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Pakistan civilians flee as military steps up Khyber offensive on Taliban

By Jibran Ahmad

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee Pakistan's northwestern region of Khyber, the military said on Thursday, as it stepped up a two-week-old offensive against Taliban militants in the area.

Twenty-one suspected militants and eight soldiers were killed on Wednesday, the military said in a statement, but gave no figure for civilian casualties.

National disaster officials say the fighting has forced more than 18,000 people to abandon their homes.

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Another 4 polio cases confirmed

ISLAMABAD: With the confirmation of four more polio cases by the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health on Wednesday, the figure climbed to 231.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services said that two cases each had been reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

“Two cases have been reported from Peshawar and two from Khyber Agency,” he said.

Published in Dawn, October 30th , 2014

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One dead in Kashmir after fresh border clashes

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 10/29/2014 - 06:17 GMT

An elderly Pakistani man was killed by Indian troops as fresh cross-border firing rocked the disputed Kashmir region, officials said Wednesday.

The 75-year-old was herding goats outside his home in the Chari Kot border village of Pakistani administered Kashmir on Tuesday when he was killed by "unprovoked" firing by Indian troops, Abdul Majeed Mughal, a senior government official in the region tasked to monitor cross border fire, told AFP.

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Nilofar intensifies into ‘very severe’ cyclone

By Agencies | Syed Ali Shah

KARACHI: Cyclone Nilofar in the Arabian Sea has intensified into a 'very severe' tropical cyclone, said the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

Section 144, which prohibits bathing in the sea, has been imposed in the coastal areas including Karachi and Badin.

Speaking to the media, Chief Meteorologist Tauseef Alam said the cyclone is currently 1,100 kilometers away from Karachi.

He said the cyclone will start moving towards the north-west and then north-east during the next 12 hours.

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Ibrahim Hyderi fishermen indifferent to cyclone threat

By Saher Baloch

KARACHI: There was an unwavering calm in the coastal area of Ibrahim Hyderi with fishermen at the main dock busy putting away the catch on Tuesday though news reports were coming in from different sources that a cyclone would soon hit the coasts of Pakistan and India.

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Grenade attack at Karachi Imambargah kills child, injures seven

KARACHI: A one and half year old child was killed while at least seven people were injured in a hand grenade explosion near an Imambargah in Karachi’s Ayesha Manzil area on Tuesday night, DawnNews reported.

Initial reports suggest that a Muharram majlis for women was taking place at Islamic Research Center (IRC) Imambargah at the time of the blast. Most of the injured are women and children.

Rescue officials have shifted the injured to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

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Responding to the needs of people affected by flooding in Punjab province

Islamabad [ACTED News] - An assessment by the Government of Pakistan and the Humanitarian Country Team, was carried out with the aim of identifying the most pressing needs of the communities affected by monsoon floods in Punjab province, as well as possible areas for immediate intervention. One of the key findings of the report is that access to sufficient quantities of safe drinking water is critical while previous poor hygiene and sanitation practices pose a threat to the population’s health and well-being through increased risk of water- and vector-borne diseases.

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UNFPA supports pregnant women affected by floods in Pakistan

PUNJAB PROVINCE, Pakistan – When torrential rains flooded Asma Bibi’s village last month, the pregnant 18 year-old was fortunate enough to reach a rural health centre in the neighbouring Jhang District, where she received basic care and health supplies.

But not all expectant mothers were able to make it to higher ground. Recent floods in Pakistan’s Punjab province severely disrupted access to health centres across the region and many displaced people, including pregnant women, were unable to reach clinics to receive the care they need.

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Tropical Cyclone 04A (NILOFAR) in Arabian Sea

As per Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the deep depression formed over central western parts of Arabian Sea has converted into a Tropical Cyclone (TC) and named as 04A (Nilofar) which may further intensify into a severe Tropical Cyclone during the next 36-48 hours. TC is now located at Lat. 14.5 N and Long. 62.0 E, about 1250 kms south-southwest from Karachi, 1175 km south from Gwadar, 730 Km southeast from Masirah Island and 880 Km east-southeast from Salalah coast (Oman).

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Non-availability of security: Anti-polio drive put off in 16 districts

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has deferred anti-polio vaccination in 16 districts owing to non-availability of security by police, according to officials.

“The government has not been able to provide security to vaccinators because they have been deployed on Muharram duty,” they said. They added that campaign in the rest of the districts would be launched soon after Muharram because the children required immediate vaccination there.

