Fresh troops being deployed along Pak-Afghan border


Fresh troops are being deployed along the Pak-Afghan border to stop militants’ insurgency from Afghanistan, Lower Dir District Coordination Officer Mahmood Aslam Wazir said while talking to reporters on Sunday.
He said after a successful military offensive in Maidan and Adenzai in Lower Dir, complete writ of the government had been restored in the district. “There is no no-go area here and we can work without any threat from miscreants,” he said, adding that anti-polio campaigns were being run successfully. There were 300 refusal cases which had been covered, the DCO said, adding that an official order of strict action against the parents who were opposing anti-polio vaccines had been issued so that all children below the age of five years could be vaccinated.
About the damaged government infrastructure due to militancy and flash floods, the DCO said that work on more than 100 government schools and six bridges was underway and would be completed in the next three months. He said despite militancy and poverty in the district, it had got the 4th position in literacy this year throughout the province.
“The performance of government schools as compared to private schools in the district is far better unlike other areas of the province,” he said, adding that one of the government schools’ student topped the Malakand board this year in SSC examination.
He said staff of the election commission and education department was engaged in voter lists’ verification
and it would be completed by September 30.
About complaints regarding the lack of health facilities in the district, the DCO said that district administration had been visiting government hospitals and its administration had been asked to improve service delivery. “There will be no compromise on doctors’ absenteeism and negligence,” he said, adding that he had directed lower staff of administration to pay surprise visits to different bazaars and markets and take strict action against hoarders and profiteers. The law and order situation was better, he said, adding “Police is active in the district.”