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Karachi violence claims five lives

KARACHI: At least five people were killed on Wednesday in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

Two bodies were recovered in Mewashah Graveyard near Malang Darbar whereas another body was recovered from a river below the Lasbela Bridge.

All three were first kidnapped and later tortured, however, none of the bodies have been identified yet, police sources said.

One person was also gunned down in Manghopir's Mianwali Colony.

A body of a woman bearing torture marks was also found in a gunnysack in North Karachi’s Rashidabad area.

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Karachi Electric and UNICEF unite against childhood preventable diseases in Pakistan

Karachi, 22 April, 2014 – Good Health and nutrition status and access to clean water and sanitation as well as education are part of fundamental rights of children. These rights makes sense not just in principle but also in practice as poor social indicators have an often significant negative impact on growth and social development. Often disparities in access to basic social services due to wealth, ethnicity, gender or location such as rural and urban location further amplify disparities in access.

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Govt, Taliban negotiators reach consensus on ceasefire

ISLAMABAD: Members of the government and the Pakistani Taliban negotiating committees on Wednesday reached a consensus regarding extending the ceasefire, the latter had ended last week, DawnNews reported.

The decision was taken at the meeting, which took place at Punjab House and had extension of the ceasefire, release of non-combatant Taliban prisoners and establishment of a peace zone high on the agenda.

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Shootings, impunity: 'extreme fear' stalks Pakistan's media

04/23/2014 04:20 GMT

by Damon WAKE

ISLAMABAD, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - The shooting of one of Pakistan's most famous TV presenters has highlighted the climate of "extreme fear" facing the country's media, journalists say, as hardliners of different stripes seek to silence dissenting voices.

Hamid Mir, host of Capital Talk, a primetime current affairs show on the Geo channel, was shot at least three times in his car in Karachi on Saturday.

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Pakistan bomb kills one, wounds 33: police

04/22/2014 05:43 GMT

PESHAWAR, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - At least one person was killed and 33 injured in a bomb attack on a police van in Pakistan's troubled northwest on Tuesday, police said.

It was the second attack on police in restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in less than 10 hours and comes less than a week after the Pakistani Taliban formally ended a ceasefire called to help peace talks.

The incident in the main square of Charsadda bazaar, some 30 kilometres north of Peshawar, left one civilian dead and two women and three children among the wounded.

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Pakistani capital cracks down on illegal slums

04/22/2014 01:39 GMT

by Guillaume LAVALLÉE

ISLAMABAD, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - Wrapped in a purple shawl, Mirjan wanders downcast among the ruins of the Islamabad slum where she lived, newly demolished.

The authorities in Pakistan's leafy, affluent capital have declared war on the slums, largely populated by Christians and Afghan refugees, saying they are illegal and havens for militants.

The bulldozers came for Mirjan's slum by a railway line in the city's south last Monday, transforming hundreds of shacks into a sea of rubble.

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Gunmen kill five policemen in northwest Pakistan ambush

04/21/2014 21:17 GMT

PESHAWAR, April 21, 2014 (AFP) - Unidentified gunmen killed five police officers on patrol in Pakistan's troubled northwest late Monday, police said.

A civilian driving a passing car was also killed, with two policemen and another civilian left wounded in the attack in the town of Badaber, a flashpoint for violence in the district of Peshawar.

"(An) unknown number of attackers ambushed the police patrol, five policemen and a driver of a private vehicle have been killed," senior police official Najeeb Ur Rehman told AFP.

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UNICEF Statement on released national staff in Karachi

KARACHI, 22 April 2014 - UNICEF is pleased to confirm that two of its national staff who were abducted on Thursday evening in Karachi are now safe and well.

The two staff went missing on the evening of Thursday 17 April. When no contact with the staff members was possible, local police were alerted.

The police led the investigation, in close contact with UNICEF and the staff members’ families.

