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01 Jul 2018 description

The Pakistani government says it has granted another extension to a deadline for the forced repatriation of some 2 million Afghan refugees.

The prime minister’s office on June 30 said the federal cabinet decided "to grant an interim extension of three months to the registered refugees present in the country."

It added that the issue would be next dealt with by the incoming government following elections scheduled for July 25.

10 Apr 2018 description

Pakistan has launched a nationwide polio-vaccination drive to try to reach 38.7 million children and eradicate the paralyzing and potentially deadly virus in one of the last countries on Earth where it is found.

Nearly 260,000 volunteers and workers fanned out across Pakistan in an effort to vaccinate every child below the age of 5 in a weeklong campaign, Pakistan's national coordinator on polio, Mohammad Safdar, said on April 9.

He said the authorities hoped a similar campaign will soon be launched in Pakistan's tribal regions.

18 Jan 2018 description

Pakistani authorities say gunmen shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were taking part in an antipolio campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta.

Police official Naseebullah Khan said that Sakina Bibi, 50, and her 20-year-old daughter, Alizah, were giving immunization drops to children on January 18 when two gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot them.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but militants in Pakistan have regularly targeted polio workers and their guards.

18 Oct 2017 description

Negotiators from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States met in Oman on October 16 to try to find ways of reviving peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.

It was not clear whether any Taliban militants had joined the talks, which have so far failed to restart a peace process that collapsed in 2015.

Taliban sources have said they would stay away from the discussions in Muscat, casting doubt on prospects for reviving the long-stalled negotiations.

09 Oct 2017 description

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying minority Shi'ite Muslims in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on October 9, killing four of them and a passer-by, police say.

Two other passers-by were also wounded in the attack in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, according to local police chief, Hidayat Ullah.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Sunni extremists regularly target Shi'ites and have staged previous such attacks in Balochistan and elsewhere in Pakistan.

05 Oct 2017 description

Pakistani officials say a suicide bombing at a Shi'ite shrine in the country's southwest has killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens.

The attack took place on October 5 in the Jhal Magsi district, which is located about 300 kilometers east of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.

Scores of people had gathered at the Dargah Fatehpur shrine when the explosion hit.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the dead and wounded were being taken to nearby hospitals.

11 Aug 2017 description

At least three people have been killed in a powerful bomb blast that ripped through a small town in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region on the border with Afghanistan, authorities say.

At least 25 people were also injured in the August 11 explosion in the Char Mang district of Bajaur, said Aslam Khan, a government official in the area.

The region's administration said in a statement that the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but initial reports said it was remotely detonated.

11 Jul 2017 description

Pakistani authorities on July 10 launched a three-day anti-polio drive in parts of the restive tribal areas where the drive was hampered by insecurity in the past.

In Jamrud of Khyber tribal district, polio teams were going from door to door under tight security from the paramilitary personnel administering drops to children below five years.

Health officials said around 350,000 children will be vaccinated during the three-day campaign.

11 Jul 2017 description

Afghan police have arrested members of a human trafficking ring they say kidnapped 25 children and tried to smuggle them into Pakistan, where they were to be trained as suicide bombers for the Afghan Taliban.

At least one of the children who was to be trained as a suicide bomber was 4, a regional governor said, and they may have been drugged as well.

Police arrested four alleged traffickers transporting the children in two vans during a security operation in the southeastern province of Ghazni, near the border with Pakistan, on July 9.

08 Mar 2017 description

Pakistan's border police say more than 20,000 Afghans and Pakistanis have crossed into Afghanistan since March 7 since Pakistani authorities temporarily reopened two main crossings that were closed after a series of militant attacks.

The figures on the number of people making the crossing during the temporary reopening was announced on March 8 by Faiz Khan, a Pakistani official at the Torkham crossing into eastern Afghanistan.

31 Aug 2015 description

By Frud Bezhan

KABUL -- Only a month ago, Naimatullah was running a school for Afghan migrants in the Pakistani town of Sialkot -- a place he had called home for over two decades.

But then one night, Pakistani police stormed his home and ordered his family to leave. When Naimatullah refused, he says police beat him up and detained his younger brother. The next day, the authorities leveled his home, located in a predominately Afghan neighborhood.

29 Jul 2015 description

Torrential rains and flooding have killed 81 people in Pakistan over the past two weeks and affected almost 300,000, authorities said July 28.

Severe rains which began in mid-July have caused havoc from north to south, damaging more than 1,900 houses and injuring dozens of people, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority said.

13 Nov 2014 description

By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Hospital officials and eyewitnesses say at least four displaced people and nine police officers have been injured in a clash during which police opened fire as a crowd jostled for rations at a camp in northern Pakistan.

The violence erupted on November 13 in the Bannu district, at a government camp for some of the estimated 150,000 people who have fled their homes following the launch of a military operation targeting militants in North Waziristan in June.

04 Nov 2014 description

P akistan says it will give supplementary polio vaccines to some 3 million children across the country.

The extra doses were recommended by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), which monitors the progress of the world polio eradication campaign.

The most common type of vaccine, the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), is used in areas where the virus still exists, because the OPV cannot transfer the virus.

23 Oct 2014 description

By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal
October 23, 2014

Three suspected militants and three members of Pakistan’s security forces have been killed in new clashes in the northwestern tribal region of Khyber.

The latest fighting took place in Sipah area on October 23 as the Pakistani military continued Operation Khyber One, launched earlier this month and aimed at clearing the area of Islamist insurgent groups.

Khyber is located in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt near the Afghan border.

17 Oct 2013 description

By Abubakar Siddique
October 16, 2013

Residents of the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan are still struggling to dig out of the rubble left by two major earthquakes last month. The central government, meanwhile, is being accused of dragging its feet in allowing international aid to reach the disaster zone.

10 Jun 2013 description

By Sailab Mahsud and Antoine Blua

Tribal elders in a a northwestern Pakistani region are taking extreme measures in an effort to bring electricity to their area, saying that as long as they have no electricity they won't vaccinate their children against polio.

Several hundred residents from villages in Lakki Marwat district staged a protest demonstration on June 10 and turned away polio-eradication teams.

29 May 2013 description

Two new cases of polio have been reported in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, where poverty, illiteracy and extremist ideology militate against efforts to eradicate the disease.

The reports come from Bara, in the Khyber Agency located in the north of the country where the Pakistan Army has been battling militant groups for several years.

14 Dec 2012 description

Three years ago, Mai was attacked by her husband, who burned her face with acid for refusing to sell her children.

As the "The Express Tribune" reports:

"Our life has been ruined," Mai said, about herself and her five children, some of whom were also physically affected in the acid attack by her husband. "We have been condemned to a life worse than death," she added.

31 Oct 2012 description

Ghulam Rasool bears psychological scars from trying to practice psychiatry in Pakistan's Balochistan Province.

For his efforts, the 52-year-old doctor found himself bound and blindfolded for more than two weeks in his kidnapper's remote hideout. He had been kidnapped in broad daylight in a busy market in Quetta, the capital of the restive southwestern province, and held for ransom.