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19 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

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.

01 Jan 2018 description

PESHAWAR: As 1.4 million registered Afghans lost their refugee status in Pakistan on Sunday, Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (Safron) sought one year more extension to continue their legal stay in the host country.

Officials confided to Dawn that the ministry had sent summary to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat and suggested to extend stay of the refugees till December 2018.

The Afghans possessing Proof of Registration (PoR) cards have automatically lost their legal status.

20 Dec 2017 description

According to official data there are as many as 4,500 migrants in government-operated camps in Serbia

SID, Serbia, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Mudassir, 18, from Pakistan's city of Peshawar has tried to enter the European Union 30 times but was always caught and sent back to his starting point in Serbia.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

17 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

ISLAMABAD —

Three heavily armed suicide bombers attacked a crowded church Sunday in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan, killing at least eight worshipers from the minority Christian community.

Officials and doctors said women and children were among the victims of the attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, located in a highly secured central part of the city.

15 Dec 2017 description
report The Guardian

Majority of refugees to be resettled in the new year are from Pakistan and Afghanistan

Ben Doherty

Nearly 200 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention islands of Nauru and Manus will be resettled in the United States in the new year.

Read more on The Guardian

02 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

Last Updated: December 01, 2017 7:25 AM
Ayaz Gul

ISLAMABAD — A group of heavily armed suicide assailants stormed a government agriculture research center and adjoining university hostel in northwestern Pakistan Friday, killing at least 9 people and wounding more than 35 others.

Pakistani police and counterterrorism units swiftly surrounded the complex in Peshawar and began a rescue operation. The gunfight with terrorists lasted several hours and killed three militants.

02 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

November 29, 2017 12:52 PM
Ayaz Gul

ISLAMABAD — Suspected militants attacked worshipers outside a Shi’ite Muslim mosque, killing at least one person and wounding four others late Wednesday in the Pakistani capital.

Police said four gunmen arrived on motorbikes at the mosque in Islamabad’s I-8 residential sector and opened fire on worshipers as they were coming out after offering evening prayers.

Members of the minority Shi’ite community swiftly took to the streets to protest the violence and denounce the government for failing to protect them.

30 Nov 2017 description

Refugees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island say three Pakistani asylum seekers have been arrested for deportation.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

21 Nov 2017 description
report Frontier Post

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: The three-day anti-polio drive kicked-off amid strict monitoring of a federal team in bordering town here on Monday. The drive amid massive field visits of a federal monitoring team would be continued till Nov 22nd, 2017 followed by a catch-up day of missed children.

RRU National Emergency Operations Center for polio eradication Dr. Tufail inaugurated the drive by administering anti-polio drops to children at the newly established District Polio Control Room (DPCR) here.

20 Nov 2017 description

QUETTA: A three-day polio vaccination campaign in 33 districts of Balochistan will begin on Monday (today).

The coordinator of the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Balochistan, Syed Faisal Ahmed, said on Sunday that all arrangements for the campaign had been made. He said more than 2.4 million children were expected to be vaccinated against the polio virus during the campaign, adding that the children would also be given Vitamin-A drops.

20 Nov 2017 description
report Frontier Post

PESHAWAR: As many as 5.712 million children below the age of five years will be given oral polio vaccine (OPV) in the upcoming anti-polio drive whereas children between the age group of six to 59 weeks will be given vitamin A drops to boost their immunity.

This was disclosed in a meeting held at Emergency Operations Center Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (EOC) to review the readiness status of the upcoming NID starting from November 20, 2017 in all districts of the province.

19 Nov 2017 description

The National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) has registered 370,000 un-documented Afghan refugees across the country over the last four months, Radio Pakistan, the state-run broadcaster, reported on Friday.

The authority has expedited the registration process of un-documented Afghan refugees, a Nadra spokesman was quoted as saying.

The largest number of refugees were registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the report, 230,000 refugees were registered in KP alone.

16 Nov 2017 description

ABU DHABI, 15th November, 2017 (WAM) -- The UAE has provided over 219 million units of polio vaccine to more than 43 million Pakistani children between 2014 and September 2017, through its anti-polio drive in the country.

The UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE-PAP) was launched under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

16 Nov 2017 description

What are global climate challenges and how will Pakistan respond to them?

GLOBAL CLIMATE TALKS LINK ACTION TO FINANCE

By: Ali Tauqeer Sheikh

BONN: A week into the UN climate change conference – also known as the COP23 — in Bonn, Germany, gruelling discussions on raising climate finance started on Tuesday.

Developing countries, Pakistan included, have shown interest in discussions on adaptation measures, capacity-building, and climate finance.

13 Nov 2017 description

PESHAWAR: Despite registering 370,000 undocumented Afghan nationals across the country, the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has yet to deliver cards to the applicants.

The officials concerned said that Nadra had yet to start printing of cards to be provided to the registered Afghan citizens. They said that Nadra did not start printing of cards since launching of the registration process.

08 Nov 2017 description
report Frontier Post

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: A polio team comprised of two health workers and a security official remained unhurt luckily when an improvised explosive device went up near them at Arif Kaly Khwar in the jurisdiction of Munda Lower Dir police station on Tuesday, residents and police told.

08 Nov 2017 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:28 GMT

By Saad Sayeed

ISLAMABAD, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Two young boys kneel over small white tables, intently studying the Koran at a madrassa in Pakistan.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

07 Nov 2017 description

Fahad Chaudhry

Water Resources Minister Syed Javed Ali Shah on Monday informed the National Assembly that the country was facing a water shortage due to 'hydro-meteorological conditions' which had resulted in below-average flow of water in rivers.

The current water inflow in four major rivers of the country has been recorded to be 48,300 cusecs, compared to the average water inflow in these rivers of around 57,900 cusecs at this time of the year, the minister told lawmakers.

01 Nov 2017 description

Three Levies personnel were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast targeting a polio team in Bajaur Agency's Khar district on Tuesday, officials said.

Officials in the political administration said the team was targeted while administering polio drops to children in the area.

The wounded were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital for treatment, the officials added.

Fieldworkers and security forces involved in anti-polio drives in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have often been targeted by militants.