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Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV

09/01/2014 06:40 GMT

by Sajjad TARAKZAI

ISLAMABAD, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government stormed the state broadcaster on Monday as fresh clashes with police broke out in Islamabad.

Transmission of the main Pakistani Television (PTV) news channel was cut minutes after an anchor announced demonstrators had entered the building and "besieged" staff.

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Sindh puts off polio drive as Islamabad crisis hits vaccine delivery

By Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: A three-day polio vaccination campaign scheduled to begin on September 1 has been put off by the provincial authorities after the federal health ministry refused to send oral polio vaccine (OPV) to the province due to political unrest in Islamabad, officials confirmed to Dawn on Saturday.

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Arms seized

KHUZDAR: Security personnel seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition during an operation in the Dashat Goran area of Khuzdar district on Sunday.

Official sources said that FC troops after receiving intelligence about the presence of criminals in Dashat Goran area launched an operation there.

Around 200 Frontier Corps personnel took part in the operation with the help of helicopters.

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Pakistan army calls on government, protesters to end crisis

08/31/2014 20:38 GMT

by Issam AHMED

ISLAMABAD, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistan's powerful army called on the government and protesters to resolve their differences peacefully Sunday night but ominously warned it was "committed to playing its part in ensuring security of the state", after clashes left three dead.

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World Bank Helps Combat Malnutrition among Mothers and Children

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WASHINGTON- August 29, 2014- The World Bank approved US$47.95 million to help the Government of Pakistan improve nutrition status of children under two years of age, and of pregnant and lactating women in targeted areas.

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Statement to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

The government must ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984

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Impunity Marks Global Day for Disappeared

Government Fails to Provide Facts, Justice, and Reparations to Victims

(London) – On the eve of the annual International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch urge Pakistan’s government to stop the deplorable practice of state agencies abducting hundreds of people throughout the country without providing information about their fate or whereabouts.

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Gunmen kill six worshippers at Pakistan shrine

08/29/2014 07:54 GMT

QUETTA, August 29, 2014 (AFP) - Gunman opened fire on worshippers at a shrine in southwest Pakistan, killing at least six members of a minority Islamic sect and wounding seven others, officials said on Friday.

The attack came at a shrine of the Zikri community in Awaran district, around 650 kilometres southwest of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province.

Oil and gas rich Baluchistan is wracked by a separatist insurgency, Islamist militants and sectarian violence and attacks on minority groups are not uncommon.

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Pakistan army chief intervenes in political crisis

08/28/2014 19:25 GMT

by Nasir JAFFRY

ISLAMABAD, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistan's army chief was named mediator Thursday in a fortnight-long political crisis, fuelling speculation that the military could use the protests against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to re-assert its dominance over the civilian government.

Thousands of demonstrators led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and politician Imran Khan have been camped outside the parliament building in Islamabad since August 15, demanding the prime minister step down.

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Gunman shoot dead journalists in SW Pakistan

08/28/2014 16:26 GMT

QUETTA, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Gunman opened fire on the offices of a domestic private news agency in southwest Pakistan Thursday, killing three people including two journalists, officials said.

The incident occurred in Quetta, the capital of the restive oil- and gas-rich Baluchistan province that borders Iran and Afghanistan.

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Poppy crop destroyed near Afghan border

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: Personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) have destroyed poppy crop cultivated over thousands of acres in Murgha Faqirzai area of Qilla Saifullah district.

According to official sources, local tribesmen had cultivated the crop over 1,988 acres in the Muslim Bagh sector, along the Afghan border.

“Around 200 FC personnel cordoned off the entire area and launched an operation for destroying poppy crop with the help of local people,” a senior Frontier Corps official said on Wednesday.

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Displaced students to get free education in Lakki schools

LAKKI MARWAT: The district education department is prepared to accommodate the displaced students of North Waziristan Agency in the public sector schools, according to an official.

He said that thousands of displaced tribal people including men, women and children migrated to the district when army launched operation Zerb-i-Azb against terrorists in North Waziristan.

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Health ministry running out of funds for polio campaign

By Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: If new funds are not arranged soon for the faltering anti-polio campaign in the country, it is likely to halt after two months, according to sources in the Ministry of National Health Services.

An official of the ministry told Dawn on condition of anonymity that the ministry was running out of funds.

The Economic Coordination Council (ECC) was supposed to approve PC I for the campaign in second week of August, but has not met owing to political crisis.

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Esaar-e-Pakhtunkhwa Program (27 August 2014)

Under the Esaar-e-Pakhtunkhwa Program, as of 27th August 2014 at 01:40 PM, 47,688 families of NWA have received their Cash payment of 1st Installment @ Rs.8000/- successfully. A total of Rs.381.51 Millions have been disbursed so far. Under the Esaar-e-Pakhtunkhwa Program, all the registered verified families of NWA will be provided with Rs.23,000/. (Ramadan Package Rs.5,000, Rs.3,000/- monthly house rent).

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Shrine bombed in Balochistan's Mastung; woman injured

By Syed Ali Shah

QUETTA: A woman was wounded early on Tuesday when suspected militants blew up the shrine of a Sufi saint in Balochistan's Mastung district, police said.

The shrine located in the main commercial area of Mastung was completely destroyed due to the explosion.

Police official Nazeer Ahmed told Dawn that militants had planted explosives inside the shrine of Sheikh Taqi Baba.

"Explosive materials went off with a loud bang this morning," he said.

The blast rocked the entire Mastung city, causing panic among the people.

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These Children Just Want to Go Back to School

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR, Pakistan , Aug 26 2014 (IPS) - Between government efforts to wipe out insurgents from Pakistan’s northern, mountainous regions, and the Taliban’s own campaign to exercise power over the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the real victims of this conflict are often invisible.

Walking among the rubble of their old homes, or sitting outside makeshift shelters in refugee camps, thousands of children here are growing up without an education, as schools are either bombed by militants or turned into temporary housing for the displaced.

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Pakistan launches fresh polio drive for tribal regions

08/25/2014 08:14 GMT

PESHAWAR, August 25, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistan Monday launched a fresh drive to vaccinate more than 700,000 children in its restive tribal belt against polio, but officials said nearly 300,000 others would miss out because of threats from militants.

The World Health Organisation declared a global "public health emergency" in early May after new polio cases began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries including Pakistan.

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Upon directives of U.A.E. President over five million Pakistani children vaccinated against polio

ISLAMABAD: The U.A.E. Pakistan Assistance Programme announced that over 5.8 million Pakistani children were vaccinated against polio during the months of June and July, in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to boost the health sector's preventive programmes in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The move also comes in line with the initiative of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces, to eradicate polio worldwide.

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ECHO Factsheet - Pakistan - August 2014

Key messages

  • Conflict in the northwest of Pakistan has led to the displacement and emergency needs of over one million people.

  • Pakistan is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, with multiple disasters every year impacting on livelihood and nutritional security. In the Sindh province high levels of malnutrition coupled with limited access to water, sanitation, and medical services, has compromised the health and coping capacities of the most vulnerable communities.

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Conflict Alert: Protecting Pakistan’s Threatened Democracy

A little over a year ago, Pakistan entered an unprecedented second phase of democratic transition, with one elected government handing power to another by peaceful, constitutional means. This fragile transition will be gravely threatened unless a fast-escalating political crisis is urgently defused. The protests rocking Islamabad threaten to upend the constitutional order, set back rule of law and open the possibility of a soft coup, with the military ruling through the backdoor.