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‘Snow covered Swat valley’ becomes hub of attraction for tourists

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ISLAMABAD: Heavy snowfall in Swat Valley continuously attracting a large number of tourists from across the country to enjoy the snow-clad mountainous.

For the nature lovers tourists from Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and other parts of the country have started visiting Kalam, Utror, Gabral, Matiltan, Mahodand and other areas of Swat to enjoy the natural beauty of snow-dressed mountains, slopes and lakes.

According to a TV channel, Tourists had been enjoying the white landscape with lovely scenes of nature.

Hira Khalid, a tourist from Karachi, said that her family planned to visit Kalam when she came to know through forecast that Swat would receive snowfall.

She said it like a heaven on earth we are enjoying this beautiful valley of Swat with hot tempting local foods.

All restaurants were packed with tourists and the demand of woollies also goes up, as mercury falls below the freezing point, said a local Javed Abbas.

,”I was delighted to see snowfall as I had never seen snowfall before in my life, said a tourists from Lahore.

“We have enjoyed a lot, throwing ice balls to our friends. Swat is a beautiful place and we are happy to be here,” said another visitor in Malam Jabba.

A tourist Hassan Shoaib said this site was so splendid and attractive that they wanted to visit the area again and again.

Muhammad Kashif with his Family while enjoying snow said , “I am inviting everyone to come and experience the beautiful snowfall and the snow-clad valley.

Malam Jabba and Kalam valleys, the most scenic hilly resorts of Swat district, have witnessed massive influx of tourists said a visitor Sami Usman.

“The eye-catching landscape of Malam Jabba was beyond everything as tourists could go to the mountain peaks, watch lush green pastures and travel inside the forests through a controlled ride on chairlift that was full of fun and enjoyment,” said Zaib Zeeshan.

He said if road condition from Mingora to Malam Jabba will improve then more tourists will come easily to enjoy snowfall .

Tourist Waqas from Multan city said that they enjoyed the snow-white mountains and riding in the cable car in Malam Jabba.

He added that Swat is a major tourist attraction and it was encouraging to see local investors pouring money into the tourism industry.

 

 

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Tribals are content to get Sehat Insaf Cards

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PESHAWAR: Sehat Insaf Card Programme recently launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan in merged tribal districts, has brought happiness and joy on faces of millions of tribesmen as they will now get free treatment in any top Govt and private hospitals of Pakistan.
The tribal people of erstwhile Fata here Friday expressed jubilation overextension of Sehat Insaf Card facility to the merged tribal district and termed it a gift of Prime Minister Imran Khan for millions of tribal people of former Fata. “I am very pleased to see an extension of Sehat Insaf Card to tribal districts as this facility would help hundreds of thousands of poor people to get free treatment in any top paneled Govt and Private hospital of the country,” Asghar Afridi, a resident of Khyber district told the Media.  “Sure, it was one of the long-awaited demands of people of tribal districts that were finally fulfilled by Prime Minister Imran. The Prime Minister has won hearts and minds of millions of tribesmen and the entire tribesmen are very thankful to him,” Afridi said.
“In the past, we have seen that poor tribesmen after being diagnosed with a fatal ailment like cancer or heart disease, had sold their houses, properties or precious agriculture lands to get treatment,” he said, adding tribesmen will not sell their houses, properties, and lands for treatment anymore. A record one million families of merged tribal districts would be benefited from this program and it would bring revolution in the health sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. As per Sehat Insaf Card, a registered patient will get treatment up to Rs7,20,000 annually in any top panned Government or Private hospital of Pakistan. In case of recurrence of the disease, the said patient can avail treatment of another Rs7,20,000 for another year till he was fully recovered.
The beneficiaries will continue their indoor treatment in hospitals without facing financial constraints of payment of doctors and laboratories’ fees, medicines and surgical operations till they are fully recovered. The cardholders will also be allowed to get free treatment in case of fatal diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, emergency & trauma, end-stage renal failure & dialysis, organ failure management, cancer, and neuro-surgical procedures etc.
A household beneficiary consists of at least eight people including family head, his spouse and up to five children and one elderly dependent person in case the number of children is less than five. Following the successful implementation of Sehat Insaf Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that covered over 69% of the needy population, the PTI Govt has taken a principal decision to extend it to merged tribal districts to provide free treatment to all poor tribal patients.
With the inclusion of tribal districts in this health insurance programme, it is expected that around 80pc population of KP will now get free treatment over the next five years. On February 15, Prime Minister had inaugurated launching of Sehat Insaf Card Programme in tribal districts to provide free treatment to ailing tribesmen and distributed the said cards among widows, orphans, senior citizens and poor tribal people.
The first phase of free treatment under Sehat Insaf Card is being started from Khyber and Bajaur districts and later being extended to other tribal districts of KP. Except for transplant cases, Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Kurram and Orakzai districts patients would now avail free treatment soon after being diagnosed with fatal ailments anywhere in the country. The patient will get free medicines for five years on time of discharge from hospital besides Rs1000 for transportation of luggage and Rs10000 for burial purposes in case of death.
The program covers patients of all age groups, starting from birth of a child to a senior citizen and both males as well as female are eligible to use this facility for indoor treatment. The program is being implemented with help of State Life of Pakistan and all families having PMT score under BISP survey list will get the said cards. The cards are distributed among deserving families strictly on merit and efforts would be made that no deserving family deprive of the facility. All the impaneled hospitals and service providers registered with KP Healthcare Commission and comply with provincial quality standards in KP were selected for treatment of the millions of beneficiaries.

