By Omar Waraich, 21 August 2016, 15:05 UTC
UNTIL recently, Pakistan was home to the largest refugee population. For decades, the country won much praise for giving sanctuary to vulnerable people who had to flee their homes. When far wealthier countries showed a callous indifference towards those people seeking safety — tightening border controls while pleading lack of capacity — the example of Pakistan shamed them.
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By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Tuesday 8/23/2016 - 07:11 GMT | 197 words
A hand grenade exploded Tuesday, wounding two school children, one critically, as they were playing with it in a remote northwestern Pakistani village, police said.
The incident took place a primary school in Dhob Darra of northwestern Upper Dir valley, where Taliban militants have been active.
Two children who came to school early found a grenade lying on the ground. They picked it up and started playing with it before removing its pin, senior police official Zahid Khan told AFP.
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PESHAWAR: The United Nations Voluntary Repatriation Centre (VRC) in Peshawar is unable to cope with the unexpected surge in the number of repatriating Afghan refugees, who traveled from Punjab and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but got stuck for days due to the slow verification process.
We have had significant success in reducing the risks of mothers and babies dying during childbirth. In Pakistan, a significant number women in rural areas give birth at home. Our Traditional Birth Attendant training program teaches life saving midwifery skills which are then passed onto other women. To date, we have trained 206 TBAs in a catchment population area of 90,000.
CDKN has undertaken a project to facilitate stakeholders in developing the heatwave management plan for Karachi, Pakistan. Syed Muhammad Abubakar, Knowledge Officer, CDKN Asia highlights how this project will initiate a process at the local level to help the development of the heatwave management plan, in coordination with and through the consensus of all stakeholders.
Islamabad, 18 August 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Balochistan today signed a cost-sharing agreement worth PKR 100 million to provide assistance and support to impoverished areas which have experienced the social, economic and environmental impacts of hosting refugees from Afghanistan since 1979.
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QUETTA: A special eight-day campaign of injectable polio vaccine (IPV) will begin in four major Afghan refugee camps in Chagai district of Balochistan on Monday.
Provincial coordinator of polio programme Dr Syed Saifur Rehman said on Sunday that the IPV campaign would help in controlling the spread of the crippling disease in the refugee camps.
Through this $10.25 million grant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USAID is supporting the education of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the education of children from communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province, which are hosting these TDP families. This project encourages community engagement, supports the construction and rehabilitation of approximately 300 public schools in the FATA and KP province, and aims to train approximately 1,000 teachers for these schools.
ISLAMABAD: The Government of Germany has confirmed a contribution of Euro 1 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for resilience and food security in Pakistan.
Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Thursday 8/11/2016 - 07:08 GMT
A roadside bomb apparently targeting a judge injured at least 13 people in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday, officials said, days after a major attack killed most of the city's senior lawyers.
"The bomb was planted on a bridge in the city, which went off immediately after the vehicle of an Islamic court judge passed by it," Akbar Harifal, the home secretary of southwestern Balochistan province, told AFP.
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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday told the National Assembly that the children of Afghan refugees in Pakistan cannot be issued Pakistani citizenship documents.
Answering queries during Question Hour, he said that the children of Afghan refugees were Afghans and not entitled to the privilege, even if their mothers were Pakistani citizens.
SIALKOT: The bomb disposal squad defused on Tuesday a high intensity Indian anti-tank landmine near the bordering village Chahoor-Sabzpeer, Pasrur.
Sialkot District Coordination Officer Dr Asif Tufail told reporters the landmine had landed in the area floating along the swollen Nullah Dek from Indian territory.
He said the landmine weighed 10 kilo, which was spotted by some local people. They alerted the local police, and soon the bomb disposal squad was called in from Sialkot.
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