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Rockets hit army garrison LANDI KOTAL, Dec 9: Unidentified militants fired four rockets from unknown location which hit army garrison here late on Sunday night. However, no casualty was reported, said sources.

They said the rockets landed in the open grounds on the premises of the garrison.

Soon after the attack the security forces deployed resorted to firing in the air to avert the attack.

Meanwhile, Khyber Agency education department officials paid surprise visits to several schools in far-flung areas and found ten teachers absent from duty, officials said on Monday.

Assistant education officer Hastam Khan said staff attendance registers were checked and ten teachers and other staff were found absent from duty.

He said strict action would be taken against the absentee teachers.

He said upon local people`s demand political agent had sanctioned a sub-education office in Landi Kotal to keep close check on schools in far flung areas.Correspondent Policemen terminated DAGGAR, Dec 9: District police officer Asif Iqbal Mohmand on Monday terminated 11 police officials on corruption charges.

The terminated officials included sub-inspector Balizar Khan, assistant sub-inspectors Sher Wali Khan, Sher Mohammad Khan, Zahid Khan, Zeb Ahmad, Mohammad Wahab, Anwar Saeed, Behrawar, and head constables Said Aman Khan, Khan Sher and Sher Afzal.

Mr Mohmand said the action was taken against the officials on public complaints which were duly investigated through various agencies.

Responding to a question, the DPO said many other officials were under vigilant eye and would have to face the music if found guilty of corruption.

Meanwhile, a seminar to mark the International Day of Anti-Corruption was held here on Monday.

A walk was also held to raise awareness against corrupt practices.

Meanwhile, workers of PTI, JI and rights organisation, Interfaith Harmony, organised a demonstration at Swari to protest US drone strikes.-Correspondent Police committees PESHAWAR, Dec 9: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police department has decided to include officials of other departments in its purchase and technical/evaluation committees in order to ensure transparency.

According to a notification issued here on Monday, representatives from defence services, information technology, Engineering University and NTC will be members of the technical/evaluation committee.

Similarly, the purchase/procurement committee besides police members, will have officials from NAB, finance department, home and tribal affairs department and Accountant General office.-Bureau Report PTI protests termed eyewash MINGORA, Dec 9: Qaumi Watan Party provincial general secretary Bakht Baidar Khan has said that anti-drone protest of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf was aimed at diverting public attention from the government`s failure to implement its slogan of change in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Addressing a news conference at the Swat Press Club here on Monday, he said the QWP had joined the PTI-led provincial government with the commitment to eradicate corruption from government departments.

However, he added that corruption was at its peak in the departments, including the workers welfare board.

`I had collected data that reflected corruption in the workers welfare board and had sent a detailed report to the chief secretary in this regard,` he maintained. He said PTI chief Imran Khan leveled charges of corruption against him without any proof.

He said Imran Khan had been playing with the sentiments of people.-Correspondent Plant`s blockade lifted KARAK, Dec 9: The local people ended the blockade of OGDCL dehydration plant at Nashpa after their negotiations with the concerned officials over low gas pressure ended successfully here on Monday.

The talks were attended by SNGPL regional manager Mr Rehan and its technical staff and.

Office-bearers of rights organisations represented the protesters.

The SNGPL official informed the meeting that the gas pressure would be increased after which domestic consumers would not face problems in cooking and heating.

After successful negotiations, the protesters ended besiege of the dehydration plant and freed the OGDCL personnel.

The elders, however, resolved to organise protests in future if the low gas pressure problem arose again in future.Correspondent