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Kumrat Valley – Exploring bounties of nature



KUMRAT: Bewitching pure magnificence, cultural richness and unparalleled hospitality of the varied vacationer locations in Pakistan have at all times contributed to captivate the eye of native and unique nature in addition to generate good-looking revenues.

Bestowed with uncountable benediction, Pakistan’s plains and hilly areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Northern areas current ample alternatives of amusement to tons of of 1000’s vacationer thronging these locations yearly.

Kumrat Valley, located within the Higher Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, can be one of many stunning discoveries of the social media with all its points of interest of inexperienced pastures, snow clad mountains, the river Panjkora, foggy mounds and imperturbable fantastic thing about the forest.

“The 12 months 2016 proved as a turning level for the hidden fantastic thing about Kumrat Valley to be revealed by social media and shortly it grew to become one of many well-known vacationer’s locations for the guests”, Assistant Commissioner, Sheringal, Muhammad Yar Khan mentioned.

“Earlier than 2016, there was not even a single resort within the valley for the vacationers to remain however afterward small accommodations had been constructed within the forests by the native individuals to facilitate guests,” he added.

The place is so stunning that regardless of a 48 kilometer dilapidated observe from Sheringal, Union Council in Higher Dir, vacationer embark on this journey to go to the heavenly place. Though, this observe was repaired typically again however broken once more as a consequence of frequent snowfall.

“Regardless of the poor highway situations, round 6,000 guests entered Kumrat Valley on the primary day of Eid-ul Fitr, 8,000 on the second and 10,000 plus on the third day of Eid,” Muhammad Yar Khan mentioned.

He mentioned for facilitation of the guests the administration maintains strict regulation and order. “Not even a single crime was reported throughout final one 12 months of my posting due to this fact guests can freely roam across the valley with none menace.”

Muhammad Yar nevertheless talked about to dearth of excellent medical doctors, educationists and different professionals within the space as most people after getting good schooling transfer to cities or overseas for job functions.

Former Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited the place throughout his tenure and needed to provide it the standing of a Nationwide Park. However, native individuals resisted this proposal fearing that their land and forests can be confiscated by the federal government.

Pakistan Individuals’s Social gathering authorities established Shaheed Benazir Bhutto College in Sheringal in 2016 and the PTI authorities in KPK additionally targeted on forest conservation and promotion of tourism within the areas.

In the meantime, an official of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police, Zaman Khan mentioned that Deputy Inspector Normal of Police has issued strict instruction to take care of regulation and order within the space.

“We observe directions and attempt to hold the realm crime free,” he mentioned however talked about to language limitations and overcharging by accommodations when requested about complaints registered by the guests.

“Many of the guests complain of language limitations, further charging by outlets and automobile parking in addition to dilapidated roads,” he added.

Round a million vacationers go to the valley through the peak 4 months of summer time season with most of them coming from Punjab and Sindh. This rising variety of guests has risen the variety of domestically constructed two star accommodations to 45 along with small huts.

The accommodations capability typically fall quick to accommodate the guests that make native individuals to fleece the vacationers charging them Rs 8,000 to Rs 15000 per night time.

“That is irritating. We go there for leisure time however the native totally profit from our presence over there by charging way more than the precise worth,” mentioned a customer Adnan Chaudhry, hailing from Faisalabad.

“If the character has bestowed them with its bounties, they need to take care of the man guests. Procinvial authorities ought to devise a pricing mechanism for the vacationers visiting this space,” he mentioned.

He mentioned, “we are able to perceive that they’ve solely seasonal earnings as there are lesser alternatives of incomes throughout harsh winter. However, the charges must be handy to either side.”

Greater than 70 % space of the valley includes forest whereas 30 % of barren land. The individuals within the valley lack correct supply of earnings and most of them migrate to different cities for job functions.

Main agricultural crops of this space are potatoes and apple gourd (Tinda). Nevertheless, the climate can be favorable for rising winter crops in summer time season that are provided to major cities.

The timber falling within the forest as a consequence of heavy rains or quick winds is one other supply of earnings for them as promoting these timber out there brings 60 % share to native individuals and 40% to the federal government treasury.

Since, that is very low literacy price space, the Assistant Commissioner knowledgeable that his workplace has written to the provincial authorities for building of excessive colleges for girls and boys.

Inhabitants on this space includes 70 % Kohistani and 30 % Gujjars and language normally spoken is Kohistani as this space hyperlinks to Indus Kohistan ranging from silk route all the way down to Kohistan, Palas, Shangla and Kalam. However, all of them additionally know Pashto properly.

