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Polio virus from Afghanistan found in Peshawar water

PESHAWAR/MARDAN: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Sharam Khan Tarakai said on Sunday that polio virus from Afghanistan had been found in water samples in Peshawar and they had requested the federal government to ask the neighbouring country to take emergency steps to stop transportation of virus to the city which had recently been cleared of poliovirus.

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Two more gunned down in Quetta targeted killing

QUETTA: In yet another incident of targeted killing, armed militants killed two people in Quetta's troubled Sariab road area on Tuesday, police said.

Armed motorcyclists opened fire at a barber shop, killing two people. A child outside the barber shop also sustained serious bullet wounds and was rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment.

Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police told Dawn.com that the victims belonged to Punjab and were working on Sariab road for a long time.

“The assailants sped away on their motorcycle after the strike,” he said.

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Canada Announces Support for Religious Freedom in Pakistan

April 11, 2014 - Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today concluded a successful visit to Pakistan where he announced two projects to be supported by the Religious Freedom Fund.

“Pakistan is a country with a multi-faith and multicultural character, which is similar in ways to Canada’s,” said Bennett. “We remain very concerned by repeated incidents of religiously motivated violence in Pakistan and the callous disregard of extremists for the rights of individuals of all faiths to practise their religion in peace and security.”

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Early Warning System for coming Monsoon LoA signed between PMD & UNDP

A Letter of Agreement (LoA) is signed between The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday at PMD Headquarter. The purpose of LOA is to strengthen the “Early Warnings Dissemination during coming monsoon” under the Supporting Community Resilience (SCORE) Project”. The LoA was signed by Mr. Arif Mahmood, Director General PMD while UNDP was led by Mr. Herman Besgsme, CTA, DRR, The team of experts of PMD (Chief Meteorologists and Directors of different units), Mr.Qasim Naqvi, AFA, UNDP and Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Member,DRR, NDMA.

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Pakistan to use polio vaccine checkpoints in Taliban areas

04/14/2014 15:41 GMT

PESHAWAR, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistani officials said Monday they would begin administering polio vaccines to children at security checkpoints in the country's lawless tribal belt to protect against Taliban attacks.

The announcement was made at a ceremony to mark the launch of a three-day anti-polio campaign in the northwestern city of Peshawar, and is aimed at children from North Waziristan and other Taliban strongholds.

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Securing Sexual and Reproductive Health of drought-affected communities in the Sindh Arid Zone, Pakistan

April 8, 2014 New Delhi: Thar Desert of the Province of Sindh, Pakistan is under a severe drought since November 2013 affecting several towns and their population. The resultant crop failure has further triggered a severe shortage of food fodder and water which has taken a huge toll on the population’s health, particularly children and infants.

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Rs4bn for rebuilding houses in Awaran

SALEEM SHAHID

QUETTA: The Planning Commission of Pakistan has approved an allocation of Rs4 billion for the reconstruction of 16,000 houses in the earthquake-hit areas of Balochistan’s Awaran district.

Strong earthquakes struck the entire district twice — on Sept 24 and 28 last year — leaving thousands of people homeless, entire settlements destroyed and over 500 people dead and 700 injured.

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP), which met on Friday, also approved the project. The provincial government will launch the reconstruction on May 1.

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$7 million from Malala Fund for education project in remote areas

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: A number of people in the country may hold an uncharitable opinion about Malala Yousuzai’s worldwide efforts to promote girls’ education but the government has decided to make use of money from a fund set up by her for an education project.

The sceptics are not only laymen who doubt whether the young education activist was actually shot at by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but also people holding powerful positions in the government who have downplayed her internationally recognised efforts.

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Empowering the Most Vulnerable and Marginalized

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World Bank

From the initiation of its World Bank funded activities through the International Development Agency (IDA) in 2000 to the end of December 2013, the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) had disbursed a cumulative total of US$ 885 million to 120 Partner Organizations across the country. PPAF-III's development objective is to empower the targeted poor with increased incomes, improved productive capacity, and access to services to achieve sustainable livelihoods.

