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31 Mar 2015 description

ANWAR IQBAL

WASHINGTON: As many as 80,000 Pakistanis have been killed in the war against terror between 2005 and 2013, says a joint report by several anti-war groups.

This figure includes civilians, troops and militants killed as a consequence of the war.

The statistics were collected by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), which is associated with the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi.

SATP reports that 26,862 terrorists and 5,498 security forces personnel were killed by the end of 2013.

31 Mar 2015 description

QUETTA: The coordinator of Emergency Operation Cell (EOC) of Balochistan, Dr Saifur Rehman, said on Monday that the government would take action against those schools or seminaries which had refused to get their students vaccinated against poliovirus during a recent campaign conducted in the province.

Presiding over a meeting after assuming the charge of EOC coordinator, Dr Rehman said all efforts would be made for the success of polio eradication drive.

Officials of Unicef, World Health Organisation and other international bodies attended the meeting.

30 Mar 2015 description

In rural Pakistan, most teachers cannot attend continuing education training due to their class schedules, household responsibilities, and cultural and financial constraints. In response, the nonprofit Developments in Literacy (DIL) recently introduced mobile learning, or mLearning, as a way to give teachers easier access to the training and professional development courses they need to better meet the needs of their students.

For Fiza Shah, the CEO of DIL and a Pakistani American, it is her way of giving back.

30 Mar 2015 description

ZULFIQAR ALI

PESHAWAR: The people of North Waziristan have been required to reaffirm their allegiance to the Constitution, Frontier Crimes Regulation and local customs, by signing an undertaking under the “Social Agreement North Waziristan 2015”.

The agreement seems to be questioning the loyalty of around five million people of North Waziristan to Pakistan. In addition, the tribal people are also bound by virtue of the agreement to show loyalty to FCR, which means that they will never oppose the colonial-era law.

27 Mar 2015 description

ABDUL SALAM

BANNU: A jirga of tribal elders on Thursday expressed reservations over the draft of an agreement provided to them by the political administration in North Waziristan Agency, proposing several restrictions as well as responsibilities for them for maintaining peace in the once militants-dominated tribal agency.

The administration is seeking an undertaking from local tribes to ensure peace in the area.

27 Mar 2015 description

SOHAIL SHABBIR

KARACHI: At least two persons were killed and 13 others wounded in an explosion near Murghi Khana bus stop in Karachi's Quaidabad area on Friday morning.

Most of the victims were policemen.

The explosives, which were planted on a motorcycle, detonated as a bus of the Sindh Police's Special Security Unit passed by, according to Station House Officer of Quaidabad police station.

Around 50 police personnel were travelling in the vehicle at the time of the blast.

27 Mar 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: After Sindh and Balochistan, alarm bells have begun to sound in Punjab also as the province realises that the poliovirus could spread in the remote parts of the province.

Punjab Chief Minister’s Adviser on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique suggested that the priority list of high-risk districts for 2015 should be revised and that Rahim Yar Khan, D.G. Khan and Rajanpur should be designated as the most at-risk districts.

27 Mar 2015 description
map Alhasan Systems

Note: This is virtual Analysis of Karachi's Tsunami Hazard using Aster DEM and NGA Settlement data using ArcGIS and Global Mapper 3D View tools not be used for any purpose before ground Verification.

27 Mar 2015 description

Last week 250 independent wheat flour millers in Pakistan’s province of Punjab voluntarily committed to start fortifying their flour.

The commitment, made at a seminar organised by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) in collaboration with the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), follows a previous move by 34 Punjab flour mills earlier this year to also start voluntarily fortifying their flour.

27 Mar 2015 description

Islamabad 19th March 2015:

In view of the prevailing drought conditions in Sindh, NDMA organized a meeting by inviting relevant government departments, UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs to assess the drought situation in Sindh in general and in Tharparkar in particular. The special focus of the conference was to come up with a strategy on how to conduct Multi-Sector assessment in drought affected areas of Sindh.

27 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Wheat production in 2015 forecast at record level of 26.4 million tonnes

  • Despite improved production, wheat imports anticipated higher in 2014/15 marketing year (May/April)

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour declined in February and were well below year-earlier levels

  • Overall food security conditions stable but localized food insecurity persists

Wheat production in 2015 forecast at record level of 26.4 million tonnes

26 Mar 2015 description
report JEN

In short term emergency project where time is short and assistance is critical, a humanitarian organization can rely upon community elder for SMART (Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant and Time bound) implementation of the project, provided; that the community elder is sensibly selected. Previous experience of the community elder with a community based organization makes him/her more suitable person as he/she knows the know-how of community work.

26 Mar 2015 description

Welcome to the first trend report for ACLED Asia. In these periodic publications, the ACLED Asia team will discuss and analyze the real-time conflict event trends that are occurring throughout South and South-East Asia. ACLED Asia will release real-time data for eleven states with various conflict profiles. These states include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,
Thailand and Myanmar. See Figure 1. Data for January and February 2015 are now available from the CEPSA website and the ACLED website.

25 Mar 2015 description

KHAR: The Fata Secretariat on Tuesday began providing compensation to the people whose houses have been in use by the security forces for last several years.

About 88 people of Khar subdivision, whose houses have been occupied by security forces since 2010, received cheques of over Rs6.3 million during a ceremony. Tribal elders, members of peace committees and administration officials were in attendance.

24 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By: A. Sami Malik

Sheikhupura - Punjab Pakistan: As the vaccinator fills the syringe from a vial containing Measles vaccine, Nishat (30) watches carefully holding her two-year-old son in her arms. She knows that the needle will hurt her child but she also knows about the benefit that comes with that pain.

24 Mar 2015 description

WE are living in a nuclear state which has developed ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, trainer/fighter aircraft, tanks and armed drones. But we are unable to ensure immunity for our future generations from crippling and potentially fatal diseases such as polio. We usually fail to address challenges because of lack of will rather than lack of resources. The campaign to eradicate polio demonstrates as much.

23 Mar 2015 description
report RedR UK

I have been taught that if I see a person unconscious I should remove anything dangerous and check if they are breathing, clear the airway then check circulation by checking their pulse. I will then put them in the recovery position and wait for help to arrive.'

Sawera Saad is eight years old. She attends school in Pakistan’s Lower Dir region, an area where natural and man-made disasters are a real risk.