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26 Oct 2016 description
report IRIN

Part of an in-depth series on Afghanistan's migration crisis

Rakshe Kanwal is confronted with a cruel dilemma: follow her husband, who’s been deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan – where he was born and she has never been – or succumb to family pressure and get divorced.

25 Oct 2016 description

A police officer was killed and a Bomb Defusal Squad personnel injured in two separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts targeting a polio team in Peshawar's Daudzai area Tuesday morning, police said.

A polio team was hit when the first IED was detonated, police said.

A second blast occurred when the BDS attempted to defuse another IED found during a search operation in the area, they added. A BDS personnel was injured in the blast.

Polio vaccination drives are underway across Pakistan, one of only two polio endemic countries left in the world.

24 Oct 2016 description

The closing ceremony of Balochistan Agriculture Project (BAP) was held in Islamabad. Launched in 2005, the project endeavored to respect the dignity of the recipient communities in its work and to avoid creating the culture of dependency on assistance.

The Balochistan Agriculture Project was designed and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with the assistance of USAID.

24 Oct 2016 description

Naveed Siddiqui

The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) said on Sunday that the country has witnessed a 62 per cent drop in polio cases during the current year.

A 55pc reduction has also been noted, with the number of children missed for vaccination falling below 1pc compared to last year’s 1.5pc.

Despite the progress made, polio has remained a resilient foe in the country and 15 cases have been recorded this year.

24 Oct 2016 description
report Frontier Post

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Three day anti-polio drive will start today October 24, in thirteen high risk districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province targeting more than 3.65 million children under the age of five.

Coordinator EOC Akbar Khan said this while chairing a high level meeting here at Emergency Operations Center to review the preparatory status for the upcoming anti-polio campaign starting from October 24-26, next. Representatives of health department, UNICEF, WHO, BMGF and other partner organizations were also present on the occasion.

21 Oct 2016 description

The Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) Sindh with the support of Canadian Red Cross (CRC) is installing 10 solar power water pumps under the project “Provision of Solar Powered Water Pumps with Hygiene Promotion in District Tharparkar, Sindh”. The proposed project aims to provide safe drinking water by using alternative energy to improve health, hygiene and the overall well-being of villagers.

21 Oct 2016 description


Polio health workers have been instructed by the Health Department of Punjab to take photographs of the children they administer vaccinations to, a spokesperson from the health department confirmed on Wednesday.

Health workers' teams will use Android phones to take photographs of children they administer the vaccine to. The photographs will be sent onto the Punjab Information Technology Board, the officials.

21 Oct 2016 description


At least two people were killed and nine were wounded in a land mine explosion in Balochistan's Sibi district on Thursday.

A security official told DawnNews a vehicle carrying local tribesmen hit a land mine in Babar Kach area of Sibi district.

"Two tribesmen were killed on the spot whereas nine suffered wounds. The injured were rushed to district headquarter hospital Sibi for medical treatment," he said.

The official informed that unknown miscreants had planted the landmine on the roadside, which caused the human loss.

20 Oct 2016 description

Polio this week as of  19 October 2016

20 Oct 2016 description

PESHAWAR: The fourth phase of the return and rehabilitation process of the people displaced from South Waziristan will commence on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued by the ISPR, the military’s public relations wing, 81 villages of Ladha, Makeen, Sararogha, Sarwakai and Tiarza tehsils will be rehabilitated during the phase that will continue till Dec 6.

18 Oct 2016 description

A boy was killed and 15 other people, including women and children, were reportedly injured when an explosion occurred outside Dar-i-Abbas Imambargah on Monday evening in Karachi's Liaquatabad area, DawnNews reported.

SSP Central Muqaddas Haider, while talking to Dawn, confirmed the death of teenage boy. The deceased has been identified as 13-year-old Faraz s/o Bashir, he said.

Meanwhile, Sharifabad police officials said that unknown suspects riding a motorcycle threw an improvised explosive device (IED) at the Imambargah, causing several injuries to persons.

17 Oct 2016 description

KARACHI: The Planning and Development Department of the Government of Sindh and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a Secretariat for the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative in Karachi.

16 Oct 2016 description

Bhurban, 15 October 2016 - The National Polio Management Team, together with the Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners met in Bhurban this week to review the progress of Pakistan’s National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) on polio eradication in Pakistan and to chalk out the programme’s critical steps for the remainder of 2016.

The meeting, just one week before the October Sub-National Immunization Days (SNIDs), was seen as a critical opportunity for the programme to re-focus efforts to deliver the highest quality campaign, reaching every child under five.

13 Oct 2016 description

•The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) will convene in Geneva next week (18-20 October). On polio eradication, the group is expected to review the latest global epidemiology, global supply situation of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) and discuss long-term polio immunization policy options. More.

13 Oct 2016 description

PESHAWAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has successfully implemented its first cash-for-work programme for conflict-affected people who have returned to their areas of origin in the South Waziristan Agency (SWA) of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

07 Oct 2016 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 10/7/2016 - 11:28 GMT |

Two explosions targeting military personnel on a passenger train killed at least six people and wounded 19 others in Pakistan's troubled southwestern Balochistan province Friday, officials said.

The attack, claimed by the separatist Baloch Liberation Army, came as the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffer Express was passing the town of Much, 55 kilometres (35 miles) east of Balochistan's provincial capital Quetta.

05 Oct 2016 description

Torkham, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 10/5/2016 - 12:24 GMT

by Sajjad TARAKZAI and Anne CHAON in Kabul

Mohammad Anwar arrived in Pakistan as a child more than 35 years ago but is leaving as a father, his family among the thousands of uprooted Afghan refugees "returning" to a war-torn homeland many of them have never seen.

Anwar, disbelieving and grief-stricken, has packed the bric-a-brac of a lifetime onto a truck wildly painted in baroque colours but says he is leaving his heart and soul in Peshawar, the city that sheltered him for decades.