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Data shows Wednesday’s bomb attack on Islamabad market part of a bloody pattern

At least 22 people have been killed by yet another indiscriminate bomb attack in Pakistan, this time in a crowded market in Islamabad. The blast, occurring on Wednesday 9th April, also wounded over 100 others. The bombing occurred at eight o’clock in the morning, one of the busiest times for the fruit and vegetable market in the Sabzi Mandi area of the city.

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Pakistan: Polio alert in eight districts

LAHORE: The Health Department on Thursday declared eight districts, including Lahore, of Punjab highly sensitive for polio.

It also directed the executive district officers (health) of the identified districts to take special preventive measures for the eradication of the crippling disease.

The seven other districts, besides Lahore, are: Rawalpindi, Khanewal, Sahiwal, Mianwali, Multan, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh.

The health department is also going to launch anti-polio drive from April 14 during which over 4 million children will be administered drops.

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Rawalpindi district court attack kills at least two

RAWALPINDI: At least two people were killed and several injured on Friday in an incident of indiscriminate firing on a local district court in the garrison city, DawnNews reported.

According to police personnel, the firing in the district court occurred between two groups which killed a prisoner and a passerby.

Moreover, an exchange of fire between police and armed attackers also took place after which policemen arrested four assailants.

After the incident, people panicked and rushed outside the court.

Police and security forces cordoned off the area.

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Revise Repressive Anti-Terrorism Law

Overbroad ‘Protection of Pakistan Ordinance’ Threatens Peaceful Dissent

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Ban deplores recent deadly terrorist attacks in Pakistan

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9 April 2014 – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned today the two recent deadly bomb blasts in Pakistan, in the capital Islamabad and in the Baluchistan province.

“The Secretary-General deplores the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including today’s bombing of a market in Islamabad and yesterday’s attack on a train in Baluchistan, incidents that led to killing and wounding of many people,” said a statement issued by Mr. ban’s spokesperson in New York.

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Nine more killed as Pakistani Taliban factions clash

04/09/2014 12:54 GMT

MIRANSHAH, April 9, 2014 (AFP) - Nine people were killed Wednesday in a fourth day of fighting between two feuding factions of the Pakistani Taliban in the restive northwest, intelligence and militant sources said.

A total of 43 people have now died in clashes which erupted on Sunday between supporters of Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud group.

Both factions are part of the of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella group, which has been waging a bloody seven-year insurgency against the state.

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Bombing in Pakistan fruit market kills 22

04/09/2014 21:02 GMT

by Khurram SHAHZAD

ISLAMABAD, April 9, 2014 (AFP) - A bomb tore through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in the Pakistani capital Islamabad Wednesday, killing at least 22 people in the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban.

The bombing -- the deadliest in Islamabad since a huge truck bomb at the Marriott Hotel in 2008 -- left a 1.5-metre (five-foot) diameter crater and littered the site with body parts and guava fruit drenched in blood, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

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Pakistan train bombing kills 13

04/08/2014 13:01 GMT

SIBI, April 8, 2014 (AFP) - A bomb blast on a train in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan killed at least 13 people and injured 40 others on Tuesday, officials said, with the death toll feared to rise.

The United Baluch Army (UBA), one of several armed separatist groups in Baluchistan, claimed responsibility for the bombing, with its spokesman warning of more such attacks in the coming days in response to a major military operation against militants that began on Monday.

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Double jeopardy -- Attacks on journalists increase with impunity

Contributors: Zia Ur Rehman

The journalists reporting on the two conflicts, namely Taliban militancy and the Baloch insurgency are faced with double jeopardy. They walk a tight rope while reporting

The recent attack on the Express Television anchor, columnist and consulting editor for the Friday Times, Raza Rumi indicates the serious threats faced by Pakistani journalists in their line of duty.

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IDPs repatriation in Kurram begins

PESHAWAR: Political authorities have started repatriating thousands of people of Ali Sherzai tribe to their native area in the Kurram tribal region.

Kurram political agent Riaz Mahsud said that 55,000 tribal people had been displaced in June 2010 following a military operation to cleanse the area of militants.

“So far 7,500 people have been sent to their area and the rest would be repatriated over the next couple of weeks,” he said. “We intend to complete the process by April 24.”

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