Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has reiterated his party’s demand for the constitution of an independent and empowered judicial commission (JC) to probe into rigging allegations, saying a toothless commission will be meaningless and mere eyewash.

Talking to the journalists after attending Qul Khawani of Sardar Ghulam Sarwar Khan Qandrani, father of Sardar Arshad Qandarani, a PTI ticket-holder, in a suburban village Qasba Baseera on Saturday, he added that PTI wanted public to know all facts about electoral rigging in 2013 general elections. “The terms and references and jurisdiction of the commission should be made public as soon as possible,” he added.

He said that the PTI extended full support to the government for elimination of terrorism and exhibited solidarity with the government while putting all political differences aside. “We did not create any hurdle in government’s way and supported it in enacting new laws,” he added. He lamented that the government did not fulfil public’s aspirations regarding constitution of a judicial commission for transparent polls in the country. Referring to military courts, he said that these courts must accomplish their task in two years, adding that there had been a dismaying state of affairs in the past. He said that judicial reforms had become imperative in current situation. “Besides reforms, the judges should be given protection and police be given training of latest combat techniques,” he added.

TRAINING: The Civil Defence, Rescue 1122 and security officials imparted training of utiliation of walk-through gates, metal detectors, CCTV cameras and other gadgets used for security purpose to the focal persons of public private schools here on Saturday. The motive behind holding the training session was to enable security persons to protect the lives of teachers and students in emergency situations.

Speaking on the occasion, DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal declared that the government had decided to reopen schools and colleges from Monday but police and district administration would continue monitoring of schools. He added that foreign powers were determined to harm Pakistan and all citizens had to play their role for the protection of homeland. He said that entire nation was in shock because of Peshawar tragedy but the terrorists could not intimidate brave Pakistanis. He said that the security arrangements were being made foolproof and the heads of schools had been issued funds for increasing the height of boundary walls and installation of barbed wire.

Earlier, silence was observed for one minute in honour of martyrs of Peshawar.

Anti-polio swoop: More than 796,472 children below the age of five will be administered polio drops in upcoming three-day round of polio vaccination between January 12 and 14.

Health sources said that a total of 1,585 two-member teams including over 1450 mobile ones had been constituted to vaccinate the children. The mobile teams will go door-to-door to administer polio drops to the children while other teams will be deployed at all hospitals, dispensaries, bus stands, wagon stands, railway station and airport.

Meanwhile, kicking off the polio drive, the District Coordination Officer (DCO) Zahid Saleem Gondal warned that Pakistanis could face travel restrictions and other curbs if the country failed to eradicate polio. He asked the citizens to cooperate with the polio teams for making the drive successful. He warned the parents resisting vaccination of their kids of strict legal action if they continued their resistance.