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25 May 2017 description

Ali Akbar

Unknown assailants shot dead a polio worker in Bannu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday, police said.

Cantt police identified the deceased as Rafidullah, a former supervisor of the polio campaign in Bannu.

An in-charge of Cantt police station confirmed the firing incident, saying that Rafidullah was apparently headed to the local bazaar when unidentified gunmen opened fire at him, gravely injuring the victim.

24 May 2017 description

FATA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first cash-based assistance for secondary school girls in Pakistan and is using biometric attendance data for the first time as part of its support to the FATA Secretariat education programme.

About 15,000 female students in 179 middle and high schools in 7 FATA Agencies and the Frontier Regions will take part in the innovative programme. Girls who attend at least 80 percent of classes each month will receive a cash grant of PKR 1000 (just under US$10).

24 May 2017 description

During the reporting week, repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan increased by 20% compared to last week’s figure of 3,461. The return of undocumented Afghans decreased by 24% compared to 5,781 individuals that returned between 29 April and 6 May 2017. Chaman border remained closed during the week. All returns took place via Torkham.

Some 98% (4,338 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance. Also, 98% (4,085 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.

24 May 2017 description

During the week of 05 to 11 May, 637 families returned to Khyber, South Waziristan Agencies. Returns to NWA were halted as of 02 May for the return Pakistan refugee families from Afghanistan.

24 May 2017 description

Razeshta Sethna

HINA Shahnawaz was 27-year-old when she was murdered in Kohat in February 2017. Working for a non-governmental organisation in Islamabad, she was her family’s sole breadwinner.

Educated and with a promising career trajectory, hers was an extraordinary achievement for an unmarried tribal woman — so extraordinary that it evoked the anger of her semi-educated male cousin.

When she refused his marriage proposal, he shot her in the heart in her own home because, according to rewaj (tribal custom), she was a blot on his clan’s honour.

24 May 2017 description

Jennifer Bussell and Asim Fayaz
May 2017

Overview

This case study discusses government capacity to prepare for and respond to natural disasters – floods, earthquakes, and heat waves – in Pakistan.

22 May 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Over half a million people have fled North Waziristan following military action in the area. Thousands of families fled with what few possessions they could carry and are now displaced, without food, water or shelter.

In an interview with Australia’s SBS World News Radio, Islamic Relief Pakistan’s Haseeb Khalid talked of the difficulties internally displaced people (IDPs) are facing.

21 May 2017 description

FAIZ MUHAMMADUPDATED

CHARSADDA: In a series of attacks, assailants threw grenades at a school and planted explosive devices in four homes of Shabqadar tehsil, wounding at least 14 people on Friday night, said police.

Police officials said explosive devices planted in the Mosal Koroona area of Saro police station division blew off at night, leaving at least 11 people injured. The explosion created panic in the area.

Security forces and personnel of paramilitary Swat Scouts rushed to the spot after the incident and shifted the injured to a hospital.

20 May 2017 description

SYED ALI SHAH

As part of the ongoing reconciliation process, 26 militants belonging to various outlawed militant groups surrendered their weapons to authorities in Balochistan's Khuzdar district on Friday.

“More militants will surrender before the authorities in the days to come," Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar had said on April 21, when 434 militants submitted their weapons and surrendered to the authorities.

19 May 2017 description

The situation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) is reportedly returning to normalcy as the internally displaced persons are returning to their homes and peace has prevailed, but life remains difficult for them due to the lack of basic facilities.

According to the NWA General Officer Commanding Maj Gen Hassan Azhar Hayat, who hosted journalists for a briefing on the area's overall situation on Thursday, all no-go areas have been cleared by the Army and 80 per cent of the people displaced from the areas have now been resettled.

18 May 2017 description
  • The World Health Assembly (WHA) is meeting next week in Geneva, Switzerland. Ministers of Health and public health professionals from around the world will convene to discuss global public health issues, including the global drive to eradicate polio. Delegates are anticipated to review current status against each of the four objectives of the Polio Endgame Plan, including reviewing a report requested by the Executive Board (EB) in January 2017 on issues related to transition planning.

17 May 2017 description

PESHAWAR – The UN Refugee Agency on Wednesday handed over 4,000 tents, 8,000 plastic sheets and 4,000 core relief item kits to FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) aimed at supporting the government’s efforts to facilitate returns to South Waziristan and North Waziristan Agencies.

Most of Pakistan’s internally displaced people have returned to their homes in the tribal areas while some 49,000 families await their return.

17 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York) – The Pakistani government is increasingly clamping down on internet dissent at the expense of fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately end abusive state monitoring of internet activity, prosecute those committing violence on the basis of internet blasphemy allegations, and commit to upholding free expression for all.

16 May 2017 description

PESHAWAR, 16 May, 2017: The closing ceremony of training of the first batch of trainees of Skills Development Program (SDP) initiated under the United Nations’ Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme was held at Peshawar University on Tuesday.

The Chief Commissioner Afghan Refugees, Dr. Imran Zeb distributed certificates & toolkits among the leading trainees of all Institutes which implemented the SDP training.

15 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • In April 2017, the average retail price of wheat, wheat flour and rice Irri-6 slightly decreased by 2.2%, 2.1% and 0.1%, respectively, while the price of rice Basmati slightly increased by 3.2% from the previous month (March 2017);

  • Headline inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) slightly increased by 1.4% from March 2017, whereas it has increased by 4.8% from the same month last year (April 2016);

14 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

May 13, 2017 4:10 PM
Madeeha Anwar

Thousands of displaced Pashtu tribesmen in northwestern Pakistan have asked the government to ensure their return to their homes before the Muslim holy period of Ramadan begins this month.

About 2,400 tribal families from the Dande Darpakhel village in North Waziristan, which is part of a semiautonomous tribal region known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), are living in temporary shelters with inadequate facilities.