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Polio drive postponed for want of security

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KARACHI: The health authorities postponed the ninth round of one-day special polio campaign on Sunday in ‘sensitive’ neighbourhoods of the city for a week as they could not get the security cover for host of reasons, officials said on Sunday.

The special campaign on Sundays was launched two months ago especially to target areas where children had missed out polio boosters because of security situation.

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Pakistan + 1 other
Aid distributed to people affected by drought in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 19th April 2014 (WAM) - In keeping with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan has announced distribution of 1,500 tons of food relief to 20,000 drough - affected families in Tharparkar district of Pakistan's Sindh Province.

The management of the project said that Sheikh Khalifa's initiative was the first international humanitarian response to the sever drought which hit region and affected over 1.2 million people there.

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Quetta violence claims at least four lives

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QUETTA: At least four people, including a police officer and a 14-year-old girl, were killed Saturday in separate incidents of violence in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

In the first reported incident, police said armed militants shot dead a police officer and critically injured his son in the Sariab road area.

Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police, said two militants on a motorcycle sprayed bullets at the vehicle of Assistant Sub Inspector Police Kudratullah.

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Improving Punjab Irrigation: More Crops from Every Drop

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pakistan is facing serious threats from escalating water shortages. Over half Punjab’s share of water in agriculture is lost in canals and watercourses.

  • A Punjab government project, supported by the World Bank is providing farmers more efficient irrigation systems, community support, and better technology, maximizing water productivity, minimizing losses, and increasing yields.

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Situation Survey on Polio Eradication Activity in Pakistan

AMDA started a situation survey on Polio eradication activity in Pakistan since September, 2013 with Chigasaki Chuo Rotary Club, which have been the supporter for polio eradication.

For the first survey in September, AMDA staff visited Thatta District in the Sindh Province of Pakistan located approximately 100km east from Karachi, the major city in Southern Pakistan, with the support from a local NGO NRSP(National Rural Support Programme) and collected information on polio campaign.

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Govt plans to enrol 4m children this year

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday launched Students Enrolment Campaign 2014 with a commitment to enrol some four million out-of-school children this year and optimum enrolment by May 31, 2016.

The chief minister was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Students Enrolment Campaign 2014 at his secretariat on Wednesday.

He himself enrolled three students on nursery class at a public school’s stall set up in a corner of the stage.

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Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

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Voice of America

Ayaz Gul
April 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister has asked the military to help protect polio vaccination workers in the insurgency-plagued northwest. The request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic. Recent national eradication efforts have suffered critical setbacks, threatening global gains against the crippling disease.

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Conflict, Violence Harsh on Afghan, Pakistani Women

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Voice of America

Sharon Behn
April 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Prolonged conflicts in Pakistan and Afghanistan have had a particularly harsh effect on women in both countries. Terrorism, sectarian conflict, criminality and a culture of impunity are limiting women's ability to get to school and get jobs outside the home, trapping them in an ever-smaller public space.

During the past decade, women have made significant strides towards social, political and financial empowerment in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. But analysts say the gains are being threatened.

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ZonG and UNICEF join hands to defeat Polio in Pakistan

Islamabad, 16 April 2014: As the number of polio cases in Pakistan reached 49 so far this year more partners come forward to protect the children and rid Pakistan and the world of the menace of the this debilitating disease.

To create an enabling environment for polio eradication in Pakistan, ZonG and UNICEF signed today a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on strengthening the use of mobile phone messages to ensure more children are vaccinated during the polio campaign.

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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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United Nations humanitarian fund releases US$9.5 million for critical aid operations in North-Western Pakistan

(Islamabad, 10 April 2014): The United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$9.5 million (920 million Pakistani rupees) to help meet the needs of the more than 1 million people who remain displaced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan due to insecurity.

The funding comes at a crucial time, as significant humanitarian needs remain in KP and FATA, yet aid agencies have limited resources to meet those needs.

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Pakistani Taliban end ceasefire with government but say talks still on

By Saud Mehsud

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, April 16 (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban have formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but are still open to talks with the government, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

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