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12 killed in NW Pakistan suicide bombing, ambush

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A total of 12 people were killed in a suicide car bombing and a separate ambush on a vehicle in troubled northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, police and officials said.

The two attacks took place as Pakistan celebrated the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is one of the most important occasions in the Islamic calendar.

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Pakistan: Flood Survivors Still Struggling to Recover

One year after massive floods submerged much of Pakistan, millions of flood survivors are still without permanent shelter and struggling to access food. The disaster exposed Pakistan’s vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change. While some members of Congress are reluctant to extend additional aid to Pakistan, supporting programs that provide shelter and food security to the most vulnerable sectors of Pakistani society would demonstrate America’s commitment to Pakistan’s longer-term interests while helping people rebuild their lives. Therefore, it is critical that the U.S.

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Factbox-Security developments in Pakistan, Sept 1

Sept 1 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan on Thursday at 1205 GMT.

KURRAM - Suspected Taliban militants fired on a vehicle in the tribal region of lower Kurram, in the country's northwest on the Afghan border, killing seven Shi'ite Muslims, including six of the same family, security officials said.

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Pakistan: Many Afghan refugees may opt to stay on

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IRIN

PESHAWAR, 1 September 2011 (IRIN) - Abdullah Jan, 28, has lived as a refugee in Nowshera, a town in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province (KP), close to its capital Peshawar, since he was two, but now feels it is time to return home to Afghanistan.

"I still associate myself with our home region of Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan," he told IRIN. "My father and I have recently visited our village there, and we intend to return before winter. I want my children to grow up as Afghans, not as persons with an indistinct identity."

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Medical teams changing lives following floods in Pakistan

By Rabia Ajaib in Pakistan

Roshan Bibi lives with her family in the district of Badin in Sindh province. They have fallen victim to the flash flooding that has hit many Pakistan communities during this monsoon season. Their home was inundated with dirty, muddy water. One of the walls collapsed, injuring Roshan. “I could not get my wounds treated if the Red Crescent health unit did not come to my village,” says Roshan while receiving medicine from staff with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

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UNICEF Pakistan Situation Report #4

Displaced Populationin Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

SITUATION OVERVIEW

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Car bomb kills five in southwest Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan — A car bomb killed at least five people on Wednesday and wounded 10 more in a Shiite Muslim area of the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.

The bomb exploded in a parking lot after prayers marking the festival of Eid al-Fitr, senior police official Mohammad Hashim told AFP.

"At least five people were killed and 10 others wounded," Hashim said. "The bomb was planted in a car and an unidentified man parked it at the site and left."

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Asia Pacific Appeal No. MAA50001 Mid-Year Report 2011

This report covers the period 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2011.

In brief

Summary:

The first half of 2011 saw major disaster events occurring in several countries including Australia,
Bangladesh, China, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu. Many societies across the zone continue to maintain a high level of programming in several new disaster response operations and continued comprehensive post-disaster recovery activities, while others have started reviewing their development activities in line with IFRC’s newly adopted Strategy 2020.

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No one shall be subjected to enforced disappearance

As the world marks International Day of the Disappeared today, Reporters Without Borders notes that many countries are still violating international law on this matter, including the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which the UN General Assembly adopted in 2006.

Reporters Without Borders calls for the universal ratification of this convention, which has so far been signed by 91 countries and ratified by 29. Combating enforced disappearance is vital in the struggle against dictatorships and arbitrary rule.

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Monthly Bulletin: Issue No. 19

HIGHLIGHTS

The Education ERWG continues to support the Government of Pakistan in improving access of children and teachers to quality education facilities. To date the ERWG has reached to 89 percent out of 1.3 million target beneficiaries including 445,724 girls and women and 732,868 boys and men across Pakistan.

• 279 severely damaged schools including 43 girls schools were provided with Transitional School Structures (TSS) services benefitting 36,492 children including 13,039 girls and 371 teachers in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and KP.

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Monsoon Flash Floods (MDRPK006) - 1-Year Consolidated Report

Period covered by this operations update: 2 August 2010 to 31 July 2011.

