28 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged European leaders meeting in Brussels today to act with “compassion and foresight,” and find humane solutions for refugees that not only uphold international law and protect human rights, but also save lives.
Sustaining Independent Media in Times of Conflict
In a year where the greatest influx of refugees seen by Europe since World War II dominated headlines and pressured government aid budgets, I have been asked on several occasions why support to media development in conflict zones, humanitarian disasters and countries in the midst of democratic transition should be a priority.
Pakistan’s largest city is struggling to deliver water to residents amid a shortfall and claims of state mismanagement
Sabrina Toppa in Karachi
"There’s nothing here,” says Farzana Khatoun, surveying the dry expanse of land before her. “We don’t even have enough water to wash up for prayer, do our laundry or wash our dishes.” Khatoun cannot simply turn on a tap and expect water to gush out; her home is not connected to the water pipelines of Karachi, the sixth most water-stressed city in the world.
PESHAWAR: In a crackdown launched against illegal settlers, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police have arrested over 2,000 Afghan refugees in Peshawar.
The KP provincial government had set June 30 as a deadline for Afghan immigrants to get themselves registered in Pakistan.
With the deadline nearing its end, KP police began a crackdown against settlers avoiding registration in the provincial capital Peshawar.
According to the KP police, search operations are underway and over 2,000 illegal Afghan refugees have been arrested so far.
Islamabad: 28 June 2016 - The Technical Advisory Group met in Islamabad today to deliberate on the progressive efforts to stop transmission of the polio virus in Pakistan.
TAG members listened to detailed analyses by the federal and provincial Emergency Operations Centre Coordinators on the progress made, opportunities, and the remaining challenges towards achieving the ultimate goal of eradication.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Some 26% of an estimated 300 irregular arrivals per day were encountered/assisted by UNHCR and partners near entry points, including 45% arriving from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and 55% from Bulgaria.
The number of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants resting in Belgrade every day rose above 1,000 with about half encountered/assisted in the city centre and up to 530 sheltered by the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (SCRM) in Asylum Centre (AC) of Krnjaca.
On 24 June, stakeholders of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative including member states and donors are gathering in Geneva at the meeting of the Polio Partners Group to review progress and discuss the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine switch, transition planning and the financial resources urgently needed to see eradication through to the end.
Ms. Prerana Issar, WFP’s Global Director of Human Resources (HR) and Mr. David Kaatrud. Regional Director for Asia conducted field visits to Pakistan in May 2016.
The process of return of IDPs to FATA continues. To date 158,000 families have returned to their areas of origin which constitutes 73 percent of the planned returns of 2015 and 26 percent of the planned returns of 2016.
SLAMABAD: A six-member delegation from the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), a body which advises Pakistan on polio eradication, reached Pakistan on Monday in order to seek a report about the country’s performance in eradicating polio.
Though it has made a lot of efforts in 2016, the presence of polio reservoirs in small pockets is still a big challenge for the country.
Published: June 27, 2016
By: Ali Dayan Hasan
Although reports indicate an improvement in its overall security, Balochistan remains the most fragile province in contemporary Pakistan. This brief examines both the efficacy and motivations behind the state’s recent actions to end persistent conflict in the province.
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Drinking water supply in Pakistan is characterized by some achievements and many challenges. Despite high population growth the country has increased the share of the population with access to an improved water source from 85% in 1990 to 92% in 2010, although this does not necessarily mean that the water from these sources is safe to drink.
In the period from the 17 to 23 June 1,448 families have returned to North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Returns are slow due to Ramadan and will likely remain slow for the coming month.
For the first time, the number of (registered) returned families has exceeded the number of displaced. This is an encouraging indication of the general success of the Government’s return plan, and of the efforts of the humanitarian community in providing assistance. Support to the return areas, including livelihoods, infrastructure, and health are crucial to ensure these returns are sustainable.
KARACHI: As heavy rains have been forecast to begin this week with the early onset of monsoon this year, the meteorological department also predicts ‘urban flooding’ in Karachi and Hyderabad in the wake of 10 to 20 per cent more than average rainfall and ‘poor’ drainage infrastructure of the two cities.
By KALBE ALI
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday said monsoon rains will likely start in the country during the coming week, most probably either on Monday or Tuesday in the upper parts of the country.
All concerned departments are on alert after the Met Office put out a warning alert.
Talking to Dawn, Met Office Director General Ghulam Rasool said widespread construction in Islamabad especially that on hills and drains may lead to urban flooding.