PESHAWAR: A total of 1,816 people have registered themselves with the HIV treatment centres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Among them, 1,349 are men, 391 women and 76 children.
The statistics were shared by organisers with participants of a seminar held at the Peshawar Press Club to mark the Dec 1 World AIDS Day.
LAHORE: Unidentified attackers hurled a hand grenade on the Lahore office of a local television channel DIN News on Tuesday evening, injuring four people.
According to initial reports, two policemen and a channel staffer was injured in the grenade attack.
Police constables Ejaz and Nazir suffered injuries in the attack, details revealed.
The attackers also threw pamphlets containing threats from 'Daulat-i-Islamia' (Islamic State group).
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THE ONE LAKH CHALLENGE
With its population of over 184 million, Election Day in Pakistan is one of the largest in the world. In 2013, nearly 86 million people were registered in 70,000 polling stations. In the next general elections expected to be in 2018, there may be over 100 million registered voters, and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will set up one lakh (100,000) polling stations, stretching from the dense urban neighbourhoods of Karachi to the remotest mountain villages of Chitral.
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar district administration has decided to send behind bars the parents who have declined vaccination of their children against polio.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner Riaz Khan Mehsud here on Friday.
A spokesman for the DC office said the decision to arrest the parents under 3 MPO was final because the refusing parents were not ready to cooperate with the polio teams. He said though the refusal cases across the district numbered 1,600, half of them had already been addressed.
By Ashfaq Yusufzai
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 26 2015 (IPS) - “My two sons were killed by Taliban militants mercilessly three years ago. My husband died a natural death two year back. Now, I am begging to raise my two grandsons,” Gul Pari, 50, told IPS.
Pari, who is waiting for her turn at a psychiatrist’s clinic in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, says she dreamed every night that her sons were alive and would return one day.
“I am waiting for them. They are martyrs and will come and take revenge from their killers,” she said.
Freedom of religion is a fundamental right that exists only on paper in Pakistan. Each year thousands of Christians, forming 13% of the total population, suffer at the hands of religious bigots who use blasphemy as an excuse to ruin their life. Christian girls are increasingly being forced to convert to Islam. According to a report released by Pakistani NGO Aurat Foundation on 13 July 2015, around 1,000 girls are forced to convert to Islam every year in Pakistan. The victims of these forced conversions are largely girls from the Pakistani Christian and Hindu communities.
Author: Aamir Saeed
THATTA, Pakistan, Nov 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fisherman Muhammad Yusuf's family has been living on the island of Hajamaro, just over three miles off the coast of southern Pakistan, for generations. But the island that was once a happy home has now become a prison.
Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation
Programme improvements and innovations in 2015 have brought us closer to ending polio in Pakistan – but the road ahead is rough.
Over the course of 2015, Pakistan has seen encouraging signs of progress against polio, with the programme tightening its grip on the last strongholds of the virus. The number of cases has declined sharply, with 39 reported to date in 2015, compared with 235 cases by the same point in 2014.
Not children reached, but children missed
ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 2015, Pakistan (UNHCR) – Every stroke of Manizha's brush tells a story. Through her art, hundreds of women have been given a voice, a chance to speak out about their harrowing experiences of life under the Taliban.
But each painting reminds Manizha, a 26-year-old Afghan refugee, of her own struggle, which began in 1997 when she and her family were forced to flee Kabul.
Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 14:16 GMT
At least two people were killed when a roadside bomb hit the convoy of a Pakistani cabinet minister in the country's troubled northwest Thursday, police said.
Akram Khan Durrani, a minister for housing in Nawaz Sharif's cabinet, survived the attack as he was travelling in the remote Frontier Region Bannu area near the North Waziristan tribal district after addressing a rally.
Amy Le Compte is a midwife from Gisborne in New Zealand. She has just returned from a six-month assignment in MSF Women's Hospital in Peshawar, in the north of Pakistan where, along with daily maternity work, she supported the launch of a new community outreach program to enable access to quality maternity care for poor and marginalised populations.
By Khalid Bin Majid, Pakistan Red Crescent Society
On November 25 - the first day of the internationally-recognised 16 Days of Activism to prevent gender-based violence, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society launched a landmark Women's Forum at its National Headquarters in Islamabad.
The Forum addresses the specific experiences of Pakistani women and girls in times of disaster (whether natural or human induced), such as distinct healthcare needs in emergencies, or vulnerabilities due to early warnings that do not reach women while they are at home.
ISLAMABAD: Although the Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill titled ‘The Islamabad Mandatory Vaccination Bill’, the name of the bill was later changed to ‘The Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination Bill’.
The name’s amendment may affect efforts to vaccinate children, as vaccination will not be considered ‘mandatory’.
PESHAWAR: Registered Afghan nationals are likely to be allowed to stay in Pakistan till December 2017.
According to official sources, the Ministry of State and Frontier Region (Safron) put up a summary to the prime minister secretariat a few days ago proposing that Afghans having Proof of Registration (PoR) cards be given another year to stay in the country.
If the federal cabinet approves the summary, this will be the fourth extension given to the refugees.
Peshawar (): Provincial Government has started compensation process to affected households amongst the earthquake affectees after conducting comprehensive damages verification survey in the affected Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has received damages reports for 92,072 fully/partially damaged houses from affected districts in the province. However, 52,374 households have been provided with compensation cheques till date.
PESHAWAR: A new polio case was reported from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) on Tuesday, making it the 14th such case in the tribal area this year — raising the countrywide count in 2015 to 41.
According to the Chief Minister's Polio Control Cell in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the crippling virus was detected in two-year-old Abu Sufyan of Landi Kotal town.
QUETTA: The Emergency Operation Cell (EOC) Balochistan, established to eradicate the crippling virus, claimed to have reduced the number of polio vaccination refusals by more than 91 per cent in the province during the recent anti-polio campaign.
Dr. Aftab Kakar, an officer at the EOC, informed that parents of 12,607 children below the age of five years were convinced by polio volunteers, religious scholars and officials to administer polio drops to these kids.
PESHAWAR: More than 400 schools in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas are likely to be closed down in the name of ‘enhancing quality education’ in the region, officials said.
The proposed ‘rationalisation plan’ is aimed at saving cash resources and improving the quality of education in Fata, where hundreds of schools and other educational institutions were destroyed in militancy.
The plan is likely to be implemented in health and livestock sectors, too, sources said.
Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Tuesday 11/24/2015 - 08:00 GMT | 696 words
by Lehaz Ali
Ishtiaq Khalid is having a snow day, forced to stay home from his school in the Pakistani district of Shangla due to inclement weather -- but unlike most 12-year-olds, he is not happy about it.
Last month a powerful earthquake destroyed 200 schools and damaged hundreds more in Pakistan's northwest, including Ishtiaq's, leaving thousands of shivering children to study without shelter under wintry skies.