 

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Korean Buddhist pilgrims to visit sacred places in Khyber Pakhtunkwha this year

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ISLAMABAD: Korean government has planned to arrange a pilot Korean Buddhists pilgrim tour to the Buddhist sacred places in Gandhara, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan by March or April this year.

This was revealed by Ambassador of South Korea to Pakistan, Mr. Kwak Sung-Kyu during an interview here on Thursday.

The ambassador himself is working on the arrangements for sending Buddhists to the sacred places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The ambassador said this initiative will help further strengthen the cultural ties between Pakistan and South Korea and help boost religious tourism in Pakistan.

Mr. Kwak Sung-Kyu told this project will be followed by two other projects including one project for capacity building of treating historical artifacts and another programme of inviting the historical and archaeological officials and academia, preferably form the museums having collection of the Buddhist Art of Gandhara, to Korea soon.

The ambassador said Pakistan and South Korea have been enjoying warm cultural relations which are deep rooted in history.

Especially common heritage of Buddhism is of particular importance for further cementing cultural and religious ties between the two countries.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Korean Ambassador recently handed over state-of-the-art conservation equipments worth US$ 50,000 to Department of Archaeology and Museums (DoAM), Islamabad in a ceremony for treating and preserving the Pakistan’s moveable heritage.

The conservation equipments will help preservation of the moveable antiquities especially specimen of the Buddhist art uncovered from the archaeological remains of Buddhist sanctuaries in the ancient Gandhara region.

The equipment included environmental control system for museum, devices for cleaning and conservation of antiquities including conservation consumables, stereo-microscope, ultrasonic cleaner etc.

The equipment will surely prove as instrumental in promoting country’s capacity to conserve its cultural heritage as per international level.

The project has been administered jointly by the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of the Republic of Korea, Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation (KCHF) and the DoAM, Islamabad.

 

 

 

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Promoting arts: KP govt to setup art gallery in Peshawar

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Promoting arts: KP govt to setup art gallery in Peshawar

ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to set up an art gallery in Peshawar at a cost of Rs 200 million.

A spokesman of provincial government said the government has completed the master plan of the gallery that will be equipped with state of the art facilities.

Cultural centers will also be established at all divisional headquarters of the province to promote the regional cultures and facilitate artists, the spokesman added.

 

 

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