Pakistan was described as “among the world’s worst performing countries in education,” at the 2015 Oslo Summit on Education and Development. The new government, elected in July 2018, stated in their manifesto that nearly 22.5 million children are out of school. Girls are particularly affected. Thirty-two percent of primary school age girls are out of school in Pakistan, compared to 21 percent of boys. By grade six, 59 percent of girls are out of school, versus 49 percent of boys. Only 13 percent of girls are still in school by ninth grade.
By Ahmed Raza and Daud Khan
ROME, Nov 12 2018 (IPS) - Despite the fact that Pakistan’s industrial and services sector continue to grow in importance, what happens in the agriculture sector remains critical to the performance of Pakistan’s economy and the wellbeing of its people.
LANDI KOTAL: The Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) has announced to pay all the cash grants to families in different tribal districts which were suspended after lapse of six months following their return.
A notification issued by FDMA office said on Friday that director general Nasir Durrani had repealed the previous policy devised in 2016 under which every returning family was entitled to Rs10,000 for transportation and Rs35,000 as cash grant for emergency spending soon after their return.
THARPARKAR: Two more infants died at Civil hospital Mithi, in Sindh’s drought-hit district of Tharparkar on Friday, due to the health problems caused by chronic malnutrition prevailing in the region for a long time, said the sources within the hospital.
Thar’s situation fails to improve despite relief measures by the provincial government of Sindh to address food shortage in the desert region.
With the death of two more toddlers in Tharparkar, the number of total fatalities this year has reached to 560 so far.
Proposed Bill an Important Opportunity to Protect Children
Pakistan’s human rights minister, Shireen M. Mazari, recently spoke of her government’s commitment to advancing human rights for all Pakistani citizens. A proposed bill sent yesterday to Pakistan’s Senate that seeks to end child marriage is an excellent opportunity for the government to make good on that commitment.
In Pakistan, one baby in every 22 dies during its first month of life. This is the world’s highest rate of newborn mortality and a distressing statistic to which stillborn babies must be added.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides maternal and child healthcare services in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, near the Afghanistan border, as well as in Quetta, Chaman, Timergara and the districts of Jaffarabad and Naseerabad.
Since its opening in 2011, over 25,000 women have given birth in Peshawar women’s hospital.
8 November 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has received a generous donation from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) to address the unmet health and protection needs of older Afghan refugees and host communities in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday agreed to follow the “decided timeline” for the repatriation of Afghan refugees.
The agreement was reached during the second meeting of the Refugee Working Group (WG) under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS).
Safron Secretary Muhammad Aslam led the Pakistani side at the meeting whereas the Afghan delegation was headed by Deputy Minister for Afghan Ministry of Refugee Affairs Dr Alema.
Agreement reached during meeting of working group
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has directed the district judge of Tharparkar to conduct an independent inquiry to ascertain the status of initiatives claimed to be taken by the Sindh government in drought-hit Tharparkar.
The directive was issued by a two-judge bench headed by Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan after Advocate General for Sindh Salman Talibuddin furnished a report highlighting measures taken by the provincial government to mitigate sufferings of the Thar people.
Repatriation of Afghan refugees increased by 79% compared to 165 refugees that repatriated between 21 and 27 October 2018. Returns of undocumented Afghans also increased, by 24%, compared to 549 individuals that returned in the preceding week.
Some 99% (293 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance, while 82% (561 individuals) of the undocumented Afghan returnees were provided post-arrival assistance.
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court-appointed commission has regretted failure on part of the state to address the grievances of the quake-affected people of Mansehra since the victims still face the same miseries and hardship after a lapse of more than a decade.
The commission also blamed the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) for failing to update its project-related information thus resulting in pilferage, failure and stoppages, said a set of recommendations furnished in a report before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Amanullah Khan Yasinzai has said that he is deeply concerned over the depleting underground water reserves in Quetta and other parts of the province.
According to the retired justice, the situation is alarming and the agriculture and livestock sectors are going to be impacted.
Mr Yasinzai made these comments while speaking to a delegation of agriculturists from Muslim Bagh here on Monday. “Low rainfall and depleting water level has created a drought-like situation in the province, which must immediately be addressed,” he said.
By Saleem Shahid
QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly through a unanimously adopted resolution on Monday demanded of the federal government to declare all drought-stricken areas in the province as calamity affected. It also urged the central government to immediately announce a relief package for farmers in the province who were badly affected by the worsening situation.
The resolution was moved by Sanaullah Baloch of Balochistan National Party-Mengal soon after the provincial assembly’s session, which was presided over by Deputy Speaker Sardar Babar Khan Musakhel, began.
MITHI: Nine more infants died from complications caused by malnutrition, waterborne diseases and viral infections in drought-hit Thar towns of Mithi, Kaloi and Nagarparkar on Sunday, raising the death toll to 544 this year so far, according to officials.
Seven of the children died in Mithi Civil Hospital where they were brought for treatment from remote villages of the desert region.
QUETTA: Major parts of southern Balochistan, including Quetta, have been caught in the grip of cold waves for the last two days.
People in Quetta, Kalat, Mastung, Chaman, Qila Abdullah and other cities have already raided their stock of warmer clothes to contend with the low temperatures, which the weather department said had gone down to minus two degrees Celsius.
Repatriation of Afghan refugees increased by 30% compared to 127 refugees that repatriated between 14 and 20 October 2018. Returns of undocumented Afghans also increased, by 85%, compared to 297 individuals that returned in the preceding week.
Some 95% (157 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance, while 93% (512 individuals) of the undocumented Afghan returnees were provided post-arrival assistance
There was one new case of wild poliovirus (WPV1) reported.
39.3 million children were vaccinated during September National Immunization Day (NID) campaign.
1.7 million children were vaccinated in September 2018 at 382 Permanent Transit Points (PTPs) set up across the country and its borders.”