|'Enforced' disappearances: UN team arrives in Quetta|
15 September 2012
QUETTA: The United Nations delegation for investigating “enforced disappearances” in Balochistan arrived in Quetta on Saturday, Express News reported.
The four-member UN Working Group will meet with civil society representatives as well as the relatives of the missing people to collect information about the missing.
Earlier, a two-member UN delegation arrived in Pakistan on a 10-day mission to investigate cases of “enforced disappearances” plaguing the country at the invitation of the government.
International and Pakistani human rights groups estimate thousands of people have been kidnapped and detained in secret prisons in the past decade, allegedly by security forces.
The Supreme Court is already investigating cases of missing people in the southwestern province of Balochistan, where the military has been accused of rights violations in its bid to put down a separatist insurgency.
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20 June 2013
ISLAMABAD: A high-level meeting, to formulate a new security policy will be held today (Thursday), Geo News reported.
Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, in his address to the National Assembly on June 17 had said, that he had convened a meeting of civil armed forces on June 20.
Sources said the meeting would deliberate on, formulating a new security policy, coordination with provincial governments and government’s policies and priorities on law and order.
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|Children suffer as Pakistan battles measles epidemic|
20 June 2013
LAHORE: In the intensive-care ward of Lahore's Mayo hospital, pale, spotty children cry in the intense heat of the Pakistani summer -- victims of a devastating measles outbreak.
Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province of which Lahore is the capital, has borne the brunt of the epidemic.
It has 18,000 of the 25,000 cases reported around the country by provincial health authorities and more than 150 -- all children -- of the 495 deaths.
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|4 Americans killed in attack on Afghan base|
20 June 2013
WASHINGTON : Four Americans were killed Tuesday in an attack on Bagram air base by insurgents in Afghanistan, a US defense official said. The deaths were caused by insurgent “indirect fire,” either mortars or rockets, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Taliban on Wednesday claimed responsibility for an overnight attack that killed four US troops, just hours after Washington said its officials would meet the insurgents for talks.Full Story