Solar panels defy militant efforts to sabotage vaccination in FATA — Pakistan Asia News com

PESHAWAR — Health authorities in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have installed solar panels in health centres to provide continuous power and to maintain the vaccine cold chain, ensuring children receive effective immunisations. Technicians install solar panels in Wana, South Waziristan, April 28. [Courtesy of Ashfaq Yusufzai] PESHAWAR — Health authorities in the Federally…

Kabul’s oasis of peace — Duniya News TV on historic Bagh-e Babur gardens

The 11-hectare gardens have emerged as an attractive venue for plays and Western-Eastern concerts. KABUL (AFP) – Kabul s historic Bagh-e Babur gardens are one of the few remaining vestiges of serenity in a city awash with snipers, checkpoints and post-traumatic stress. Laid out in the 16th century by the Mughal emperor Babur and restored…

Rs 45mn released for injured APS students — Samaa TV Pakistan

  PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has released Rs45 million for the treatment of thirty injured Army Public School Peshawar students in Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) Karachi, Samaa reported. “An amount worth Rs1.5 million each has been transferred to the bank account of every student’s parents,” provincial minister Shahram Tarakai said in a…

Shia blood keeps spilling in Pakistan — by Malik Omaid on Pak Tea House Net

  Photos via AFP. Shia Imambargah in Hayatabad neighborhood of Peshawar was attacked  during Friday prayers by terrorists killing at least 20 and injuring at least 59. State is expressing its resolve against the good and bad Taliban but lacking the same against the good and bad sectarian outfits. Unfortunately these are all the same….

One Month on, Pakistanis Pledge to ‪’Never Forget ‪the Horrific Peshawar School Massacre’ — Global voices online org / New song on video by children

Pakistanis around the world remembered the victims of the Peshawar school attack exactly one month after the tragedy with vigils and demonstrations, expressing solidarity with the families of slain children and demanding firm actions from the government against extremism.  Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar on 16 December 2014, killing 145…

A subdued Christmas in Peshawar: A call for unity — Deutsche Welle de

Pakistan’s Christian community is observing a somber Christmas this year to show solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar attack. DW analyzes why the inter-faith harmony is needed in the country more than ever. “I bought new clothes to celebrate Christmas, but I am not going to wear them,” said seven-year-old Michael. The resident of…

Rare show of unity: Leaders vow to avenge Peshawar massacre — Tribune com Pakistan / Also watch video by Democracy now org

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing a press conference after the all parties conference. PHOTO: PID   PESHAWAR: Setting aside their political differences, Pakistan’s political leadership on Wednesday vowed to avenge the dastardly massacre of 148 people at the Peshawar school and eliminate every single terrorist ‘without discrimination’. “We have decided to draft a national plan…

“It is NEVER okay” — By Raheel Lakhani on Raheel Lakhani WordPress com

In solidarity with Muslims, genuine learners, children of Peshawar, Pakistan and civilians of Sydney, Australia. Raheel Tajuddin Lakhani   Oh the landlords of faith It is not okay You are not the learners[1] Enemies of learners and children Disgrace to Abraham’s sacrifice How can God thrive on human blood? It is not okay You are…

Afghanistan: Popular uprising is termed ‘greatest defeat’ for militants — By Najibullah on Central Asia online com

Across Afghanistan, residents, fed up with the Taliban and other militant groups, work to drive the insurgents out of their areas Afghan civil society activists hold posters and chant slogans during a demonstration against Taliban militants in Kabul July 27. More communities across Afghanistan are taking a popular stand against the Taliban. [AFP/Wakil Kohsar] KABUL…

The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan — NPR org

During nationwide polio campaigns, hundreds of thousands of health workers go door to door, giving children two drops of the polio vaccine. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a cases this year, that’s more cases than in all…