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FATA Timeline - 2014

January 6

At least nine persons, including three suspected militants and three children, were killed and several others were wounded in a bomb blast targeting the house of tribal elder Hakeem Khan Akakhel in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.

A passerby, identified as Hussain Turi, was injured in roadside bomb explosion in Pewar area of Kurram Agency in FATA. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

January 7

At least seven people were injured in an explosion in Sadda Bazaar of lower Kurram Agency.

January 8

At least 10 militants and three SFs were killed when militants attacked Green Ridge check post in Ladha subdivision South Waziristan Agency. The military claimed "inflicting heavy casualties to the militants."

January 15

At least two volunteers of Amn committee lost their lives in a bomb blast in Zakhakhel Bazaar of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. Sources said the volunteers, whose identity could not be ascertained, were killed when a planted explosive device went off in the area. The explosion also damaged nearby shops.

January 16

A Khasadar Force personnel killed while two others injured in a bomb blast near the vehicle of Khasadar Force in Zakhakhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.

January 18

A bomb planted by unidentified militants at an unpaved road to target FC troopers supplying rations at check posts went off in the Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency. No loss of life was reported.

January 19

Two FC officials were injured when an IED went off at a roadside in the Ghari Gal area of Mamond tehsil in the Bajaur Agency of FATA. Political administration official from Mamond, Abdul Haseeb Khan, said he was informed by a tribesman around 12:30pm about a canister spotted on the roadside in Ghari Gal area of Mamond. Consequently, FC officials rushed to the site along with a BDS unit and defused the five-kilogramme explosive device. The official added that while the bomb was being defused, another IED planted nearby was detonated by militants through a remote control, injuring two FC officials while destroying their vehicle completely.

January 20

Army helicopters pounded several militant hideouts in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA killing at least 24 persons and injuring 15 others. Fear and panic gripped the area after the overnight blitz after which locals began to migrate out of the volatile area to safer places.

January 21

At least 12 suspected militants were killed when fighter jets bombed their hideouts in the Inzar Kor area of Kukikhel in Khyber Agency of FATA. A security official claimed that four militant hideouts were flattened in the blitz.

January 22

SFs claimed to have killed about 32 militants in Tora Waila, Darota area of Kukikhel in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. Unconfirmed reports said that the 'chief' of the TTP Orakzai Chapter, Hafiz Saeed, was among those killed in the strikes.

Security officials on January 22 confirmed that the leader of the TTP's Supreme Shura, Asmat Shaheen Bittani, and 'master trainer' of suicide bombers, Wali Mohammad, as well as dozens of foreign fighters were amongst those killed in air strikes in NWA on the night of January 20, 2014. A senior security official said that that most of those killed in the offensive were foreign fighters, including 33 Uzbeks and 3 Germans.

Soon after the military operation Maulana Sami-ul-Haq who has close ties to the Taliban said that he would no longer act as a government-backed peace broker with the militants after airstrikes killed 40 people in a tribal District. "The Government does not seem serious and concerned. I had requested them to avoid a military operation and use of force but yesterday it started bombing in North Waziristan and tribal areas," Haq, who is also chief of his own faction of the religious JUI-S party, said in a statement. "Both sides (Taliban and government) are in a state of war. Innocent citizens and soldiers are dying," he said in the statement.

A cleric, identified as Maulana Qazi Azizullah Athar, was shot dead in front of Committee Bagh near DHQ Hospital in FR Tank.

January 26

Thousands of people have fled their homes in North Waziristan Agency of FATA fearing a military offensive against Taliban insurgents is imminent, residents and officials said. Residents said some 1,500 families or about 13,000 people left their villages around the towns of Mir Ali and Miranshah, to migrate to relatively safe areas outside the tribal areas in Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar. The exodus began last week when Pakistan Air Force fighter jets bombarded the area following a series of militant attacks on Security Forces and civilians which killed more than 100 people in a week. "Around 1,500 families and up to 13,000 people have left several villages in North Waziristan," Rafiullah, 25, a resident of Mosaki village in Mir Ali told by phone. "People are unable to find houses to go in Bannu, so many women, children and old men are lying out in the open. Many others have gone to Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan Districts to find some shelter," he said.

