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08 Feb 2016 description

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the European Union have agreed to sort out differences over the issue of readmission of illegal immigrants.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan praised the EU for understanding Pakistan’s concerns over implementation of the EU Readmission Agreement (Eura) suspended over three months ago.

The broad-based understanding between the EU and Pakistan was reportedly reached at a recent meeting of the Joint Readmission Committee (JRC) in Brussels.

06 Feb 2016 description

Pakistan, February 06, 2016 – UN-Habitat, in close collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (APDC) and Community Resilience Initiative (CRI), held a two-day workshop to build the capacity and support of the Government at the National and Provincial level under the Supporting Government in developing more synergized, cohesive, and inclusive disaster risk management policies project.

06 Feb 2016 description


MITHI: Five children died, three of them in government hospitals, across Thar on Friday, raising the death toll to 167 since Jan 1 when the children’s deaths caused by an outbreak of waterborne diseases and malnutrition hit the headlines.

Twelve-month-old Natho Bheel, eight-month-old Hamida and seven-month-old Saghir died at the Mithi Civil Hospital, two-year-old Amia died at the Nagarparkar rural health centre and a newborn died in a village near Chelhar.

06 Feb 2016 description


GWADAR: Provision of water to Gwadar through Pakistan Navy tankers continued as another tanker, PNS Nasr, arrived at the port here on Friday with 1,000 tons of fresh drinking water.

Gwadar is facing an acute shortage of drinking water and Akra Dam, the main source of water supply to the town and adjoining areas, has dried up because of lack of rains in the catchments areas for a long time.

06 Feb 2016 description


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan have reported the first cases of polio for the year 2016.

In Pakistan, the case has been confirmed by Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services, who is not authorised to speak on record, said the sample collected from 34-month-old Ijaz Khan in January confirmed that the child had the onset of polio.

06 Feb 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

QUETTA, Pakistan, Feb 6 (Reuters) - At least eight people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a bomb blast on Saturday in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, hospital officials said, the latest attack in a region that will be home to the planned route of the $46 billion China-Pakistan economic corridor.

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05 Feb 2016 description

H i g h l i g h t s

  • The upward trend in the prices of wheat and wheat flour continued in November 2015; an increase of 3% and 2% was recorded in the prices of wheat and wheat flour respectively compared to the previous month.

  • Most non-cereal food commodities also observed increase in prices.

  • The general as well as food inflation, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), increased by 2.7% and 2.2% respectively on annual basis, while on month-on-month basis, the former increased by 0.6% and later by 1.2% in November 2015.

05 Feb 2016 description


North Waziristan Agency (NWA) is situated on the Pakistan – Afghanistan border and adjacent to South Waziristan Agency, Kurrum Agency, the Frontier Region (FR) of Bannu, FR Karak in FATA and Bannu and Hangu districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Miranshah is the main town and also the agency’s headquarters. Other major towns include Mir Ali and Razmak. NWA consists of three subdivisions and nine tehsils. The total geographical area of NWA is 4,707 Sq. Km. Main tribes include Utmanzai and Dawar Wazir.

04 Feb 2016 description

During the week of 22-28 January 2,712 families returned to Khyber and North Waziristan Agency (NWA).The returns to NWA follow the denotification of 10 villages in Mriali tehsil near Idak. In this area infrastructre, including electrical delivery systems are largely intact, as is housing. There is one basic health unit and military facilities are available for emergencies.
The Sipah returns are largely completed with less than 250 families remaining in Jalozai camp.

04 Feb 2016 description
report Peace Direct

February 3 2016: Zahid Shahab Ahmed, Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent for Pakistan, interviews an experienced peace educator in Pakistan to discover what it takes to implement a successful peace education programme in the country.

04 Feb 2016 description
report IRIN

By Kamila Hyat

THARPARKAR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 4 February 2016 (IRIN) - At least 139 children died of waterborne disease in January in Pakistan's impoverished desert district of Tharparkar, which has been devastated by drought since 2013.

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03 Feb 2016 description

In the aftermath of a devastating heat wave in Karachi Pakistan, CKDN held consultations with key stakeholders to facilitate Karachi city in heat wave management. Zofeen T. Ebrahim, a freelance journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan with interest in environmental issues reports on the event and the implications for the city of Karachi.

In the heatwave that hit Karachi, Pakistan in June 2015, a majority of those who perished were the poor, the elderly, outdoor labourers and the homeless. Half of them were women.

03 Feb 2016 description

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds in-country at the onset of an emergency.

The majority of PHPF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in humanitarian service provision of urgent humanitarian needs. In many cases, this has been the only funding available to meet critical humanitarian needs.

03 Feb 2016 description

KARACHI: Sindh health officials have confirmed the death of a total of 143 children aged up to five years in Tharparkar district because of malnutrition and other causes since October last year.

In a report compiled by the health department, the death toll during the last month has been put at 40.

The official figures show that 31 children died in October, 28 in November and 44 in December last year.

The report said that a total of 2,599 children were admitted to hospitals and dispensaries in the districts over the past four months.

03 Feb 2016 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 2 Feb 2016 05:00 GMT

By Ummul Baneen

ISLAMABAD, Feb 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For years, Fatima would wake up in the morning and dream of going to school but her hopes for an education were crushed.

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