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23 Feb 2017 description

Muhammad Akbar Notezai

QUETTA: The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR’s Country Representative Indrika Ratwatte and Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) retired Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch inaugurated a skill development programme on Wednesday.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Voice of America

Madeeha Anwar

Aid agencies in Pakistan’s restive northwestern region are struggling to provide services to help curb militancy and deliver aid because they lack government permission to operate, according to humanitarian organizations.

The aid groups say the government is creating obstacles for them to obtain a "No Objection Certificate" (NOC) in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which has been hard-hit by militancy and terrorism. The certificate is a requirement for an organization to work in the area.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Avalanche kills seven near Lowari Tunnel

  • NDMA prepares framework for vulnerable, low-income communities

  • Wind, rain, heat: Health risks grow with extreme weather

  • Babies starving as food runs low in Pakistan's drought-hit Tharparkar district

  • CM approves shifting of eight ATCs from Clifton to Central jail

  • Sindh govt fails to provide adequate security in Sehwan, says MQM, PMLF

  • Punjab sends summary to federal government for Rangers’ deployment

21 Feb 2017 description
  • Two incidents of avalanche and landslides happened during the night between 17 and 18 February in district Chitral, killing eight people and injuring others.

  • In Rech valley, an avalanche killed one person and injured three others. In a landslide in Lowari tunnel, 14 people of a SAMBU company got trapped. The army, Chitral Scouts and others rescued seven, while seven others lost their lives.

20 Feb 2017 description

SYED ALI SHAH

The Balochistan Solidarity Jirga on Saturday demanded of the government to ensure inclusion of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the upcoming census.

The jirga, held at Sarawan House and attended by prominent political, religious and tribal personalities, also urged the government to keep foreigners in the province out of the census.

17 Feb 2017 description

Families returned this week: 1,161

Families returned in 2017: 5,992

Families returned total: 236,160

Families remaining in displacement: 38,011

17 Feb 2017 description

We condemn the terrorist attack on worshippers at a Sufi shrine in Sehwan, in Sindh, Pakistan, today. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Da’esh, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This attack, claimed by ISIL/Da’esh, follows a suicide bombing at a rally in Lahore on Monday, and a suicide bombing on a Government compound in the Mohmand tribal area and an attack on a Government van carrying judges in Peshawar on Wednesday.

16 Feb 2017 description

Polio this week as of 15 February 2017

16 Feb 2017 description

Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:21 GMT

A suicide bomber entered the shrine as crowds massed, Sindh police spokesman says

  • Second major attack on Sufi shrines in recent months

  • Islamic State a growing threat in Pakistan

  • Bombing was latest in wave of attacks this week

By Syed Raza Hassan

15 Feb 2017 description

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, 15 FEBRUARY 2017 – Representatives of the Islamic Republics of Pakistan and Afghanistan and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) underlined the importance of moving expeditiously from policy to implementation to support the needs of Afghan refugees.

Afghanistan has recently formed a high-level Displacement and Return Executive Committee (DiREC) to prioritise assistance needs and reintegration prospects of internally displaced people and returnees under the Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework.

15 Feb 2017 description

Executive Summary

Decades of neglect and mismanagement have turned Karachi, Pakistan’s largest and wealthiest city, into a pressure cooker. Ethno-political and sectarian interests and competition, intensified by internal migration, jihadist influx and unchecked movement of weapons, drugs and black money, have created an explosive mix. A heavyhanded, politicised crackdown by paramilitary Rangers is aggravating the problems.

15 Feb 2017 description

Islamabad, February 15, 2017 - Chairing a high level review meeting on polio emergency here today Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar directed to ensure strict accountability and maintain stringent monitoring to meet remaining challenges in polio eradication.

“We must build on success achieved hencefar by maintaining stringent monitoring and making everyone associated with the program accountable”, said the Minister.

15 Feb 2017 description

A society defined by patriarchal norms and structural inequalities keeps women and girls on the margins of the society and hinders women’s participation in public and political spheres. Yet women’s participation in decisions related to peace and security in the country is essential to peacebuilding and postconflict reconstruction. This brief examines the challenges in implementing the women, peace, and security framework in Pakistan.

Summary

15 Feb 2017 description

PHPF Reserve Allocation to Support

Return Intention Survey & Information campaigns

14 Feb 2017 description
report IRIN

Pakistan has backed off threats to deport more than two million Afghans starting next month, but the refugees are still under intense pressure to leave and the UN is accused of complicity in alleged plans to coerce them back across the border into a war zone.

Read more on IRIN

14 Feb 2017 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights

  • Climate change, environmental health risks becoming greater causes of death

  • 6.3 earthquake jolts parts of Balochistan

  • NDMA holds national workshop on disaster risk insurance framework for Pakistan

  • 14 killed, over 100 wounded in Lahore blast

  • 3 FC personnel martyred in explosion in South Waziristan

  • NACTA warned about blast in Lahore

  • FIA to issue red warrant for Altaf through Interpol

  • 37-nation naval exercises begin in Pakistan

13 Feb 2017 description

As climate change brings more weather extremes and unpredictable weather, Pakistan's schools are adapting

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a two-week winter break, school in Islamabad started as usual at the beginning of January – but Shumaila Nelofar's two children did not go.