January 28

A woman was killed and her two daughters were injured when two landmine explosions occurred in the Sarsarang area of Upper Kurram Agency of FATA.

Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in North Waziristan Agency, fearing a major military operation by armed forces after they said dozens of people had been killed in air strikes targeting Taliban militants on January 21, 2014. Fearing another offensive by armed forces, a wave of refugees left the region to take shelter in schools, private homes and veterinary clinics in areas FR Bannu and FR Dera Ismail Khan on the edge of the tribal belt. A senior official in Bannu said 23,000 refugees had fled to the town.

PM Nawaz Sharif during a meeting with COAS General Raheel Sharif said that no decision on launching an offensive in NWA FATA would be taken without consensus of all stakeholders and any such decision would be taken in the best national interest. Sources said the Prime Minister exchanged views with the COAS on matters of national security, future course of action over dialogue with the Taliban, Karachi operation, missing persons and other issues.

JUI-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq opposed a military operation against the Taliban and said the government "does not seem serious for dialogue with the Taliban". A military operation never resolves problems but it multiplies them, he said. He said that dialogue with the Taliban was the only way to restore peace in the country, adding that Nawaz Sharif has apparently been stopped from holding talks with the TTP.

January 30

Two children were killed when a toy bomb they were playing with accidently exploded in the Zakhakhel Bazaar area of Landikotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.

January 31

Two children were killed when a mortar shell went off in Tabay area of Zakhakhel Bazaar in Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA.

The political administration during a search operation recovered four abducted persons, identified as Haji Sabz Ali, Syed Zaman, Rogh Muhammad and Qari Shad and arrested two alleged abductors in Prang Ghar area in Mohmand Agency.

February 2

A soldier of the FC, identified as Shana Gul, was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists in Ghundi area in the Jamrud tehsil of the Khyber Agency in FATA in the night. The sources said that Shana Gul was going home after buying grocery from a local shop when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on him, leaving him dead.

February 3

Three soldiers were injured in a roadside blast at Kharsar area in Ladha subdivision in South Waziristan Agency. The sources said that a convoy of the SFs was on its way to Asman Manza when an explosive device planted by unidentified militants on the roadside at Kharsar went off and caused injuries to three soldiers.

No loss of life was reported in two roadside bomb attacks on the SFs' convoys in different parts of North Waziristan Agency. The sources said that unidentified miscreants had planted explosives along the roadside in Khar Qamar area in Dattakhel tehsil and another on the Miranshah-Dattakhel road. The explosives went off when the convoys of the SFs were passing through these areas.

The SFs also defused a roadside bomb in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.

The political administration of Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency placed a ban on display of weapons in Jamrud Bazaar and directed tribesmen to form a committee to curb law and order. Addressing Kokikhel, Mullagori and Jhandakhel tribesmen at Jamrud Jirga Hall, Khyber Agency Political Agent Shahab Ali Shah said the ban is unprecedented in the tribal areas, but was a necessity as Government officials were relentlessly being targeted in the sub-division despite tribes' assurances of ensuring peace in their areas.

February 4

Two persons, identified as Syed Wajid Hussain and Syed Iftikhar Hussain, sustained injuries in a bomb blast in Ali Shari area of Kurram Agency in FATA.

A 12-year-old boy, identified as Syed Razi Shah, was injured in an explosion in Ali Shari area of Kurram Agency.

February 5

A local Taliban 'commander', Shafiq, and three of his bodyguards were killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on their vehicle on Miranshah-Mir Ali road in the Pir Kallay area of NWA in FATA. Further details regarding the incident were not available as the access of media in the region is restricted due to security worries and Government restrictions.

Four tribesmen were killed by unidentified militants in the Norak area of Mir Ali tehsil in NWA. An official of the political administration said the incident occurred around 6:30pm when four tribesmen, whose identity could not be ascertained, were sitting at a roadside near their houses in Norak.

A JeM militant, identified as Mast Gul, who escaped after Charari Sharief gunfight near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir in 1995, was seen with TTP militant at a press conference in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Not long after JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood Azhar addressed a rally in Muzaffarabad (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) by telephone, Mast Gul, surfaced at the press conference.

