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Fresh Fighting In Pakistan's Khyber Tribal Region

By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal
October 23, 2014

Three suspected militants and three members of Pakistan’s security forces have been killed in new clashes in the northwestern tribal region of Khyber.

The latest fighting took place in Sipah area on October 23 as the Pakistani military continued Operation Khyber One, launched earlier this month and aimed at clearing the area of Islamist insurgent groups.

Khyber is located in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt near the Afghan border.

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Pakistan Pledges Renewed Focus on Polio as Infections Rise

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Ayaz Gul
October 23, 2014 1:21 AM

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan is the only country where poliovirus is still spreading fast. This year, 208 cases of paralysis were recorded, accounting for 85 percent of worldwide victims. The country is coming under extreme pressure to contain its infections and boost vaccinations, or face isolation.

The number of children paralyzed by polio in Pakistan this year is the highest since 2000, when authorities recorded 199 cases.

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Monsoon 2014 Information Report 14 (as of 23-01-2014)

  • As per the latest flood alert from the Pakistan Meteorological Department, All the Major Rivers are flowing in their normal state of flow. According to the report of NDMA dated 15th Oct, 2014, Monsoon rains have affected 2.53 million caused 367 deaths and 673 people got injured in AJK, Punjab,KP and GB.

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Two more polio cases confirmed

ISLAMABAD: Two new polio cases have been confirmed by the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health, taking the total number of cases reported so far this year to 212.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services said both cases were reported from Fata.

Mafia, the 12-month-old daughter of Mastak living in Mera Akakhel locality of Khyber Agency, is having onset of paralysis.

The second patient is a boy. Thirty-month-old Adil is a resident of Kalanga area of Khyber Agency.

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Gunmen kill eight Shiites on bus in southwest Pakistan: police

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 05:09 GMT

Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Shiite Muslims in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Thursday killing eight, police said, just days ahead of the holy month of Muharram.

The attack took place at a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province.

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Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin - Disease early warning system and response in Pakistan, Volume 5, Issue 41, Wednesday 15 October 2014


Epidemiological week no. 41 (5 - 11 October 2014)

In this week, 84 out of 87 districts and 2,791 out of 3,590 health facilities have reported to Disease Early Warning System (DEWS), compared to 68 districts with 1,995 health facilities shared weekly data in week 39, 2014.

A total of 658,642 patients consultations reported in this week 41, 2014; This decrease in number of consultations is due to Eid‐ul‐Azha holidays.

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Another 51 dengue patients reach hospitals

RAWALPINDI: As many as 51 more dengue patients arrived in the three government-run hospitals on Tuesday, taking the overall tally to 561.

According to hospital sources, 24 dengue patients arrived in Holy Family Hospital, 14 in Benazir Bhutto Hospital and 13 in District Headquarters Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Punjab chief secretary, Naveed Akram Cheema on Tuesday expressed concern over increasing dengue patients in the garrison city and asked the local administration to expedite their campaign against the Dengue mosquito.

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Three injured in attack on polio team in Bajaur

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Three people were injured on Wednesday when a remote-controlled blast targeted a polio team in the Bajaur tribal region's Mamond tehsil.

Rescue teams rushed to the site of the attack and shifted the injured who included two Levies personnel on security duty and a driver to a hospital in Khar.

Official sources said that the polio team was targeted in Dabara area of Mamond tehsil.

Explore — War on polio: Is it all spiraling out of control for Pakistan?

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Cross-border fire kills civilian in Bajaur

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: At least one civilian killed and two others were injured on Tuesday as mortar shells fired from across the border in Afghanistan hit a house in Charmang Tehsil of Bajaur Agency.

Official sources confirmed that two mortar shells fired from across the border hit the house of a tribesman Sheene in Babra Charmang leaving one person dead and two others injured.

The sources said the mortars were fired by the militants.

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Militants in Bajaur threaten polio workers of 'severe consequences'

By Dawn.com | Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Militants on Tuesday threatened polio workers of "severe consequences" if they participate in the polio vaccination campaign in Bajaur tribal agency.

A militant outfit distributed pamphlets in Bajaur's tehsil Khar area warning polio workers against participating in the "anti-Islamic" polio vaccination drive, and vowing to attack all those participating in it.

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900 families leaving Tirah valley after military operation

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Farid Shinwari

PESHAWAR: After the military operation Zarb-e-Azb Khyber 1 launched in Bara Khyber Agency, at least 900 families began leaving their homelands to protect themselves and their family members in Tirah valley of Bara.

The military operation launched to wipe out of the area of miscreants is underway on the forth consecutive day in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency. A great number of families owing to fear of military operation have quitted their areas and migrated to safer places in last few days.

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