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As many as 11 young juveniles passed out from Pakistan Army-run Centre Sabawoon on completion of reformatory courses here the other day.The centre was established for the rehabilitation of former militants. Sabawoon is the first unique facility configured for rehabilitation of juvenile former militants, aging between 12 to 17 years. Sabawoon centre was established in line with the vision of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani in September 2009 with initial intake of 22 juveniles. During the operation Rah-e-Rast, many juveniles were apprehended or they had surrendered. The strength of the said juveniles had been 177, out of which 154 have passed out from the centre so far. There were a lot of facilities for these juveniles at the centre, which were provided by Pakistan Army in collaboration with Hum Pakistani Foundation; a Lahore-based NGO. The basic needs of life were provided to the juveniles, who got fully nourished in a healthy environment. Pakistan Army and the Sabawoon School staffers worked hard to teach juveniles how to become a well mannered and a true patriotic citizen. On Monday, the last ceremony of this institution was held at Malakand, wherein 11 juveniles, who completed their 18-month course, passed out in a formal ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Malakand University Vice Chancellor Dr Johar Ali, Col Masoom, spokesperson of Pakistan Army Malakand division Col Zeeshan and many other army officials with elders of the area. Speaking on the occasion Johar Ali said, “Today I feel extremely obliged to come here to Sabawoon where the juveniles were being fostered by a quality education system and they were changed into a better citizen.” He congratulated the staff of the school and said that hope the juveniles would play a healthy and vital role in the society where they would be examined as a role model for the coming generations. No let-up in thefts: Incidents of theft have increased in district Mandi Bahauddin as during two days, two vehicles, three motorcycles and animals were stolen. The first such incident took place in front of Gousia Mosque. Unknown persons took away a Honda 125 of a person who went inside the mosque to offer prayers and on return found the bike disappeared. Likewise, unknown bandits lifted a motorcycle parked near Children Hospital in Lalazar Colony. In the third incident, a motorcycle was lifted near Passport office on Phalia road. Similarly, a new car was stolen when it was parked near old GTS bus stand. Another car was taken away from private hospital Alshifa. In the sixth incident, rustlers stole a buffalo worth Rs100,000 from village Santhel in Tehsil Phalia. A few days’ earlier, two motorcycles of journalists were stolen near DHQ Hospital.