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KP approves draft bill to end corporal punishment in schools

The bill, if it becomes law, would make corporal punishment in KP schools punishable with a fine and imprisonment.

Thousands of demonstrators, including civil society members, took part in a rally in Lahore April 22 organised by the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement.

Although the conviction rate for terrorism cases in KP has increased since 2014, it remained relatively low at 28% in 2016. More than 50% of cases result in acquittals. The new tool aims to improve these rates.

The Pakistani army transferred security duties to the civilian government of Upper and Lower Dir districts April 11.

The flag meeting at the Torkham border crossing comes after a brief flare-up of violence earlier along the border. Such meetings will improve communication and defuse tensions, say observers.

Tribal elders and local officials quickly de-escalated the situation, saying fighting along the border benefits only terrorists.

'My aim is to end terrorism, establish peace, empower women and democratise the tribal population,' said Ali Begum, a retired civil servant from Kurram Agency.