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PESHAWAR: Speakers at a two-day Qaumi Aman Jirga (peace jirga) have called for meaningful dialogue with disgruntled elements in Pakistan and Afghanistan to end the decades-long conflict and save the region from further devastation. They said that withdrawal of foreign forces and non-interference were essential measures to establish lasting peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They blamed ordeal of Pakhtuns on lack of unity among them. “We should talk to Taliban for the sake of peace,” they suggested, adding if America could talk to Taliban, Pakistan government could also negotiate with

PESHAWAR: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has warned the government that the countrywide CNG stations will go on strike if the CNG price is increased from June 1. Speaking at a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Monday, provincial APCA president Pervez Khattak criticised petroleum and natural resources minister Dr Asim Hussain over the proposal of CNG price increase and alleged that the minister had personal interests to serve by advocating a higher rate for CNG. He said the federal government had frequently increased CNG

PESHAWAR, May 26: The government would take every possible step to improve the standard of all universities in the province, said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain here on Saturday. Talking to a delegation of Agricultural University Teachers Association, led by Prof Mohammad Shafi, the minister said that after passage of 18th Amendment, the universities became a provincial subject. “Despite repeated instructions, Agricultural University of Peshawar has failed to introduce the Tenure Track System that is a clear proof of the inefficiency of its administration,” he said. Mr

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Amir Haider Khan Hoti has urged the need for inculcating sportsman spirit and national unity to overcome the challenges. He was speaking at a prize distribution ceremony held here Friday after conclusion of the First Ameer Haider Khan All Pakistan Hockey Tournament that ended in Mardan. As many as 16 teams took part in the tournament. Final match of the tournament was played between the Mardan Red and DHA Attock which was won by the former by 4-2. The chief Minister said victory and defeat

PESHAWAR, May 25: The district administration on Friday ordered police to crack down on Afghan nationals illegally living in the provincial capital at the expiry of the one-month deadline for their voluntary return. District coordination officer, Peshawar, Siraj Ahmad Khan issued the orders under Section 188 and 14 Foreign Act,according to a statement issued here. According to the statement, Afghan refugees living in Peshawar without legal documents will be repatriated via Torkham checkpost. The DCO asked the senior superintendent of police (operations) to maintain a liaison with the political administration of

Peshawar: A United State (US) national of Afghan origin was arrested from the Peshawar Cantonment area and booked under 14 Foreign Act for not possessing valid entry documents to Pakistan, here on Wednesday. The sources said that the arrested, identified as Ashraf Muhammad Yaseen son of Yaseen Ahmed, was carrying a US passport and was roaming around in suspicious circumstances near the CSD stores in the army area when arrested by the police. The Gharbi Police station has booked the Afghan-American under 14 Foreign Act for illegal stay and entry

PESHAWAR: The Higher Education Department has notified the following schedule of vacations for the year 2012-13 for all the government and private colleges in plain areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; summer vacation from 15th June, 2012 to 31st August 2012, winter vacation from 25th December 2012 to 31st December 2012 and spring vacation from Ist April 2013 to 7th April 2013. In hilly/snowy areas I n Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; summer vacation will be observed from Ist July, 2012 to 31st July 2012, winter vacation from 25th December, 2012 to 28th February 2013

PESHAWAR: Unidentified gunmen ransacked a private bank located on Dalazak road in city area here on Monday, local police said. At least five armed masked men entered the bank and held the bank staff hostage and looted around Rs.0.7 million and managed to flee the scene. The police said that they have identified the culprits from the CCTV footage acquired through the cameras in the bank. “We will soon arrest the culprits,” the police added.  

PESHAWAR : A high level delegation of Switzerland led by Assistant State Secretary for Asia and Pacific Division Ambassador Beat Nobs called on Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haidar Khan Hoti at Pakhtunkhwa House Islamabad on Monday, said an official release here Monday. Other members of the delegations were Ambassador of Switzerland to Pakistan Christoph Bubb, Senior Regional Coordinator Political Affairs Peter Nelson, Country Director Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Andreas Huber, Deputy Head Embassy of Switzerland Nicolas Plattner and Defence Attache Embassy of Switzerland Lt. Col. Marcus Maedar.Matters

PESHAWAR: Aqeel Khan underlined his status as Pakistan’s top-ranked player after a 6-1, 7-5 win over younger brother Yasir Khan in the final of the All Pakistan Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Tennis Ranking Championship in Peshawar yesterday. Watched by a limited crowd due to strict security measures at the Garrison Club, Aqeel won the 154th title of his career, the first in Peshawar. “I am very happy to have won this event as we all aim to win national championships,” Aqeel before adding that the tournament will help unearth talent

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