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31 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

30 January 2015 – Condemning the deadly bombing today of a Shia mosque in Sindh province in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored this “vicious targeting of people on account of their religious affiliation,” and called on the Pakistan authorities to step up their efforts to protect religious minorities and combat terrorism.

30 Jan 2015 description
report Frontier Post

PESHAWAR: Two new polio cases have been confirmed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.

According to Health Ministry officials, the polio virus was discovered in a child in the Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The second case was reported in South Waziristan. Both cases have the P1 virus which can be transmitted from one child to the next.

Officials said three polio cases have been reported this in KP and two in FATA.

30 Jan 2015 description

Shikarpur, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 1/30/2015 - 15:12 GMT

by Fida Hussain

A powerful bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan on Friday, killing more than 60 people in the country's deadliest sectarian attack in nearly two years.

The blast hit the mosque in Shikarpur in Sindh province, around 470 kilometres (300 miles) north of Karachi, as hundreds of worshippers attended Friday prayers.

30 Jan 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission in the light of the current security situation in the country has created a ‘Peace and Development Unit’ to conduct research and assessment studies on peace and conflict.

Launched as part of ‘Vision 2025’, the unit will work under Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and aim to maximise the peace dividend out of development projects and undertake peace assessment of uplift schemes, said a press release on Wednesday.

29 Jan 2015 description

Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Owing to security concerns, a four-day measles vaccination drive for internally displaced persons (IDPs) which was scheduled to kick off in Dera Ismail Khan today failed to commence.

Around 40,465 displaced children, aged between six months and 10 years, from South and North Waziristan agencies were expected to be vaccinated against measles throughout the district from Jan 29 to Feb 1.

Official sources told Dawn the campaign could not kick off due to security concerns and would take place later.

29 Jan 2015 description

Ming-Kuok LIM, UNESCO, addressing the Conference. © Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives “The security of journalists is a precondition for the security of democracy”.

28 Jan 2015 description

Qurban Ali Khushik Published Jan 21, 2015 06:37am

DADU: Migration of families from around 100 villages spread over three union councils of Khairpur Nathan Shah taluka has intensified as the drought-like situation prevailing across what is known as the Kachho belt has been aggravating over the past few weeks.

According to some families that met this correspondent in a recent visit to the affected area, several thousand men, women and children had already left the worst-hit villages of the Kachho belt, located in the west of Dadu.

28 Jan 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:45 GMT
Author: Roshan Din Shad

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Financial hardship after a failed apple crop forced Aqeel Ahmed to give up his studies aged 20 and join a militant group fighting Indian rule across the border in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

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27 Jan 2015 description

KARACHI: The charity wing of the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation, on Monday launched a free ambulance service in Karachi.

“This [welfare work] is our key area for which we are known across Pakistan,” JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed told reporters at the launching ceremony held at the Markaz-i-Taqwa in Gulshan-i-Iqbal. “After launching several such projects in rural and disaster-hit areas of the country, we now plan to expand to facilitate the maximum number of people.”

27 Jan 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: Rehabilitation and reconstruction projects started in the wake of the 2005 earthquake have not been completed yet because of shortage of funds.

This was said by an official of the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan held at the Parliament House on Monday with Malik Ibrar in the chair

27 Jan 2015 description

Ali Hazrat Bacha

PESHAWAR: The internally displaced persons of Khyber Agency on Monday staged a sit-in outside the Governor’s House on Sher Shah Soori Road to demand end to military operation in their area, a comprehensive financial package, early repatriation, and the opening of Bara Bazaar.

They warned they won’t return to their homes until security was provided to them, their destroyed houses were rebuilt, and local schools, hospitals, government offices and Bara Bazaar were reopened.

27 Jan 2015 description

Ibrahim Shinwari

SPEEN QABAR (BARA): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan on Monday said the repatriation of the people displaced from Bara would begin after February 15 as most parts of the tehsil had been cleared from militants.

He also said Rs850 million had been released for the restoration of electric supply and rehabilitation of schools, health units, roads and streets in Shalobar area ahead of the return of local displaced tribesmen.

27 Jan 2015 description

Imtiaz Ali

KARACHI: Gunmen shot dead a policeman deputed for the security of volunteers administering polio drops to children in Nazimabad on Monday, police said.

Authorities, however, termed the incident a targeted attack on police and not on the polio team.

26 Jan 2015 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Monday 26/1/2015 - 15:21 GMT

At least five people were killed and one injured when a pick-up truck hit a landmine in the southwestern province of Baluchistan on Monday, officials said.

The incident happened in the Chattar area of Dera Murad district, around 160 miles (257 kilometres) southeast of the provincial capital of Quetta.

"Five people were killed when a passenger pick-up stumbled upon a landmine," local police official Gulab Shah told AFP.

26 Jan 2015 description

RAWALPINDI: In keeping with the government’s National Action Plan to counter terrorism and extremism, the Special Branch has been asked to conduct search operations in areas populated by Afghan refugees and those displaced from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) to verify the immigration status of all Afghans and tribesmen who reside in each district of North Punjab.

26 Jan 2015 description

Police excess is quiet a norm in Pakistan but on January 23 police transcend their authority and baton charged school children who were demanding that their school run by trust be reopened and administration not handed over to government. The students of Government Islamia High School near Bhati Gate Lahore along with their parents were protesting outside the school against the school’s takeover by the government. The school was being run by the Ghazi Education and Welfare Trust for nearly eight years, but recently the government took over the charge of running the school’s affairs.

26 Jan 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:42 GMT
Author: Rina Saeed Khan

By Rina Saeed Khan

ISLAMABAD, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistan has reinstated its ministry for climate change, suggesting the government plans to pay more attention to the issue as countries prepare a new international deal to curb global warming.

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26 Jan 2015 description

ISLAMABAD, 24th January, 2015 (WAM) -- On the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to provide humanitarian and development assistance to the friendly people of Pakistan, and implementing the initiative of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to eradicate polio globally, the administration of the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE PAP) announced the launch of the second phase of the "Emirates Polio Campaign" in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, …