Friday, August 26, 2016

KP Government decides to lodge protest on delay in NFC award

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government while expressing grave concern on immense delay in fulfilling the constitutional obligation of  formulating 9th National Finance Commission (NFC) and continuous usurpation of rights of the province has decided to lodge a formal protest to the centre in this regard. It has also been decided to implement the announcement regarding summoning All Parties Conference (APC) on the issue as well as developing close liaison with other provinces including Sindh and Baluchistan to take stock of the situation and adopt consensus strategy on it. A number of decisions have also been made to ensure implementation on announcement and targets of the provincial budget including holding meetings on quarterly progress review under Finance Minister and monthly reviews under Secretary Finance.
          Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Muzaffar Said Advocate chaired a meeting at Civil Secretariat Peshawar to this effect wherein matters including timely achievement of the developmental goals announced in the budget, progress on new NFC award and developmental strategy of the provincial government were threadbare discussed while a number of decisions and recommendations were also made. The meeting besides Secretary Finance Ali Raza Bhutta and other high ups was also attended by former senior bureaucrats associated with the Finance Department.  It was decided that the centre would be approached by provincial bureaucracy on weekly basis and ministers level on monthly basis as well as the Chief Minister would be kept abreast with every progress to press the federal government for announcing new NFC award and it finds no further justifications for the delay of new NFC.
          Muzaffar Said Advocate while paying tributes to the officials of Finance Department on preparation of the provincial budget during hot summer days of Ramzanul Mubarrak and working round the clock also acknowledged that finance department officials did marvelous job by encashing the cheque of outstanding hydel net profit (HNP) arrears upto Rs.  26.3 billion as the cheque was issued on June 30 by WAPDA that could not be honoured even next day due to commencing of the new fiscal year but KP Finance Department made it possible by authorizing BoK in Lahore to collect the cheque and transfer the amount to provincial kitty through State Bank at the eleventh hour. He expressed the hope that all the departments including Health, Education and Local Government would be given funds timely to accelerate the pace of development.
          The Finance Minister regretted that centre was bent upon to continue the 7th NFC award in the new fiscal year too despite the fact that this award was constituted before the 18th Constitutional amendment on the basis of 18 years old census. He however lauded the political acumen of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak by floating the provincial issues on national horizon effectively.  He deplored that financial burden on the province has been increased thousand folds after concurrent list and transfer of the departments to the provinces. He said that the centre has the right on only 20% and not 42.5 % resources while the remaining 80% must be transferred to the provinces as must. It is pertinent to mention that under 7th NFC award, the centre presently received 42.55 %, Punjab 51.74%, Sindh 24.55%, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 14.62% and Baluchistan 9.09 % funds of the national resources but it has been decided in the previous NFC meeting that the new award would be promptly constituted in backdrop of 18th amendment, provincial autonomy, national action plan, transparent use of foreign aid and possible impacts of CPEC but the federal government instead made no progress in this regard. On the other hand, the federal debts crossed Rs. 21 billion that were double than 2008 besides eminent increase in the inflation rate.  Centre also owe to pay Rs. 119 billion to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under Water Accord.  Poverty, unemployment and backwardness reached to the climax in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to prolong stay of Afghan refugees, TDPs, terrorism and natural disasters that must be realized by the centre. Providing only one per cent funds to the province in head of  terrorism losses was sheer injustice with its people that required increase to 5% at least while the centre must also realize the fact that economic stability of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will ultimately lead to the national progress and prosperity.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak alongwith Speaker Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser and Minister Law, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, visited Kohat on Tuesday to condole the sad demise of former District President PTI Kohat late Muhammad Humayun Chacha