February 10

Six soldiers and one officer were injured in two acts of terrorism in the Dattakhel area of NWA in FATA. Sources said that an improvised explosive device exploded near a military truck in Dattakhel near Afghan border, injuring six soldiers. The truck, part of a convoy, was destroyed in the blast.

Three personnel of Khasadar Force escorting polio workers were injured when an improvised explosive device planted by suspected militants along a road went off in the Khugakhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency. The Khasadar team later defused an explosive device in the same area.

Militants opened fire at a security picket in the Khar Kamar area of Dattakhel subdivision. One officer was injured.

February 15

Five persons were killed when unidentified militants opened fire at a van near Dattakhel town in North Waziristan Agency in the night. According to reports, the five persons whose identity could not be ascertained were going to Shawal from Dattakhel when gunmen opened fire on their van near Dattakhel bazaar.

February 16

The TTP claimed to have killed 23 FC personnel kidnapped in June 14, 2010 from Shoonkri Post of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According to reports, the TTP Mohmand Agency 'spokesman', Omar Khurasani said that the kidnapped FC personnel were killed as revenge because the Government was continuously killing their men in different parts of the country, including Karachi, Peshawar and Swabi. He said if the Government does not stop killing the TTP supporters, they would also continue to kill Security Forces' personnel.

After the TTP claim, it was decided that the Government committee and TTP negotiators will not be meeting on February 17. Senior journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai, who is one of the members of the Government committee, said it was necessary to discuss the killings with the Government before the state committee meets TTP negotiators. TTP also confirmed that the meeting, which was scheduled to take place at 11am today, will not be held.

February 17

A soldier, Mehrab, was killed in an attack by unidentified militants on a SFs checkpost in Ladha area of South Waziristan Agency in the night around 11:00pm.

Six members of an anti-polio team were abducted by unidentified militants in the Pang area of the FR Tank in FATA. Assistant Political Agent, FR Tank, Khalid Mehmood Marwat, said the team, including Dr Khandad, in-charge of the Union Council Siddiqullah, driver Kalim, three Levies personnel, Lance Naik Daulat Khan, Sepoy Amanullah and Sepoy Minhas. He said the team members were kidnapped at 3 pm when they were on their way back after finishing the task.

February 18

An Army Major, Jahanzaib, and three militants were killed in an exchange of fire in FR Peshawar of FATA. "(The) exchange of fire continues," the ISPR said in a statement.

February 20

At least 35 militants were killed as fighter jets targeted suspected insurgent hideouts in Dattakhel, Shawal and Mir Ali tehsils (revenue unit) of the North Waziristan Agency of FATA. The bombardment comes a day after TTP said a ceasefire can be negotiated upon if the Army stopped targeting its members. Other military sources said that the militants involved in the Peshawar cinema blast (February 10) and killing of an Army officer (February 18) in frontier region Peshawar two days ago were targeted in their hideouts situated in Khyber Agency. In the second attack, around seven militants were killed. IED making factories and prepared explosives were also destroyed in the strikes.

After being convinced by the top Army leadership, PM Nawaz Sharif gave a go ahead for the airstrikes. High level civil military consultations continued for three days which culminated on these strikes. Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif and intelligence heads briefed the PM over rapid developments in the tribal areas and also shared images of militant hideouts procured through their own spy drones. Authorisation of the PM was sought for more strikes at other locations, which according to the sources has been granted.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Pervaiz Rasheed, on February 20 said the TTP in unequivocal terms commented "If you talk with us, we will respond with greater enthusiasm. But, if you would strike once, we would strike twice". Pervaiz Rasheed said in a statement, soon after the Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar announced that PM Nawaz Sharif in consultation with the military leadership has linked the peace talks to a halt to the bloodshed.

Referring to the talks with the TTP, Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar said, "Dialogue and violence cannot take place side by side. The military has been asked to retaliate in self-defence, which is their right. This [self-defence] is the right of the armed forces, which cannot be taken away from them," he said. Members of the government's peace committee were also consulted in this regard, the interior minister added. "We have burnt the midnight oil," he said, explaining how the Government had worked overtime on how to resolve the issue.

JeI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief and member of the TTP talks committee Mohammad Ibrahim on February 20 condemned the shelling in North Waziristan Agency and Khyber Agency and described it as an action against innocent citizens. In a statement issued by the JeI, he said that the air strikes would further complicate the situation, adding that the ultimate sufferers would be the innocent people because random firing and shelling could never prove useful for restoration of peace.

