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Attack on Nato supplies convoy kills two on Pak-Afghan Highway

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed on Thursday when unidentified militants attacked a Nato supply convoy on the Pak-Afghan Highway in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber tribal region.

Pakistan is a key supply route for the US-led mission in landlocked Afghanistan, particularly as Nato forces prepare to withdraw troops and equipment by the end of this year.

Nato supply trucks, which carry everything from fuel to munitions and food, often come under attack on their journey between Karachi and border crossing points.

DAWN Group of Newspapers:

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World + 10 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

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International Disaster Response Law (IDRL) in Pakistan

Executive summary

As one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, it is crucial that Pakistan be legally prepared to facilitate and regulate international disaster assistance. The vulnerability of Pakistan to large-scale disasters became all too evident during the devastating floods of 2010, which affected over 20 million people and approximately 70% of the country. During large scale disasters such as these, even the most well-resourced countries may require external assistance to meet the needs of the affected population.

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Afghanistan: Cross-Border Movement from Pakistan (as of 19 August 2014)

Recent security situation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan has led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost province in Afghanistan. As of 15 July, 12,340 of the original estimate of 13,0001 displaced families had been assessed. From 16 July to 19 August an additional 8,473 families were assessed and reported by UNHCR.

Food, WASH, shelter and non-food items are the immediate priority needs.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Pakistan army urges talks as protesters march on parliament

08/19/2014 20:24 GMT

by Sajjad TARAKZAI

ISLAMABAD, August 19, 2014 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Pakistan's parliament Wednesday in a bid to depose the prime minister, as the nation's powerful military called for talks to resolve the week-long political drama.

Imran Khan, the former cricket star who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, and preacher Tahir-ul-Qadri say last year's general election was rigged and have led protests to demand Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Attacks Against Aid Workers 2013 -2014, 19 August 2014

Attacks against humanitarian workers are on the rise in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. For the period 2013-2014, 298 incidents were recorded against humanitarian workers, in which 286 were killed, 441 wounded and 402 kidnapped. The overwhelming majority of victims are national staff, with Non-Governmental Organizations the most affected.

Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in the number of attacks, with 2013 witnessing the highest number of incidents

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Polio vaccination campaign postponed in KP, Fata

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Frontier Post

Wisal Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: The four day anti-polio drive which were kicked off from August 18 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) have postponed due to PTI Azadi and Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) Inqelab (revolution) marches as the World Health Organization office located Islamabad is closed.

Due to the unavailability of vaccine around 0.7 million children were missed from polio vaccination in Fata while 1.8 million children were missed from polio vaccination in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Frontier Post:

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Pakistan attacks kill 48 militants, six civilians die in bombing

08/19/2014 12:11 GMT

KHAR, August 19, 2014 (AFP) - Air strikes targeting suspected Tailban hideouts in a restive tribal district of northwest Pakistan killed 48 militants on Tuesday, the military said, as six civilians died in a roadside bomb attack.

The armed forces have since June been waging an assault to wipe out strongholds of the Pakistani Taliban and other militants in North Waziristan and other tribal areas, killing at least 600 insurgents according to the military.

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Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

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Aid Worker Security Report 2014

Five countries - Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan - accounted for three quarters of attacks in 2013.

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Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot - Internal Displacement NWA and the rest of KP and FATA (as of 15 Aug 2014)

NWA DISPLACEMENT

As of 8 August, the total registered displaced population from North Waziristan (NWA) is 1,002,002 individuals (95,356 families): 258,643 males; 286,389 females; and 456,970 children. Overall, 74 per cent of the total displaced population are women and children. As of 31 July, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has verified 53,186 families and rejected 40,053 families. A vulnerability assessment through the Vulnerability Working Group is being conducted to identify those needing support.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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PRCS IDPs NWA Operation Situation Report no.13 18-08-14

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Immediately after airstrikes on the hideouts of militants in the targeted areas of North Waziristan Agency by Pak Army on 21st May 2014, mass exodus of the population started from the area on 22nd May 2014 to the settled districts of KPK.

  2. As per FDMA’s figures of 10th Aug, 2014, total 95,356 Families (1,002,002 Individual) have been registered in district Bannu, Peshawar and Kurram Agency, with more than 74 per cent of them women and children. Registration is closed to register more IDPs.

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Monsoon Weather Situation Report 2014, 17 August 2014

LOSSES/DAMAGES AND RELIEF PROVIDED

Heavy Rains in Khyber Pakhtunkha resulted in 18 deaths, 52 injured. 11 houses were fully damaged, 29 houses were partially damaged, 1 madrassa and mosque were fully damaged and a market was partially damaged.

  • In Narowal as a result of over flowing of Deg Nullah three villages were inundated with a large piece of cultivated land.
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WASH Rapid Needs Assessment: For Pakistani Refugees in the Barmal and Urgon districts of the Paktika Province, Afghanistan (August 3-5, 2014)

Background

Over the last two months, over 112,000 people1 from Pakistan have the fled North Waziristan Agency into the eastern parts of Afghanistan, with the majority entering Khost and Paktika provinces. As one of the most insecure provinces in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Paktika also shares a longer border of approximately 300 kilometers with the insecure tribal areas of Pakistan, primarily North and South Waziristan.