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak alongwith Speaker Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser and Minister Law, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, visited Kohat on Tuesday to condole the sad demise of former District President PTI Kohat late Muhammad Humayun Chacha, who died the other day. They remained there for quite some time and offered Fateha for departed soul of the deceased.
                   Paying glowing tributes to the services of late Humayun Chacha, the Chief Minister said that he was great asset of the party and due to his death, party has been deprived of a dedicated and great person adding that the whole party was proud of him. He further said  that his services for party would be remembered for ever.
                   Talking to Media on this occasion, on a question regarding shifting of Oil Refinery from Kohat to Karak, Pervez Khattak maintained that formal decision to this effect has not yet been made and the Refinery would be established at feasible and suitable place. Regarding another question on return of Afghan Refugees, the Chief Minister said that the Federal Government has been given six months time up-to December 2016 hoping that their respectable return would be made in the coming six months accordingly.
                   Referring to the CPEC Project, the Chief Minister said that Peshawar Express Way has been included in the Federal Budget beside construction of Jhand to Kohat Road and Railway Track from Peshawar to DIKhan under the said project. He added that CPEC was a project of progress and prosperity and the whole country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would equally get its benefit
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also visited the residence of District leader of PTI   Aftab Alam Afridi to condole the death of his mother-in-law and prayed for her eternal peace.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak alongwith Speaker Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser and Minister Law, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, visited Kohat on Tuesday to condole the sad demise of former District President PTI Kohat late Muhammad Humayun Chacha

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak alongwith Speaker Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser and Minister Law, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, visited Kohat on Tuesday to condole the sad demise of former District President PTI Kohat late Muhammad Humayun Chacha, who died the other day. They remained there for quite some time and offered Fateha for departed soul of the deceased.
                   Paying glowing tributes to the services of late Humayun Chacha, the Chief Minister said that he was great asset of the party and due to his death, party has been deprived of a dedicated and great person adding that the whole party was proud of him. He further said  that his services for party would be remembered for ever.
                   Talking to Media on this occasion, on a question regarding shifting of Oil Refinery from Kohat to Karak, Pervez Khattak maintained that formal decision to this effect has not yet been made and the Refinery would be established at feasible and suitable place. Regarding another question on return of Afghan Refugees, the Chief Minister said that the Federal Government has been given six months time up-to December 2016 hoping that their respectable return would be made in the coming six months accordingly.
                   Referring to the CPEC Project, the Chief Minister said that Peshawar Express Way has been included in the Federal Budget beside construction of Jhand to Kohat Road and Railway Track from Peshawar to DIKhan under the said project. He added that CPEC was a project of progress and prosperity and the whole country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would equally get its benefit
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also visited the residence of District leader of PTI   Aftab Alam Afridi to condole the death of his mother-in-law and prayed for her eternal peace.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak alongwith Speaker Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser and Minister Law, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, visited Kohat on Tuesday to condole the sad demise of former District President PTI Kohat late Muhammad Humayun Chacha

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak alongwith Speaker Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser and Minister Law, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, visited Kohat on Tuesday to condole the sad demise of former District President PTI Kohat late Muhammad Humayun Chacha, who died the other day. They remained there for quite some time and offered Fateha for departed soul of the deceased.
                   Paying glowing tributes to the services of late Humayun Chacha, the Chief Minister said that he was great asset of the party and due to his death, party has been deprived of a dedicated and great person adding that the whole party was proud of him. He further said  that his services for party would be remembered for ever.
                   Talking to Media on this occasion, on a question regarding shifting of Oil Refinery from Kohat to Karak, Pervez Khattak maintained that formal decision to this effect has not yet been made and the Refinery would be established at feasible and suitable place. Regarding another question on return of Afghan Refugees, the Chief Minister said that the Federal Government has been given six months time up-to December 2016 hoping that their respectable return would be made in the coming six months accordingly.
                   Referring to the CPEC Project, the Chief Minister said that Peshawar Express Way has been included in the Federal Budget beside construction of Jhand to Kohat Road and Railway Track from Peshawar to DIKhan under the said project. He added that CPEC was a project of progress and prosperity and the whole country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would equally get its benefit
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also visited the residence of District leader of PTI   Aftab Alam Afridi to condole the death of his mother-in-law and prayed for her eternal peace.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak alongwith Speaker Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser and Minister Law, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, visited Kohat on Tuesday to condole the sad demise of former District President PTI Kohat late Muhammad Humayun Chacha

