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QUETTA: Emergency has been declared on Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Balochistan as heavy snowfall continues for second day in different parts.
KARACHI: The city made history on Monday when it completed a year without reporting a single case of poliovirus, health department officials told Dawn.
“This is the first time in its history that Karachi hasn’t reported a single case the whole year. Fortunately, the reports of samples collected from various drains in the city have repeatedly come negative the whole year,” said coordinator for emergency operation centre, Sindh, Fayyaz Jatoi, adding that the city was close to eradicating the crippling disease.
LAHORE/CHITRAL/QUETTA/KARACHI: Six people lost their lives and two others suffered injuries as a cold wave caused by moderate rain and snowfall gripped different parts of the country on Saturday.
The weather system responsible for rain in Karachi over the past two days centred on Balochistan on Saturday, leaving many areas of the province blanketed with snow.
By IMTIAZ ALI and ASIM KHAN
The second consecutive day of rain in Karachi brought with it problems for city dwellers, as water flooded roads and power was disrupted in large parts of the city.
Four more people, including an eight-year-old child, died in rain-related incidents in the metropolis on Saturday, bringing death toll to eight, since Friday afternoon when moderate to heavy and intermittent rain lashed the provincial capital.
By IFTIKHAR A. KHAN
ISLAMABAD: The sudden re-emergence of the phenomenon of enforced disappearances prompted a call in the Senate on Friday for legislation to bring state agencies under the ambit of law.
Speaking on a point of public importance, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar said the Senate Committee of the Whole on speedy and inexpensive justice had recently forwarded its recommendations to the government, one of which was related to missing persons and included draft legislation to bring the state agencies under the ambit of the law.
Families returned this week: 1,648
Families returned in 2017: 1,040
Families returned total*: 228,324
Families remaining in displacement: 75,467
Total returned female-headed households*: 16%
*since 16 March 2015
In the period from 30 December 2016 to 05 January 2017, 1,648 families returned to North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Kurram and Orakzai Agencies.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagrawhile appreciating the tremendous progress of health and political administration of FATA in the fight against Polio has directed all the Political Agents and Agency Surgeons to ensure polio eradication from the entire region within first three months of 2017.
With the PML-N government stepping up its campaigning efforts for the 2018 General Election, the party introduced the Prime Minister's National Health Programme in Narowal.
The scheme was first launched in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced on the occasion that around 160,000 families in Narowal will receive a health card under the scheme.
Outfitted in blue Rotary vests and flanked by armed military personnel, the vaccinators approach a white van as it pulls away from the scattered stream of traffic, cars rattling east toward Islamabad and west to the nearby border with Afghanistan. One worker leans toward the driver to ask a question as another reaches into a cooler to prepare the vaccine. Among the crush of passengers in the van, they identify one child who has not yet been vaccinated.
There is no time for second-guessing.
Summary of newly-reported viruses this week (see country-specific section below for further details): Pakistan: one circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) isolated from an acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case; three positive environmental samples (two wild poliovirus type 1 – WPV1, and one cVDPV2).
GENEVA (11 January 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression, David Kaye, today called on the Pakistani authorities to make it a matter of the highest priority to locate, protect and return home four disappeared human rights and social media campaigners.
The four men -Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, Salman Haider and Ahmed Raza Naseer- went missing between 4 and 7 January. Mainstream media outlets had accused them of promoting blasphemy, a criminal offense in Pakistan.
The South Asia region is prone to flooding, landslides, droughts and earthquakes, and faces a number of protracted conflicts and related internal and cross-border population displacement. By the end of March 2017, the refugee return crisis from Pakistan and Iran to Afghanistan – brought about by the obligatory or forced repatriation of Afghan refugees from both Pakistan and Iran to their country of origin – will affect an estimated 1.5 million people, 60 per cent of whom are children under 18.
QUETTA: The Emergency Operations Centre, Balochistan, on Tuesday confirmed a new case of poliomyelitis in a four-month-old boy in the Mehmoodabad area of Chaman town, Qila Abdullah district.
Parents of the infant said that the boy developed high-grade fever and weakness in muscles in the last week of December.
They first took him to a local dispensary and then to a paediatrician in Quetta where he was diagnosed suffering from polio after receiving confirmed medical results from the National Institute of Health Laboratory.
The Humanitarian Strategic Plan addresses the needs of 2.23 million people in Pakistan. In 2017, the humanitarian partners will support 0.14 million people that have been displaced from FATA, .48 million IDPs that have returned to FATA, 1.34 million registered Afghan refugees, and 0.27 million malnourished children and women.
In addition, humanitarian partners will support the Government with disaster preparedness and coordination.
The Government of Pakistan declared 2016 “The year of returns”, and significant progress was made in ensuring the safe and dignified return of some 700,000 people during the year.
Following the decrease in returns during the winter season all IDPs are expected to return in 2017.
A total of 5.3 million people in FATA have been displaced since 2008, some of them multiple times.
Of these, 4.8 million have returned, with some 700,000 returning in 2016.
A multi-cluster assessment of IDPs and returnees was conducted in KP and FATA which confirmed the pressing needs for livelihoods and basic social service.