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First woman to challenge status quo in Upper Dir in 2018 polls

PESHAWAR: In an attempt to break a taboo restricting women from exercising their right to vote and encourage them to have their say at ballot box, Hameeda Shahid is all to contest the upcoming general elections on a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seat in the province’s Upper Dir district.   She is the first woman to run on a general seat from the region where women find it hard to raise voice for their rights and stepping in the electoral arena is virtually no-go area for them. In the past, women were even restricted from…

Dynastic politics inflicted massive financial losses to country: Imran Khan

UPPER DIR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Friday that the dynastic politics has always restrained the democracy to flourish in the country, safeguarding the personal interests of corrupt leaders. Addressing a public gathering in Upper Dir of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the PTI chief said that the nation is in dire need of ‘new Pakistan’ to overcome prevailing issues concerning the common masses. Laying emphasis on reforms, Khan said that the major plunderers of public wealth here get an extensive…

Six siblings charred to death in Upper Dir house fire

UPPER DIR: Six children of a family were charred to death when a fire – believed to be erupted due to electric short circuit – engulfed a house here in Khyber Pakhunkhwa, ARY News reported on Sunday.  According to police and rescue sources, the house is situated in Dogdara village of Babozai Payen area and it belonged to a local person named Hamesh Gul. The fire believed to be erupted due to short circuit on power generator. As result of the blaze, six siblings including five sisters and a brother were burnt to…

Major among four Army personnel martyred in Upper Dir operation

UPPER DIR: A Major among four personnel of the Pakistan Army laid down their lives during a military operation in Upper Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release on Wednesday. Major Ali Salman – who belonged to an intelligence agency – along with his team was leading an anti-terrorism operation in Sherotkai area of Timergara in Upper Dir, conducted on an intelligence tip-off against a terrorist hideout in the area. One of the two suicide bombers present in…

‘Its not accountability but exploitation’, says PM Sharif

UPPER DIR: Inaugurating the Lowari Tunnel here, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that it’s not accountability test that he is going through but exploitation while decrying the Panamagate probe and the situation arising from it. Addressing a public gathering after inaugurating the Lowari Tunnel here, Prime Minister said: “I want tell the JIT and PTI that no one will take your accountability test. ‘This is not accountability but exploitation’. I guarantee no one will accept it.” Calling for end of the…