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Community Participation Spurs Education in Balochistan

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eight of the ten least developed districts of Pakistan are located in Balochistan, a province which faces challenges related to stability, security and a dispersed population.

  • Only 47% of children 5-9 years old in Balochistan are enrolled in primary schools. The Balochistan Education Support Program through the Balochistan Education Foundation, supported by the World Bank, has been helping address this education emergency since 2006.

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Barclays and UNICEF Help Adolescents Brighten Their Futures

By: Fatima Shahryar

LAHORE, PAKISTAN, June 2014 – “My mother and older sister used to make and sell beaded embroideries, says Saba Asghar (18), a resident of Madina Colony, Lahore. “Sister got married and embroideries fell out of fashion. My family faced a financial crunch. I was eager to contribute to our household income. For that, I got myself enrolled in the dress-making class at the vocational training centre. It not only enabled me to earn but also gave me hope for a better future.”

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Rising civilian deaths fuel outrage in Pakistan offensive

07/22/2014 03:37 GMT

by Shaukat Khattak

BANNU, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - When Pakistani air force jets rained down missiles on a village in the country's violence-wracked northwest last week, it was described as yet another victory over Taliban insurgents in an ongoing military offensive.

Now a new account has emerged of the killing of dozens of women and children in the air strikes, sparking anger over rising civilian casualties and fears that a new generation of radicals is being created.

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Refugees Living a Nightmare in Northern Pakistan

Medical officials here say that almost all the 870,000 internally displaced people in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province are deeply traumatised following more than a decade of war.

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$35m loan for improving livestock in four Punjab districts

By Amin Ahmed

ISLAMABAD: The livelihood of over 1.25 million underprivileged households in four rural districts of Punjab will be improved by increasing the production and productivity of livestock under a project, to be funded by the In­­ternational Fund for Agri­cultural Development (IFAD).

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Over 49,000 displaced families verified by Nadra, says FDMA

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PESHAWAR: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has verified 49,857 of 85,065 displaced families of North Waziristan Agency, the record of which was sent to it by the Fata Disaster Management Authority.

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PM’s cell confirms five fresh polio cases

SLAMABAD: As many as five new cases of polio have been confirmed by Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the capital. This puts the tally of polio cases detected over the first six months of 2014 at 99.

An official from the Prime Minister’s Polio Cell told Dawn the cases had been reported from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.

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Zarb-i-Azb: Registration of nearly a million IDPs completed

ISLAMABAD: The registration process of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan has been completed and 90,750 families consisting of 9, 92,649 persons have been registered.

Briefing media persons in Islamabad on Friday, Focal Person of Ministry of SAFRON for Internally Displaced Persons Tariq Khan, however, said that the data collected at the registration points will be verified through National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to get the actual number of dislocated persons.

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Gunmen kill five in attacks on Pakistan police

07/18/2014 16:45 GMT

PESHAWAR, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - At least five people were killed and two others wounded Friday following two attacks in the restive northwestern city of Peshawar that targeted police personnel, officials said.

Three officers and a civilian were killed when gunmen opened fire on their van as they dined at a restaurant.

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KP govt, WHO get together for displaced women’s health

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation is strengthening the Women and Children Hospital in Bannu to provide care to an estimated 40,000 pregnant women displaced from the adjoining Waziristan Agency due to the ongoing military operation against militants.

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KP plans Rs7bn wheat subsidy from July 22

ISLAMABAD: The Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government is planning to launch a scheme aimed at providing subsidised wheat flour and cooking oil to the most impoverished segments of society.

The scheme is expected to be unveiled by the provincial government on July 22 and Rs7 billion has been earmarked for the purpose in the provincial budget, Advocate General (AG) KP Abdul Latif Yousufzai told a two-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal.

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Supplementary feeding for women and children in Pakistan

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Islamic Relief

Vulnerable Pakistani women and children are benefitting from an Islamic Relief nutrition project. Around 58 per cent of the population of Pakistan are thought to be food insecure.

Since last summer, thousands of malnourished children, as well as expectant and breastfeeding women, have accessed our supplementary feeding programme. Delivered for the first time by Islamic Relief in AJK, the project operates within existing health facilities in the district of Bagh.

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Pakistani Rights Advocates Fight Losing Battle to End Child Marriages

LAHORE, Jul 16 2014 (IPS) - At first glance, there is nothing very unusual about Muhammad Asif Umrani. A resident of Rojhan city located in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, he is expectantly awaiting the birth of his first child, barely a year after his wedding day.

A few minutes of conversation, however, reveal a far more complex story: Umrani is just 14 years old, preparing for fatherhood while still a child himself. His ‘wife’, now visibly pregnant, is even younger than he, though she declined to disclose her name and real age.

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No respite from dengue as cases rise to 19 in Mingora

MINGORA: Another dengue case was detected on Tuesday at Saidu Group of Teaching Hospital, Swat, bringing the number of dengue patients during this season to 19 in Mingora city.

Owing to fear about the possible outbreak of dengue epidemic the district administration had expedited the awareness activities to prevent dengue virus from spreading.

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Technical glitches delay cash assistance to Waziristan IDPs

By Zulfiqar Ali

PESHAWAR: Technical glitches and lack of oversight have delayed payment of cash assistance to thousands of displaced families a month after they were ordered to leave the restive North Waziristan tribal region, causing despondency and anger.

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Thousands flee Mamond border villages as military operation looms

By Anwarullah Khan

KHAR: Thousands of people from five border villages of Mamond tehsil fled their homes on Tuesday after the expiry of deadline set by the political administration of Bajaur Agency because of the likelihood of a military operation in the region.

Residents told Dawn that at least 25,000 people of five villages had moved to other parts of the agency and that the evacuation was still continuing. “The number of displaced people would increase by Wednesday,” resident Azizullah Khan said.

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Govt rejects criticism of its handling of IDP crisis

ISLAMABAD: The government rejected on Tuesday criticism by opposition parties about its handling of the crisis relating to people displaced from North Waziristan and announced that it would do everything possible to meet their basic needs.

If needed, the government would release Rs30 billion for 1.5 million old and one million newly registered displaced people, even for an extended period, Minister for States and Frontier Region retired Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch said at a press conference.

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Shahbaz annouces hospital, girls college in NWA IDPs families to get Rs7000 each from Punjab govt

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Frontier Post

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BANNU: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has said that the fate of the people of FATA was not destruction rather construction.

The immortal sacrifices of the tribal people and the Pak Army would bear far reaching positive effects adding that the rehabilitation process would never be left incomplete as per past practice and it would be materialized in one go, he said.

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IOM Afghanistan: North Waziristan Displacement Response

15 July 2014 – Ongoing military operations in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency (NWA) have displaced thousands of people on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. It is estimated that as many as 15,000 Pakistani and Afghan families have been displaced into Afghanistan, mainly in Khost and Paktika provinces. IOM is responding to the needs of Afghan families .who have returned from North Waziristan, working closely with government and humanitarian partners

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Eighth polio case detected in Sindh

SANGHAR/KARACHI: The first case of poliovirus in any part of Sindh other than Karachi was detected in a two-year-old resident of Sanghar on Monday.

All the seven cases confirmed earlier this year in Sindh were detected in Karachi alone.

The latest victim of the poliovirus was Rehmatullah, son of Mohammad Gul Brohi, who hailed from Dad Mohammad Brohi village, near Perumal town, according to Dr Durre Naz Jamal, deputy director of the expanded programme for immunisation in Sindh.

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