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Senate passes landmark bill to extend jurisdiction of Supreme Court, PHC to FATA

Senate Pakistan

Senate approves bill to extend jurisdiction of Supreme Court, Peshawar High Court to FATA Pakistan’s Senate made history on Friday by abolishing the draconian colonial-era  Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) and extending the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court (SC) and the Peshawar High Court (PHC) to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) — a long-standing demand of the people of FATA. The ... Read More »

Tackling climate change and improving livelihoods through Chilgoza pine in Pakistan

Chilgoza pine in Pakistan

Reversing deforestation and forest degradation in high conservation value Chilgoza Pine in Pakistan ISLAMABAD – A new project called “Reversing deforestation and forest degradation in high conservation value Chilgoza Pine in Pakistan” has been launched to improve environment, enhance resilience and livelihoods in Pakistan over the next 5 years. The project has been launched by Food and Agriculture Organization of the ... Read More »

Six children among 14 persons killed in Kurram Agency landmine blast

Six children among 14 persons killed in Kurram Agency landmine blast

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the coward attack and directed authorities to provide best medical facilities. At least fourteen persons including six children were killed and several other people got injured in a landmine blast in Godar area of tribal Kurram Agency today morning. According to the political administration of the area, an improvised explosive device buried on the ... Read More »

Australia’s AU$6 million support to WFP to boost Girls’ Education in FATA

The programme will provide over 312,000 children with High Energy Biscuits in 7 FATA agencies and 6 frontier regions ISLAMABAD – Australian Government has contributed AU$6 million (approximately US$4.5 million) from the for a three-year girls education programme in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Frontier Regions (FR) to United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). WFP Country Director ad interim Stephen Gluning noted that “There are alarming rates ... Read More »

Pakistan’s education policies failing too many children: GEM Report 2016

Ms. Vibeke Jensen, UNESCO Representative to Pakistan presents the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report to Mr. Baligh-ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Federal Education

The Education systems must provide people vital skills and knowledge that can find new solutions for environmental problems ISLAMABAD — Pakistan is home to 9% (24 million) of the world’s 263 million out of school children, adolescents, and youth, which is a serious challenge to the country, according to Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2016 launched here on September 28, 2016. The report ... Read More »

EU grant of €22 million to benefit 300,000 returning families of FATA

EU grant of €22 million to benefit 300,000 returning families of FATA

EU grants 22 Million Euro to support local development initiatives in FATA and another 49 Million Euro for Vocational Training in Pakistan The Government of Pakistan has signed a Financing Agreement with the European Union for the implementation of a 22 Million EUR project titled “Aid to Uprooted People in Pakistan. The overall objective of the project is to facilitate ... Read More »

CPEC opens new era of development and opportunities for the entire region

PM Nawaz Sharif addressing the gathering at occasion of CPEC Summit 2016 in Islamabad on 29 August 2016. Photo: PID

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Summit and Expo 2016, opened in Islamabad on 29 August 2016, offered a platform for exchange of ideas and opened new avenues for businesses opportunities and people-to-people linkages between Pakistan and China – all-weather friends. The CPEC will open doors to immense economic opportunities not only to Pakistan but will act as a bridge for ... Read More »

Germany contributes €1 million to WFP for food security in Pakistan

Germany contributes €1 million to WFP for food security in Pakistan

Germany’s support will allow WFP to assist more than 89,000 displaced and returnee families in FATA with monthly unconditional relief food distributions ISLAMABAD – Germany has once again proved to be a sincere friend of Pakistan by granting €1 million to provide continual food assistance to both displaced and returnee families of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan. In its ... Read More »

4 out of 10 Pakistanis live in multidimensional poverty

Poverty in Pakistan

People in FATA and Balochistan living in extreme multidimensional poverty whereas poverty ratio in KPK is at 49%, Gilgit-Baltistan and Sindh at 43%, Punjab at 31% while the rate is lowest in Azad Jammu and Kashmir at 25% ISLAMABAD – Around 39 percent of Pakistanis live in multidimensional poverty, with FATA and Balochistan have the highest rates of poverty, according to Pakistan’s official Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). ... Read More »

490 soldiers martyred, 3,500 militants killed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb: DG ISPR

Army launches Punjab-wide operation against militants after Lahore carnage

Pakistan marks two years since the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb during which a 3600-kilometer square area was cleared of terrorists. This included Datta Khel, Alora Mandi and Shawal Valley. ISLAMABAD – Around 490 soldiers of the Pakistan Army have died in the line of duty and more than 3500 terrorists were killed during Operation Zarb-i-Azb, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said. But there ... Read More »

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