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Eight killed, 43 injured in rain related incidents in KP, Fata

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: The capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan are again hit by severe rain and hailstorms, inundating the low-lying areas and killing at least eight people, 43 people have also been injured.

At least 18 people had been killed and more than 80 others injured in Peshawar last week in different rain related incidents.

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Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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Attack on Nato supplies convoy kills two on Pak-Afghan Highway

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed on Thursday when unidentified militants attacked a Nato supply convoy on the Pak-Afghan Highway in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber tribal region.

Pakistan is a key supply route for the US-led mission in landlocked Afghanistan, particularly as Nato forces prepare to withdraw troops and equipment by the end of this year.

Nato supply trucks, which carry everything from fuel to munitions and food, often come under attack on their journey between Karachi and border crossing points.

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Pakistan army urges talks as protesters march on parliament

08/19/2014 20:24 GMT

by Sajjad TARAKZAI

ISLAMABAD, August 19, 2014 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Pakistan's parliament Wednesday in a bid to depose the prime minister, as the nation's powerful military called for talks to resolve the week-long political drama.

Imran Khan, the former cricket star who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, and preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri say last year's general election was rigged and have led protests to demand Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.

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Polio vaccination campaign postponed in KP, Fata

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Wisal Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: The four day anti-polio drive which were kicked off from August 18 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) have postponed due to PTI Azadi and Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) Inqelab (revolution) marches as the World Health Organization office located Islamabad is closed.

Due to the unavailability of vaccine around 0.7 million children were missed from polio vaccination in Fata while 1.8 million children were missed from polio vaccination in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Pakistan attacks kill 48 militants, six civilians die in bombing

08/19/2014 12:11 GMT

KHAR, August 19, 2014 (AFP) - Air strikes targeting suspected Tailban hideouts in a restive tribal district of northwest Pakistan killed 48 militants on Tuesday, the military said, as six civilians died in a roadside bomb attack.

The armed forces have since June been waging an assault to wipe out strongholds of the Pakistani Taliban and other militants in North Waziristan and other tribal areas, killing at least 600 insurgents according to the military.

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Court stops Sri Lanka deporting foreign refugees

08/16/2014 05:51 GMT

COLOMBO, August 16, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's court of appeal has ordered a halt to the deportation of Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani refugees before their asylum claims are fully assessed, an official said Saturday.

The court order came after a Pakistani woman challenged Sri Lanka's decision to expel foreign nationals despite warnings that doing so may violate international law.

A court official said judge A. W. A. Salam, head of the Court of Appeal, had on Friday ordered the defence ministry to suspend the deportations.

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Heavy storms kill 16 in northwest Pakistan

08/15/2014 17:25 GMT

PESHAWAR, August 15, 2014 (AFP) - Heavy storms and rains on Friday killed at least 16 people, including nine children, and injured over 80 others in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said.

The torrential monsoon rains damaged properties in the provincial capital Peshawar and its surrounding areas causing roofs and walls of houses to cave in -- in some cases killing those inside.

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Polio this week as of 13 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is meeting this week to review the current epidemiological situation and the impact of the outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to close the outbreak. See ‘Horn of Africa’ section below, for more.

  • In West Africa, polio staff are supporting efforts to curb the Ebola outbreak affecting the region. Staff are actively engaged in helping preparedness planning, social mobilization, surveillance of suspected cases, contact tracing and assisting with outbreak logistics.

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Sri Lanka: UN experts alarmed at deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers without assessment

GENEVA (14 August 2014) – Two United Nations human rights experts today expressed their grave concern at the situation of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka who are being detained and forcefully deported to Pakistan without an adequate assessment of their asylum claims.

“States must guarantee that every single asylum claim is individually assessed with due process and in line with international law,” stressed the UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt.

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EU steps up humanitarian aid to victims of displacement and floods in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Summary: 13 August 2014, Brussels - EU steps up humanitarian aid to victims of displacement and floods in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The European Commission has released additional funding of €3 million for Afghanistan to help people affected by flooding and those seeking refuge from military operations in Pakistan, bringing our overall humanitarian aid for these two countries in 2014 to €76.5 million.

In addition, €5 million has been allocated for Pakistan for people displaced by the military operation against non-state actors in North Waziristan.

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Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters

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NAGAR VALLEY, PAKISTAN, 12 August 2014 (IRIN) - “Our elders used to say this glacier was very high, so high there was no one living here. This was a giant glacial lake,” Sajjad Ali said.

Standing on a cliffside, he pointed down at the Hopar Glacier, more than a 1,000 metres below, its surface covered by massive boulders it had swept out of its way as it carved a valley through the Karakoram mountains.

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Regular press briefing by the Information Service 12 August 2014 - Sri Lanka

Mr. Edwards said that the UNHCR was alarmed that recent deportations of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka were growing in size and scope despite international calls to stop sending them back to a place where their lives could be in danger. In all, 88 Pakistanis had been sent home since 1 August. Initially, those deportees had been men previously placed into detention, but now whole families were being deported.

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Response to Inquiries on Asylum Seekers

The Ministry of External Affairs has received a number of inquiries on the return of individual asylum seekers, mainly of Pakistan origin.

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Kid, woman among three killed in militants' attack

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QUETTA (Web Desk): Police official says three people including a woman and child were killed on Saturday evening when militants attack armed forces here in Balochistan's Kharan district.

The forrces narrowly escaped the attack but three people including a woman and kid came in the line of fire. The militants fled the scene.

A police official, who requested anonymity said that militants opened fire at the vehicle of security forces on the Quetta-Kharan road.

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Revoke Suspension of Rights in Islamabad

Army, Protesters Need to Avoid Violence

(New York, August 8, 2014) – Pakistan’s government should rescind the suspension of fundamental rights and the grant of military authority for law enforcement in Islamabad, Human Rights Watch said today. Powers given to the military risk misuse in the face of ongoing large-scale political protests.

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UNHCR deeply concerned as Sri Lanka continues with deportations

UNHCR has learnt that a total of 36 Pakistani asylum-seekers have been deported from Sri Lanka since last Friday. More could follow, including women and children. UNHCR urges the authorities to stop the deportations and grant us access to refugees and asylum-seekers still detained in Colombo.

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IDPs under pressure in Pakistan’s Sindh Province

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KARACHI, 4 August 2014 (IRIN) - People fleeing the war-torn North Waziristan area of Pakistan and arriving in Sindh Province in the south of the country are finding themselves increasingly unpopular. Last month, roads were closed off when angry residents demanded an end to such migration, while the provincial government has made moves to ban all internally displaced persons (IDPs) from entering Sindh.

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WFP Renews Commitment To Combat Micronutrient Deficiencies In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) has extended its agreement with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), an NGO dedicated to eliminating vitamin and mineral deficiencies, in order to continue its food fortification programme and to advocate for the need to address micronutrient-related malnutrition among the people of Pakistan.

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UAE polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan scales new heights

Islamabad, 2nd Aug. 2014 (WAM) -- The U.A.E. massive campaign to vaccinate three million children under five against poliomyelitis (polio) in Pakistan was successful, the U.A.E. Project to Assist Pakistan (U.A.E. PAP) has announced.