Earlier on February 19, TTP granted the authority to JUI-S Chief Maulana Samiul Haq decide on ceasefire between the Government and the TTP. Haq is heading the TTP intermediary committee. The JUI-S central information secretary said that if there was a consensus between the Government peace talks committee and Haq, then a ceasefire can be announced between the two sides.

February 23

At least 38 militants, including key commanders, were killed in early morning air strikes the Ghaibi Nika area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Six hideouts were also destroyed. Security sources said that fighter jets bombed the hideouts as well as landmine-making factories in the Ghaibi Nika area where mostly militants from LI group are based. Factories and several stockpiles of explosives were also destroyed in the blitz.

A Government official, Sadif Hussain Tori, a technician at a Government veterinary hospital, was abducted by unidentified militants from Alizai tehsil of Kurram Agency. Sadif Hussain Tori was on his way home when militants intercepted his vehicle and abducted him.

The residents near the Pak-Afghan border have started migrating to safer places in fear of a possible military operation in NWA. People from Seegi, Ghulam Khan, Mandi and Datta Khel tehsil are leaving their homes. People belonging to Mir Ali are also shifting to Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Karak and Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to persisting fears of a widespread bloodshed between militants and Pakistan Army.

Amidst growing chatter of a military operation in NWA, security sources on February said the task of purging the area of all violent groups could be over in a "matter of weeks." "It would take the military four to six weeks to clear the agency of fighters," security sources said, insisting that it was not difficult for Pakistan Army to re-establish the writ of the Government in NWA. The officials also quashed the impression that the operation had only 40% chance of success, as claimed by some politicians in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

February 24

Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, a senior 'commander' of TTP and supporter of peace talks with the Government, was killed along with his three colleagues in Darga Mandi village near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency. TTP sources said Asmatullah Shaheen was coming to Miranshah in a car along with three other militants when another vehicle coming from the border area with Afghanistan overtook them and armed men sitting in it opened fire from AK-47 (Kalashnikov) assault rifles at them.

February 25

Pakistani fighter jets and gunship helicopters bombarded hideouts of TTP militants in the North and South Waziristan Agencies FATA killing at least 30 militants. "The death toll from the air strikes has risen to 30," a security official told, updating the earlier death toll of 27. "Fifteen were killed in the South Waziristan side of the border, while 15 were killed in North Waziristan." The attacks were the fourth in a series of air strikes by the PAF since February 20.

February 26

The former administrator of Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Mir Ali was abducted from North Waziristan Agency of FATA while he was heading home in Hisokhel from work in the evening.

February 27

At least three militants were killed and three others were injured in an exchange of fire between security officials and militants in Shalobar area of Khyber Agency of FATA.

Several suspected militants were feared dead on morning when helicopter gunships attacked their hideouts in the mountainous area of Zarkani Luni and adjoining areas in FR Dera Ismail Khan bordering South Waziristan Agency. However, there was no formal confirmation of the shelling from the administration.

February 28

Promising minimum possible collateral damage, the Government said that surgical airstrikes against hideouts of militants will continue in FATA. No military operation was going on in FATA and only targeted action was being carried out.

About 20,000 people, mostly women and children, have been displaced during the Army operation against the TTP in North Waziristan Agency of FATA and the United Nations is ready to help them. UN Secretary General's Spokesman Martin Nesriky told reporters at a briefing.

March 1

12 Security Force personals (Khyber Khasadar Force), who were providing security to a polio team, were killed in two separate blasts in the Lashora area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. A child was also killed in the firing by the militants after the blasts.

March 2

In response to the militant attack on a polio team in the Lashora area of Jamrud tehsil in FATA which left at least 13 persons dead on March 1, Security Forces launched an assault on March 2-morning on militant hideouts in Kalanga and surrounding areas of Bara tehsil and killed five militants. Security sources confirmed that gunship helicopters struck the Ayubi Markaz of Mullah Tamanchey involved in the attack on polio workers.

March 3

Two SF personnel were killed and seven others were injured when a remote-controlled IED targeted a SFs' vehicle at Sadukhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. According to sources, a convoy of FC personnel was travelling from Landi Kotal tehsil to Jamrud.