Appeal target (current): CHF 130,673,677 (USD 133.8 mil or EUR 97.9 mil);

Appeal coverage: To date, the appeal is 71 per cent covered in cash and kind; and 70.5 per cent covered including contributions currently in the pipeline. Funds are still needed to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society in this operation to assist those affected by the floods.

Appeal history:

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Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin - Disease early warning system and response in Pakistan, Volume 2, Issue 34

Highlight

Epidemiological week no. 34 (19 - 25 August, 2011)

• 82 districts and 3 agencies provided surveillance data to the DEWS this week from 2,736 health facilities.

• A total of 872,608 consultations were reported through DEWS of which 18% were acute respiratory infections (ARI), 12% skin disease, 11% acute diarrhoea, and 7% suspected Malaria.

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'The bitterest of agonies': End enforced disappearances in Pakistan

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Amnesty

Authorities in Pakistan must urgently end the widespread practice of enforced disappearance and ensure anyone detained has full access to lawyers and the courts, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today.

“The Pakistan government has made little progress in resolving hundreds of cases of alleged disappearance, while new incidents are being reported around the country,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director.

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Pakistan's 10 years of chaos

By Jennie Matthew (AFP)

ISLAMABAD — The 9/11 attacks that thrust Pakistan into the war on terror have brought the nuclear-armed state to its knees, fighting Islamist radicals at home and risking pariah status abroad.

It was already evening in Pakistan when television channels, recently deregulated by then president General Pervez Musharraf, began broadcasting the terrifying scenes from the twin towers in New York.

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Pakistan train attack 'kills three, wounds 16'

QUETTA, Pakistan — Gunmen ambushed a passenger train in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing three people and wounding 16 others, officials said.

Men armed with assault rifles attacked the passenger train in Mach town, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Quetta, the capital of the insurgency-hit southwestern province of Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.

"Three people have been killed and 16 were injured in the attack," Naseeb-Ullah, provincial home secretary told AFP by telephone.

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Ethnic killings spark apocalyptic doom in Pakistan's biggest city

  • Anxiety spreads as Karachi bleeds

  • Call for army intervention

  • Threat to Pakistan's stability

  • Torture chambers emerge

By Michael Georgy

KARACHI, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Imran Ali's kidnappers jabbed pistols into his sides and led him down a quiet street as fresh ethnic carnage spread fear in Pakistan's biggest city, Karachi.

Two other people blindfolded and held with the construction worker had just been shot at point-blank range. It was his turn.

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FACTBOX-Security developments in Pakistan, Aug 28

28 Aug 2011 09:13

Aug 28 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan at 0845 GMT on Sunday.

QUETTA - Gunmen opened fire on a train near the town of Mach in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing at least three passengers and wounding 18.

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Monsoon Update 25 August 2011

Situation Overview

Weather Outlook

Monsoon rains had a country wide footprint over the last 24 hours and have contributed in accentuating floods instigated vulnerabilities. Forecast for the coming week indicates a similar pattern;

Besides the flood affected areas of Sindh emergency situations can occur in the following regions:

  • KP: Across Malakand and Hazara Divisions;

  • AJK: Neelum and Jhelum valleys;

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FATA Disaster Management Authority: Kurram Updates, 27 August 2011

NEW DURRANI CAMP—Lower Kurram, FATA

  • Return of IDPs from New Durrai Camp and Off-camp areas was carried out on August 25th and 26th, 2011. Total of 64 families have returned form Camp while another 153 have returned form Off-camp areas. All these fami-lies have returned to Gawaki Area of Central Kurram.

  • The return process will be continued immediately after Eid-ul-Fithr. It is expected that 1930 families will be facilitated in return to there respective areas.

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Torrential Rain, Floods Kill at Least 42 in Pakistan

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Voice of America

Pakistani officials say massive floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 42 people in the country's northwest.

The officials say at least 20 other people are missing due to the flooding in the mountainous Kohistan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

In an interview with VOA's Radio Deewa, a member of parliament, Mehboobullah Jan, said as many as 90,000 people are trapped by high water in the flood-hit region.