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak alongwith Speaker Provincial Assembly Asad Qaiser and Minister Law, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, visited Kohat on Tuesday to condole the sad demise of former District President PTI Kohat late Muhammad Humayun Chacha, who died the other day. They remained there for quite some time and offered Fateha for departed soul of the deceased.
                   Paying glowing tributes to the services of late Humayun Chacha, the Chief Minister said that he was great asset of the party and due to his death, party has been deprived of a dedicated and great person adding that the whole party was proud of him. He further said  that his services for party would be remembered for ever.
                   Talking to Media on this occasion, on a question regarding shifting of Oil Refinery from Kohat to Karak, Pervez Khattak maintained that formal decision to this effect has not yet been made and the Refinery would be established at feasible and suitable place. Regarding another question on return of Afghan Refugees, the Chief Minister said that the Federal Government has been given six months time up-to December 2016 hoping that their respectable return would be made in the coming six months accordingly.
                   Referring to the CPEC Project, the Chief Minister said that Peshawar Express Way has been included in the Federal Budget beside construction of Jhand to Kohat Road and Railway Track from Peshawar to DIKhan under the said project. He added that CPEC was a project of progress and prosperity and the whole country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would equally get its benefit
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also visited the residence of District leader of PTI   Aftab Alam Afridi to condole the death of his mother-in-law and prayed for her eternal peace.

Friday, July 15, 2016

PAMIR TIMES | Voices of the Mountain Communities

Karachi, July 13, 2016: The Aga Khan University Examination Board has announced results for its Secondary and Higher Secondary School Certifications for the May 2016 examination session. This year, the Examination Board assessed students in 95 subjects across 23 cities in Pakistan.
"The AKU EB team congratulates all candidates for their hard work. We at AKU-EB strive to develop higher order cognitive skills such as critical thinking in our students and firmly believe that, assessment is a driving force for new ways of learning. We strive to provide access to a qualification of the highest quality to the remotest parts of the country and to marginalised groups, and we are honored to say that our hard work pays off when our students make us proud through their performance. Congratulations to all once again!" – Dr Shehzad Jeeva, Director, AKU EB.
The overall passing rate for SSC Part I has been 85.5 per cent with 46.7 per cent of candidates scoring 'A' grade and above. Meanwhile, the overall passing rate for SSC Part II was 88.8 per cent with 55.6 per cent of candidates obtaining 'A' grade and above.
Alina Fatima from the Al-Murtaza School, Karachi and Hira Naz from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Kuragh (Chitral, KPK) scored 93.36 per cent and secured the first position for the Secondary School Certification (SSC). Alina also gained the second position in the elective subjects of the Science Group along with Ali Mehdi from IBA Community College, Khairpur.
"Although I was expecting good grades but it is really exciting to be an AKU EB position holder from a remote area like Lutkoh, Chitral. I am aware that it is a challenge for females to get good education but I would like to thank my parents for their support and efforts. In the AKU EB system we learn how to apply our learning in daily life which makes us confident about our knowledge. In the future I want to be a Neurologist. I am also eager to do philanthropic work in under privileged areas of country." – Hira Naz.
"The performance of my student Hira Naz has doubled my self-confidence, confidence on my team, students and parents. We highly appreciate the support and coordination from AKU EB in every aspect. The trainings provided by AKU EB are of high quality and prepare teachers for a higher level of teaching and learning."- Bibi Sultana, Principal, Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Kuragh (Chitral).
"AKU EB has made wonderful efforts in raising the quality of education and assessment across the country. Getting the overall first position in SSC at the country level is a great achievement by Hira Naz which has made the Chitral proud. This is a great milestone achieved by a talented student form the remote area of Lutkoh, Chitral." – Dr Inayatullah Faizi, an Educationist and Writer.
Ruhaina Nadeem from Nasra School (Malir Campus) secured the second position for SSC with a score of 93.18 per cent. Shehla Tanveer from Maryam Siddiqa Girls Higher Secondary School, Chenab Nagar (Punjab) and Maryam Ihsan from Nusrat Jahan Academy Girls High School, Chanab Nagar (Pubjab), scored the third position in SSC with a score of 92.6 per cent. Maryam also gained first position in the elective subjects of the Science Group.
Komal Fatima from Habib Girls' School, Karachi, secured the first position in elective subjects of the Humanities Group secured first position in the electives of the SSC Science Group.
"I congratulate the entire AKU EB team for their efforts in preparing our youth for a better tomorrow. The guidance and professional support provided by them to the teachers across disciplines is promoting a focused and meaningful teaching learning context. I would also like to congratulate the Class of 2016, their parents and teachers on the outstanding performance in AKU-EB's SSC 2016 Examinations." – Tasneem Shabbar Zaidi, Director, Al Murtaza School Network, Karachi.
The first position in the Higher Secondary School Certification (HSSC) has been secured by Areej Al Medinah from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Karimabad, Karachi. She did not only achieve the overall first position in HSSC with 91.63 per cent but also gained second position in the elective subjects of the Pre-Engineering group.
"Gaining an education as a part of AKU EB was a challenge in itself, but never a difficulty. With AKU EB's application, understanding and knowledge scheme discouraging the route system, we have been successfully instilled with the ability to comprehend and tackle real life problems and issues. I am delighted to see females dominating the positions this year as well. We are definitely well prepared for higher education and for the betterment of Pakistan" – Areej Al Medinah.
The second position holder for HSSC, Areeba Muhammad scored 91.36 per cent. She also gained the first position in the elective subjects of the Pre-Engineering Group. Fatima Muhammad Asad from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Karimabad, Karachi secured the overall third position in HSSC with a score of 91.27 per cent. She also stood third in the Pre-Medical elective subjects.
HSSC group-wise position holders for elective subjects include Duaa Ahmed from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Karimabad, Karachi and Mohammad Ghazanfar Sakrani from Habib Public School (Commerce), Areeba Altaf from Habib Girls School (Humanities), Abdul Manan from Nasir Higher Secondary School, Chenab Nagar (General Science) and Simran Kumari from Habib Girls School (Pre-Medical).
"Establishment of Higher Secondary Schools and introduction of AKU EB has set a new milestone in the AKES,P journey. The quality of secondary school graduates from AKU EB has been a real source of satisfaction and confidence for communities across Pakistan." – Aien Shah, Head of Academics, Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan.
This year the passing rate for HSSC Part I is 86.6 per cent with 45.1 per cent candidates scoring 'A' grade and above. The passing rate for HSSC Part II is 84.5 per cent with 47.5 per cent candidates obtaining 'A' Grade and above.
"It is a well-known fact that assessment drives learning. The desired goal of education globally is the development of learners' knowledge and skills to prepare them for the future and make them effective members of their society. Assessment practices introduced by AKU EB aims to re-frame the current scenario that also contributes to the development of global citizens for Pakistan." – Dr Naveed Yusuf, Associate Director Assessments, AKU EB.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Atif Khan Wednesday on behalf of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak gave a cheque of Rs. Five lac to Shah Faisal

