Posts tagged as: FATA

CPJ calls for probe into murder of Pakistani journalist

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent watchdog body, has called on Pakistani authorities to launch an immediate investigation into the targeted murder of veteran Pakistani journalist Malik Mumtaz, who was shot dead in Miranshah on Wednesday.   “The death of a veteran journalist such as Malik Mumtaz must not go uninvestigated and unexplained,” […]

Two tribal MNAs join PPP

  Mr. Jawad Hussain and Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, who were elected as independent members of the National Assembly, from NA-39 (Orakzai Agency) and NA-37 (Kuram Agency) Friday announced to join Pakistan People’s Party in meeting with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.   While talking to the Prime Minister Pervez Ashraf, Mr. Jawad Hussain and […]

Foreign Secretary says US drones have killed 3000 people

Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani has told a parliamentary committee that about 3000 people have been killed in the U.S. drone attacks after the operation was started in 2004.   He told the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee in Islamabad that 80 percent of those killed in drone strikes were armed militants   “We cannot bear the […]

United Nations to investigate drone strikes in Pakistan

A United Nations investigation into targeted killings will examine drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, Guardian reports.   Ben Emmerson QC, a UN special rapporteur, will reveal the full scope of his review which will include checks on military use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in UK operations in Afghanistan, US strikes in Pakistan, as […]

UN chief Bank Ki-moon condemns violence in Pakistan

Condemning terrorist violence in Pakistan, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the world body’s support for the country in countering terrorism.   The spokesperson said in a statement, “The secretary-general is deeply concerned about ongoing terrorist violence in Pakistan. He strongly condemns the multiple attacks in Quetta and the Swat Valley on Thursday.” […]

Political parties show rare unity in push for fair elections in tribal areas

All major political and religious parties have shown rare unity to call on the country’s election commission to ensure fair, transparent and accessible general elections in the insurgency-hit FATA or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.   The call from the Political Parties Joint Committee on FATA Reforms (FATA Committee) came just months ahead of the parliamentary polls […]

Prime Minister Ashraf vows to eradicate polio from country

Strongly condemning the firing incident at anti-polio campaigners and seeking arrest of the culprits, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has reiterated the resolve of the government that it would not rest until the country is rid of polio.   While chairing a meeting of Polio Task Force in Islamabad, he said seeking a polio-free life […]

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf urges for effective democratic institutions

Reaffirming commitment to create an environment conducive to peace‚ democracy & Human Rights in country, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday said the road to durable peace is paved by representatives and effective democratic institutions.   Addressing a function in connection with Universal Human Rights Day‚ he said the constitution of Pakistan guarantees fundamental […]

Over 4 million unverified voters part of electoral lists

In quite a shocking revelation, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has revealed that there were around 4.8 million voters included in the electoral lists without any physical verification.   According to the reports, 3.2 million unverified voters are in Punjab, 0.662 million in Sindh, 0.583 million in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 0.167 million in the Federally Administered […]

United States applauds democratic tendencies in Pakistan: US Ambassador Richard Olson

The US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has said the United States applauds democratic tendencies in Pakistan, expressing hopes that free and fair general elections would lead to peaceful transfer of authority from one civilian government to successor civilian government.   Speaking to Radio Pakistan, the US envoy said completion of the term by a […]

President Zardari vows to make Pakistan polio-free country

Reiterating the government’s resolve to make Pakistan polio-free country, President Asif Ali Zardari said all efforts would be made for the complete eradication of the viral disease from the country. The president also directed health authorities to follow innovative strategies in reaching out to those parts of the populace that were still serving as reservoirs […]

Polio again breathing in many parts of the country

Polio stood more less reduced to the brinks of total elimination across the world a couple of years ago but some cases used to be occasionally reported in four countries, India, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the virus could not be completely eradicated. Still the number of polio patients never exceeded to the degree of […]


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