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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Poverty causing people to kill themselves in drought-hit Thar

By Saher Baloch

CHHACHHRO: Thirty-year-old Marubhat, a resident of Samo Bheel village — a two-hour drive from Chhachhro — decided to end her life on Aug 23 after she had failed to provide food for her children. Soon after her death, her home was visited by reporters and social workers where during interviews her family attributed the cause of her death to persistent financial problems. Now, the family has refused to speak to the media.

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Sindh govt designates inspectors to curb dengue

By Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: The Sindh health department has designated hundreds of officials as health inspectors across the province to control dengue that had claimed 32 lives besides infecting around 6,000 people last year, it emerged on Sunday. In a notification issued by the secretary of the provincial health department, the district health officers along with the executive district officer for health in Karachi have been classified as health inspectors.

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UNICEF Mobilizes Disadvantaged Communities and Generates Demand for Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Practices

By: Fatima Shahryar

Dera Ismail Khan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Village Chandna is a small rural settlement about 100 kilometres from the city of Dera Ismail Khan (D.I. Khan) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. It has a population of nearly 900 people living a disadvantaged life as they neither have a school for their children, nor a health facility for even the basic healthcare services.

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Pakistan minister condemns protests, as lawmakers back PM

09/02/2014 19:41 GMT

by Issam AHMED

ISLAMABAD, September 2, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistan's interior minister on Tuesday slammed violent anti-government protests as a "revolt against the state" as lawmakers backed beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Parliament met for an emergency session after three days of clashes between police and club-wielding demonstrators demanding Sharif's resignation, which have left three dead and nearly 500 injured.

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Sindh puts off polio drive as Islamabad crisis hits vaccine delivery

By Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: A three-day polio vaccination campaign scheduled to begin on September 1 has been put off by the provincial authorities after the federal health ministry refused to send oral polio vaccine (OPV) to the province due to political unrest in Islamabad, officials confirmed to Dawn on Saturday.

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Arms seized

KHUZDAR: Security personnel seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition during an operation in the Dashat Goran area of Khuzdar district on Sunday.

Official sources said that FC troops after receiving intelligence about the presence of criminals in Dashat Goran area launched an operation there.

Around 200 Frontier Corps personnel took part in the operation with the help of helicopters.

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Pakistan army calls on government, protesters to end crisis

08/31/2014 20:38 GMT

by Issam AHMED

ISLAMABAD, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistan's powerful army called on the government and protesters to resolve their differences peacefully Sunday night but ominously warned it was "committed to playing its part in ensuring security of the state", after clashes left three dead.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
USAID contributes additional $2.5 million to Northern Waziristan’s Displaced People in Khost and Paktika [EN/Dari/Pashto]

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The United States Agency For International Development (USAID) contributed an additional $2.5m this week for emergency food assistance to 15,000 displaced families from Northern Waziristan residing in Khost and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan.

USAID continues to work with the United Nations World Food Programme and our local and provincial partners to distributes emergency food assistance through the Afghanistan Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations.

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World Bank Helps Combat Malnutrition among Mothers and Children

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World Bank

WASHINGTON- August 29, 2014- The World Bank approved US$47.95 million to help the Government of Pakistan improve nutrition status of children under two years of age, and of pregnant and lactating women in targeted areas.

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Statement to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

The government must ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984

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Libya + 4 others
Deteriorating Security in Libya May Result in More Migrant Boats: IOM

IOM is concerned that the number of migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya by sea could increase in the coming weeks, as more people decide to opt for the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to escape ongoing fighting in the Libyan capital.

For the last six weeks, Tripoli has seen fighting between rival militias, including indiscriminate shelling of the main airport and surrounding areas. The increasing use of heavy artillery and missiles have caused an unknown number of casualties, many of them civilians.

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Impunity Marks Global Day for Disappeared

Government Fails to Provide Facts, Justice, and Reparations to Victims

(London) – On the eve of the annual International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch urge Pakistan’s government to stop the deplorable practice of state agencies abducting hundreds of people throughout the country without providing information about their fate or whereabouts.

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Gunmen kill six worshippers at Pakistan shrine

08/29/2014 07:54 GMT

QUETTA, August 29, 2014 (AFP) - Gunman opened fire on worshippers at a shrine in southwest Pakistan, killing at least six members of a minority Islamic sect and wounding seven others, officials said on Friday.

The attack came at a shrine of the Zikri community in Awaran district, around 650 kilometres southwest of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province.

Oil and gas rich Baluchistan is wracked by a separatist insurgency, Islamist militants and sectarian violence and attacks on minority groups are not uncommon.

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Pakistan army chief intervenes in political crisis

08/28/2014 19:25 GMT

by Nasir JAFFRY

ISLAMABAD, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistan's army chief was named mediator Thursday in a fortnight-long political crisis, fuelling speculation that the military could use the protests against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to re-assert its dominance over the civilian government.

Thousands of demonstrators led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and politician Imran Khan have been camped outside the parliament building in Islamabad since August 15, demanding the prime minister step down.

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India + 1 other
15,000 Kashmiris take shelter as cross-border tensions escalate

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Guardian

Local villagers flee as ceasefire fails and Indian and Pakistani troops trade shells and gunfire across the Kashmir border

Thousands of Kashmiris stayed in shelters near the disputed region's de facto border on Thursday after Indian and Pakistani border troops traded gunfire and shelling overnight, despite an attempt by their commanders to defuse escalating tensions.

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World + 14 others
Polio this week as of 27 August 2014

  • Continued transmission in Kano: wild poliovirus 1 transmission continues in a geographically limited area of southern Kano state, Nigeria, indicating pockets where vaccination campaigns and social mobilization are still too weak to assure sufficient coverage during campaigns. Kano is the only state in Nigeria reporting cases of wild poliovirus since April.

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Gunman shoot dead journalists in SW Pakistan

08/28/2014 16:26 GMT

QUETTA, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Gunman opened fire on the offices of a domestic private news agency in southwest Pakistan Thursday, killing three people including two journalists, officials said.

The incident occurred in Quetta, the capital of the restive oil- and gas-rich Baluchistan province that borders Iran and Afghanistan.

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Poppy crop destroyed near Afghan border

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: Personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) have destroyed poppy crop cultivated over thousands of acres in Murgha Faqirzai area of Qilla Saifullah district.

According to official sources, local tribesmen had cultivated the crop over 1,988 acres in the Muslim Bagh sector, along the Afghan border.

“Around 200 FC personnel cordoned off the entire area and launched an operation for destroying poppy crop with the help of local people,” a senior Frontier Corps official said on Wednesday.

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Displaced students to get free education in Lakki schools

LAKKI MARWAT: The district education department is prepared to accommodate the displaced students of North Waziristan Agency in the public sector schools, according to an official.

He said that thousands of displaced tribal people including men, women and children migrated to the district when army launched operation Zerb-i-Azb against terrorists in North Waziristan.

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