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan Wednesday on behalf of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak gave a cheque of Rs. Five lac to Shah Faisal, a brilliant student of Malakand board who had topped the F.Sc Computer Science annual examination 2015 by securing 869 marks. The said student had also secured first position through the province in computer science ETEA entry test. Additional Secretary Education Qaiser Alam and Farman Ali father of Shah Faisal were also present on the occasion.
 Addressing the ceremony Muhammad Atif Khan said that the position holder student of government schools and colleges were deserved to be awarded by the government as they did not enjoy the facilities as the students of private institutions have. He said the parents of government schools going children have not sufficient resources to give their children best high education. He said the government was taking a number of steps for upgrading standard of education in the government schools and for the purpose, the government was encouraging the brilliant student of government schools and colleges. He said the government has also taken a number for steps to discourage copying in examination. Muhammad Atif said the PTI led Provincial government, besides taking steps of upgrading the standard of education, has recruited 2500 teachers on merit due to which the education sector was on the right way. He said reward and punishment policy was followed in the education sector, so for 4 DEOs have been terminated while disciplinary action has been taken against a number of teachers. He said 441 closed schools have been made functional while government was spending huge amounts over construction additional class rooms in the present schools. He said for the first time in the history of the province, a bulk of amount has been earmarked in the budget for education due to which the performance of education department has improved. Muhammad Atif Khan congratulated Shah Faisal and his father Farman Ali and hoped that due to his hectic efforts, Shah Faisal would earn a good name in the near future.

 
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