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26 May 2015 description
report Alhasan Systems

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Flood Emergency Reconstruction and Resilience Project ADB to provide Rs.16 billion to Punjab Government

Rescue 1122 will be launched in Balochistan

NDMA commences 2015 pre-monsoon preparations fourth premonsoon preparedness and contingency planning meeting held at Karachi (Sindh)

Crackdowns: 1,358 proclaimed offenders arrested across in K-P

RAW at frontline to sabotage Economic Corridor, China warns Pakistan

Rights concerns: Military courts must not try children, says HRCP

26 May 2015 description

In 2015, the authorities plan to facilitate the return of over 170,000 families to the de-notified areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). As of 21 May 2015, 26,946 families have returned including 1,551 unregistered families to South Waziristan Agency (SWA). An Inter-cluster assessment mission visited the de-notified areas North Waziristan Agency (NWA) to assess the humanitarian situation, identify the needs of the returning population, and to determine the feasibility of supporting returns.

26 May 2015 description

QUETTA: 51 union councils in Balochistan have been declared to be at a 'high risk' for polio virus by the Balochistan Polio Emergency Cell.

Provincial Coordinator Emergency Cell Dr Saifur Rehman said environmental samples of polio virus had already been found in the Quetta and Killa Abdullah districts of the province.

In Quetta, the environmental samples were found in Khazai, Western Bypass and other areas of the city, he said.

25 May 2015 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 18:05 GMT

At least four people were killed and eight others were wounded on Monday when sectarian clashes broke out in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.

"Three members of the Shiite Hazara tribe were killed by the unknown gunmen, while a Sunni man died in the wake of the firing by protesting Hazara youth," city police chief Abdul Razzak Cheema told AFP.

"Eight others, including two Shiite women, received bullet injuries," he said.

25 May 2015 description

Islamabad May 22, 2015 - Pakistan has witnessed 70 % reduction in polio cases this year. In terms of point in time comparison, there is 70% reduction in cases from 78 in 2014 to just 23 polio cases in 2015.

25 May 2015 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 06:14 GMT

Three people were killed and four others injured when Baluch separatists targeted a convoy carrying the Pakistani president's son in the southwestern province of Baluchistan late Sunday night, police said.

25 May 2015 description

IKRAM JUNAIDI

ISLAMABAD: A summery has been moved to the Prime Minister Office to ensure that the latest recommendations of Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) are strictly implemented to eradicate the crippling disease.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been requested to convene a meeting of the National Task Force (NTF) on polio eradication, said an official in the ministry of national health services on the condition of anonymity.

25 May 2015 description

SALEEM SHAHID

QUETTA: The United Nations refugee agency has initiated an education project in Ziarat under a programme aimed at improving educational facilities in various districts of Balochistan.

The first-of-its-kind project was launched through the partner organisations of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – the Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) and the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees.

Under the project, a students’ hostel and multipurpose hall will be built and gymnasium equipment provided for teachers of Al Hijrah School in Ziarat.

24 May 2015 description

A conference on enhancing civic engagement in the Local Government Act of 2013 was held in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The plenary session started with the opening remarks of Prof Dr Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi, head of the Cell for FATA Studies, University of Peshawar elaborated the concept and objectives of the conference. He said that Local government is a democracy at gross root level. It is a reflection of federalism at local level with a quench of thirst for satisfying needs of the people in their own councils.

22 May 2015 description

By Raheel Khan

Parachanar, FATA - Thanks to community awareness, motivation and education, Upper Kurram Agency of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas has been a polio free zone for the last 16 years. “It’s an honour for us that Upper Kurram has not reported a single polio case since 1999.” says Dr. Mueen Begum, senior health official, proudly.

22 May 2015 description

In continuation to pre monsoon preparedness meetings held for KP and FATA at Peshawar and for Punjab at Lahore respectively, the fourth high level meeting for Sindh was held at Karachi today.

The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon while Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz also attended the briefing.

22 May 2015 description

QUETTA: A Quetta anti-polio campaign was suspended in 18 union councils on Thursday due to authorities' failure to provide timely security to polio teams in the city.

A source in the Balochistan Health Department (BHD) told DawnNews that the anti-polio drive would be re-launched on Friday after appropriate security was provided by the administration.

Sources said, "There are polio samples in the environment of Quetta ... We fear [there may be] polio cases in Quetta."

21 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

KARACHI, May 21 2015 (IPS) - Khalil Ahmed’s life story sounds like it could have come straight out of the plot of a Bollywood flick, but it didn’t. And that makes it all the more inspiring.

Residents of the sleepy town of Gambat, 500 km from the Pakistani port city of Karachi, where Ahmed was an all too familiar face, may not recognise the 12-year-old today.

21 May 2015 description

INTRODUCTION: IT WAS NEVER GOING TO BE EASY

The last report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication initiative (GPEI), published in October 2014, was clear that the programme’s goal of interrupting polio transmission globally by the end of 2014 would not be met. This assessment was confirmed as 2015 began and children were still being paralysed by polio.

Nobody expressed great surprise, accustomed to the sad reality that the polio programme has missed one deadline after another.

21 May 2015 description

HASAN MANSOOR

KARACHI: A middle-aged man was found afflicted with the deadly Naegleria fowleri, commonly known as the brain-eating amoeba, at a private hospital in the city on Wednesday, taking the tally of naegleria cases to four in Sindh this year, sources and local health authorities said.

Sources in a large private hospital said the man in his early forties and hailing from Thatta was admitted to the hospital a day earlier in a precarious condition.