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22 Dec 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Death Penalty Spree, Military Courts No Antidote to Atrocities

21 Dec 2014 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Sunday 12/21/2014 - 15:43 GMT

Authorities on Sunday found eight bullet riddled bodies in Pakistan's restive southwestern Baluchistan province, which is facing a tribal insurgency, sectarian violence and Taliban attacks, officials said.

Five bodies were recovered from the district of Pashin and three from that of Ziarat, provincial home secretary Akbar Durrani told AFP.

"We have found eight bodies today which are being brought to Quetta for identification and further investigation," Durrani said.

20 Dec 2014 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Saturday 20/12/2014 - 09:53 GMT |

Seven people including a policeman and paramilitary soldier were killed in two separate incidents when Pakistani security forces hit militant hideouts in the restive northwest Saturday morning, officials said.

In the first incident, police and paramilitary soldiers raided suspected hideouts in Shabqadar, a town around 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of Peshawar.

19 Dec 2014 description

When military operations began in North Waziristan in June this year, Noor Ayaz knew that he and his family had to leave their home in Pakistan for their own safety.

“There were thirteen of us, including children,” he said. “It took two days to come to Afghanistan ”.

19 Dec 2014 description

This piece originally appeared in The Express Tribune.

The internally displaced persons in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas have escaped the violence but are confronted with greater challenges.

“Home is a precious place. I would give anything to return to mine,” says 65-year-old Gul Bibi, as she gently rocks back and forth on a bed at the hospital set up by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sadda, the second-largest town in Kurram Agency, FATA. The hospital is full of women who have babies and children in their arms or sleeping by their feet.

19 Dec 2014 description

QUETTA: Two more polio cases have been detected in Qila Abdullah and Nasirabad districts of Balochistan.

According to sources in the health department, 19 cases of the crippling disease have been reported so far this year from different parts of the province.

A polio vaccination campaign was suspended in Quetta on Nov 26 after a gun attack on polio workers in which four vaccinators, among them three women, lost their lives.

19 Dec 2014 description

KARACHI: Provincial health authorities on Wednesday confirmed another polio case in Sindh — a 10-month-old girl from Sanghar — bringing the tally to 28 cases this year.

Officials in the expanded programme on immunisation (EPI) in Sindh said Pooja, daughter of Umeedo of Sanghar district, was the latest victim whose stool samples were sent to the National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad three weeks ago.

She is the second polio victim from Sanghar district. A 2-year-old boy was the first victim whose infection was confirmed in July.

19 Dec 2014 description

KARACHI: In the wake of below average rainfall in Thar in recent years, the Sindh government has planned a series of water, food and livestock projects under a strategy to end water shortfall in the drought-hit desert district, it emerged on Wednesday.

Officials in the Sindh government said the death of 311 children in the drought-hit Thar, spread over 22,000-kilometres, prompted the urgency to build a series of water reservoirs in the desert. In this regard, an ‘efficient water resource management’ project was ordered by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

19 Dec 2014 description

Aamir Yasin | Kashif Abbasi

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: While Islamabad police and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) directed all school administrators on Wednesday to ensure security of students, there are over 50 schools in the federal capital which do not have boundary walls.

Following the attack on a school in Peshawar, FDE through an official letter told schools to deploy guards at the entrance gates and equip the guards with metal detectors to frisk visitors, keep gates closed and keep a record of private transporters who provide pick and drop service to students.

18 Dec 2014 description

D Suba Chandran
Director, IPCS

Can the Taliban become any further barbaric than this? Targeting a school, and killing more than 130 children?

18 Dec 2014 description

A low season planning meeting in Bhurban demonstrates the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to stopping polio transmission.

18 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

Washington DC, December 16, 2014 ─ The World Bank today approved US$138 million additional financing to the Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the irrigation water distribution system of three Area Water Boards (Ghotki, Nara and Left Bank) in the Sindh province.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Amnesty

The Pakistani government must resist giving in to fear and anger in the wake of the Peshawar school tragedy and maintain its moratorium on executions, Amnesty International said today after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to restart executions for terrorism-related offences.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Times of India

Bharti Jain,TNN | Dec 16, 2014, 10.07 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh seeking refuge in India will be granted a five-year long term visa (LTV) instead of a one-year visa, based on recommendation of the state government or UT administration. Besides, powers have been delegated to the FRRO/FRO to extend a short-term visa for this category of foreign nationals for a period of six months.

17 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 – The massacre today of more than 100 children in an attack on a school in Pakistan, and the reported killing of at least 15 school girls in a car bombing in Yemen, mark a dark day in the closing weeks of a bleak year for children around the world.

There can be no justification for such unspeakable savagery against children as they go about the simple act of going to school, or against teachers as they work to educate them. Each life taken in Peshawar and Al Bayda today is a future lost forever.

16 Dec 2014 description

GENEVA (16 December 2014) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned what he described as “an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack on defenceless children” at a mixed school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

16 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

16 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “blood-curdling attack” on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has cost the lives of at least 130 people, the vast majority of whom were children.

16 Dec 2014 description
report Amnesty

Today’s Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar shows a merciless disregard for human life and highlights the urgent need for protection of civilians in the area, Amnesty International said.

At least 126 people, mainly children, were killed when several armed men entered the school and began firing indiscriminately at students and teachers in one of the most shocking Taliban attacks in recent memory.

16 Dec 2014 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $42.9 million to provide reliable irrigation for farmlands and non-cultivated lands in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan.

“Irrigated farmlands in FATA will boost productivity and enable farmers to earn higher incomes by producing higher-value crops, including vegetables,” said Donneth Walton, an ADB Principal Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist. “This will reduce poverty and boost household food security.”

16 Dec 2014 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Tuesday 12/16/2014 - 19:44 GMT

by Saad Khan

Taliban insurgents stormed an army-run school in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in the country's bloodiest ever terror attack.

Survivors described how the militants went from room to room shooting children as young as 12 during the eight-hour onslaught at the Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar.