MANDI BAHAUDDIN - The ex-servicemen took out a rally outside the Mandi Bahauddin Press Club on Friday as a protest against the government over its failure to establish a District Armed Forces Board (DAFB) in the district.

Ex-servicemen and widows of martyrs participated in the rally. The participants were carrying banners inscribed with their demands including implementation of "one rank one pension". Addressing the rally, Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS) Tehsil President SM Bashir said more than 30,000 ex-servicemen including their widows reside in the district. They are dependent for their welfare matters on DASB Gujrat, he said and added that the district administration had provided two rooms for setting up DASB camp office. Adjutant General and Pakistan Armed Services Board (PASB), Defense Ministry Rawalpindi was also requested for posting Deputy Director DASB for Mandi Bahauddin. Considering plight of ex-servicemen, PASB ordered Deputy Director DASB Gujrat to visit Camp Office Mandi Bahauddin on every Friday to deal with ex-servicemen matters relating to pension and other subjects.

He said keeping in view the strength of ex-servicemen, the ad-hoc arrangements were not sufficient. He urged COAS and PASB to approve setting up separate DASB in the district to facilitate the ex-servicemen of the area. He also demanded early implementation of "one rank one pension" to save pensioners from financial crises.

600 teachers shown the door

Staff Reporter adds from Sialkot: As many as 600 temporary teachers (male and female) have been terminated from their jobs after the appointment of regular teachers through the Punjab Public Services Commission in different government colleges of Gujranwala Division.

According to official sources, the Punjab government had appointed 1,000 male and female teachers in different government colleges on contract basis to overcome the shortage of teachers in different government colleges in Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts.

Now, the Punjab government terminated 600 out of the total 1,000 teachers after appointing the regular ones in these colleges. The officials added that the rest 400 teachers would also be terminated from their jobs soon.

FINES: The Divisional Drugs Court has imposed Rs98 million fine on owners of different medical stores while announcing the verdicts of 429 cases during 2015.

According to the officials concerned, 800 cases are still under trial in different courts. They also declared 43 quacks as proclaimed offenders in separate cases.

RANGERS, POLICE NAB SIX AFGHANS: The Punjab Rangers and police have arrested six Afghan nationals during a joint search operation conducted near Sialkot Cadet College near Pasrur here.

According to police officials, the Afghan nationals were identified as Ameen, Akram Khan, Faheem, Abdul Malik, Akbar Khan and Riaz Khan. They were had been illegally staying in Pakistan near Pasrur.

Police also recovered several SIMs of Afghan mobile phone companies and a big amount of cash in Iranian and Afghani currencies from their possession. Police have sent the accused behind bars after registering separate cases against them.