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Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) President Dr. Nazir S Bhatti has expressed serious concerns over the arrests of Christian Pakistanis seeking asylum in Bangkok. Based on reports received in the past days, hundreds of homes of Pakistani refugees, awaiting hearings for the recognition of their right to asylum, were searched by police in the Thai capital.
More and more civilians are being killed by bombs launched from unmanned US drone aircraft sent to target terrorists in the northwestern areas of Pakistan says a study conducted by the Conflict Monitoring Center (CMC). The study suggests that in the past five years drones have killed more than 2,000 people and that 2010 was the year in which there was the highest number of casualties , said to be 929 dead. In particular, last December 17, 54 people alone were killed in the Khyber, the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A further 25 villages have been submerged by water in the province of Sindh worsening the situation after almost two months of heavy rains and flooding. The areas of Sehwan and Johi were flooded after the overflow of Lake Manchhar. The situation in Sindh remains the most alarming along with that of the less populated but adjacent province of Baluchistan.
Haïti - Selon le dernier bilan diffusé par le Premier ministre Jean-Max Bellerive, le nombre des victimes du séisme du 12 janvier dernier est passé à 212.000.
In the past five days there have been increasing attacks and gun battles between the army and Taliban militants in the Swat Valley leaving 45 dead, 15 yesterday alone, said the Pakistani army. After last April's military offensive in the Northwest Province, which claims to have killed 2000 militants and 312 soldiers, the government had declared the situation in the Swat Valley, Buner and Lower Dir districts to have returned to normality, favoring the return of refugees.
Just days after the violence that killed eight Christians in Gojra, in Punjab, last Saturday protests have also begun along with the investigations. In Lahore, a few hundred people have demonstrated demanding that the government launch measures to safeguard the rights of minorities.
Army helicopters have opened fire against a rebel post in South Waziristan, near the Afghan border, killing at least six militants and wounding 14. In the past four days, the resumption of skirmishes and troop movements toward the province suggest that a full scale conflict may soon erupt in that area as well. Fears that what is happening in the Swat Valley, 350 km away, may also happen here has already prompted 10,000 civilians to flee from South Waziristan to Dera Ismail Khan, where they expect to stay with relatives.
"The camps are overcrowded and people suffer from heat, especially the elderly and children", says Eric Dayal, national crisis coordinator for Caritas Pakistan, who spoke to MISNA after returning from a three day visit to two refugee camps in the Mardan district to evaluate the needs of the population.
Some 30,000 people were forced from their homes in north-west Pakistan by an army offensive launched on Sunday to flush out Taliban militants. The Information minister in the government of North West Frontier Province indicated that "the major movements are taking place in the Maidan area, in the Lower Dir district", adding that the people are mainly headed to the Peshawar, Nowshera and Timargarah districts. The army referred that "at least 46 insurgents" were killed in the offensive in the area between Lower Dir and Buner, along the border with Afghanistan.
News of armed clashes between the border army and two US helicopters escorting a convoy of US and Afghan troops near the Pakistani border has had strong repercussions. The "Dawn" said the two helicopters violated Pakistani airspace yesterday in the region of North Waziristan and a five minute long battle ensued.
At least eight people were killed today in a rocket attack against the home of a government official in the Kabal district of the Swat Valley, in the North West Frontier Province, where clashes have been underway for days between the army and Taliban militants. The victims included five bodyguards, the brother and two nephews of the lawmaker Waqar Ahmed Khan of the ruling Awami national party.