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Attack on Nato supplies convoy kills two on Pak-Afghan Highway

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed on Thursday when unidentified militants attacked a Nato supply convoy on the Pak-Afghan Highway in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber tribal region.

Pakistan is a key supply route for the US-led mission in landlocked Afghanistan, particularly as Nato forces prepare to withdraw troops and equipment by the end of this year.

Nato supply trucks, which carry everything from fuel to munitions and food, often come under attack on their journey between Karachi and border crossing points.

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Pakistan army urges talks as protesters march on parliament

08/19/2014 20:24 GMT

by Sajjad TARAKZAI

ISLAMABAD, August 19, 2014 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Pakistan's parliament Wednesday in a bid to depose the prime minister, as the nation's powerful military called for talks to resolve the week-long political drama.

Imran Khan, the former cricket star who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, and preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri say last year's general election was rigged and have led protests to demand Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.

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Polio vaccination campaign postponed in KP, Fata

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PESHAWAR: The four day anti-polio drive which were kicked off from August 18 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) have postponed due to PTI Azadi and Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) Inqelab (revolution) marches as the World Health Organization office located Islamabad is closed.

Due to the unavailability of vaccine around 0.7 million children were missed from polio vaccination in Fata while 1.8 million children were missed from polio vaccination in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Pakistan attacks kill 48 militants, six civilians die in bombing

08/19/2014 12:11 GMT

KHAR, August 19, 2014 (AFP) - Air strikes targeting suspected Tailban hideouts in a restive tribal district of northwest Pakistan killed 48 militants on Tuesday, the military said, as six civilians died in a roadside bomb attack.

The armed forces have since June been waging an assault to wipe out strongholds of the Pakistani Taliban and other militants in North Waziristan and other tribal areas, killing at least 600 insurgents according to the military.

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Heavy storms kill 16 in northwest Pakistan

08/15/2014 17:25 GMT

PESHAWAR, August 15, 2014 (AFP) - Heavy storms and rains on Friday killed at least 16 people, including nine children, and injured over 80 others in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said.

The torrential monsoon rains damaged properties in the provincial capital Peshawar and its surrounding areas causing roofs and walls of houses to cave in -- in some cases killing those inside.

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EU steps up humanitarian aid to victims of displacement and floods in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Summary: 13 August 2014, Brussels - EU steps up humanitarian aid to victims of displacement and floods in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The European Commission has released additional funding of €3 million for Afghanistan to help people affected by flooding and those seeking refuge from military operations in Pakistan, bringing our overall humanitarian aid for these two countries in 2014 to €76.5 million.

In addition, €5 million has been allocated for Pakistan for people displaced by the military operation against non-state actors in North Waziristan.

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Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters

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NAGAR VALLEY, PAKISTAN, 12 August 2014 (IRIN) - “Our elders used to say this glacier was very high, so high there was no one living here. This was a giant glacial lake,” Sajjad Ali said.

Standing on a cliffside, he pointed down at the Hopar Glacier, more than a 1,000 metres below, its surface covered by massive boulders it had swept out of its way as it carved a valley through the Karakoram mountains.

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Kid, woman among three killed in militants' attack

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QUETTA (Web Desk): Police official says three people including a woman and child were killed on Saturday evening when militants attack armed forces here in Balochistan's Kharan district.

The forrces narrowly escaped the attack but three people including a woman and kid came in the line of fire. The militants fled the scene.

A police official, who requested anonymity said that militants opened fire at the vehicle of security forces on the Quetta-Kharan road.

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Revoke Suspension of Rights in Islamabad

Army, Protesters Need to Avoid Violence

(New York, August 8, 2014) – Pakistan’s government should rescind the suspension of fundamental rights and the grant of military authority for law enforcement in Islamabad, Human Rights Watch said today. Powers given to the military risk misuse in the face of ongoing large-scale political protests.

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UNHCR deeply concerned as Sri Lanka continues with deportations

UNHCR has learnt that a total of 36 Pakistani asylum-seekers have been deported from Sri Lanka since last Friday. More could follow, including women and children. UNHCR urges the authorities to stop the deportations and grant us access to refugees and asylum-seekers still detained in Colombo.

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IDPs under pressure in Pakistan’s Sindh Province

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KARACHI, 4 August 2014 (IRIN) - People fleeing the war-torn North Waziristan area of Pakistan and arriving in Sindh Province in the south of the country are finding themselves increasingly unpopular. Last month, roads were closed off when angry residents demanded an end to such migration, while the provincial government has made moves to ban all internally displaced persons (IDPs) from entering Sindh.

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WFP Renews Commitment To Combat Micronutrient Deficiencies In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) has extended its agreement with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), an NGO dedicated to eliminating vitamin and mineral deficiencies, in order to continue its food fortification programme and to advocate for the need to address micronutrient-related malnutrition among the people of Pakistan.

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UAE polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan scales new heights

Islamabad, 2nd Aug. 2014 (WAM) -- The U.A.E. massive campaign to vaccinate three million children under five against poliomyelitis (polio) in Pakistan was successful, the U.A.E. Project to Assist Pakistan (U.A.E. PAP) has announced.

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In Pakistan, Militants Wear Aid Workers’ Clothing

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 1 2014 (IPS) - Muhammad Tufail, a 22-year-old resident of Mardan, one of 26 districts that comprise Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, has recently become a volunteer aid worker.

Moved by the plight of nearly a million refugees fleeing a military offensive in the North Waziristan Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which began on Jun. 15, Tufail now spends his days distributing food rations and medical supplies to beleaguered residents of huge camps for the displaced.

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Red Crescent doubles assistance to the displaced from North Waziristan

31-07-2014

As a result of a military operation in North Waziristan, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced to various districts in neighbouring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. From the outset, the Pakistan Red Crescent has delivered emergency aid, medical services, food, water and sanitation.

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Pakistan acid attacks on women cast pall of fear

07/31/2014 02:35 GMT

by Maaz KHAN

QUETTA, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - A recent spate of acid attacks in a region of Pakistan previously untouched by the crime has sparked an impassioned debate about rising Islamisation that is forcing an increasing number of women to stay at home.

The horrific crime, which disfigures and often blinds its overwhelmingly female victims, has long been used to settle personal or family scores with hundreds of cases reported every year.

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Polio's Surge In Pakistan: Are Parents Part Of The Problem?

by NURITH AIZENMAN

What do the parents think? That's always a crucial question when it comes to vaccinating kids.

And it's particularly important in Pakistan, which is one of the last places in the world where the polio virus is still making kids sick.

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For Pakistani minority sect, a tentative Eid celebration

KARACHI, PAKISTAN — A handwritten sign hangs on Naeem Sohail's door, wishing passersby Eid Mubarak, a happy end to Ramadan. Underneath, there is a modest notice that henna services are available here.

No one has taken up Mr. Sohail’s daughter on her offer to apply the traditional decorative patterns on the hands of women celebrating Eid. The family wonders if it’s because they are Ahmadis, a minority sect that considers itself Muslim, but that the Pakistani state says is heretical.

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UNFPA responds to needs of 36,000 pregnant women displaced in Pakistan

UNFPA, together with the Network for Human and Social Development, is supporting the Government to ensure that pregnant women are able to safely deliver and providing women with essential hygiene supplies.

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Rs400,000 to be paid for each house destroyed during Operation Zarb-e-Azb: Baloch

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BANNU: Minister for State and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch said on Monday that the government had decided to pay Rs400,000 for each house destroyed during Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan.

Addressing the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) here, Baloch added that Rs50,000 would also be paid to the affected people for their return and ration. He clarified that the funds will only be released to the head of each household.

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