The members of eight tribes from Orakzai Agency held a Grand Jirga to welcome the announcement of a ceasefire from the TTP. They demanded the TTP should also include tribal elders in its negotiation committee. The jirga was led by tribal elder Malik Hafiz Habib Noor, Malik Jan and Malik Muhammad Rahman.

March 4

Two persons were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked four vehicles carrying NATO supplies for Afghanistan in the Jamrud area of Khyber Agency in FATA. "The four containers were on their way to Afghanistan when four gunmen riding two motorbikes opened fire at them in Jamrud, killing two helpers and wounding one driver and one helper," a senior local administration official, Jehangir Azam Wazir, said.

March 5

Two bullet riddle dead bodies in gunny sacks were recovered from the Shah Kas area in Jamrud tehsil.

March 6

Al Qaeda continues to operate from FATA, Commander of the USCentral Command General Lloyd J. Austin said on March 6 in his testimony before House Armed Services Committee while adding that the long-lasting tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir are a threat to regional stability. "Long-standing tensions between Pakistan and India also threaten regional stability as both states have substantial military forces arrayed along their borders and the disputed Kashmir LoC," General Austin said.

He said that the US faced a host of challenges in Pakistan that have long hindered the efforts of the Pakistan Government to fight terrorism and America's ability to provide needed assistance. "Central to Pakistan's struggles is its poor economy and burgeoning 'youth bulge'. Given these conditions, radicalism is on the rise in settled areas and threatens increased militant activity and insurgency in parts of Pakistan where the sway of the state traditionally has been the strongest," he said, adding, "At the same time, terrorist attacks and ethno-sectarian violence threaten the Government's tenuous control over some areas. Further compounding these internal challenges are Pakistan's strained relationships with its neighbours".

March 10

A three-day anti-polio drive started across the FATA except in North and South Waziristan Agencies and parts of adjoining FR Bannu due to a TTP ban. The drive targets about 713,051 children below five years of age. Meanwhile, in Mohmand Agency, the campaign will begin on March 11, while it was deferred till March 17 in Khyber Agency due to an ongoing Army action against militants there. Secretary social sector FATA Captain (retired) Sardar Mohammad Abbas inaugurated the campaign by administering oral polio vaccine to children at the FATA Secretariat.

According to a press release, the vaccinators will not visit the areas where militants had banned drops due to threats. A total of 2,324 mobile, 245 fixed and 72 transit teams comprising volunteers and vaccinators would administer drops to targeted children in the tribal areas under strict security arrangements, said the press release. FATA recorded 24 polio cases of the nationwide 27 cases in 2014. Of them, 21 are from North Waziristan and one from South Waziristan while three children are from whole of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In 2013, FATA accounted for 67 polio cases of the total 93 recorded in Pakistan. North Waziristan again recorded the highest number of 36 cases followed by Khyber with 20 and South Waziristan one, as children couldn't be vaccinated due to a ban slapped by TTP in June 2012.

March 12

Unidentified assailants shot dead four people, including three militants, in Miranshah Bazaar of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. "Several gunmen opened fire on a vehicle in Miranshah Bazaar, killing four people," a senior security official said. He said the gunmen also fired rockets at the vehicle, adding "those killed in the attack included three militants and a passerby".

March 13

Five people, including four children and a woman, were wounded in a bomb blast outside their house at Ghandi village near Jamrud town in Khyber Agency of FATA.

March 18

Bajaur Levies Force defused an IED planted along a road in Kharyan area of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency. The officials said that the personnel of the BDS rushed to the site after receiving information from the locals, and the bomb was safely defused.

March 19

At least six persons were killed in the morning when a mortar shell exploded in a house in the Shawal tehsil of the North Waziristan Agency in FATA. The dead in the incident included four women, a man and a child.

A NATO container was destroyed in rocket attack by unidentified militants in Shagai area of the Khyber Agency in FATA. No casualties were reported in the incident.

March 24

At least three persons were injured in a blast in the Landi Kotal Bazaar of the Khyber Agency in FATA. According to Khasadar officials, the injured in the attack were the members of a religious group named as Tawheed ul Islam.

