LANDI KOTAL: Hundreds of displaced families from Loe Shalman have demanded of the authorities to conduct survey of their damaged houses along with immediate provision of food and non-food items to them.
Haji Said Qahar, an elder of Narai area near the Afghan border, told this scribe that more than 100 families of his village were directed to leave their homes in 2011 after an escalation in mortar shelling on the Pakistani territory from across the border.
By Hanif Samoon
Eight children died on Saturday in Sindh's Tharparkar district due to viral infections and malnutrition, taking the total death count in the region for similar cases to 12 so far in February, sources in Mithi Civil Hospital told DawnNews.
The trend of infant deaths in the region seems to have carried on from January, during which 54 infants below the age of five lost their lives due to various health issues, sources said.
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.
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.
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.