This space is so stunning that regardless of the hardships, the vacationers can’t be oblivious to enchanting fantastic thing about Kumrat blue water, Jahaz Banda,  Badgoi Prime, Gwaldai Dara and Sundarai Dara and upcoming stunning lakes deliberate by the provincial authorities for the vacationers.


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Uogians stroll to advertise gender equality for peace



GUJRAT: With a view to spreading consciousness about and curbing the menace of gender-based violence for selling peace and stability, the scholars and school from the Division of Sociology organised a stroll right here at Hafiz Hayat Campus of the College of Gujrat the opposite day (Wednesday).

The stroll was organized on the directives of the Increased Schooling Division and Ladies Growth Division of the Authorities of Punjab.

Main from the entrance, social sciences Prof. Dr Faisal Mahmood Mirza vowed full assist for the measures proposed by the federal government to curb the rising incidence of gender-based violence, particularly in opposition to girls.

The contributors of the stroll carried placards and banners and raised slogans that referred to as for  rapid measures at varied ranges for elimination of gender discrimination and violence. Dr Faisal Mahmood Mirza mentioned that gender discrimination or violence in our society was because of neglecting human rights.  “Respecting humanity is the important thing to ending gender-based vviolenc,” Dr Mirza mentioned.

He underscored the necessity for each ladies and men to work collectively for reaching  social peace and stability.

“The dream of social improvement is unattainable with a disregard of the rights and duties of each sexes on the human degree,” he emphasised.

Chairperson of the Division of Sociology, Dr Muhammad Shoaib mentioned that gender equality may assure peace and stability in our society. “It’s our shared nationwide duty to acknowledge and institutionalize gender rights,” Dr Shoaib mentioned.


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President urges politicians to cut back political polarization by means of democratic means



ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday mentioned the armed forces had been dedicated to performing their mandated features as per the Structure, due to this fact, all of the politicians ought to commit themselves to democratic technique of negotiations, consultations and deliberations to attain consensus on points confronted by the nation and scale back political polarization to attain monetary and financial stability within the nation.

The president expressed these views whereas addressing right here the concluding session of Islamabad Conclave-2022, titled “75 Years of Independence: Reaching Complete Nationwide Safety”.

He mentioned previously the superpowers adopted the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction, which diverted sources of the world in the direction of assembly and growing extra deadly weapon programs.

Even when a fraction of these sources, he mentioned, had been diverted, the poverty and starvation on the earth may have been eradicated in addition to the consequences of local weather change mitigated.

He added that democracy, army defence, info and communication safety, and financial independence had been important components for a complete defence of the nation.

The president mentioned the Structure of Pakistan safeguarded the rights of all residents equally, regardless of their social standing, wealth or affect.

He mentioned justice needs to be served promptly and cheaply with none discrimination, which might assist the nation to maneuver ahead on a fast-track foundation.

President Alvi mentioned info was one other important component of nationwide safety as disinformation could possibly be used to destroy the nation and mislead harmless folks.

He mentioned disinformation relating to the ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ led to a significant battle within the Center East, which resulted within the lack of many treasured lives, and the destruction of property and belongings.

He acknowledged that Pakistan acquired nuclear deterrence, which offered it reduction and a reputable defence system for 20 to 30 years, however with the arrival of cyber safety, the whole defence system paradigm had modified.

He careworn that concrete steps needs to be taken to safeguard nationwide belongings from cyber safety assaults. A system needs to be set in place for countering any future cyber-attacks within the nation, he added.

The president urged increased schooling establishments to keep away from refusing admission to college students. All aspiring college students needs to be given admission to growing the variety of individuals with increased schooling, he added.

Speaking about inhabitants management, he mentioned there was a must take away taboos connected to the preventive strategies of inhabitants management and make sure the availability of contraceptives. This, he mentioned, may scale back undesirable pregnancies, which had been 50% of the overall pregnancies that came about within the nation.

ISSI Director Basic Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary briefed the individuals in regards to the points mentioned on the conclave.

He knowledgeable that discussions had been held on the subjects similar to defence and safety, the seek for peace in South Asia, Pakistan’s financial frontiers, the pursuit of geo-economics, and Pakistan’s human and financial safety.

Keynote speaker FS Aijazuddin termed inhabitants the most important subject on the interior entrance whereas relations with India had been the one on the exterior entrance. He additionally highlighted the most important challenges in the way in which of enhancing regional connectivity.

