KASUR-With the sudden increase in cold, unscheduled power outages coupled with scarcity of water have left the public unable to heave a sigh of relief.

According to the report of a survey, people of Kasur are worst victim of the prolonged and unscheduled power outages. During the survey, residents of different localities told The Nation that the Lesco is conducting 14-hour loadshedding in urban areas. “The situation in rural areas is worst where electricity remains suspended for 18 hours,” they said. They added that the outages have adversely hit students, employees, traders and labour class of the district. “Students and the government employees are unable to carry out their study and official work while the trading community have become unable to fulfil the market demand which has left a number of labourers jobless,” they said. They regretted power cuts have also created shortage of water and people are unable to carry out routine works at homes. People, even at mosques, do not find enough water for ablution, they complained. They demanded the government take effective steps for bringing an end to loadshedding.


Ellahabad and Khuddian police claimed on Friday to have arrested 18 gamblers during raids on two gambling dens here the other day. The Ellahabad police raided a gambling den in Sohdiwal and arrested 10 gamblers including Ali Raza, Riasat and Asif. The Khuddian police arrested eight gamblers including Sajjad, Liaqat and others during raid on a gambling den in Baigpur. Cases had been registered against them. Investigation was underway.

Murderer sentenced to death

A local court sentenced a murderer to death and fined him Rs100,000 here the other day.

According to the prosecution, the convict identified as Maqsood Ahmed had shot dead his rival Abbas in Tara Garh village in 2013. Saddr police had arrested and registered a case against the accused on the complaint of Hussain, brother of the deceased. In light of the evidence, Additional District and Sessions Judge Ch Zafar Iqbal convicted the accused of murder. He sentenced the murderer to death and imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on him. Two of his accomplices - Ramazan alias Irfan and Irshad alias Tehni - were sentenced to life in prison. They were also fined Rs200,000 each.

Orphan Centre’s services lauded

MIRPUR (AJK)-AJK Secretary Health Services Khalid Hassan Asad visited KORT Educational and Rehabilitation Complex which spreads over 600 kanal of land, at Jarri Kass, in outskirt of in Mirpur.

It is the largest Orphan Centre in South East Asia. It was constructed by a UK-based Kashmiri Expatriate and renowned Kashmiri social Worker Ch. Akhtar, housing hundreds of shelter-less children most of them survivors of deadly October 8, 2005 Earthquake in AJK.

Khalid Hassan Asad was received at the KORT Rehabilitation and Educational Complex by Deputy Chief and renowned social worker and ex-chairman MDA Ch Haneef, Director Programs Saqib Javed Raja and other Staff members of the complex.

He went round various blocks of the mega complex including state-or-the-art school and hostel buildings and appreciated the latest amenities of life being provided to its dwellers.

Khalid Hassan said that the State Health Services Department was bent on providing every possible medical facilities for the masses close to their doorsteps across Azad Jammu & Kashmir at Divisional, District and Tehsil headquarters levels.

He highly appreciated KORT and its mega complex for providing absolutely free rehabilitation and education for hundreds of the shelter-less children from various parts of AJK and Pakistan. Director Programmes KORT Saqib Javed Raja apprised the Secretary Health AJK about the need of early establishment of a BHU in the Complex by the State Health Department as a due contribution to the sick humanity - the dwellers of the Complex. Prominent among others were Mirpur DHO Dr Asghar Ali, Dr Nisaar Ahmed of MBBS Medical College and other notables.