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Health campaign flaws contribute to Pakistan's worrying polio spike

Source: Reuters - Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:00 GMT

  • Polio cases spike in Pakistan, spread abroad

  • Government accused of not doing enough to fight disease

  • Taliban militants have targeted vaccination programme

  • Late pay, lack of police making battle harder

By Katharine Houreld

KARACHI, Pakistan Oct 27 (Reuters) - Taliban militants have long been the scourge of Pakistan's polio vaccination campaign, attacking aid workers and the police who protect them as they distribute doses to children.

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U.A.E. vaccinates more than 13 million children against polio in Pakistan: U.A.E. PAP

ISLAM ABAD, 25th October 2014 (WAM) --- The U.A.E. vaccinated more than 13,2 million children in Pakistan against polio between June and September 2014 as part of a campaign set up following directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on an initiative by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E. Armed Forces. The effort is part of the U.A.E.

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Asia: So Close and Yet So Far From Polio Eradication

By IPS Correspondents

Mallika Aryal contributed to this report from Kathmandu, Kanya D’Almeida from Colombo and Ashfaq Yusufzai from Peshawar, Pakistan.

KATHMANDU/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 24 2014 (IPS) - The goal is an ambitious one – to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. Towards this end, the multi-sector Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is bringing out the big guns, sparing no expense to ensure that “every last child” is immunised against the crippling disease.

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PM Nawaz says immunisation right of every child, vows to eradicate polio

By Mateen Haider

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday that a comprehensive communication strategy was being evolved which would promote immunisation as the right of every child and also called upon every segment of the society to ensure that children were being given their due rights.

A ceremony was held at the Prime Minister House in relation to World Polio Day. On the occasion, the premier met polio-affected children and their parents.

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A leap forward: Striving towards sustainable and conflict-sensitive business practices in Pakistan

Last month International Alert, in close collaboration with the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), organised a series of three-day trainings for private sector and national and international civil society organisations on conflict-sensitive business initiatives.

The training, entitled ‘Building the capacity of Pakistan’s business sector to benefit from dividends of peace’, was funded by the European Union. The series kicked-off in Rawalpindi on 4–5 September, followed by Islamabad on 8–10 September and Karachi on 12–14 September.

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The desperate struggle of Pakistan's polio 'martyrs'

10/24/2014 - 03:50 GMT

by Guillaume LAVALLÉE

Nadia Khan treasures two photos of her sister Sumbal: one showing her bright-eyed and smiling, the other blank-faced in death after she was gunned down by militants, a "martyr" in Pakistan's desperate fight against polio.

It was May 2013 and Sumbal and her friend Shirafat were vaccinating children against the crippling disease at a rough mudbrick house in the village of Badaber in the country's militant-plagued northwest.

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Improving safety of journalists in rural areas of Pakistan

Approximately 100 media professionals working in rural areas of Pakistan will benefit from a training programme that will equip them with the necessary safety skills and knowledge to report in hostile environments.

The project, which is being implemented by the Rural Media Network of Pakistan (RMNP), kicked off with a workshop held in Tehsil Yazman, District Bahawalpur, on 18 and 19 October 2014. This first event was conducted by Karachi- and Lahore-based trainers, and was attended by 20 rural journalists.

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Fresh Fighting In Pakistan's Khyber Tribal Region

By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal
October 23, 2014

Three suspected militants and three members of Pakistan’s security forces have been killed in new clashes in the northwestern tribal region of Khyber.

The latest fighting took place in Sipah area on October 23 as the Pakistani military continued Operation Khyber One, launched earlier this month and aimed at clearing the area of Islamist insurgent groups.

Khyber is located in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt near the Afghan border.

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Pakistan Pledges Renewed Focus on Polio as Infections Rise

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Ayaz Gul
October 23, 2014 1:21 AM

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan is the only country where poliovirus is still spreading fast. This year, 208 cases of paralysis were recorded, accounting for 85 percent of worldwide victims. The country is coming under extreme pressure to contain its infections and boost vaccinations, or face isolation.

The number of children paralyzed by polio in Pakistan this year is the highest since 2000, when authorities recorded 199 cases.

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Two more polio cases confirmed

ISLAMABAD: Two new polio cases have been confirmed by the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health, taking the total number of cases reported so far this year to 212.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services said both cases were reported from Fata.

Mafia, the 12-month-old daughter of Mastak living in Mera Akakhel locality of Khyber Agency, is having onset of paralysis.

The second patient is a boy. Thirty-month-old Adil is a resident of Kalanga area of Khyber Agency.

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