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KP faces Rs155b shortfall attributable to unpaid obligations of centre



ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Taimur Saleem Jhagra has mentioned the provincial authorities could be going through a shortfall of Rs155 billion attributable to unpaid obligations of the federal authorities.

Throughout an interplay with media, KPK Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra mentioned that Rs155 billion shortfall included Rs2.5 for newly-merged districts present finances, improvement finances shortfall Rs22 billion, NFC share in federal tax assortment Rs22.4 billion, NHP Rs61.2 billion and Rs25.9 billion and final quarter NMDs Rs20.4 billion of 2021-22.

Grants for Quickly displaced individuals (TDPs) have been diminished from Rs. 17 billion to zero, he added.

Moreover, he mentioned that ex-FATA’s finances was diminished after the merger and the federal authorities discontinued the Sehat Sahulat Programme for Newly Merged Districts from June 30, 2022, which is now funded by KP.

Federal Authorities’s Sehat Sahulat Programme catered to round a million households in newly merged districts (MDs) (excluding Khyber and Bajaur districts), he mentioned including that the built-in Sehat Card plus programme consists of an annual premium price of Rs. 3,000 per household and covers 1.5 million households, together with Khyber and Bajaur districts.

The estimated price of built-in Sehat Card Plus for NMDs is Rs. 4.5 billion, the minister mentioned and added that federal authorities reneged on dedication to switch PSDP funding of Rs. 5 billion to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and indicated that the province ought to foot the invoice for integrating an extra 1.5 million households into its Sehat Card Plus programme

Improvement grant initially diminished from Rs. 54 billion to Rs. 50 billion, then revised to Rs. 55 billion after provincial authorities’s agitation.

Solely Rs5 billion has been launched to date within the present fiscal 12 months.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has persistently acquired lower than its due share of federal tax task and 1% battle on terror, as per the seventh NFC award Rs 25.35 billion  in opposition to Rs 26.37 billion and precise switch on account tax task Rs 211.03 billion in opposition to share of Rs 219.40 billion.

Underneath seventh NFC award allotted 14.62% share of provincial divisible pool to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in addition to 1% grant attributable to battle on terror.

The shortfall in opposition to due share of whole Federal Board of Income (FBR) collections quantities to Rs. 22.43 billion and no quantity on account of internet hydel revenue cost was disbursed to the province because the current coalition authorities throughout eight months on the federal degree.

He mentioned that non-payment of NHP to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been creating fiscal issues for the province as its arrears has elevated to Rs 61.216 billion with indexation arrears Rs 21.6 billion, arrears of fiscal 12 months Rs 11.902 billion and common NHP for July-November 2022 Rs 12.218 billion  moreover Rs 16.638 billion for the remaining interval of December-June 2023.

On high of that, the FBR income assortment is rising at 15% to 16% within the present fiscal 12 months in opposition to 30% final 12 months will scale back the provincial share of federal tax revenues by over Rs 65 billion.

He mentioned that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities has elevated its income by 122 % over the past three years by introducing reforms and eradicating redundancies or

duplication in 20 taxation in addition to 8 non-taxation sub heads.

The provincial finance minister additional mentioned that the burden of pension in KP is constantly rising.

The pension invoice of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will improve to 300 billion by the 12 months 2027.

It was Rs1 billion in 2003-04 which has now elevated to Rs 108 billion rupees, he added.

He mentioned that the KP authorities has launched new pension reforms to facilitate the 5 thousand staff.

Within the new system of pension, the federal government will contribute 10% and the worker will contribute 12.1% and we hope that modifications in pension guidelines will save 1Rs billion yearly.

The KP finance minister mentioned that the pension invoice of the federation and the provinces has been rising by 25 % yearly and  the pension invoice of the whole nation will improve from Rs 1200 billion to Rs 3000 billion by 2027.

He additionally mentioned that the KP authorities has elevated the early retirement age from 45 to 55 years and we predict that the KP authorities will even save Rs 12 billion yearly.

Taimur Jhagra additional mentioned that I had not written a letter to the IMF on the difficulty of surplus finances however I wrote a letter to the federal authorities.

I’ve no regrets and I stand by my place on the matter of the letter, he added.

Whereas replying to the query, He additionally mentioned that Federal Finance minister Ishaq Dar shouldn’t be giving assembly time for the previous few weeks to debate the monetary points going through the province.


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