maligning Pakistan with regard to minorities in Pakistan. “Putting Pakistan on the Human Rights Watch List is a great injustice,” they added. They said that minorities in Pakistan were enjoying more freedom than in India and it was beyond comprehension why Pakistan was included in the Human Rights Watch List and India was spared.
Earlier, the tenth and last sitting of the fifth session of the current assembly started an hour and 33 minutes behind schedule with Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari in the chair. As many as 69 MPAs were present at the outset of the sitting. It is pertinent to mention here that leader of the opposition, Hamza Shehbaz, was not attending the sessions for the last nine days.
Meanwhile, Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi formed a committee for settling the issue of the Production Order of lawmakers in the House. Provincial Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja would head the committee (Production Order Committee), which would make recommendations for introducing amendments to the rules of procedure of the provincial assembly of Punjab regarding a production order of any of the lawmaker.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led opposition had asked for production order of their fellow lawmaker Khawaja Salman Rafique, who is currently in custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The House held a discussion on the annual report on the status of women 2016. Later, the chair adjourned the session sine die.
Imran Khan inaugurates Shelter Homes in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated four shelter homes for shelterless people here today.
These shelter homes, that have been established by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government under its one-hundred-day plan, will harbor 430 people.
Those taking shelter in these homes will also be provided with complimentary food. As the temperature drops more and more homeless are expected to take shelter in these homes.
Relevant: Prime Minister Imran Khan today arrived in Peshawar on a day-long visit to the provincial capital. The Prime Minister soon after arrival inaugurated the shelter home at Pajagi road Peshawar City and inspected its various portions. The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, District Nazim Peshawar and senior officers of provincial administration were present on the occasion. The Prime Minister in his day-long visit would also address the special cabinet meeting and an event marking the first 100 days of the KP government at Nishtar Hall Friday afternoon. He will also meet Governor KP, Shah Farman.
KARACHI: Removal of encroachments
KARACHI: The Anti-Encroachment Department of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) demolished more than 35 shops and other constructions in front of shops and footpaths with the help of heavy machinery in district West and Korangi on Tuesday.
Metropolitan Commissioner Dr. Syed Saif-ur-Rehman who is monitoring anti-encroachments drive in the city, said that footpaths are for pedestrians and no one can be allowed to block the footpaths by extending shops or putting stuff to create problems for citizens, said a statement. He said that the anti-encroachment drive was meant to bring improvement to the city and make it clean and beautiful.
Traders community have so far cooperated with the KMC in its action against encroachments and removed their stuff and an additional portion of their shops.
He said that the city roads, streets, and footpaths are widened after the removal of encroachments. Meanwhile, senior director anti-encroachments Bashir Siddiqui with his team took action in districts West and Korangi.
They removed the encroachments from different areas including Pak Colony in district West and Malir Saudabad in district Korangi where walls, shops, and other structures were demolished.