March 26

Direct peace talks were held between the Government and the TTP in Orakzai Agency of FATA. The talks were mainly focused on an extension in the ceasefire and release of non-combatant detainees. The face-to-face meeting lasting seven hours was held in the Bilandkhel area in Spin Thall in the Orakzai Agency near the boundary with North Waziristan and the Kurram Agencies.

March 30

A convoy of SFs escaped two explosions caused by remote-controlled devices on the Miranshah-Dattakhel Road in NWA of FATA. However, the blasts caused no human or property losses as the convoy of the SFs had passed the targeted area shortly before the explosions.

March 31

A driver, Syed Ajmal Hussain, was critically injured in a roadside blast in Parachinar, headquarters of Kurram Agency, in FATA. Sources said that Syed Ajmal Hussain was going to his village in a vehicle when a roadside explosive device planted by suspected militants near a checkpoint went off.

April 1

The Government has claimed a modest increase in the boys' and girls' literacy rate in the FATA. "Literacy rate for girls stands at a modest 10.5 per cent compared to 36.66 per cent for boys despite considerable expenditure incurred by the FATA Secretariat to improve education statistics in the area," said a handout while quoting an official document. Earlier, the girls' and boys' literacy rate was three per cent and 29.51 per cent respectively.

According to the handout, Kurram Agency tops other tribal agencies in the girls' enrolment as 21.3 per cent girls have been enrolled there followed by Khyber Agency with 16.13 per cent such enrolment. Giving agency-wise breakup of the girls' enrolment, the handout said the FATA Education Atlas 2011-12 reported that the proportion of girls enrolled in educational institutions stood at 7.5 per cent in South Waziristan, 4.26 per cent in North Waziristan Agency, 21.03 per cent in Kurram Agency, 4.7 per cent in Bajaur Agency, 5.72 per cent in Mohmand Agency, 5.15 per cent in Orakzai Agency and 16.13 per cent in Khyber Agency.

The proportion stands at 5.88 per cent in FR Dera Ismail Khan, 1.81 per cent in FR Lakki Marwat, 2.28 per cent in FR Tank, 1.07 per cent in FR Bannu, 24.09 per cent in FR Kohat and 16.66 per cent in FR Peshawar. According to the handout, around 124,424 girls are enrolled in 1,551 primary schools, 19,614 girls in 158 middle schools, 13,837 girls in 42 high schools and 1,134 girls in five higher secondary schools in FATA. It said the recent militant activities and poor law and order situation in tribal areas had badly hampered the girls' education in the region but the government was taking steps to provide education across FATA.

April 3

At least 23 mortar shells fired from Afghanistan fell into North Waziristan Agency of FATA. The mortar shells landed into Ghulam Khan and Bagi Dar areas of North Waziristan. No casualties or loss of life was reported due to the targeted areas being uninhabited.

Non-vaccination of children in the FATA could spoil the anti-polio initiative in KP. The immunisation of children through Sehat Ka Insaf programme can't protect children against poliovirus for long as far as children in FATA would stay without oral polio vaccine. Two new cases, one each from North Waziristan Agency and Bannu, were recorded on April 2, bringing the total number of nationwide cases to 41. This also worried the authorities in KP, who are carrying out immunisation campaigns.

According to the National Institute of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan had recorded only six polio cases till this date in 2013 against 41 this year, which reflects an increase of 900 per cent. Children in KP will remain at risk of polio despite immunisation till the Government makes arrangements to administer OPV to children in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency. The rapid increase in polio cases in 2014 poses a serious challenge to the health authorities and the UN agencies engaged in immunisation campaigns. Of the country's total tally so far this year (2014), FATA has 33 polio cases, KP six and Sindh one.

April 6

The authorities started repatriating people of Ali Sherzai tribe to their native area in the Kurram Agency of FATA. Kurram Agency political agent Riaz Mahsud said that 55,000 tribal people had been displaced in June 2010 following a military operation to cleanse the area of militants. He said, "So far 7,500 people have been sent to their area and the rest would be repatriated over the next couple of weeks...We intend to complete the process by April 24". He added the returnees were being provided free transportation and food for six months, although the area had been cleared of militants. It was because of hectic efforts made by the FATA administration that PKR five million had been arranged for the purpose.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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