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17 Jan 2017 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights:

Heavy snowfall halts life in Balochistan, Chitral, hilly areas

Experts call for effective land management

Met department forecasts rain, snow to continue till Wednesday

Climate change: Pakistan at seventh among top 10 most vulnerable countries

Calamitous: Many disaster bodies exist on paper only

Senate unanimously condemns Modi’s anti-Pakistan statement

Govt moves for speedy trial of terrorists

Army chief rubbishes Afghanistan’s claim linking Pakistan with terror attacks

17 Jan 2017 description
map Alhasan Systems

QUETTA: Emergency has been declared on Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Balochistan as heavy snowfall continues for second day in different parts.

17 Jan 2017 description

FAIZA ILYAS

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.

16 Jan 2017 description

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.

16 Jan 2017 description

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.

16 Jan 2017 description

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.

16 Jan 2017 description
  • 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.

13 Jan 2017 description

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.

13 Jan 2017 description

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.

12 Jan 2017 description

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.

12 Jan 2017 description
12 Jan 2017 description

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.

11 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

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.

11 Jan 2017 description

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.

11 Jan 2017 description

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.

11 Jan 2017 description

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.

11 Jan 2017 description

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.