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02 Mar 2015 description

KARACHI: The wall of a government-run girls’ school and two vehicles were damaged in a bomb blast here on Sunday, police said.

They said an explosive device weighing about half a kg was placed near the boundary wall of Government Primary School for Girls at Gul Mohammad Kalmati Goth near Murtaza Chowrangi.

Two cars parked near the school-building were also damaged when the device containing ball bearings exploded, SP Akhtar Farooq said.

02 Mar 2015 description

Ali Akbar

PESHAWAR: The repatriation process of internally displaced people (IDPs) to South Waziristan will begin on March 16, a government official said Saturday.

The Assistant Political Officer (APO) of South Waziristan, Nawab Safi said that people displaced during the military operation Rah-e-Nijat will return to their home from next month.

28 Feb 2015 description

Karachi, February 27, 2015 – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), AmanTech, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement to work together to improve access to and quality of vocational training.

27 Feb 2015 description

Pakistan - Severe Weather (WMO, PMD, Local Media)

  • Heavy rainfall affected north-western Pakistan over 24-25 February. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 61 and 53 mm of rain were measured in 24h in Drosh and Dir respectively, while the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were affected as well.

  • As of 26 February, local media report six deaths in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's capital, Peshawar, and in the towns of Ghalanai and Landi Kotal in FATA. House damage, road flooding and electricity outages have been reported throughout the affected areas.

27 Feb 2015 description

Pakistan - Earthquake (ECHO, GDACS, USGS, PMD, Local Media)

  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.4M, at 29km depth, occurred in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in northern Pakistan on 26 February, at 21.59 UTC. The epicentre was located near the border of Battagram and Manshehra districts, approximately 23km south-east of the town of Allai. Tremors were felt around Islamabad and parts of Khyber Paktunkhwa, according to media.

27 Feb 2015 description

Ensuring access to every child in every district remains the priority in Pakistan.

At a Technical Consultation this February to review the situation on polio eradication in Pakistan, the strength of the low-transmission season plan and the heightened commitment of the Government of Pakistan were recognised by a technical review panel.

27 Feb 2015 description

Syed Ali Shah

QUETTA: Balochistan's second case of polio in 2015 was reported in Killa Abdullah district on Thursday morning.

Sources in Balochistan's health department told Dawn that the polio case was reported from Chaman, Pakistan's bordering town with Afghanistan.

A two-year-old girl named Bibi Hanifa fell prey to the crippling virus, they said.

They termed refusal on the part of parents to vaccinate their child as the underlying reason behind her infection.

26 Feb 2015 description

PESHAWAR: Six people, including three women, were killed and five others injured as heavy rains and hailstorm lashed different parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Some hilly areas also received snow that brought down the mercury level to a freezing point. Tourist resort Malam Jabba in Swat district received 82mm rain followed by Parachinar, Kurram Agency, where 72mm rain was recorded, said Met officials. Both areas also received moderate snowfall.

26 Feb 2015 description

Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has claimed the polio vaccination refusal cases in the province have declined from 45,000 to 27,000 since the start of the Sehat Ka Ittehad (Alliance for Health) programme 10 days ago.

26 Feb 2015 description

KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association on Wednesday demanded that the federal government act fast and ensure availability of Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) to protect millions of children from tuberculosis.

They expressed their deep concern over the vaccine shortage across the country though the Sindh health department said ‘sufficient’ quantity of anti-TB vaccine was available with its immunisation programme.

26 Feb 2015 description

Ali Akbar

PESHAWAR: Police registered cases against 160 people in Nowshera after they refused to administer polio vaccine to their children during the ongoing anti-polio campaign in the district — 10 people have also been arrested in this regard.

The case was registered under Section 144 in Nowshera Kalan police station after the parents refused to let their children receive anti-polio drops.

25 Feb 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

Over 30,000 Afghan nationals in Pakistan have returned home this year, with 2.6 million others allegedly under pressure to leave. The UNHCR's Babar Baloch tells DW Islamabad has assured no refugees will be forced back

25 Feb 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: As another polio case has been confirmed by the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH), the total count for the year 2015 has risen to 10.

An official of Ministry of National Health Services said the new case was detected from Khyber Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Pakistan has been considered polio hub for over the past decade. Last year 306 cases of polio were reported in the country, a record for the past 16 years.

25 Feb 2015 description

Shazia Hasan

KARACHI: Mangrove trees, the first line of defence against storms on the coast, were being chopped down by thieves referred to as ‘timber mafia’ by fishermen and in this connection five boats full of chopped trees were dumped at Loonh Khan, a beach off Ibrahim Hyderi, as the thieves bringing it in escaped upon being spotted during a forest department and police raid in the early hours of Tuesday, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum officials said.

25 Feb 2015 description

Syed Ali Shah

QUETTA: At least one person was killed and seven others injured in an explosion on the Mall Road area of Balochistan's Chaman district on Tuesday.

Explosives planted on a bicycle detonated with a huge bang wounding eight passersby.

The intensity of the blast destroyed four vehicles situated in the vicinity and also damaged more than a dozen shops. Windowpanes of nearby buildings also shattered due to the blast.

25 Feb 2015 description

SITUATION REPORT

Total NADRA verified TDPs: 100527

PAYMENT OF PRIME MINISTER’S PACKAGE (RS. 20,000RAMZAN PACKAGE, 12,000 FOR FOOD AND 5000 FOR NFIS)

Total HOH sent to Zong: HOH 64433, PKR (Mil) 1996.701
Total SMS sent by Zong: HOH 63598, PKR (Mil) 1972.438
Payments drawn: HOH 63249, PKR (Mil) 1962.593
PAYMENT for SEPTEMBER TRANCHE @12000 PER FAMILY

24 Feb 2015 description
report The New York Times

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

FEB. 23, 2015

TORKHAM, Afghanistan — First, the Afghan families’ homes were raided by Pakistani policemen wielding sticks. Then the men were hauled off to jail, released only after relatives paid bribes.

Read the story on the New York Times

24 Feb 2015 description

Sequel to the Flood September 2014, following actions were taken:

 Affected Areas: Affected areas are as follows:

  • Districts of Punjab (Affected by Rain and Flood):Attock, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Khushab, Sargodha, Gujrat, M.B. Din, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Sialkot, Narowal, Nankana Sahib, Lahore, Okara, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Faisalabad, T.T. Sing, Sahiwal, Jhang, Chiniot, Multan, Khanewal, Bhawalpur, Bahawalnagar, MuzaffarGarh, Rajanpur & D.G. Khan

23 Feb 2015 description

Zia Ur Rehman

KARACHI: On an evening, policemen patrolling the Arakan Abad neighborhood of Korangi stopped Shamsul Hassan, a young fisherman, started frisking him and asking questions, and then let him go after taking a bribe of Rs200.

“Harassment at the hands of Karachi police has become a routine matter for our community as we do not have Pakistani national identity cards despite having been living in the country for the past 35 years,” says Hassan, a Burmese Muslim known as the Rohingya, who was born in Karachi.

23 Feb 2015 description

Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: After the delay of a year, the provincial government has finally approved and released funds for a Rs42million ‘emergency action plan’, titled ‘Dengue prevention and control programme, Sindh’, prepared by the provincial dengue surveillance cell, it emerged on Sunday.

Officials said it was a pilot project which would cost Rs41.774 million and run initially for four months.

It included vector control, general fumigation, insecticides, indoor residual sprays and training.